Marlins-Cardinals: Redbirds' Win Proves Futile in Diminishing Postseason Hopes

Derek CoffeltSenior Analyst ISeptember 6, 2008

Don't try to tell Cardinals' slugger Albert Pujols that St. Louis' chances of making the playoffs are all but gone. El Hombre heavily contributed to the 5-3 Redbirds victory over the Marlins on Saturday.

Batting 1-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored, and a walk, Pujols' recent hot streak is a sight for sore eyes for the Cardinals' faithful.

Since August 15, Pujols has gone 32-for-69 with seven home runs, 10 doubles, 18 RBI, 12 walks, and an insane .913 slugging percentage.

That's what I call scorching.

Yadier Molina contributed to the action as well with his sixth inning RBI to score the go-ahead run against the Marlins. Felipe Lopez continued to contribute offensive numbers of his own as his pair of RBI helped make the difference.

All of this offense had come on the shoulders of wasted pitching efforts, as the Cardinals bullpen continually managed to blow game after game. The few games the Redbirds did manage to stumble away from victoriously proved insignificant as the Brewers, Phillies, and Cubs all gained wins of their own.

Despite Chicago's recent troubles, St. Louis never took advantage. With the starting pitching and hard-hitting offense tossed to the curb in recent weeks, I stand beside myself wondering what has become of the mighty "monsters of midway"?

I digress, back to the action.

Todd Wellemeyer once again proved that the mirage of his post-injury woes were an apparition as he pitched an extremely effective game. Going eight strong innings, Wellemeyer dominated the mound with his towering posture.

Despite giving up a pair of homers to Josh Willingham and Dan Uggla, Wellemeyer still got 24 outs on only 119 pitches. Both were career highs.

In a rare sighting, Randy Flores and Ryan Franklin both managed to pitch scoreless baseball in their combined efforts in the ninth inning. The Cardinals' bullpen actually making a contribution towards a win? Better take a picture.

I try to stay up-beat win it comes to my team's victories. However, it has been awhile for me to watch my team play meaningless baseball heading towards the fall classic.

I will pray for the best and hope for a miracle. Keep on fighting Redbirds!