Memo to Cardinals: Mark Mulder must go Update: Welcome, readers who are here by way of Baseball Musings.
I know this isn't a sports blog, but I've got to vent about my faveorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, for a minute or six. So please, bear with me. (And while we're on the subject of sports, congratulations to the Miami Heat for winning the NBA championship last night.)
Now, back to the rant.
Last night, the Cardinals lost to the defending World Series champions, the Chicago White Sox, by a score of 20-6. Twenty to six! The supposed best team in the NL gets hammered in an embarrassing, humiliating loss.
It was a close game for the first two innings. The Cardinals took an early 1-0 lead. Then Cardinals starter Mark Mulder did what he's done the past six or seven starts: he melted down in the third inning. He gave up nine runs in the third inning before he was pulled, and by the time the third was over, the Cardinals trailed 11-1.
Mark Mulder has got to go. His record is 6-5, but his earned-run average for the year is now above 6. Trade him (if possible). Send him to the minors for rehab and call up Anthony Reyes for the pitching rotation. Or turn him into a middle reliever. The guy's only good for two innings anymore.