Braves sweep Cards in first visit back following disastrous 2011 finish.
The Braves came into the weekend series at Busch with a vengeance, and it showed. Atlanta meant business. This team was no fluke in 2011. They completely choked down the stretch, coughing up a 10.5 game lead in the Wild Card, but the talent on this roster is there. ATL bats were aggressive, scoring 2 runs a piece in the 1st inning on Friday and Saturday, and putting a 3 spot on Lance Lynn in the 3rd inning on Sunday.
Michael Bourn is officially a Cardinal killer. He went 6-16 in the series, and owns a career .301 batting average in 69 games vs. St. Louis with 35 runs scored.
Don’t forget about Jason Heyward, who finished with 5 RBI’s in the series.
With the sweep, the Braves leapfrogged Washington for first place in the NL East. The Birds will travel to Atlanta to close out the month of May.
St. Louis let Friday slip away. The offense failed to produce a game winning hit despite 3 consecutive bases-loaded chances in the 9th, 10th, and 11th innings. The Cardinals are just 8-7 at Busch Stadium, a record that must improve.
How does Tyler Greene still have a roster spot? Shane Robinson became the odd man out when Lance Berkman was activated Sunday. In 45 at-bats, Robinson hit .311, and played stellar defense. Meanwhile, Tyler Greene is hitting an astounding .194 with 2 charged errors, a rather generous number. Greene is not a major league ballplayer. He couldn’t hit in 2009, 2010, 2011, and wow, 2012! He’s a head case. His plate discipline is a joke, and he’s not a winning player.
The Cards open a 2 game set with the Cubs, whom they are 3-3 against in the season series. Perfect timing to kick around the losers. But, watch out for the red-hot Ryan Dempster. In 35.1 innings pitched, Dempster has allowed just 4 earned runs, yet the Cubs are 0-5 in games he starts. Dempster owns a 8-8 career record against St. Louis.
It’s not time to hit any panic button, but it is time to take two from Chicago, in dominating fashion.
Finally, I dislike pregame ceremonies. They become awkward for the guest of honor, and fuel the visiting team to come out hot. I know MLB will never rid them, and it was great to honor TLR, but the Birds have laid a few eggs in 2012 following pregame ceremonies. One came to the hands of the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day.
Cardinals had no choice but to send Robinson down. Greene is out of options, so the only move they could’ve made to clear a roster spot was to put Greene on waivers; a horrible idea. They already lost Komatsu to waivers. Tyler Greene has talent, big league talent at that, I just think he’s suffering a hangover from the treatment LaRussa gave him. But I’m betting Matheny gets him turned around.
Major League player, huh. A career .214 hitter with over 400 plate appearances. Just 2 career pinch hits. Let me tell you, he’s not. Furcal, Schumaker, Descalso, and Craig can handle the middle infield duties. The TLR hangover is an excuse. I’ll take that bet any time. The guy sucks.