Tagged: Jeff Weaver

Jason vs. Beltran

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Okay, given the choice of facing these two armed men, I’m not sure which one I’d pick.  How many postseason games have to be ruined for us by Carlos before we stop giving him anything to hit?

It may be Friday the 13th, but I don’t think the Cardinals will be jinxed, disembowled or massacred tonight. I always like our chances with Carp on the mound, and I saw a lot of positives in last night’s loss.  First off, my cap’s off to Jeff Weaver for a confident and dominating pitching performance.  He continues to be money.  The bullpen also held up well.  Holding the mighty Mets to only 2 runs is impressive, and we should be able to win games like that.  Of course, I didn’t really expect us to beat Glavine, so I’m not surprised by the outcome.  Obviously, we have to start hitting, and Rolen and Edmonds need to deliver. A win tonight would send us back to STL with momentum, so let’s go Cards!

Out of the Shadows

Woohoo!  Cards win! The team that most thought shouldn’t be in the playoffs at all now takes a commanding lead in this division series.  And who would have predicted Weaver would lead the Cards in a shut-out victory?  He looked awesome, and the bullpen came through, too.  I wasn’t sure about Tony’s choice to take Johnson out when he was dominating in the 8th, but it worked out. Wainwright was steller in the 9th.  Not a ton of offense but Pujols and Edmonds came through when we needed them. 

One note of annoyance:  could Chris Berman be any more biased toward San Diego?  It’s been irritating watching him call these games as his voice raises several octaves anytime it looks like the Padres might score.  I checked his bio and it says he lives in CT so not sure why he’s behind the Padres. 

Here’s hoping Sup can finish things off on Saturday, and, if not, we know we’ve got Carp ready to go on Sunday.  I really hope I don’t get to use my Game 5 tickets. 

Getting By With a Little Help from the Braves

Thank you, Ted Turner! Your boys beat the Astros tonight, and we managed to beat the Brewers and thus the Magic Number went from 4 to 2.  We are far from out of the woods, but, to quote Toni Braxton, I do feel like I can breathe again.

Weaver wasn’t flawless but he demonstrated command and patience and only gave up 3 runs.  As usual, Pujols provided the punch, launching a 3-run homer as the Cards batted around in the 5th.  Of course, the bullpen gave up a few runs (two solo shots in a row off Flores), but nearly everyone contributed to the scoring, which was great to see.

I have a good feeling about tomorrow’s game, since Suppan has a great record against the boys who brew.  Let’s go, Redbirds!  Let’s go, Braves!

This One’s Gonna Leave a Mark

I turned the TV on in the 5th inning just as the Mets loaded the bases and thought, "Wow, we’re up 7-1!"  A couple minutes later, it was 7-5, and that sinking feeling began to set in.  Weaver struck out 2 batters after he gave up the slam, so, without being at all educated because I didnt see his earlier innings, I kinda thought Tony should have let him come back out in the 6th. Instead, he sent Wainwright, who gave up a run.  And then Jason gave up Beltran’s two-run walk-off moon shot that probably landed in my old apartment several 7 Train stops away.  It was sickening to watch, and it’s the kind of defeat that leaves a mark.  It’s important the Cards bounce back with a win tomorrow or it could get even uglier, now that the Reds are just a game back. 

To end on a positive note, let’s remember Belliard’s awesome play at 2nd that saved a run.  And let’s focus on Albert’s two homers and 7 RBIs, and hope that his performance tonight is indicative of a return to his early-season off-the-charts dominance.