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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jun 16, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

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Exactly 11 weeks into the 2013 regular season, the Cardinals are the best team in the major leagues.

St. Louis was at it again Saturday evening in Miami, surviving a shaky Lance Lynn start with a big night of offense to beat the Marlins 13-7 at their own place. Carlos Beltran slugged his 15th and 16th homers of the year. A .283/.359/.498 career hitter, he is batting .311/.343/.546 in 61 games this season at age 36 and he’s on pace for 38 homers and 105 RBI.

David Freese went 3-for-4 with a home run. He’s batting .341 with an .898 OPS since the beginning of May. Yadier Molina was 2-for-5 with three RBI and is still pacing the National League with a .352 overall batting average — impressive offensive output from the best defensive catcher in baseball.

The Cardinals are 44-24 with a +107 run differential and the Pirates and Reds both lost on Saturday so their lead in the National League Central standings has grown to 3 1/2 games.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Cubs 5, Mets 2

Red Sox 5, Orioles 4

Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1

Giants 5, Braves 6

Dodgers 5, Pirates 3 (11 innings)

Brewers 6, Reds 0

Phillies 5, Rockies 10

Cardinals 13, Marlins 7

Royals 3, Rays 5

Yankees 2, Angels 6

Nationals 7, Indians 6

Tigers 3, Twins 6

Mariners 4, Athletics 0

White Sox 3, Astros 4

Diamondbacks 4, Padres 6

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Rather unexpectedly, both the Yankees and the Rangers are on 5 game losing streaks. Yesterday, Dickey did not perform as well as he can, but held in for the win. Today, the Jays will try to complete a 4 game sweep against the Rangers. Johnson has a blister problem, so Wang will start instead.

    • nbjays - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Boatload of juvenile “Johnson-Dickey-Wang” jokes in 3…2…1…

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        You are ex air force and my dad was ground crew in the RCAF for 25 years so we understand that a Beaver is an animal and the name of a Canadian made airplane, a tail gunner was an important crew member on WW2 bombers, and bush pilots like Wop May were important in opening up the Canadian north. Kids from the US simply have a different background than we do. The words can be the same, but the connotations can be different.

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        In keeping with PC’s erudite and informed comments, I’d like to add: we hit ‘em with some Dickey yesterday, and we’ll get ‘em with some Wang today. Tomorrow: Johnson, I guess.

        The hard part about today’s contest is that its Holland. His team isn’t hitting for anything much, but if Good Holland shows up, they won’t have to. The trick to him is ignore his breaking pitches and wait for his straight fastball strike. He’ll either walk the hitter or blow that gasoline fed thing right past them. If he has any movement at all on his fastball, its going to be a low scoring Rangers Win today. If his fastball DOESN’T move much, he’ll get hammered. Its a bit of a toss up which Holland you get, though.

        Wang’s only chance is that no one much on the Rangers is hitting. They’re pressing and desperate: hacking at pitches all over the place. If Wang can take advantage of that with the sinker and breaking pitches, he’s got them. If Wang leaves his junk up in the zone . . . well Wang just BETTER not leave his junk up in the zone. Otherwise the Rangers Staff might have to ask fans to start giving baseballs back because they’re running out.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        I am going to digress from baseball completely because I mentioned the bush pilot Wop May who was involved in some famous incidents in his life. As a young inexperienced pilot he suddenly found himself being chased by the famous Red Baron. His commanding officer Roy Brown came to his rescue and shot down the Red Baron. In 1932, he was involved in the hunt for “The Mad Trapper” Albert Johnson (no relation to Josh Johnson although Josh Johnson’s dad was a Canadian). Flying overhead, May discovered his tracks in the snow and directed the RCMP to Johnson leading to the fatal shoot out.

      • indaburg - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        I will have you know, nbjays, that those are not juvenile “Johnson-Wang-Dickey” jokes. Those are the mature, erudite, poetic thoughts of a grown woman. Please, more respect.

      • paperlions - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Obviously, the Blue Jays resolve has stiffened and they are surging toward the climax of the season. Their rotation is loaded and they are primed to pass the old and withering teams in the AL east as they limp toward September.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        The following is offered without comment.

        http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/giant-beaver-attack

        Comment is available for purchase. Email me for my PayPal account.

      • nbjays - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Noted, ‘burgie.

        In my own defense, though, the “juvenile” part of that comment was directed at PC, Cur, Gator and Paper (and most likely every other male on this board). I know that you and Historiophiliac would never stoop to our level. You are both obviously women of beauty, elegance, class and sophistication and you only have the utmost respect for the Johnsons, Dickeys and Wangs of the baseball world.

      • indaburg - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        I would never comment on how unfortunate it is to have a blister on Johnson. No, sir. That is beneath me.

        Happy Father’s Day.

    • indaburg - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Thanks for the history lesson, PC. We don’t learn much about your country In our American history classes. Cool stuff. Awesome name.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        That’s because much of what there is to learn would embarrass the hell out of us.

      • indaburg - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        We Americans are capable of embarrassment? We’re a fairly shameless breed. It’s part of our charm.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Damn – hit send again.

        As I was saying, there’s a reason why, as we were inching our way into Vietnam, Ernest Gruening and Wayne Morse warned that we were going to get mired in “another Canada.”

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        /staring

      • indaburg - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Speaking of shameless…

        I was thinking maybe you could go hunting pythons with that spear of yours and make me some nice python skin cowboy boots. I love wearing boots, and I know you like them too, luke. They’ll go nicely with my beaver fur slippers.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        /spays on more “PigMusk” brand InsteadOfShave lotion. Edges closer. Stares down ‘burg’s shirt.

        Uh…erm…you uh…like…uh….pythons? And spears? I gots both. I might be able to help you with the boots (after I get my big payoff from Obama for me keeping quiet about knowing where he was really born, I’m going to be ROLLING in it . . . well, I ALREADY rolled in it, true, but this time I mean money & power and not PigMusk). So…uh…you like pork?

      • indaburg - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        LMAO

  2. fukpittsburgh - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Orioles win 3 out of 4 today

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Why not? Go O’s Go!

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Already given up on the Jays, eh?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        The Jays playing very well right now, but we want to keep it a secret.

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        They certainly are, but they’ve dug quite a hole for themselves.

        Has a team ever rebounded this late in the season before in modern times?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        I believe that it has been done recently, but do not remember which team.

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Actually, aces I’m with PC on this one. We seem to have a soft spot for The Orioles. They’ve been the division doormat for so many seasons its nice to see them beating hell out of it for a change.

        Rooting for the underdog is very Canadian.

    • Shayna - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      They’re playing four games today?! Has anyone alerted the players’ union?

      • fukpittsburgh - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. SLAYED.

  3. thomas844 - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Beltran battled injuries with the Mets but at age 36 is completely healthy and arguably hitting better than he ever has in his career. How the heck does that happen?

    • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Just a little bit of that Cardinals magic.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Just a little bit of that post-Wilpoon psychosomatic healing syndrome.

      • thomas844 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        That same magic that allowed them to win a WS in ’06 with only 83 wins and another in ’11 when they were down to their last strike on two separate occasions. That franchise is something else, man.

    • dan1111 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      He started at least 140 games 5 out of the 7 years of his contract. His OPS+ was also 130 over those seven years–equaling the level he had played at before coming to the Mets, despite the fact that they signed him well into what are typically decline years.

      I would say that the Mets got excellent production from Beltran over all, and his contract may have been slightly expensive for 2005, but it doesn’t look that bad, really.

      His injuries are remembered more than they should be because they occurred during the collapse and disarray at the end of Minaya’s tenure.

    • junglerat524 - Jun 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      HGH

  4. stanleyfrankmusial - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    I know Old Gator was concerned about Lance Lynn yesterday, but not, I’m sure, over his bat! He earned one of the ugliest wins you’ll ever see, but made Matheny look like a genius for leaving him in to hit in the top of the 5th, whereupon he produced a patented Redbirds “2 out, runners in scoring position” base knock.

    I think (hope?) we’re beyond the small sample size argument and this is the Cardinals’ destiny this season. Damn, are they fun to watch.

    • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      SFM: Not only that, but Matheny is fun to listen to. When asked about Lynn’s hit, he said something to the effect that Lynn looked back to the dugout. Matheny just nodded to him “get a hit,” and then he said “great coaching, huh?” I like this guy. I don’t think he’s the type to let his star ballplayers go play in the sandbox with Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and all those walking Tea Party cat turds, only to emerge from such a noisome experience two thirds the ballplayers they were before. It all just makes we want to marinate my cornish hens in Maule’s, get the genuine hardwood charcoal fired up, crack open a Vernor’s and sit back and watch today’s baseball bagatelle unfold.

      I don’t know much about Lyons, though – it was the name of a famous chain of New York flophouses back when I was a whippersnapper – and Reecky can be tough when he’s on. What can you tell us about Lyons?

      • stanleyfrankmusial - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Lyons stayed up instead of Wacha when Westbrook (sigh) was reactivated – I agree that they need a lefty in the rotation to break up the string of right-handers. He’s another in the string of good young pitchers the Cards have been churning out the last few years; a lot of credit is due Rob Johnson, the Triple-A catcher who has had several cups of coffee with Seattle, San Diego, and last year with the Mutts. Johnson is a Crash Davis-esque guru who’s giving the kids life wisdom.

        Lyons throws hard and has a LOT of movement – look for double-digit strikeouts from Feesh batters today. Of course Nolasco is no slouch, either. Why haven’t they traded him for 5 or 6 middling prospects?

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Oh, they will. Unless they hate him for some reason, in which case they’ll keep him there until the truth about them emerges and he can be released – like a one-man Abbot and Costello from The Time of their Lives. The other thing is, he’s the last big salary left on the team. The brainstem trust may be leery of bringing down the velvet anguish of the same Player’s Association that agreed to use high draft picks to contaminate the market value of their own free agents. I think the MLBPA suffers from NFLPA envy these days.

    • dan1111 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      St. Louis looks for real to me. Their stats are great across the board; they aren’t just winning on timely hits.

      I could see the Reds challenging them for the division, but it’s hard to imagine the Cardinals missing the playoffs–not in the two wild card era.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Agree with all, and Cinci also looks like their only legit playoff competition as well. Reds have the offense and pitching to beat anyone in a short series.

  5. Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    It was Feesh on the barbie all afternoon, despite Lance Lynn’s pleat that he had only one pitch working. The Cards pounded starter Tom Koehler for nine runs, and the boolpen’s stellar not-ready-for-prime-timers A J Ramos and Edgar Olmos – a classic Feesh larva from the minors – for four more. The Iron Giant hit one into the right field stands off the end of his bat – a flick, really – a move I used to see Darryl Strawberry perform at Shea in the Mutts’ paleolithic pre-Wilpoon glory days. Meanwhile Marcel Ozuna took another collar and has seen his BA drop about twenty five points since the Iron Giant came orf the DL and the Feesh brainstem trust came up with the brilliant idea of having him bat behind the Giant instead of vice-versa. In other words, once the Giant has already batted, what’s the point of serving Ozuna anything worth hitting. What with the fearsome Tweeter laid up with yet another problem – strained back, this time – there’s no one to “protect” Ozuna except the usual Volkswagen full of clowns. And clearly this is not the Volkswagen from the old TV ads – this is the one Teddy Kennedy used to drive that they pulled out of the inlet from Chappaquiddick, I think. What a mess.

    Reecky Nolasco will be taking the mainstage today in his drive to peetch his way out of Macondo and perhaps onto a…gasp…contender, which will be a brand new experience for him. No matter where he winds up after toiling for Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua, he’s going to feel like he wound up with Kate Upton on a blind date. If reecky can secure one of the Feesh’s usual 2-1 losses, he’ll look to the visiting scouts cleverly disguised as local gulls who ackcherly bought tickets to see this team like that 50-pound halibut that poor schnook in the recent news clips just lost to a killer whale as he was reeling it in.

    And just in time, too. For a moment there the Feesh had been pulling away from the ’62 Mutts who, just across the chronosynclastic infundibulum from Macondo were getting even with the Colt 45s for their drubbing of the previous day behind the redoubtable Jay Hook (yes, you can doubt him again and again – a lot like the Feesh boolpen). Richie Ashburn clubbed a pair of gophers – perhaps saving the lawn at Shea Stadium in the process – and Hook pitched a complete game, the 13-2 victory leaving the Mutts at 19-48, separated by a mere game from the Feesh now beached at 20-47 in the race for the coveted transtemporal Golden Poop Scoop.

    • stanleyfrankmusial - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      OG, your stuff never fails to slay me. My father-in-law looked at the 16,000 or so announced attendees, many disguised as empty seats, and asked, “Didn’t they build a park with a roof so they’d get more attendance?”

      I am biased, of course -see my user name. But how can they be hosting the best team in baseball and not draw a few extra fans? Did they spend the marketing budget on that phantasmagorical outfield sculpture?

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        His name is Tommy, if you please. Tommy. And you have to remember that Scrooge McLoria is supposed to be an art dealer in his day job. He even wrote a book about it just after exiting puberty: http://www.ebay.com/itm/COLLECTING-ORIGINAL-ART-Jeffrey-H-Loria-Foreword-VINCENT-PRICE-RARE-1965-/161043169488?pt=Antiquarian_Collectible&hash=item257eebc0d0

        And yes, I’ve read the whole thing. It’s useful, informative and, not surprisingly, patronizing to a fault. This may be the book that caught the Devil’s eye in the first place and engendered that fateful invitation to meet him at the intersection of Chrystie and Delancey to split a large Roumanian tenderloin at Sammy’s and cut a deal. Don’t ask – there’s nothing comparable to it in the Central West End. Meanwhile, can you imagine Red Grooms – the “artist” responsible for Tommy the way the Terrell Corporation was responsible for Earl Batty – cutting off his ear for his art? No? Me either.

        As far as the wonderful bogus attendance figures that ooze from Macondo Banana Massacre Field every day of every Scrooge McLoria work-release recall period, yes, they built the stadium with a retractable roof (think of it as a sort of gigantic penis pump, considering the way the local polity got screwed by its financing arrangements) to attract attendance, but then they forgot to get rid of Scrooge McLoria as its landlard. It’s definitely a case of half-empty over half-full.

  6. historiophiliac - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    When I said opposing pitchers shouldn’t be so cowardly and walk MVP Miggy, I did NOT mean hit him instead. For the record, no fight, no retaliation, and no tough man stupidity afterwards.

    You can’t hate on Plouffe for having a great birthday. If that were me, I’d be stoked. Congrats, Twinkie.

    PS Thrown out at home plate twice hurts more than twice as bad.

    • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Aw, that happens to the Feesh all the time. I don’t know where to find the stats on which team has had the most players thrown out at the plate this season but I gotta think the Feesh would be up there. And if they’re not up there in raw numbers, given how infrequently they get on base in the first place, I’d bet they’re right near the top in percentage of runners thrown out at the plate. They usually run the bases like lungfish with fin rot.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Well, one of them I’m willing to blame on coaching, since they waved Prince on in. He runs like a tofu buffalo, don’t get me wrong, but he’s not exactly known for beating the throw.

      • nbjays - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        The third base coach needs to tell him that the buffet is at home and is about to close.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Miguel Montero thinks Miggy is a “little chickenshit.”

      • historiophiliac - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        What’s little Nuke Montero’s BA again? Oh, yeah. Well, MVP Miggys talk with their bats. Lesser Miggys talk fertilizer.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        Chicken poop is a wonderful organic fertilizer – so yeah – fertilizer it is.

        Montero is really having an off year – wonder if that has anything to do with his mouth-off-ititis.

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