An expression is worth what you say? I took this pic with my wife last year during the STL/KC game, and I imagine it is the same look Colby Rasmus gave TLR when the lead-off question came up.
The truth hurts, and the Cardinals have only one true option to man the most important spot in the line-up. Matt Holliday further proved that hitting in front of No. 5 can cure what ails you with a monster series against Oakland.
Raz may be next in line for that treatment given his current struggles, but I envision his speed and power playing better in front of the Ryan Ludwick, Albert Pujols, and Holliday trio.
As was mentioned on Wednesday here, Colby was brought up through the system leading off and should be given every opportunity to take over the spot full time in 2010. There really is no competition for it expect the manager’s undying love for Skippy.
Nearly all St. Louis fans wish Brendan Ryan would have his leash removed and watch what happens, but this won’t happen during the TLR era. Unfortunately, the best we can hope for there is that Ryan retains the ‘coveted’ second lead-off spot in the nine hole.
With limited at best options at both Memphis and Springfield, it may be time to hope for a losing streak now instead of later. A trade is unlikely and what you see is what you get for this year’s edition. What that all adds up to is not a positive outlook come October.
One more disaster may be all it takes for certain superstars to wonder if management is willing to do what it takes to bring another title home to the Arch. Pull the trigger on the best available answer and see what a half-season on top can do for the Cards.
If all else fails, there is always room for Raz to recover right in front of the game’s best…at least for 2011.