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Cardinals better not lay down to Brewers

Cardinals better not lay down to Brewers

Credit: AP

St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols, left, scores on a wild pitch by Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, right, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

by Jeff Abeln

KMOV.com

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 1:11 PM

(KMOV)-- With the Cardinals 10 ½ games back with 28 to go, can they come back and win the N.L. Central? No, probably, check that, most likely not, but I fully expect this team to make a strong charge beginning Tuesday night, and if they don’t, the players and manager should be thoroughly embarrassed and held accountable.

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I don’t like the Redbirds’ chances this week of sweeping Milwaukee, but it must be done if St. Louis has any shot of catching the Brew Crew; I seriously can’t believe I still think the Cards have an outside shot at this, what am I insane? But what the heck, why not?  Throughout the season, the Birds have shown us they can’t go on huge winning streaks and I’ll be shocked if they do now, but there is time, not much at all, but it’s not like they have a week left in the season, they do have 28 games to play, and six left with the Brewers. It’s time for them to stop talking about how they’ll ‘be fine,’ as one Cardinal player told me, and go out there and win.  Here’s a question for you, if the Cards win the first two in Milwaukee, do you pull back Brandon Dixon and start Jaime Garcia or another pitcher who would give you a better chance to win? A victory would pull them within 7 ½.

This is all just wishful thinking because the Brewers will win the series, if they don’t sweep, and Cardinal Nation will go back to thinking how did this drastic downward slide happen? Ultimately, the Cardinals persevered through a lot this season, (Adam Wainwright going down before the season, DL stints to nearly all of their big guns, Albert Pujols not showing up for the first two months, their opening day closer Ryan Franklin being released, and Tony La Russa contracting shingles). But the bottom line is they DIDN’T win, and haven’t won a playoff game since the World Series in 2006, and Cardinals’ fans, you deserve so much better.
 

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