Now that St. Louis Cardinals management has decided which pitcher it wants to begin the season in the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation, its focus can shift to a similar dilemma that exists for the last spot in the bullpen.
Stopping the Boston momentum was the most important job the Cardinals had to do entering game two. And all things considered, there was no better man available to do the job than Michael Wacha.
From a string of uncanny, timely pitching performances, to just the right hits to get by, they have found a seamless way to survive. However, on Wednesday night in Boston, those seams popped and the Cardinal chances quickly followed suit.
For all that can be said about Matt Holliday, one thing that can’t be taken from him is his flair for the moment. In considering criticism of him, it is as important to measure the body of work, as it is the moment.
The heroics of Carlos Beltran in the month of October are nothing new. However, in last night’s game one of the National League Championship Series, he had his signature effort as a Cardinal during the season’s final month.