Still in arms' reach

Posted on August 20, 2008

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With a little over a month to go, the Cardinals, like it or not, are within arms’ reach of catching the Milwaukee Brewers for the Wild Card lead.

And while the Brewers have been playing great baseball as of late, the Cardinals have been lying in the weeds and losing to the perennial losers that is the Pittsburgh Pirates, which is in St. Louis for a three-game series that started last night.

What needs to happen with the Cardinals in these waning weeks is that they need to manufacture runs when they need it the most. Instead of relying on power from the middle of the lineup, each player from here on out needs to understand their role if they want to continue playing in October for the fifth time in seven years.

Another thing would be finishing the drill in the top of the 9th inning. In case if you haven’t noticed, the Cardinals are among the league leaders in blown saves with the woebegone Washington Senators and in order to make the playoffs, the Cardinals need to, and this is being blunt and direct, stop breaking the fans’ heart.

Or else they’ll be like the Yankees these days.