Missed opportunities stung the Cardinals tonight as the team lost 4-2 to the Rangers.
The most glaring of missed opportunities was that the team was 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. And, they left 12 on base. Now, this has been the way the Cardinals have played all 2011. But, this is the World Series. It’s time to step things up a bit.
Chris Carpenter was the next big missed opportunity. He pitched 7 innings, struck out 4, but gave up two homers to Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre.
Marc Rzepczynski pitched to Mike Napoli in the 8th inning, when the ever-clutch catcher hit a double to the gap between center and right field to score the winning runs.
Another questionable act happened on apparently two occasions. Fox announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver said Albert Pujols signaled Allen Craig to run for a hit and run. Each time, it failed and each time, Allen Craig seemed out by a mile … making him look … well, bad!
While the Cardinals are down, there are still potentially two more games left and at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals … backed in a corner as they have been all season … head back to Busch to hopefully finish out the Series in 7. Call me overly optimistic but this team was down 10.5 at the end of August. None of us thought this team would be in the World Series. But, with their backs to the wall, the team has always managed.
Why stop that trend now?
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter for Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.