The St. Louis Cardinals have, what, nine players on the Disabled List at the moment? That’s my current calculations. After nearly sweeping the Boston Red Sox (lost the third game in 13 innings — hello Kevin Youkilis!), I’ve picked up on a couple of notes on the Cards:
1.) Kyle Lohse is going to be grossly overpaid this off-season. Sure, you probably knew that. But did you know that his record is 9-2 right now? Come on. I know he’s actually not that good, since his ability to exert effort on a consistent basis, like most players, is only shown in the money year, as we’re seeing now. Some team is going to be grinning in the off-season, and they’ll bust out their wallets and lick their palms after dinner.
2.) The team can score and balance close games at the same time. I’ve noticed that a lot this season. The lack of that balance in 2007 became obvious during the opening month of the season when, sadly, Josh Hancock decided to drive while under the heavy influence. The Cardinals didn’t have a balance before then, and didn’t afterwards. By the time the ’07 Cards got hot, it was August. And by the time their run started to plateau, they dropped, because the New York Daily News reported some unwanted dirt on Rick Ankiel’s HGH using days of when they were not illegal yet. The difference between the 2008 Cards and 2007 Cards is simple. The 2008 team can score and pitch consistently, even with the team banged up, looking like their counterpart St. Louis football team (except the Cards actually care about winning).
The sad moment in all of this lies in one region in the United States of America. Northern Chicago. The Cubs have the best record in baseball in the 100th year since they won their last World Series (1908). The hype that’s been appended to the Cubs is ridiculous. I don’t think they’ll win the World Series, and I truly hope they don’t. I’m speaking on a purely biased fan’s perspective, but it’s true. I do believe that if the Cubs manage to SOMEHOW win the World Series on the 100th year since they last won it, that Major League Baseball is fluked. Let’s say the Red Sox and Cubs were playing in this World Series. Let’s also say the Sox never won the two World Series (2004 and 2007). The Cubs would be trying to win the World Series on the 100th anniversary of their pseudo-curse, and the Sox would be trying to erase their respective pseudo-curse on the 90th anniversary. Jeez, if that would’ve happened this year, with all the things of the past being different, I would have probably lost my mind. I still might lose it, especially if the Cubs manage to pull off something like this in an unlikely way. My baseball following days would possibly be over. That’s my own Cardinal Rule.