What’s going on with the Birds on the Bat? They stayed in the race all season long before an ugly, unmotivated, and injury plagued September. Now that they’ve been eliminated, they’re winning baseball games again.
Taking three of four and spoiling the playoff chances for the Arizona Diamondbacks was first, and now the Cardinals have stretched their winning streak to four games with tonight’s win over the Reds. They’re now 84-76, despite a September record of 10-13, with two more games to play in the ‘08 season.
You could argue that the games don’t count anymore, but in some ways they still do. Maybe the guys aren’t playing for October, but they could be playing for pride. Some could be playing for milestones. Some could be playing for next year’s paycheck, and some for next year’s opportunity. Whatever the reason, seeing the Cards play winning baseball is still fun, and much better than the alternative.
The latest win didn’t come until the bottom of the ninth, when Troy Glaus knocked in Felipe Lopez with a walk-off sacrifice fly. The final score was 7-6, with Ryan Franklin getting both the blown save and the win. It’s crap. Franklin was again the worst of the Cardinal pitching, and doesn’t deserve any more positive statistics. Here’s a quick recap of tonight’s action, along with the complete box score.
Tomorrow’s game features Todd Wellemeyer and Aaron Harang. Hopefully the Cardinals can continue to roll, and end this season on a high note.
In the other meaningful action, the Marlins beat the Mets 6-1, while the Brewers beat the Cubs 5-1. Milwaukee again leads the Wild Card race by a game, but I’m really hoping they blow it. If I have to see any more shirt untucking I’ll probably puke.