The news came down yesterday that starter Chris Carpenter would return to the Cardinals but only in a reliever role for the rest of the season. To me, that signifies that you're conceding the race for any chance of a Wild Card spot.
Just as Felipe Lopez threw his bat in disgust, it seems as though the entire Redbirds organization is throwing in their own bats on the season.
Cardinals faithful can only hope for a monumental and historic collapse by the Cubs, Brewers, and Phillies. However, the chances of that happening are as close to zero as you can possibly get at this time of the season.
As an avid St. Louis faithful, believe me it is horrible to watch. I loved basking in the glow of my Cardinals proving everyone wrong early in the season by hanging with the best in the National League.
Even when Adam Wainwright went down with injury, I was still confident that the Cardinals would make the postseason.
After St. Louis was swept out of Houston after a castrating series, the Cardinals were at least trying to get back on track with things against the Diamondbacks. Even with the Cardinals' chances of making the postseason fading, they could at least play spoiler.
The game started off well with the Cardinals bats exploding on long time veteran Randy Johnson. Yadier Molina, Joe Mather, Felipe Lopez, and Albert Pujols all hit home runs to jump early on the Big Unit.
St. Louis managed 12 hits and six runs in an impressive offensive showing that would have been useful during the Astros series. However, apparently it truly is "Postseason or bust" as the pitching for the Redbirds reared its ugly head once again.
Joel Pineiro only managed five innings of baseball while managing four earned on six hits topped off with allowing three home runs to Adam Dunn, Chris Young, and Stephen Drew.
The bullpen followed Pineiro down the players tunnel, as Ron Villone would once again allow Arizona's foot in the door by giving up a run. The real damage came at the hands of Kyle McClellan.
Pitching barely over an inning, he managed to destroy the entire lead the Redbird's bats had established so early on. Giving up three more runs, McClellan added another blown save to the worst bullpen in the majors by any standards as the Cardinals lost 8-6.
Maybe you might say I'm being pessimistic, but you have to know when "enough is enough" and look forward to next season.