Does he have one more brilliant game in him?
Tomorrow night, Game 6.
The Cardinals have given away both losses to the Dodgers; Monday on poor fielding and silent offense, wasting Adam Wainwright’s effort, and last night by leaving five runners stranded. Ironic and frustrating for a team that set a record for batting average (.330) with runners in scoring position during the season. Yadi probably had the worst night of his professional life, grounding into two double plays, once with the bases loaded and one out and once with runners on first and third with one out.
Tomorrow night, at Busch, Michael Wacha, who’s been little short of amazing the last three weeks, will have his rematch with Clayton Kershaw, who has had troubles against the Cardinals this year. Wacha and the Cardinals won a thrilling pitchers’ duel last week, 1-0. This time, Dodger hitters will be motivated. The Cardinal offense has to respond in kind.
Some Cardinal fans – me included – are a bit on edge, despite Wacha’s recent heroics. We remember blowing a 3-1 series lead to the Giants last year, to the Braves in the NLCS in 1996 (out-scored 32-1 in the last three games!), to the Royals in the 1985 World Series (curse the name, Don Denkinger) and to the Tigers to lose the 1968 World Series (with Bob Gibson on the mound for Game 7, no less).
We watch and hope . . . .