Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ok, so I guess we will need to play all 182 games

If you paid attention to all of the pre-season prognostications particularly on ESPN then there really wasn’t a whole lot of reasons to go the rigors of a marathon 182 game season as it was clear that, barring injuries of course, that we would have a red and white world series as the Cards were going to come out of the National League and the Red Sox out of the American, with the Sox hoisting the trophy in October. I know it’s only the first week in April and perhaps it’s an April Fool’s joke played out way too long but four games into the season the Cards are 2-3 and struggled to get their second win against the Pirates, while Boston is 0-4-life and already pointed fingers and have the normally witty Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy scratching his head and at a loss for words. But don’t fret there’s still six months for all of you to regain your reputations but there may be some nervous moments along the way. The Sox still have two games to rebound and at least get to 2-4 before the Evil Empire come into town for a 3-game set, but it doesn’t get any easier for the Beantown Bomers after that because the Yankees are the beginning of a 10-game AL East stretch that includes 3 with the surprising 3-1 Blue Jays then four with the equally desperate Tampa Bay Rays. On the other side of town the St. Louis Cardinals also came into the season as a prohibited favorite with pitching staff ready to silence the bats of all comers and offense anchored by the Boardwalk and Parkplace of Holliday and Pujols that would more than make up for any lapses in judgment by the Cardinal arms. But they also have gotten out of the box slowly and find themselves 2-3, needing a 7th inning rally to beat Pittsburgh to climb to .400. Now you can’t look to Holliday as the reason as his .750 average leads the club but Prince Albert’s paltry .167 does look like the off-season contract negotiations did take their toll. I must give credit where it is due and it was his base knock that drove in what proved to be the game-winning run in the 7th. More significant than the poor records of both the Sox and Cards are how far back the first week has left them as Boston is already looking up at the top 4 games and the Cards 2.5. I may have a better chance at winning the lotto but if this were to hold it would nice to see the Royals, Reds, Mets, and Orioles still playing when the leaves turn brown.

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