Cardinals giving fans reason to be optimistic

Cardinals giving fans reason to be optimistic

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch to the Chicago Cubs in the third inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on April 13, 2012. Wainwright is making his second start of the season after sitting out the entire 2011 season with an arm injury. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Jeff Abeln / BaseballSTL

KMOV.com

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 1:43 AM

(BaseballStL) -- For everyone going crazy over the good and the bad of the young season, slow down, it’s extremely early, and things tend to change. If you’re jumping on, or falling off bandwagons this early, I’d advise just to stay put.

First, let’s start with Adam Wainwright. Sitting at 0-3 with an ERA near ten, the right hander is off to a terrible start. He swears his poor start has nothing to do with the Tommy John surgery, and that he doesn’t have ‘dead arm.’ Instead, he’s just in a slump. I’m not sure what’s wrong with Waino, but I pretty sure he’ll figure it out and get back on track. Hopefully for the Cardinals it’s much sooner than later. It’s a bit tough to believe the Birds are 11-5 with no Chris Carpenter, and a thoroughly struggling Adam Wainwright.

It’s not tough to breakdown Kyle Lohse’s success. A healthy Kyle Lohse is a productive Kyle Lohse. Lohse has been nearly perfect thus far and he looks like a number one. His control is incredible. Lohse is literally toying with hitters, saying, ‘come on, see if you can hit this one.’ But before you give him the Cy Young Award, understand, it’s very, very early. Last year Kyle McClellan began the year winning nine of his first eleven starts, only to drop five straight from mid June to early July. With Lohse in 2011, he started out (4-1) but ran into trouble, and a bit of bad luck losing three straight. Baseball is a fickle game, and that’s why the players themselves never get too high or too low. I still see Lohse winning 15 plus games, but when I hear people already brining up Cy Young talk I cringe.

Matt Holliday is making a lot of money ($17 Million this year), and not producing right now. The key words in that sentence were ‘right now.’ I was listening to a radio show the other day and a caller went on a rant suggesting the Cardinals get rid of Holliday. I hope that person’s work doesn’t do drug testing, because he is in big trouble! Holliday is off to a slow start hitting just .197 with eight RBI’s, and four home runs, but he will find his stroke. Before the season began I thought, and still do think this will be a great year for Holliday. With Albert Pujols in L.A., it gives him a shot to be the ‘Mang’ this year. Holliday usually produces decent to pretty good April’s, but this month he hasn’t found his swing, and hasn’t caught the right breaks, but that doesn’t mean he won’t catch fire soon. Plus, when you’re making nearly $20 million dollars a year, you want to get out of that slump as quickly as possible, because while we (the media) are paying close attention to his struggles now, imagine the type of criticism he’ll endure in a month if he doesn’t pick it up.

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