Scanning the blogs following the Cardinals' 5-4 win over the Tigers in Game 4 ...
• Nate Robertson's Gum Time. We just couldn't hold onto it. Just a couple situations. Grandy slips out there. It's been raining here pretty much for a day and a half straight. Those things happen. Every little thing, it's magnified and it's a huge moment, and it can turn into a huge moment, too. But it can all turn around tomorrow, too. Momentum can totally shift. We know that. I've seen it. And it's certainly happened before in the postseason, so we'll see what happens.
• Mack Avenue Tigers. I'd like to say there's some reason to be optimistic. But really, there's not. I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong. I hope I am. I just don't see any reason to believe this is going to be a repeat of 1968 with three straight victories. Sure, anything is possible. But probable? No.
• Go Crazy Folks!. Baseball sure has a sense of irony, doesn't it? Some of you may remember Game 7 of the '68 series, when Bob Gibson and Lolich faced off in a pitcher's duel of a game. With 2 outs in the 7th, the scored was tied 0-0, and Norm Cash and Willie Horton are on base, both reaching on singles. Gibby gets a fly ball off the bat of Jim Northrup in what should've ended the inning. Curt Flood, the golden standard for center fielders in his day, misjudged the ball and it ended up being a base clearing triple. Now here we are, 38 years later, and there's another Curt in the center, this time Granderson who happens to be a fine center fielder himself with 6.4 defensive win shares (tops in the AL for outfielders). Detroit's up 3-2, bottom of the 7th again. David Eckstein leads it off with a fly ball to center, and Granderson slips and it ends up a double.
• Cardinals Diaspora. Oh baby...one game away. Let's see it on the big board. Maybe its the dense layer of fog from the damp fall day gathering in my head (or, uh, the fog from something else), but I'm having a hard time collecting thoughts on the game. With a nod to the ice, here are my three stars of the game. The Memphis Middle, Kinney and Johnson; Wainwright — La Russa tasked him with getting five outs, six batters later, he had the win; David Eckstein — He gave the Cards their first run of the night with an RBI double, and he gave the Cards their last, winning run of the night on his third double.
• The Hardball Times. For you history buffs, the outcome of the first four games in this series exactly matches the 1968 World Series, when the Tigers and Cardinals faced off. The Tigers went on to win three straight to win it all that year.
NOTE: Planet Haystack contends that MLB's playoff system "is ridiculously flawed." The solution? Pick the national champion like they do in college football.