It certainly wasn’t a pretty Game One for the St. Louis Cardinals. Coming into this game with hope for a huge victory to start off the Fall Classic, Mike Matheny’s team didn’t show any signs that they were ready to play on baseball’s biggest stage.
Whether it was Adam Wainwright looking at a pop-up from the time it was off the bat to the time it hit the grass for a single, or a poorly-executed double play that would have started off the game with tremendous defense, the Cardinals looked like a team akin to a mid-August Houston Astros. The biggest highlight of the night came from Carlos Beltran, who was sent to a local hospital after robbing David Ortiz of a grand slam–four runs that wouldn’t even come close to making a difference.
Update: Carlos Beltran had x-rays that came back negative, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The Cardinals skipper showed his displeasure after the game in his press conference, describing everyone in the clubhouse as “frustrated” and “embarrassed”. He also continued to display frustration over the aforementioned “double play” scenario where Pete Kozma was unable to catch an easy flip and turn the double play on David Ortiz. Matheny called last night a “wake-up call” and continued to stress that this team needed to get better.
Saying that St. Louis needs to get better is a major understatement. Boston certainly has the Cards right where they want them heading into Game Two and if bad breaks keep going in the Red Sox favor, this is certain to end up a short series.