OK, so it's do or die time. Bobo's here to take you through the wild card game.
I believe the final lineup of the season -- with Sosa at shortstop -- has unique infield and outfield range. The Dodgers are excellent too. According to the Fielding Bible, the Cardinals lead the NL in defensive runs saved and they have a huge advantage over the Dodgers in that category.
If Mad Max pitches lights out and demands, say, $120 million over three year, I don't see how the Cardinals swim in those waters. The top few free agents could command crazy money with the Cubs and Padres ready to back up the Brinks Truck for Robbie Ray or Marcus Stroman.
Adam Wainwright needs to keep the ball in the park. The Dodgers are going to make contact against him and that outfield can go get balls . . . until they reach the stands.
That would help. But can he lay off the high fastballs up and out of the zone?
Wainwright is going to need more help. Scherzer has much batter stuff, so he can adapt.
Adam has very little margin for error against a team with lots of power, even with Max Muncy out. We'll know pretty quickly if he has his sharp command. If he has it, he can frustrate the Dodgers. If not . . .
Max has earned that love. Hall of Fame career. And the Dodgers are the Dodgers. They are supposed to win this game. It's safe to say that MLB big wigs and TV execs are pulling for them.
I believe MLB would like to expand the playoffs and go with three-game wild card series. We got a taste of that last year.
Well, Jon Lester won't be on the other side, so there's that. And I expect the Cardinals to catch pop-ups tonight. But the Dodgers are big favorites with Mad Max on the mound.
Yeah, that and the postseason getting too close to winter in the Northern markets.
I believe they can squeeze in a three-game series. End the regular season a day earlier, play three straight games -- there are ways to do it.
Yeah, the fear is that he will get called out on strikes with runners on second and third and two outs.
Since MLB took over control of the minor leagues, I'm not sure how much flexibility there is. That's a good question for Derrick or Commish.
Tommy Edman gets the Cardinals started with a single. If you bet on a no-hitter, you lose.
We'll see. Max still struggle late in the year.
Yes, this team can run and field.
Edman, right on cue, steals second base.
Goldschmidt walks, then Edman moves to third on a foul pop-up.