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Cardinals defense costing them games

Posted on: May 15, 2011 4:15 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The St. Louis Cardinals have scored the most runs in the National League and have the sixth-best ERA in the NL (and tops in the NL Central). Yet, after getting swept by the now-first-place Reds, the Cardinals sit 1 1/2 games out of first place with a rather modest 22-19 record. There have been several games blown by the bullpen late, but the defense is also a big-time culprit, and it was on display Sunday in Cincinnati.

The Cardinals made two more errors, tying them with the Astros for the most in the NL -- only the Rangers have more in all of baseball. Tyler Greene easily could have been tagged with another and balls routinely found holes in the slow defense throughout the entire weekend. Worse yet, a five-run rally in the ninth inning Sunday only got the Cardinals to within two runs, thanks in part to how many outs the defense gave away earlier in the game.

Lance Berkman has been brilliant with the bat, but he can't get to much out there in right field. Colby Rasmus is decent in center, but he's battling a sore abdomen, and John Jay is the replacement in the meantime -- and he's better suited for the corners. Ryan Theriot and Greene are lackluster and Albert Pujols has surprisingly been sub-par at first. Sunday, he lazily tried to backhand a ball and committed an error that would eventually cost the Cardinals a run.

It does appear the two best teams in the NL Central are the Cardinals and Reds. Both can pound the baseball and have solid starting rotations with shaky back-ends in the bullpen. But the true separation point is defensively, where the Reds are stellar and the Cardinals are lacking. It was on display all weekend in Cincinnati and it could ultimately be the deciding factor in the divisional race.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:28 pm
 

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Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Cardinals defense costing them games

YES YES YES.

Keep on failing Cards.

Keep bringing embarassment to the sheep that call themselves "Cardinal Nation"

What a joke.     
    



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:44 am
 

Cardinals defense costing them games

Misunderstanding No. 2!!

Bray's a stud. I said that Masset and Chapman were the setup men along with Bray. 2/3 of the bunch is shaky.




Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:28 am
 

Cardinals defense costing them games

Matt!

You're gonna pick on Bray?!  His ERA is 1.35, 2 runs in 20 innings ... I LOVE it when Dusty trots him out there. 



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Cardinals defense costing them games

NatiJim235:

Yes, I do. How has Aroldis Chapman been recently? Nick Masset's had several bumps in the road, too. Along with Bray, those are main setup guys for Cordero. I'd be worried about those two in the seventh and/or eighth innings. That's all I was saying. The Cardinals' bullpen is definitely worse, but you can't tell me you're comfortable with a 1-run lead if the starter exits in the sixth inning.

- Matt



Since: May 2, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Cardinals defense costing them games

you are right on tha the reds have a stellar defense - but don't EVER confuse the reds bullpen with the cardinals - matt synder - do you even watch the reds? apparently not...chapman is the only achilles and that has been just recent. they have many options but giving him a chance to get his confidence back - they are so deep that they have guys in AAA would make the cardinals bullpen staff.



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Cardinals defense costing them games

You know something is bad  when you are tied with the Astros for the lead (in this case, errors).


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