There’s been a big hullabaloo lately about celebrations and whether or not baseball players celebrating what happens should be condoned or if its against the so-called unwritten rules of the game. For the Cardinals, this game to a head following Game Three when Yasiel Puig smacked a triple off the wall (that he thought was a home run when he hit it), stood and admired it, and then raised his hands in celebration.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time this evening defending Mike Matheny‘s decision to let Lance Lynn start this game over Shelby Miller or Joe Kelly, and I don’t usually find myself in the business of defending Matheny either. In the end, it didn’t work out as the Lynn struggled through the game, allowing 5 earned runs over 4 1/3 innings of work. The main complaint was that Lynn can’t be relied upon because he isn’t mentally tough enough and has been killed by the Pirates all season long.
In a small move in comparison to what will happen in just a few hours, the Cardinals claimed outfielder Joey Butler off waivers from the Texas Rangers. Butler, 27, appeared in 8 games for the Rangers this season and went 4-for-12 with a pair of doubles, 3 walks, and an RBI. He notched playing time in both corner outfield spots.
Butler was drafted in the 15th round of the 2008 draft by the Rangers. He hit .291 with 12 homers, 51 RBI, and a .395 OBP in 119 games for Triple-A Round Rock this season. He has played 369 games in Triple-A over the last three seasons and is hitting an even .300 with 44 homers. He is a right handed hitter who has played all three outfield positions in his minor league career.
Mike Matheny announced today that Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn will start games one and two, respectively, of the National League Divisional Series. The Cardinals are home in St. Louis where they await the winner of tonight’s NL Wild Card between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. It represents a change in the order of the rotation as we enter the playoffs as Lynn had been scheduled to start on days preceding Wainwright’s turn in the rotation.
On Sunday afternoon the St. Louis Cardinals put the finishing touches on their 2013 campaign that saw them finish with a 97-65 record, good for best in the National League. For a team that spent most of the first half of the season in that position before floundering mid-summer, it was a happy ending.
The team, however, will enter postseason play for the tenth time in the last fourteen seasons with about as many questions as answers. Here are three important questions that the team will need to find answers to if the franchise’s 12th World Series title is in the cards.