All week long I had a system going that seemed to be working like a charm. But today I blew it. So I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to take this opportunity to pipe in before setting things straight tomorrow.

In Game One it only took an inning and a half before it became clear we were going to rope Peavy all over the field. We had fouled so many off and gotten a piece of so many pitches that I knew the second time through the line up we’d really knock him around. And we did.

In Game Two it was all about pitching and defense. Weaver was at his best and we let nothing get by us in the field. It was like watching a well-oiled machine do its magic.

Today’s game was like watching dubbed-over foreign film. Everything was disjointed and about two-degrees off kilter, not to mention what seemed about two hours too long. Supe had an off day. Poor Dunc never recovered from his first-inning gaffe and so he continued to be plagued throughout the game. Pujols looked terrible at the plate. Rolen couldn’t be more uncomfortable with a bat in his hands if it were made of molten lead.

So now that we’ve gotten that out of our system, let’s rev up the engines and burn rubber tomorrow. Carp’s on the mound so if that doesn’t give us a whale of a chance to pull this thing off, I don’t know what will. We’re at home and there’s no place like home to clinch a Division Series. Our bats have had their day of rest and so they should be raring to go. Let’s take this post-season to the next level. Mr. Carpenter, you may lead the way.

But, before I go, I’d like to send out a special thanks to Ronnie Belliard who, in my opinion, should be awarded our defensive MVP of our NLDS thus far. He has saved us four or five runs at least with his stellar play out there at second. He’s got amazing range, a strong and accurate arm, and a terrific sense of play-making. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Ronnie Belliard hass been our most important acquisition this season. Ronnie, we owe our post-season success to you.

I’d also like to send a special shout out to all those guys who have managed to get on base in front of Albert. THEY are the ones who change the complexion of the game and get things moving in our direction. Keep up the good work, fellas!

Now let’s go get ’em! Go Cardinals!


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