This isn’t my typical post, backed with stats and whatnot…
Did you know, that other than in his Tommy John year, Waino has averaged 225.8 Innings pitched in the last five years he’s been active?
Did you know, that until this year, Yadi had not appeared in fewer than 136 games in the past five years? That’s pretty good for a catcher, which is the most demanding position on the field.
Neither of these stats include the playoffs, and given that the Cards have been to at least the NLCS the past four years, they’ve accumulated quite a few innings/appearances. there.
So when Yadi acts like he’s going to play again in this series, regardless of a strained oblique, or when Waino acts like he’s not going to miss a start, despite struggling in his last two outings, not making out of the fifth inning in either one, I just smile and nod, not surprised at all. I fully expect both of them to return in this series. Not only that, I expect them to contribute.
Is that realistic? Probably not. But that’s what we’ve come to expect of those two. They’ve always found a way to contribute, always found a way to be involved.
We have other options, to be sure, but those two are so used to carrying the load, they’re not going to sit idly by. I half expect Mike Matheny to be forced to chain them to the bench to keep them out of the game.
And when they do force their way in, as I expect them to, I’m going to be watching, holding my breath, expecting something special, as they’ve given me no reason to expect anything less.
Thanks for reading.