The St. Louis Cardinals must return to the Fenway funhouse and win two games over the Boston Red Sox to bring a World Series trophy home. It’s been done before, even done by two long-ago Cardinals teams. Yet, this current team has no chance to win unless they lose something first.
A resounding “WHY?” echoed through the streets of St. Louis and environs when Cardinal starter Adam Wainwright gave Boston slugger David Ortiz a pitch to hit in the first inning of Game 5 Monday, which he promptly turned into an RBI double. The Cardinals have done plenty of things to lose games in this series, but this is beyond understanding.
Are the Cardinals not aware that Ortiz is batting .733, the rest of his team .144?
Manager Mike Matheny has a lot going on in his head right now. He’s trying to juggle his lineup around to spark cold bats. A mechanical problem with the team’s charter plane will put them in Boston much later than planned. He has a rookie starting a WS elimination game in his 14th major league start. All that is mere clutter. Matheny needs to focus on one thing and ditch the idea that any of his pitchers are going to get Ortiz out. Make the decision to walk the one guy you know can beat your team — walk him every time he comes to bat.
Matheny surely knows the Shakespeare quote that, “Discretion is the better part of valor.” He must bring it to life now on the biggest stage.
Sara Lefebvre is a St Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.