It’s not like the Cardinals are a bad baseball team.
It’s hard to not think that at the moment, you know, falling 10.5 games out of first place in the NL Central, but it’s true. Houston has 47 wins. That’s a awful baseball team. Baltimore has 55 wins. Terrible. So the Cardinals being 7 games over .500 is, in comparison, not fair to be labled ‘bad’.
If anything, they’re more of like a horrible girlfriend that you keep giving shots to after they show you even a glint of hope, only to get it thrown back in your face the second you feel like progress is getting made. We had some fun last week with the whole “just stop it” gimmick, but really, deep down, we’re Cardinal fans. And nothing else seemed to be working… so we kept it up all through a sweep of the Brewers.
Suddenly, gaining a game a week for 4 weeks and another sweep of the Brewers was what it was going to take the NL Central. Very unlikely? Yes. Impossible? Close, but not quite.
But the 2011 Cardinals did what they always do when they start getting some heat – roll over and burp.
Losing 2 of 3 to the reeling Reds at home followed by another impotent game at the plate against Randy Wolf and the Birds are, if not mathematically, officially done. You can’t close a double digit lead in three weeks. Especially when the opponent is 24-3 in the last 27 not against the Cardinals.
It’s not like we didn’t know it. But dammit, it still sucks. The Cardinals will end the season around 10 games over .500, so it’s hard to complain when there are fans of the Astros and Orioles out there. Then again, I think we can all agree that from the second spring training started to right at this very moment you’re reading this – that 2011 has been full of more pain than any season than we can remember.
Wainwright, Franklin, Pujols’ wrist, Holiday’s… well everything – It was another lost season in the historic career of one of the best players in the past 50 years.
Oh, and by the way, he may only have 11 games left at home in a Cardinals uniform.
We gave this team ample opportunity to win us over in 2011. And at every turn, they took that goodwill and made you look stupid for even thinking that doing something was an option.
Time to cut the rope. Move on. And dump them.
At least for the next month.