June 2: Cardinals (27-25) @ Mets (29-23)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The day after.

Johan Santana’s no-hitter is still not a day old, though New York has already maximized the celebration. There is little concern here that a bad call by third-base umpire Adrian Johnson will taint the achievement. And while plenty of you — yes, I’ve heard from you — were outraged by the umpiring mistake, truth is that it really was a minimal point of discussion in the Cardinals’ clubhouse afterward.

That was something lauded by manager Mike Matheny today, as he applauded his players for not trying to take away from Santana’s big night. They didn’t view it as preserving their fate on the wrong side of history.

That said, the call was game-changing. And not just in the history sense. To everyone on the Cardinals’ side, the missed call cost the Cards what, at the time, would have been a critical baserunner. It would have put a runner in scoring position and would have assured that Santana would have been out of the game likely no later than by the end of the seventh.

Ah, good ol’ what-ifs.

Because Cardinals.com and MLB.com were inundated with coverage last night, let me provide specific links here so that you can find what you want to read. All of MLB.com’s Santana coverage can also be found on this landing page.

Also, since the no-hitter coverage took over the website, here is a link to yesterday’s pregame notebook. In it you’ll find more details about Jaime Garcia’s status, Skip Schumaker’s injury, Sam Freeman’s call-up, Allen Craig’s return, Carlos Beltran’s night in center and Jon Jay’s latest delay.

And now, onto today…

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Daniel Descalso (2B)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  5. David Freese (3B)
  6. Yadier Molina (C)
  7. Matt Adams (1B)
  8. Shane Robinson (CF)

METS LINEUP:

  1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (LF)
  2. Andres Torres (CF)
  3. David Wright (3B)
  4. Lucas Duda (RF)
  5. Daniel Murphy (2B)
  6. Ike Davis (1B)
  7. Omar Quintanilla (SS)
  8. Josh Thole (C)
  9. R.A. Dickey (RHP)

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4 Comments

Why all the “Babble” about Pitch Count??? In the “Good Old Days” pitchers pitched a complete 9-innings, sometimes more, much more! I know, I know,….You are going to give me all that techno-mumbo jumbo about the different types, styles and speeds of pitches…; but, “back in the day”, pitchers did not count pitches so much as innings and the starter finished the game no matter what! The next day the same pitcher would go out and do the same thing. They did not have Bull Pins to “screw-up” the games. AND, the word or thought–”micromanage” did not exist. Why not let the pitcher and possibly the catcher have input into the decision to go to the “Bull Pin”, especially when it performs like the Cards’ has lately?!!!

Maybe they would win a few more games!

GET THE CALL RIGHT!! I have been a baseball fan for 45 years and the excuse of “human element” is old and annoying. The fact that so many calls are missed does not add intrigue to the game. GET THE CALL RIGHT!!!!!

Not really a game-changing moment when the team is down 5-0 and soon to be 8-0.

The Cardinals badly need a shakeup! I wonder if Spring training was just used as a time to celebrate from last fall. I see little or no leadership from players or coaches! Why do we continue to hit into double plays on offense? Today the Mets scored three runs with only one ball hit to the outfield! The Cardinals need to advance runners from first base and if they cannot do this by situational hitting then they need to sacrifice more. Double plays have taken them out of many run opportunities both this year and last!

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