August 8, 2010

Redbirds do not want Reds smelling blood

In all the excitement of a great plate appearance by Aaron Miles, what was lost was a base running miscue that ended a late rally inning for the Redbirds. It happens, and surely the mistake has been realized.

Also recognize, however, that the Redbirds are playing some pretty good second-half baseball, the kind you need to get to in order to contend.

In the nearly perfect condition of hindsight, possibly Kyle McClellan, who had settled in within a pitch in the eighth, should've finished off the game. As Redbirds fans know, when McClellan is that precise on the mound, he's as unhittable as any closer, including teammate Ryan Franklin, who looked rusty (no pun) after some time off.

The Cards definitely do not want to slip farther behind the Reds before the upcoming 3-game set there starting tomorrow, so today's contest is pretty big. If the Cards drop today's game, the Reds will smell blood, as they should, and go to town on the Cards behind the leadership of Scott Rolen.