Sunday, April 28, 2013
After dropping a home series with the Pirates, I can't help but feeling a little green about the way the Cardinals bullpen has performed. I suppose there's no better time than now to show off some of the Emerald parallels that I received from fellow Cardinals fan jamicfin of Unabashed Interest.
This will forever be one of my favorite cards, at least as far as the photo is concerned. Jon Jay has really struggled in April. He's been knocked out of the leadoff spot that he occupied after Rafael Furcal went down with an injury last year. Even though Jay is typically a .300 hitter and not the .200 hitter he's been in 2013, he's never had a high walk rate which is what you'd prefer out of the top of the order.
Matt Carpenter is the new leadoff guy. He walks a ton.
This guy throws hard and has a lot of promise. He needs to keep the ball out of the middle of the plate, though, because even pitchers who throw 100 mph are hittable if you know exactly where the ball is going to be.
I can't say enough about Adam Wainwright. Two years removed from Tommy John surgery, he's returned to elite status among starting pitchers.
We need more of this and fewer frustrating losses like this weekend's games.