They’re On Their Way Home With Their Tails Between Their Legs ………..

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 !

Players   on  the  Los  Angeles   celebrate  their   5-1  victory  over  the    St    Louis  Cardinals   enabling   their clinching    of   NLCS  berth.   They   now   await  the   winners   of  the   series    between  the   Philadelphia  Phillies  and   Colorado  Rockies     to   determine   the  NL   pennant.     picture  appears   courtesy  of   getty   images/   Dilip  Vishwanat  ............
Players on the Los Angeles celebrate their 5-1 victory over the St Louis Cardinals enabling their clinching of NLCS berth. They now await the winners of the series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies to determine the NL pennant. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Dilip Vishwanat ............

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.

The   Dodgers'   Johnathan  Broxton   delivers   the   final    pitch   of  the   game  against   the   St  Louis   Cardinals     at   Busch   Stadium     in   St   Louis   ,  Missouri  . picture  appears   courtesy  of  getty images/Dilip  Vishnawat   .......
The Dodgers' Johnathan Broxton delivers the final pitch of the game against the St Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St Louis , Missouri . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Dilip Vishnawat.......

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 .

Author: tophatal ...........

An avid sports' fans that's all !!!!!

8 thoughts on “They’re On Their Way Home With Their Tails Between Their Legs ………..”

  1. The Rockies beat the Phillies two years ago and went on to lose to Boston in the World Series. Cards they lost. They were overrated all year. Dodgers have a good club. Phillie-Rockies will go five games.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      The only thing that was disappointing was the lack of fight put by either team in the Cardinals and Red Sox. Who knew that they’d perform so bad in the early rounds of the NLCS and ALCS respectively ?

      The Phillies / Rockies series is far from over but I still feel that the series is there for the Phillies to win. Just as long as they don’t have to fully rely on Brad Lidge to close out too many of their games. The guy can be scary at times when he’s not on his game as he’s more liable to blow the save rather than earn the win for the team.

      Alan Parkins

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  2. Yeah, it’s funny I feel like I was the only one giving the Dodgers a chance, and what do you know, they ended up winning! I have a bunch of work friends that are Dodgers fans that doubted them too, but that’s why you play the game! I hope they can somehow take out the Phillies! Both teams are riding high and getting clutch contributions, should be a good series!

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    1. chappy 81

      I think thst the thing was when you looked at the Cardinals’ pitching staff and how they’d perform through much of the season . You just felt that they’d carry the team. But many of us however overlooked was the fact that their offense just didn’t perform as expected. One Torre made the choice to walk Pujols and let the rest of the offense try and beat the Dodgers. We all saw that they had absolutely nothing whatsoever ! But what is even more befuddling is the fact that La Russa didn’t make any adjustments at all to countermand that. It just goes to show that despite all the wins and post series success . He’s now living on borrrowed time.

      He’s more at fault for this team losing the series than anyone else ! His poor management skills led to the team’s demise .

      Alan Parkins

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  3. Well, I agree that most people overlooked the fact that the Cards offense was struggling almost as much as the Dodgers coming into the series, but nobody talked about it since they were still winning with their good pitching! I agree that Torre out coached La Russa, but you can’t really blame him for losing the series. I think a combo of Holliday and Franklin earned their share of blame in that blown game! Maybe I just have a soft spot for my A’s old manager!

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    1. chappy 81

      While you make a very valid point concerning Holliday and Franklin. I feel that La Russa is more to blame for the Cardinals’ demise. Once he saw that Torre had no intention of making Pujols be the Dodgers’ nemesis at the plate. He (La Russa ) failed to make strategic changes as were necessary. That’s something I believe you’re overlooking . Other than that I’ve got to commend the Dodgers on their resounding series victory.

      Alan Parkins

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