Cardinals-Phillies: What's Wrong With This Pitcher?

Brian McDowellCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 22:  Todd Wellemeyer #37 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the New York Mets on June 22, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

For the second day in a row, the Cardinals were completely humiliated by the Phillies.

In yesterday's game, the horrible relief pitching of the Redbirds handed the game to Philadelphia.

Today, St. Louis' worst starting pitcher was outmatched and overpowered, as they were soundly beaten 9-2. In both games, a team that seemed invincible a couple of days ago was blown out. Evidently, this baseball Titanic is not as difficult to sink as we initially thought.

Todd Wellemeyer gave yet another predictably crappy performance in this game, allowing seven runs in just under six innings of work, including three home runs. He only got three strikeouts in the game.

When a pitcher's strikeout total in a game is the same as his total home runs allowed, that means he really stinks, and shouldn't be pitching for a contending Major League baseball team.

The Cardinals need to get rid of this guy, and the quicker, the better.

I know that after the Holliday deal, there is no way that the Cardinals will be able to afford a superstar starter like Roy Halladay, but there has to be some mid-range starter out there that is better and more reliable than the completely unreliable Wellemeyer.

Blake Hawksworth also came into the game and gave up yet another Philadelphia home run. It was a typically terrible performance from a St. Louis middle reliever this season, but, at least we can be reassured that he's not as bad as Todd Wellemeyer.

As far as offense goes, new Cardinals acquisitions continued to impress. Mark DeRosa went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Julio Lugo went 2 for 4, scoring a run. Matt Holliday got the Cardinals' other RBI in the game, going 1 for 2.

That was the only meaningful offense this team had. Pujols went 1 for 4, so did Rick Ankiel and Skip Schumaker. Ryan Ludwick didn't get any hits at all.

So, the offense was relatively cold, the pitching was worse, and many of the postseason hopes that Cardinals fans had after a busy week for the team's general management may have been dashed by the Phillies, the likely winners of the National League East.

The Cardinals aren't even the top team in their division anymore after this terrible game. They are half a game behind the Cubs, a team that, by all rights, they should be beating. Next, the Cardinals have a four game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which, by any objective management, is the best team in baseball this season.

If St. Louis can't find a way to do better in those games than they did this weekend, all of the blockbuster trades in the world won't be able to save them.