Dodgers Take Out Cards – Finally Something to Cheer About

Posted on 11 October 2009 by Lou

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Call me petty – but I must admit, I was so glad that the Dodgers swept the Cardinals out of the playoffs in the 1st round like they did the Cubs in 2008.  It was even sweeter that the Dodgers eliminated the Cards on their home turf in front of their home crowd.  Since there wasn’t much to cheer about for the Cubs in 2009, might as well cheer for the Cards to lose in the playoffs.

I really don’t think the Cards were as good as everybody thought they were.  Sure Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright may be 2 of the best pitchers in all of baseball when healthy.  But after that, the pitching staff so over-performed in 2009, that you can’t expect the same to happen in 2010.  Joel Pineiro – 15 wins and 3.49 ERA and 1.14 WHIP – gimme a break.  Even with those numbers he now has a career ERA at 4.39 and a career WHIP at 1.34, and his true colors showed in Game 3 of the ALDS when he gave up 4 ER and 7 hits in just 4 innings of work.  Kyle Lohse and Todd Wellemeyer are average at-best, and their closer, Ryan Franklin had his best season as a pro.  Let’s look at the numbers: in 2007, Franklin saved only 1 game while blowing 5 saves.  In 2008, Franklin saved 17 games, but blew 8 games.  In 2009, Franklin turned it all around in remarkable fashion – 38 saves, with only 5 blown saves, with a 1.92 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.  But he only had 44 K’s in 61 inning pitched and his career ERA (4.07) and WHIP (1.32) are average at best.

The Cards took control off the NL Central only after the acquisition of Matt Holliday in July, and as a free agent, there is no assurance that Holliday with stay in St. Louis.  The Cardinals stayed away from the injury bug for the most part, and everyone played above their career numbers in 2009.  Call me jaded, but this is usually a recipe for disaster the following season.  This Cards team will come back down to earth in 2010, and look for the Cubs to take the NL Central easily in 2010…

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