Wow! The Cardinals are as close to the playoffs as they’ve been since, well I can’t remember when to be honest. All I know is the light that was starting to dim, just got a little brighter with the Cardinals 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Atlanta Braves come from ahead loss to the Florida Marlins. And with those two results, our Cardinals are actually with 2.5 games of the Braves for the Wild Card. More important, they are only 2 back on the loss side. So the Cardinals, winners of 10 of their last 12 and a season high 15 games over .500, and as the “experts” put it trying to pull off a “miracle” with nine games left are making the last week very exciting.
So to the game, how about Kyle Lohse????? Lohse went head to head with Phils ace Roy Halladay, and held his own going 7 1/3 shutout innings with 5 k’s and better yet only one walk outdueling the Phils ace in a game that was major important.
And what about Lance Berkman, hitting his 31st home run of the year in the 3rd inning and the Cardinals were off and running.
And Albert watch continues as he’s still chasing that .300/30/100 goal for 11 years straight. Tonight he doubled off Halladay for RBI #96 and his average continues to hover near .300 (.299 as of this writing). So with El Hombre dialed in, and the staff pitching the way they are (12-2 last 14 starts). With Furcal going 3-4 with 2 doubles. With the bullpen able to hold the lead, yes it was a little scary in the end. And yes, with Atlanta’s loss to the Marlins. There is reason to hope, and the season ain’t over til it’s over. So now the Cardinals head home to Busch for their final home stand (3 vs the Mets and 3 vs the Cubs), and here’s to the Cardinals fully realizing the importance of beating these “beatable” teams taking care of their own business and hoping the Braves continue to slump for a few more games. The Cards will run out Edwin Jackson tomorrow night, and he’s been solid so I am encouraged. Albeit cautiously encouraged, but encouraged nonetheless.