Rookie manager cost the Cards a World Series title
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The only thing that qualifies me to talk about baseball is my having watched the sport for half-a-century. My experience playing was as an infielder in little league. A fat kid playing shortstop? You do the math. I was terrible. But, I still love the game. So with that out of the way, I’d like to pose a few well-meant questions about how the Cardinals lost the World Series. You’ll notice I didn’t say, how the Red Sox won. The Cardinals should have beaten this American League version of themselves.
Look, the Cards fielding was often terrible. Witness the debacle of Game One. And the team’s 220 batting average in the series was anemic. But, a few things still need explaining. Number One: Why was Boston’s David Ortiz even pitched to? Big Papi had a 688 World Series batting average and a 760 on-base percentage. Cards pitchers shouldn’t have thrown anything to him closer than 15 feet. But manager Mike Matheny insisted they pitch to Ortiz. Why?
Number Two: Where was Shelby Miller? The kid had 15 wins in the season. He didn’t pitch at all. Is there a reasonable explanation for this? Number three: When Lance Lynn was pitching the game of his life, which means not bad, Matheny pulled him for relief pitcher Seth Maness. Slam, bam, thank you Maness. The Red Sox score three runs and win the game. The thinking behind pulling Lynn was what?
Again, the Cardinals fielding was shoddy. They barely hit their weight. Which left only their pitching and that alone could only get them two wins. We understand all that. But, some of the decisions made by rookie manager Matheny were puzzling. Which is a polite way of saying they helped cost the team the title.
I’m Charles Jaco and that’s Jacology.