Ooh! That was a bad end to the game Sunday afternoon.
The Pirates won in the 10th inning of Sunday’s series finale in walk-off fashion.
A sloppy 10th inning is what sealed the loss. The Pirates Xavier Paul moved to second on a steal attempt. Cards back-up catcher Gerald Laird threw to Ryan Theriot to tag out Paul, but Theriot missed the throw and allowed it to go into center and Paul moved up to third.
Chase d’Amaud hit a sac fly to Colby Rasmus. He threw toward home to try to get Paul out but, alas, the throw was a few feet off and Paul scored the winning run.
This wasn’t the only thing to seal the Cardinals loss …
As a team the Cardinals left 11 on base. They were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
That would make this seem like a team issue, right?
Well, having become familiar with some members of Cardinals fan base, blaming the team isn’t good enough. It has to be someone’s fault.
So lets take a look at the blame game for a moment …
There were three errors including a fielding error by Skip Schumaker, a missed catch by Ryan Theriot and a throwing error by Gerald Laird. The error was Theriot’s 16th of the season.
Brendan Ryan hit a grand slam for the Mariners in their 12-8 loss, a 15th straight loss by the way, to the Red Sox. So, anything Theriot did Sunday, including a nice little base hit, just wasn’t going to be good enough for a segment of the Cardinals fan base.
With an ailing finger, Kyle Lohse only pitched five innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out four. Lance Lynn received his first blown save of the year with two innings pitched. He struck out two but also gave up one run on two hits. Mitchell Boggs pitched two good innings. Jason Motte ended up with the loss, though, in his two-thirds of an inning of work.
Colby Rasmus had a crazy throw at the end of the game. And he’s Colby Rasmus. It doesn’t matter that he went 2 for 4. He had a home run and one RBI? No, Colby is the latest piece of trade bait and that’s all anyone wants to talk about now.
While the Cardinals say they are wanting to improve without trading Colby or Shelby Miller or Carlos Martinez, Post-Dispatch writer Joe Strauss has Colby on the next bus to Chicago’s South Side. It almost makes you wonder what Rasmus has or hasn’t done for Strauss. Sour grapes, Straussy?
The deal Strauss has cited doesn’t make a bit of sense. Colby for Edwin Jackson and lefty reliever Matt Thornton?
This season, Edwin Jackson is 7-7 in 19 games with a 3.92 ERA and 97 strikeouts. And Thornton? He is 0-4 with three saves in 37 games. He has a 3.41 ERA and 33 strikeouts.
While Thornton’s numbers read like some folks we already have, Jackson’s numbers look decent. But he is a free agent after this season. I don’t want Colby to be traded for a rental. With Albert’s contract looming, could Carpenter, Berkman and Jackson, etc., all remain with the team?
If a deal such as this is made, it suggests the Cardinals are lying and they are actually just wanting to get rid of Colby to get rid of him.
What do you think of Rasmus for Jackson and Thronton? Is that a deal you would make? Why? If not, who would you trade Raz for? Or do you think Rasmus should remain a Cardinal and get his head straight?
With the non-waiver trade deadline on Sunday and after this weekend’s series with the Pirates, what do the Cardinals need to do now? What trade would you like to see?
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinal contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter @missmiranda