Saturday, November 05, 2011


Conventional wisdom has been for years that the advantage in a short series goes to the team with the three best starters and the best closer. The Redbirds have caused us to put that nugget back under a microscope.

At the end of the day, the Cardinals won the World Series because their 11 pitchers, taken as a whole, were better than Texas' 11 pitchers. Now that's an interesting thought in a team sport.


At 3:30 PM, November 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Texas lost because their right fielder didn't go all out to catch the Freese fly ball in game six. He could have ended the series, but pulled up for fear of the wall, I guess.

Besides that, Cardinals had the loosey goosey, never say die attitude.

Carpenter, Freese, Berkman, Molina ... some did shine more than others, but they stayed loose as a team. What a great two months to watch the Cardinals.


At 5:55 PM, November 13, 2011, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Conceding everything you say, 11 St. Louis pitchers did their jobs better than 11 Texas pitchers.

Maybe it won't happen again for 50 years but usually pitching depth doesn't matter.

I also think you're being too hard on Cruz. Ball was a rocket on a cold night, hit near a guy with a rehabbing hammy.

It was one for the ages, though.

At 5:43 AM, November 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, you have a good point on all the pitchers being involved.

But Cruz went hard at first, then just let up .. it seemed. And he seemed to be cringing from contact while still five feet from the wall. But maybe it was slicing more than he thought, though another player said "that was the book on him" ... being afraid of the wall.

Another theory on the Cardinal comebacks ...
"Team of Destiny" :)


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