The MLB Playoffs haven’t even been a week old and I am already annoyed by the St. Louis Cardinals. I am an American League fan, so the Cardinals don’t neccessarily bother me as much as other teams should, but I absolutely cannot stand when a team - from any sport - constantly gets lucky over and over again. I’m not trying to discredit the Cardinals by any means; however, just look at all the breaks St. Louis has benefitted from in the last week alone. This breakdown is from one of my friends, Andy Roberts, who basically summed it up to a tee on Facebook:
- Reached the playoffs via a playoff spot that didn’t exist before this season – Won wild-card game with help from one of the worst (or at the least, most controversial) umpiring calls in baseball history, not to mention inexplicably terrible defense from one of the best-fielding teams in the game this year – Advanced to play the only team in the playoffs who is without one of their best players (and just to rub it in, said player is not even injured) – About to take 2 games to 1 lead in best of 5 series on the back of a player who is so bad at hitting that as recently as last year was putting up an OPS AT TRIPLE-A that was worse than Joe Mather’s major-league OPS this season – Starting pitcher who is pulling off something medically unprecedented just by playing right now has 4 shutout innings and collected 2 hits at the plate.
Seriously, this stuff is beyond ridiculous. I honestly can’t pick one of those bullet points as the most egregious. It’s one thing if the Cardinals were close to the Atlanta Braves, but they were six games behind Atlanta in the wild card hunt. That alone made the one-game playoff all the more annoying, because it probably shouldn’t have happened to begin with. Bud Selig and company threw this year’s playoff structure together without much preparation, which is one of the main reasons these playoffs feel a little tainted.
In addition, Stephen Strasburg is just witnessing his team lose in the playoffs while he is perfectly healthy, yet Chris Carpenter is doing just fine on the mound, even though he was supposed to miss the entire 2012 season. Lastly, Pete Kozma – who has a career .652 MiLB OPS – has turned into Cal Ripken Jr. over night.
After all this nonsense I just mentioned above, we have to remember this team is the defending World Series champion after doing the same stuff last season!
Death, taxes, the St. Louis Cardinals pulling something out of their behind.
The three automatics in life.