"Just" injuries is wrong. Injuries are, to be fair, part of the problem. But, and I wish a reporter pointed this out, the Cards lost Cy-candidate Wainwright before the year even started. Oh, and their previously-solid closer went into the toilet. But they weather that storm and continue to play well.
The other, bigger problem is: the team stinks. The LFer is a HR or nothing, and terrible fielder whose contract through 2014 just kills the team. The RFer has a nice OBP, but little power and can only play against righties --- and costs $14 MM this year. The defense is terrible ---- so many errors and bad plays that aren't technically "errors" such as missing cut-off men or not moving into proper position (Castro has failed to move into position to be a cut off man a few times, and that game against the Mets where Reyes scored on multiple throwing errors was accented by Big Z not backing up 3B on the throw there --- he had all day to get into position but just became a spectator).
Or how about there not being any player that is a legitimate 3 or 4 hitter? And maybe not even a No. 5 hitter, at least not on a contending team. Or the non-injured Dempster's 9.00+ ERA in April?
The biggest thing wrong is performance. Time to wake up, Ricketts, and smell the disaster.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Injuries will become the excuse du jour.
Just injuries.Just a chat with Len and Bob.Just want to see every ballpark for ideas.Just seagulls.Just noodles.Just Harry glasses.Just new toilets.Just market-priced seats.Just cold weather.Just bison meat.Just the cellar of the Central.Just a sweep by the Astros at home.Just Year Two.