The last week of the season is actually kind of annoying. Especially now, with the Cardinals’ magic number just hovering. So close, but yet so far, as they say.
Last night was another one of those frustrating nights. Kyle Lohse giving up four runs in the first, Cardinal hitters struggling, scoring chances missed, and then when they did score — tying it up at four in the bottom of the ninth — walking a sub-.200 hitter to get to a guy hitting .303 in the last 10 games to give up two runs.
Oh, and then, eliminate Matt Holliday’s lead-off single in the bottom of the 10th with a GIDP, and, thus, failing to eliminate the Brewers from the playoff race.
… so, “Le sigh.”
Today is another chance. And don’t worry, MLB.com still has the Cards with a 95.8% chance of making the playoffs by way of the second NL Wild Card.
But, until there is a nice little “E” next to both the Brewers and the Dodgers, games like this will be frustrating. (Who am I kidding, games like this will always be frustrating! They just won’t always be as potentially costly.)
We can’t justifiably question this team’s resilience, though. And today is a new day. It will be a great day with a Cardinals win!
Four games left. Let’s get it done.
Tara is a St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball and a contributor to Around the Horn. Follow her on Twitter @tarawellman.