Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Shades of Hendu: Poo Holes Stretches the NLCS

Where have you gone Donnie Moore? Oh yeah, a casket underground. Let's hope the Astros can hold onto this thing so Brad Lidge doesn't suffer the same suicidal fate.

If I were a Cards fan like this guy, what I'd do is pour salt in the wounds today. You know, send a care package with some straight razor blades and a diagram of the human wrist to Lidge's house, maybe a box of sleeping pills and a bottle of Absinthe to the team clubhouse, perhaps a noose to his vacation home. To get really creative, maybe I'd go to his house, sneak into his garage, put a hose on the exhaust, thread it through the window and start the car. I'm pretty sure that would psyche the dude out.

With the exception of a few outings earlier in the year, Lidge has been virtually unhittable for the past two seasons. He's putting up Mariano numbers, mowing people down with a powerful, explosive fastball and an indescribable slider. Until he threw that 1-2 pitch to David Eckstein, he was looking as stellar as ever.

But he threw the wrong pitch there. Why not blow another inside fastball by him there? There's no way in hell he's catching up to a 96-MPH heater on the inside corner like the two he just watched sail into Molina's mitt. The pitch to Pujols was also atrocious, though I don't necessarily disagree with the pitch call.

And that's the amazing thing: You can be an incredible pitcher who shuts people down all season, but if you make just two bad pitches, the season can end up in failure. Just two pitches. Well, I guess you can say the four balls to Edmonds were bad pitches, but let's not split hairs here. Man, that's a serious baseball game right there.

Albert Pujols, he's a man. And we'll see you tomorrow night.

Slack Song of the Day: Since it's only fitting, here's Tea Leaf Green with Baseball Jam from 3/11/05 at the Mystic Theatre -- it's a damn good one.

Special guest runners-up: John Fogerty's Centerfield, Ram Jam's Black Betty and the Rockford Peaches with The All American Girls Professional Baseball League Song (not kidding about that last one).

Slack Link of the Day: Wow, where have I been on this chick? Melissa Theuriau, French news anchor -- if CNN were smart they'd hire this girl in the States and take back the ratings battle from FOX News.


At 10:15 AM, Blogger Jacob Eli said...

Regardless of pitch count, did anyone have any doubt that little davey eckstein was going to get on last night? he's very clutch, and if you ask anyone on the cards who their offensive MVP of the season was, i have no doubt they'd say him (Pujols is the MVP of the NL, but the Cards expect him to carry them). similarly, i'd be shocked if anyone told me they didn't think big al was going to end that game right there.

the inexcusable part of lidge's ninth was the AB to edmonds. you simply can't pitch around him like that with the best hitter of his generation coming up. be confident in your (absolutely filthy) stuff and take your chances with edmonds, who has been pressing all postseason.

I still think the 'Stros will win, but they are going to need Oswalt or Clemens to absolutely carry them one of the next two games.

My money is on Oswalt.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I'm with ya, Jake...I think Oswalt stops 'em up tonight. The guy's just been on fire lately, and I think he's got the intestinal fortitude to put the Stros back on track.

Normally I'd think Eck would get a hit there, but Lidge was looking unhittable last night. His first two strikes to Davey were simply unbelievable pitches. I thought he was toast. Poor pitch.

Agreed on Edmonds...also, if Jimmy Edmonds grew a long mullet, don't you think he'd look a bit like the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels?

At 11:35 AM, Blogger The Bourbon Samurai said...

I was expecting Edmonds to provide the home run-he had a FEROCIOUS glare going on.
Pujol's home-run has to be one of the most emphatic shots I've ever seen. Possible momentum changer. If I was the White Sox...I start to worry that the sleeping giant of this postseason just woke up.
'Stros definetly have the guy they want going tonight though.
And that french girl is ridiculously hot. I think she is an elf, though. Check out the ears.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger ethan said...

i disagree on two things here.

jacob - there's no way in hell lidge was pitching around edmonds. he just lost him. it was a terrible time for it, but make no mistake - lidge was trying to go after edmonds.

ace - the pitch to eckstein was filthy. i don't even know what it was since it moved both down and in, but hitters are going to hit great pitches sometimes. 9 out of 10 times that's either fouled off setting up a fastball away or chopped to third. all lidge can do is tip the cap and move on. i can see the argument to just throw him high heat but (a) pettitte tried that earlier and eck singled, and (b) he's so short it will be called a ball and he's patient enough to take it.

At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Rashid Muhammad said...

I totally agree with the dude that you linked to. Those left field shots in Houston are the cheapest homers in baseball. Pujols hit an absolute moon shot.

Seriously, if I were Garner I would have walked Albert and taken my chances with the swiss cheese stick wielding Reggie Sanders. You have to use Buck Showalter / Barry Bonds logic with Al.

Also, this series really comes down to tonight's game. Yeah the Astros technically have two chances, but that second chance comes in the face of postseason letdown after postseason letdown and STL back in it after being one strike away from ending it all. If STL wins tonight, I seriously doubt that HOU can avoid the collapse, Rocket or no Rocket.

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous K Wynn said...

The french chick may be one of those awesome uppers but crappy lowers. Stands up and has an ass the size of Star Jones...not that I've looked.

At 11:46 AM, Anonymous the elder handstand said...

Pujols DESTROYED that ball. I can't believe I read today that it only went 415 ft or something. But why is Lidge throwing anything remotely close to the plate. The tying run is already on third, might as well walk Pujols and pitch to Larry Walker, who hasn't been hitting the ball well at all this post-season.

And yes Ace, where the hell have you been? She is off the charts.

At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Rashid Muhammad said...

Even though that "Tale of the Tape" home measurement system is an absolute joke at times, I have no doubt that it was around 415 feet considering that it only has to travel 315 feet to get over the wall.

Notice how we didn;t hear how far Berkman's was. It was probably 318 or something. The announcer tried to dilute the cheapness of the shot by saying that it would have probably been a double in a normal park based on its trajectory. Gimmie a freakin break.

Still though, it's a homer and it counts so whatever. Kudos to the Cards for not rolling over. It must really suck to have been an HOU fan last night.

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Ethan, there's NO WAY Eck is fighting off a single against a Lidge high heater. Maybe we just differ on what was the right pitch call and we won't agree, but there's just no way he catches up to it. None. He may have fought off a Pettitte fastball, but not Lidge. Game over. Series over. Astros win, theeeeee Astros win.

Samurai, I also thought Edmonds looked mean. He just had that look of a locked in hitter. I liked when Lidge almost drilled him in the ribs and my roommate yelled "Step into it, with Pujols on deck, gotta take on there." Um, I'm not sure about you guys, but I don't care if an automatic 3-run homer machine is on deck, I'm not letting a 96-MPH fastball drill me in the ribcage. Never.

Handstand, was Eck on third there? I thought it was first and second...that's big, though, because if you walk Pujols, then you have two men in scoring position. It's all hindsight, but I'm just saying.

Astros win tonight behind Oswalt, 5-2. Done.

At 1:27 PM, Blogger ethan said...

like i said ace, i think eck lays off high heat and a groundout is as good as a k (it's not like he mashed a liner in the hole). but enough of that. like on the origin of the name san diego, agree to disagree.

eck was not on third. it was first and second. also, i don't think the game is tonite (wednesday i believe).

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cards are the real deal. That's why they went to the big show last year and that why they'll go again this year, while the 'Stros are still dreaming of popping their cherry. I'm sure most Stros fans can relate. You could see it on their faces last night when that ball smacked up against the glass of the dome. It looked like they had just been dumped by their 8th grade girlfriend just when they thought they were finally going to get some... Poor bastards.

The cards have the experience, talent and now the momentum to carry them to the fall classic.

This just goes to show you what they can do with a level playing field... and yes I am talking about the rediculious officiating in game 4.

The best part about it was that Good 'ol George the first and his grandma had front row seats for the whole thing.

Meet me in St. Louie baby!

At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude the game is on Wed. night.
Check you local listings.

And, Yes, I am worried about Oswalt. While he doesn't have the heat that Lidge does, he has some good stuff.

The only reason that I think the Cards are going to pull it off is that they have the best all around talent in the Majors. If they can keep from making fielding errors, they will make short work of the Astros.

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous the elder handstand said...

If the Cardinals beat Oswalt & Clemens on consecutive nights, I'd be SHOCKED.

At 11:44 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Handy, I'm totally with you. EVERYONE wants a piece of the three-game comeback, but I'd be long on the Astros. I think Houston still wins the series and plays the ChiSox in the WS.

But, on the other hand, if someone told me the Florida Marlins would be down 3-1 and win three straight against Zambrano, Prior and Wood, I'd say they were crazier a Costco-sized box of Craisins. And I'd mean it.

Anything can happen.


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