It’s been less than a week since the St. Louis Cardinals were removed from the playoffs by the San Francisco Giants winning Games 5, 6, and 7 of the National League Championship Series. What seemed on the morning of October 19th as inevitable, that the Cardinals would be playing for their 12th World Series championship in 2012, failed to come to pass thanks to shaky starting pitching and a slumping offense.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have removed Jaime Garcia from the National League Divisional Series roster for the remainder of the series. In his place, the team will add Shelby Miller. This means that Garcia is ineligible to play in the National League Championship Series, should the team advance past the Washington Nationals.
After Monday evening’s game Garcia received an MRI exam. Tuesday that exam revealed inflammation and a rotator cuff strain in his throwing shoulder. Garcia will receive a second opinion on his shoulder on Thursday. At that point, the team and Garcia will begin a plan to get him back on the field.
The National Football League doesn’t do it. The National Basketball Association doesn’t do it. The National Hockey League doesn’t do it. So why does Major League Baseball continue to do it?
Game 2 of the National League Divisional Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washingon Nationals began at 4:30 pm Eastern time on a Monday. The game was in St. Louis, so that means that the game actually started at 3:30 pm Central time so anyone who wanted to attend the game had to skip work in order to go. And anyone on the west coast, well, why bother with them?
The St. Louis Cardinals entered Monday evening’s game down 0-1 to the Washington Nationals in a unique National League Division Series. Depending on the outcome of the game, they may have had to head to Washington needing to sweep the next three games at Nationals Park.
Out of the gate Cardinals’ starter Jaime Garcia struggled with his command early in the game. He walked two in the top of the first and then another in the top of the second. It was in the top of the second where Washington broke through and drew first blood. It was Nationals’ starter Jordan Zimmermann helping his own cause with a single to right field that scored Ian Desmond to put the Nationals ahead 1-0.
It’s been a theme for the Cardinals all season. Missed opportunities. The most glaring from this afternoon being a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the seventh with no outs. Ground balls from Allen Craig and Yadier Molina ended the inning without the Cardinals scoring to extend their 2-1 lead. At that point, the momentum swung firmly in the direction of the Nationals.
In the top of the eighth, Mitchell Boggs came in and it all began to unravel for the Cardinals. A tough bounce resulted in a fielding error by Pete Kozma allowed Michael Morse to reach base. Ian Desmond singled to move Morse to third. Danny Espinosa sacrificed Desmond to second. With runners at second and third, Boggs managed to strike out Kurt Suzuki for the second out of the inning. It appeared the Cardinals might escape the inning.