Matt Adams will get all the headlines. Rightfully so. Nice bat flip Big City. Joey Bats is jealous. The Cards win in 16 innings 4-3 against the Dodgers. #devilmagic. The Cardinals had no business winning this game. Michael Wacha giving up 10 hits in 6 innings. Brandon McCarthy for the Dodgers giving up 1 hit over 6.1 innings. The Cardinals somehow were tied 2-2 going into the 9th inning.
Oh gives up a homer in the 9th. It was looking like the Cards were going to lose the first game of a series again. Enter Jedd Gyorko and #devilmagic. A week ago Jedd would have made the 3rd out. The game would have ended as another frustrating loss against a team with a winning record. That was a week ago.
Gyorko ties the game up with a solo homer with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. #devilmagic.
Since Gyorko took over for Peralta at 3rd base, Jedd has been an All Star player. In the last 7 days, Gyorko line is .435/.500/1.087, baseball is weird. This comes after Jedd hit .176 for the month of June and I was posting about where was Gyorko going to become the new Pete Kozma. Taking up a roster spot and nowhere to play.
Now John Mozeliaks’ trade of Jon Jay for Gyorko is looking like the deal of the off-season. The Cards might have found a new starting 3rd baseman for the 2016 season. #devilmagic. Jedd now has 12 home runs on the season in only 179 at bats.
Bernie Miklasz breaks down the home run phenomenon:
In clouting five home runs — three by Jedd Gyorko — in two games to sweep the Padres in a day-night doubleheader Wednesday at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals are averaging 1.39 homers per game in 2016. That figure tops the National League and is fourth in the majors.
The current home run pace is the highest by a Cardinals team since the 2000 squad averaged 1.45 per game.
Yeah, the 2016 Cardinals are on course to hit more homers than those Big Mac teams in 1998 and 1999.
And that’s pretty crazy. Because if you believe that MLB’s program of testing for performance-enhancing drugs has gone a long way to clean up the game, then it’s amazing to see the baseballs being sent into orbit as if propelled by the rocket fuel that enhanced sluggers during the so-called steroids era.
The Cards already have eight hitters with double-digit homers this season: Matt Holliday and Brandon Moss with 17; Matt Carpenter with 14; Aledmys Diaz and Stephen Piscotty with 13; Randal Grichuk with 12 — followed by Gyorko (11) and Matt Adams (10.)
Here are a few factoids:
— The Cardinals lead the NL with 23 three run-homers, which already matches their total in 2015. A Cardinals team hasn’t hit more than 23 three-run homers in a season since the 2011 World Series champs did it 24 times. The 2016 Cardinals will fly by that in time.
— The Cards lead the NL with 37 homers when runners are in scoring position.
— They are tied or the NL lead with most homers (17) that tie a game.
— They are tied for fourth in the NL in homers (35) that gave the team the lead after trailing.
— The Cards are tied for first in the NL for homers (52) that create a tie or put the team ahead when trailing.
— They have hit 31 homers to break a tie; that’s tied for fourth in the NL.
— Their 21 game-winning homers are tied for third in the NL.
— Last season the Cards had 36 multi-homer games; this year’s team already has 38.
— Last season the Cards had eight games of 3+ homers; they’ve done it 15 times already this year.
— The Cardinals have scored 42 percent of their runs on homers this season; as a team they haven’t been over 40 percent since 2000.
It’s been quite a show, with the Cardinals’ sluggers turning back the clock to the year 2000.
Actually they’re metaphorically breaking the clock — with home-run shots.
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Baseball is weird. No doubt about it.
It is becoming time, to start talking about what should be done with Michael Wacha. Should Michael remain in the rotation? Tyler Lyons save the day, by going 4.2 innings, giving up only 1 hit. Wacha status has fallen to a 5th starter level. Wacha is showing no signs of turning his season around.
It is time to flip Lyons to the starting rotation and make Wacha the long man in the bullpen. It will be hard for the Cardinals to go on a run, if Wacha remains in the rotation. It’s just the current reality right now. The Cardinals need to go a run. The team has a better chance of achieving that with Lyons. Just saying.
With Tyler going 4.2 innings, the Cardinals now have no one to start on Sunday. Let the speculation begin. I have no clue who it will be.
The Cards are now only 6.5 games behind the Cubs.
Tied with the Marlins for the 2nd wild card.
Only 1 game behind the Dodgers for the first wild card.
Baseball is unexplainable sometimes.