The Cardinals started their playoff batting order against the Astros last night. Good for them. Even though an Astros victory helps St. Louis toward an easier first-round opponent, St. Louis tried to win the game.
Oswalt pitched extremely well, striking out seven and walking none over seven innings. He threw 77 of 104 pitches for strikes. It looks like the Astros have two of their big three in shape for the playoffs. The Astros magic number is three to claim the wild card.
Right now the playoffs are shaping up to be St. Louis vs. San Diego and Atlanta vs. Houston. The St. Louis/San Diego series gets the extra day of rest this year (they play Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday). That means San Diego could bring Jake Peavy back in game 3 on short rest if they lose the first two, or the Cardinals could go with Carpenter if the reverse happened
I'd like to see Walker and Edmonds switched but that was pretty much the playoff batting order last night. Aces going game 1 and 3 with the extra day of rest is interesting especially with Peavy and Carp's histories of injuries.
That's the thing I just think Walker is more patient and will be on more for Pujols to drive in, plus I consider him a better baserunner. Besides Edmonds probably has more power at this stage in both their careers.
Pogotheostrich wrote:That's the thing I just think Walker is more patient and will be on more for Pujols to drive in, plus I consider him a better baserunner. Besides Edmonds probably has more power at this stage in both their careers.
I completely agree, but there seems to be something else at work here. Edmonds isn't really hitting too well this season, and he's been behind Pujols quite frequently. He's actually producing now batting second.
I'd rather have Edmonds doing what he's doing now out of the 2-hole than in the 4-slot going .240/.260/.400.
Then again so has Walker
Batting 2nd: .778 OPS
Batting 4th: 1.138 OPS
It seems odd to me that they would both be better hitters behind Pujols as opposed to in front of him. But given these numbers it looks like the Cards would be better off with Edmond 2nd and Walker 4th.
Walker's figures are from a smaller sample size, but the stats show that he's swinging at more pitches behind Pujols. I think Tony would rather have Walker there now because he's making things happen at #4, even if his current numbers are a bit inflated by the small sample size. Edmonds is just sitting there and taking pitches.