posted on May 14, 2010 00:00
Wait a second- I thought Houston was the one that supposed to suck sack.
Humberto Quintero? Tommy Manzella? Geoff Blum? The only thing this Astro lineup should be good for is increasing the suicide rate in Houston. Instead, they took Cardinals behind the woodshed and splayed the cardinals rear-ends wide open.
3 up. 3 down. 1 case of getting Loshed all over our faces.
Early in the Blues season last year, I had an online conversation with Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch and ESPN 101.1 FM. Everybody was yapping about how the Blues needed to have a better start than in the 08-09 season and a million other reasons they weren't playing well. It seemed reasonable that a team so loaded with young talent would make a leap from playoff appearance to playoff contender the next year, right?
But I asked him- Couldn't we just be missing it... this Blues team isn't very good.
Maybe, he says. May. Be.
Turns out they weren't very good. Turns out the young guys we though would progress, actually regressed. Turns out the older guys had a one-year resurgence not a career renaissance. Turns out I was right about Blues.
So could it be that the Cardinals just aren't that good of a TEAM.
Hear me out. The Cardinals are an impressive collection of talented players. In a fantasy draft where you created your own team to defend your honor, this group would have all sorts of men that would be snatched up in a heartbeat. I'm not here to argue that at all.
But when it comes to a TEAM- does it feel like this group of players really give much of a shit about each other? Not to me. The middle infield is playing as poor as any 2 combined players in MLB- but not one player is speaking out about their confidence in Ryan or Shumaker to get it going.
Matt Holliday? When you make 120 million dollars you expect some leadership. Some clutch hits. Some things that pick up your team. But he seems more than content to cash a check and not get particularly upset about his poor play.
Kyle Lohse? 11 million dollars this year. 11 million dollars last year. These are the contracts that ruin baseball teams in markets not named Boston or NYC.
And I don't think we need to get started on the Joshua/Colby Rasmus debacle.
These guys feel like a group of guys that, if pressured further, wouldn't come up diamonds, but rather, start the backbiting. And I'm not talking about Aaron Miles. They can spew bullshit about it being a long season, and getting good swings and promising for 'it' to come around. But championship teams don't get ass-hammered at home by the worst team in the division without wondering just what in the hell is going in that locker room. And if it'll get any better.
We're into May. Mid-May. And while the Cardinals still cling to a slight lead in the NL Central, I don't think anyone feels good about what just happened these past 3 days. The season allows for corrections to be made and for this group of highly paid athletes to figure out how to support one another.
Then again, maybe they don't want to. Maybe we overestimated. Maybe this just isn't a good team.
Aaron Hooks is managing editor for CardsDiaspora.com and a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He writes every Friday for InsideSTL. Follow him on Twitter.