We don’t think a lot about St Louis in Washington DC unless we have to. Trust me, if the Nats had to play them more than twice a year we would hate them with the white hot heat of something really really hot. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran an article a little while back that bothered me at the time and then I got past it. Now for some reason they have decided to pick up the narrative again about how smart they are and how dumb the Nationals are, and the lazy media just follows. http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/cards-implemented-save-the-pitchers-plan/article_ff4af522-6d55-540e-9d16-e8add111836c.html
Here is a pull quote from the article:
The Cardinals don’t want to name-drop – what other teams choose to do with their young, cherished arms is, after all, their business – but one pitcher is on the tip of the tongue when exploring how they preserved rookies Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha and others this season.
Now Danny Knobler from CBS picked up this narrative.
Why was 22-year-old Michael Wacha even on the mound today? Because the Cardinals made sure not to Strasburg him. http://t.co/1qa5WSQObf
10/7/13 9:18 PM
Now, here is an article from the Pirates side of things. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/pittsburgh-pirates-wont-shut-down-gerrit-cole-postseason-stephen-strasburg-francisco-liriano-aj-burnett-091113
When the media prodded Neil Huntington to compare the Strasburg and Garret Cole this is how he answered:
“They’re night-and-day different,” Huntington said. “You’ve got a pitcher coming back from injury that’s coming off very few innings the year before. We’ve got a pitcher that’s being built up. . . . I’m not quite sure why they’ve been made an apples-to-apples comparison, because they’re not. There’s a huge difference between a pitcher recovering from injury and a young pitcher being built up.”
Yes. Strasburg was recovering from injury, the Cards had a loaded rotation and had the luxury to keep their young pitchers in the minors half the year. The two situations had nothing in common.
So, what we have is an arrogant franchise in the Cards and a humble one in the Pirates. The choice about who to root for could not be more obvious.