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Hey Pugs and Dave, I do what I can. 🙂
Cards split the road trip, which is a definite take after losing the first three at Wrigley. Winning a couple 1-run games in NY was also nice. Winning 7 games in the upcoming home stand would be nice too.
Way to hang, Pugs. CMart and I have arrived to help you close this one out.
I haven’t checked the numbers, but it seems like Bader takes more pitches these days.
Nice job, Pugs. Persistence pays off.
Wacha back in form and getting creamed in the first. I suppose Air Traffic Control is still tracking the Alonso missile.
MM3, no doubt it would be Frank Drebin if he were still alive. Ted Barrett and Kerwin Danley are also very cringeworthy.
I think the DeWitt’s really do want to win but they are business people first as as long as business is good I wouldn’t anticipate any major shake ups.
This might be true this year and previous years. But for how much longer? Good business people know they must consider elasticity of demand for their product, in this case Cardinals’ baseball. At some point demand will reduce with repeated failures to produce top-notch baseball. A good business person would anticipate this and attempt to change the negative influence to get ahead of the down cycle. If not for the sake of the on-field performance context, they certainly would want to do it for the inevitable business/demand decline.
Then again, maybe they think they’ve tried to the fullest extent reasonable, but just haven’t been good for several years at what they do. If this is the case, that’s all the more reason to jettison Mo & company from the front office.
The “no intensity” element is hard to tangibly gauge, but it’s there if you are looking. Fowler’s bunt was a case in point. If he hustled out of the box, instead of being half spectator, he would have been safe. As a result, Bryant’s lack of 3B bag coverage wasn’t nearly so costly to the cubs. Running hard is one thing each player can control. Pretty weak of the broadcast trio to not mention it.
It’s bad when you feel good to be down just one run after the first.
I guess I picked the wrong weekend to quit sniffing glue.
Lester gave up 4 runs after having faced the first 6 batters of the game. Now he looks to be comfortably in line for the W. cubs kicking the Cards all over the field.
Pugs, you’re a better man than I. I think I’d run out of love around 0-75.
Flaherty outing reminiscent of the Wacha meltdown in Wrigley.
Flaherty is bad tonight. Wasting a great opportunity, although he just wiggled out of further damage in the 3rd to keep a 1-run lead.
Nice start. Hopefully there’s more from where that came.
You are right bicyclemike, it’s E (A & C). In that scenario, Hicks struck out all five batters he faced and got a blown save.
You are also right about what to make of save percentage. We know a .300 batting average is excellent. We know a .900 OPS is great. But what about save percentage? And it only works for “closers” — even if it works for them. What about middle relievers and setup guys? That’s why they came up with the “hold” stat. What about “blown holds” as a stat? Don’t think they track that, so you end up looking at more of the peripherals for those guys.
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Hey Pugs, nice tennis reference. Very apropos with the French Open going on. Do you follow that stuff? I do and there are some significant parallels to baseball techniques and tactics.
Well said, UConn. There is not one correct way to “express” yourself as a devoted, loyal fan. Now, the Cards need to kick the cubs’ butts the rest of the series so we can all be happy.
I’ll add another scenario. Suppose Hicks comes into the game just like Rat’s scenario in the 8th. He strikes out the first batter he faces, but the batter reaches base due to a passed ball and a run scores to tie the game 2-2. Hicks strikes out the next batter to end the inning and the score remains 2-2. The Cards then take a 10-2 lead in the bottom of the 8th. Hicks strikes out the side in the 9th, facing just 3 batters, and the Cards win 10-2.
So, Hicks is credited with a ______.
A. blown save
D. A & B above
E. A & C above
F. B & C above
G. A, B, & C above
Just got home and watched the last three at bats. DeJong’s HR was obviously nice to see, but the Goldschmidt and Ozuna ABs are a microcosm of this offense. Terrible situational awareness / hitting by Ozuna to not get to a 3-0 count. He really just needed to get on base. No wonder they’re losing a lot of games in recent weeks.
Interestingly, Miller (26 appearances) and Hicks (22 appearances) have the same 3.98 ERA right now. Both have yielded 9 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings.
Hicks’ ERA in his first 16 games was 1.84. His ERA in the last 6 games is 9.53. As Brian suggests, perhaps a lot of this is due to the disruption in his usage pattern. If so, maybe as an young and inexperienced reliever, he doesn’t respond well to bumps in the road. Hopefully that will change with experience, but until it does, Shildt needs to do better job of allocating innings to him.
Miller, on the other hand, has shown steady improvement over the course of his 26 games. His ERA started out high (was over 10 after his 3rd game). Since then it has gradually dropped. It fell under 4 for the first time after the Saturday win over the cubs. His WHIP was near or above 2 for the first half of his 26 appearances, but has dropped to 1.43 currently. His WHIP is just 0.9 over his last 12 outings.
Here’s my overall season assessment of Hicks, disregarding all the micro stats. He’s had 22 appearances. Did he do his “job” in each of those appearances or not? Yes or no. I think the vast majority of people would come up with very close numbers to mine, if not exactly the same as mine.
He’s done his “job” in 18 of those 22 outings by my liking (4 times he has not done his “job”). That’s pretty good, but it’d be nice if you had a shutdown closer who does better. Regardless, it’s still pretty good.
The concern might be the trend. Of the 4 times he has not done his “job,” 3 of them have come in his last 6 outings and coincided with the team’s May swoon.
I tend to agree with Diz. Hicks is in a bit of a funk now, but let’s not forget that he is 11 of 12 in save situations this season.
Not commenting on the sentiment of your statement, but I hate the blown save stat.
In the Cards’ last game against Atlanta, Hicks entered the 9th ahead 3-0. He left the game after facing 4 batters, ahead 3-2, runners on 2nd and 3rd, no outs. Miller and Brebbia finish the inning and actually do a good job in allowing just one more run. However, Miller gets the blown save because the tying run (charged to Hicks) scored while he was pitching. “Blown save” can be a worthless — no, actually a very misleading stat.
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Well, one thing is for sure. The Cards-cubs series is very one-sided over the last 70 hours.
At times, Hicks does seem to have trouble re-vectoring when he strays a little off course. That becomes a mental/psychological challenge after a while.