“The team that makes the least amount of mistakes typically beats the team with more talent.” — Mike Ditka
I want to just sit here, write “Goddamn Pete Kozma”, highlight the text in the aforementioned quotes and copy and paste it all over this blog post and merely publish it, but fuck it. Kozma’s mistake didn’t cost the St. Louis Cardinals last night. What cost the Cards was (is) the fact that the Boston Red Sox are firing on all cylinders. St. Louis must adjust and manufacture more offense or else this might as well be an authentic replica of the 2004 World Series.
(Three errors for the Cardinals — porous.)
Adam Wainwright hasn’t pitched a solid outing since the decisive game five against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Tonight’s game will be a pressure packed game for the Cards — more-so for 22-year-old Michael Wacha. Wacha has been a molecular structured beast so far in the postseason with a record of 3-0 and a minuscule 0.43 ERA, but I’m questioning whether or not he will be able to handle the sheer magnitude of tonight’s game, a World Series matchup that he’ll have to trump his last three performances in by shutting down the Sox. Can he do it? Yes, without a shadow of a doubt. Will he? We’ll all find out tonight, but a game like this can make a legend if he can stand in Fenway and shut the crowd up.
But it won’t matter if the Cardinals are inconsistent at creating offense.