I’m not sure what’s more frustrating – getting spanked 12-4 or losing 1-0. Probably losing 1-0, when Chris Carpenter threw a gem and the bullpen couldn’t hold it. I think because Kyle McClellan and Trever Miller are on my NL-only Rotisserie league team, the one I have to pay for, and it’s a league where losses count against you, that game was more frustrating for me.
Although watching Manny Ramirez’s ball slice just beyond Ryan Ludwick’s reach was maddening and infuriating. McClellan appeared to make a good pitch, but it leaked back over the outside half of the plate and Manny poked it into right.
Monday night? That went about as badly as it could have been, but I don’t think anyone reasonably expected Blake Hawksworth to put together a Steven Strasburg start, or even an Adam Ottavino against-the-Cubs performance. He got hit pretty good, and PJ Walters too. Ludwick’s two homers ended up being window dressing to a beating.
The funny thing is I’m managing the Cardinal entry in a Strat-o-matic replay of the 1977 season, and the one team those Cardinals can’t best is Los Angeles. The Funkyball Cardinals are 26-17 against the rest of the NL and 2-6 against the Dodgers.
St Louis is 16-12 in LA since the start of the 2001 season. They hadn’t SPLIT a series in LA with the Dodgers since 2003, and 2010 will be the first one they’ve lost outright since 2001. They’ve now lost 5 in a row to LA and 4 straight at the Ravine.
Here’s hoping Wainwright can change their luck today.