Monday, August 09, 2010
Beating Cardinals with Cardinals
The first thought I had when I heard the Reds picked up Jim Edmonds from the Brewers was "I wonder why the White Sox didn't deal for Edmonds when the trade for Adam Dunn fell through.
But next of course I thought of the Cardinals of the 2000s. In the 2004 NLCS, Pujols may have been the Series MVP, but it was Edmonds and Rolen who supplied the dramatic homers.
Edmonds hit the walk off homer in the 12th inning of game 6 to tie the series and Rolen's 2 run homer off Roger Clemens in the 6th inning of Game 7 gave the Cardinals the lead that they wouldn't give up.
And in the 2006 World Series, Rolen batted .421 with an OPS of 1.213 and Jim Edmonds got a key go ahead double in the critical Game 3 of the World Series.
Now these huge Cardinals heroes have one duty... take down the Cardinals.
It is an ingenious strategy... get guys who are not intimidated by the Cardinals.
"Am I afraid of the Cardinals recent success? We ARE the Cardinals recent success."
It will be interesting to see the Cardinal fans reaction. The supposed nicest fans in the game will see some of their own trying to beat them.
If the Reds get Pujols, I'll be impressed.