2013 NLCS: St. Louis Cardinals Should Stop Whining and Show Up

By Sara Lefebvre

The St. Louis Cardinals embarrassed themselves both on and off the field in Game 3 of the NLCS at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After wasting a quality start by their ace pitcher Adam Wainwright by scoring zero runs and making bonehead plays, some Cardinals had the gall to complain about the celebratory gestures by Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodgers were at home for the first time in the series after losing two games in St Louis. They had a right — one could say a duty, to exult in front of their fans.

The Cardinals’ comments were just a case of sour grapes. Did they think they were just going to roll right over the Dodgers? Did they forget the one other time they faced Dodger starter Hyun-Jin Ryu and he held them to five hits and one run through seven innings with seven strikeouts in Busch Stadium? They seemed to think that Wainwright would carry them through the game single-handedly.

Here’s a clue, Cardinals: you can’t win a game if you don’t score any runs.

The Cardinals have been lucky so far in this series in winning two games while scoring only four runs. Their batting average is .134. Despite all that, they still would’ve had a chance in the game last night if not for their defensive and baserunning miscues. It was like their minds were elsewhere, or their bodies had been taken over by beer-league zombies.

If the Cardinals hope to advance to the World Series, they need to compete as a whole team. Pitching has carried them this far, but their bats and their defense need to show up. Then they won’t have to worry their little heads about anyone else’s celebrations.

Sara Lefebvre is a St. Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.

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