The Cards probably aren’t going to give us Adam Wainwright back, but they should at least vote John Smoltz a playoff share. Smoltz went six shutout innings, pitching around six hits and three walks, striking out five. He needed 107 pitches to do it, so was pulled then. Weird game. The Braves had only three hits, but scored single runs in each of the first three innings. Francoeur hit a homer in the second, but errors on groundouts produced runs in the other two frames.
McBride opened the seventh allowing three straight singles, one on the infield, then struck out the next two. Again, weird. Kali then got out of it and followed with a 1-2-3 eighth. Wickman duplicate the feat in the ninth. Serves the Astros right.
I’ll start my series of postmortems sometime soon. Anyway, season’s over, it sucked, and yet I can’t shake the feeling that if we were in the playoffs we’d win the NL. It helps that the NL sucks, but I think this is a team that “should” have won 88 or so games. Considering that other than the Mets nobody in the league is going to win more than 88 and now Pedro’s out… Useless speculation.