July 19, 2014

Waino sits out Dodger dance

Read into it what you will, that Adam Wainwright is sitting out the entire three-game series versus the Dodgers this weekend in St. Louis.

Forcing that headline into the shadows was a gutsy pitching performance by Lance Lynn, who gets plenty of wins (always has), but did so last night without the usual healthy portion of run support. That's a good sign for Redbirds' fans.

Waino, who doesn't get near the run support as most of the other Cards' hurlers, will "rest up" till Tuesday's mini-series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. Whatever.

Keep in mind, by the way, that ace pitchers don't normally get tons of run support on most teams, as they are usually matched up against other ace pitchers. Hence, the pitching duel. For those who still don't get it, there just isn't a whole lot of offense going on when aces do battle.

That's why it was so important for a pitcher like Lance Lynn to pitch so well in a close ball game (a 3-2 win) last night. You see, the Cards weren't batting against the likes of Zack Greinke or Clayton Kershaw, but it seemed like it, and Lynn had to gut it out anyway. He did.

Pretty good bullpen support, I might add.

And a pretty good match up today, pitting Zack Greinke against the Cards' Joe Kelly. I'll be there to witness this battle.

What I won't be at Busch to see is Kershaw and Martinez on Sunday. If the Cardinals are smart, they'll take the pressure off themselves and take a nothing-to-lose approach. Such an approach would be easier to embrace if indeed the Redbirds can secure a series victory with a win today.

Either way, the Cardinals' offense -- not Wainwright's absence --  should be the main concern of Cards' manager, Mike Matheny. Quality at bats and run-manufacturing with good execution on things like hitting behind base runners, small-ball in all its facets, sacrifice flies, and smart base running in general should be the order of the day(s).

Wi-fi willing, I'll try to post of few game photos this afternoon.

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