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It’s Official: Cards’ Playoff Hopes are Gone

August 24, 2011
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Jaime Garcia had his worst outing of the year Thursday, lasting only 5 innings while giving up 6 earned runs.

The St. Louis Cardinals just completed what was quite possibly the worst three-game series imaginable. Playing a three-game set against the underachieving LA Dodgers, the Cardinals scored only seven runs total and let the Dodgers’ offense score twenty-four. TWENTY-FOUR. The Dodgers came into the series 12 games under .500. The Cardinals came into the series needing to win each game just to keep within 8 games in the division. But now, the Cards stand 10 games back, even after a rare Milwakee loss todayy, and I can confidently say that we are done. What happened? This is a question that will haunt STL fans all offseason. How does a team with the best offense in the National League and decent pitching not make the playoffs? What’s with Jaime Garcia, a pitcher with an ERA around 3, imploding and giving up six runs in one inning? How do the Cards lose a game in which Chris Carpenter pitches eight scoreless innings?  No one will ever know for sure. But my best guess is this team has a severe case of underachieving. Now the only thing for the St. Louis club to play for is pride, and hopefully we can at least turn things around a bit and finish the year with a respectable record. And while they’re at it, why not get AP’s average up over .300? That would be a positive, one of only a few for the Cardinals in the final two months. Thankfully football season is starting soon.

-KG

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