They’re On Their Way Home With Their Tails Between Their Legs
Imagine to my surprise when I not only had seen but read how the St Louis Cardinals had been swept in the series 3-0 in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers . I’d expected the Cardinals to have shown more resolve and grit throughout this series. But instead what we witnessed , was a team that limped out of this series like a wounded animal. And with no excuse as to the reason why they lost a series that they had been favored to win. Game 3 itself was a complete blowout with the Dodgers defeating the Cardinals 5-1 . The game was essentially over by the 6th inning , as the St Louis Cardinals couldn’t get anything going either offensively or defensively. So lackluster was their play and performance throughout the entire series !
And for stars such as Albert Pujols , Matt Holliday , Adam Wainwright , Chris Carpenter and others on this Tony La Russa managed team , most definitely underperformed. But the greatest tragedy was to see the faces of the Cardinals’ fan who’d expected so much more from their team. For the Los Angeles Dodgers they’re to be commended upon the grit shown upon upending the Cardinals.
For Joe Torre and the Dodgers, they now await the winners of the yet to be resumed series between Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies . Tied at one game apiece , the series is turning out to be a thoroughly entertaining series between two highly competitive teams. Both teams are managed by seasoned veterans ,in Charlie Manuel of the Phillies and Jim Tracy of the Rockies. As to what can be expected once the series (game 3 ) resumes at Coors Field in Denver , Colorado , is anyone’s guess.
A young Rockies’ team is going up against a Phillies team looking to become the first professional franchise in MLB to successfully defend its title since the New York Yankees last achieved the feat in 1997 and 1998. The Phillies in every respect are very much a well balanced team , laden with stars on their roster. And they’re led by the prodigious offensive talent of Ryan Howard , who’s ably assisted by Raul Ibanez , Chase Utley and the heart and soul of the team , in Jimmy Rollins. The pitching staff of this team is also very formidable and that comes in the guise of Cliff Lee and , Cole Hamels . But if there is an Achilles’ heel on this team . Then that burden rests squarely on the shoulders of their closer Brad Lidge . From a once reliable closer he’s become something of a liability and enigma on this Phillies’ team. And though Lidge is no longer the day to day closer on the team. It’s still felt that he can remain a valuable contributor to the team.
So for now as baseball’s postseason unwinds , make of it what you will. For now teams such as the New York Yankees , Minnesota Twins , Boston Red Sox , Los Angeles Angels ,Colorado Rockies, Phillies and Dodgers are all looking to make this a season to remember in more ways than one .