On a day that saw CarGo and Arenado make the news twice before first pitch, the news from the field wasn’t near as exciting. Sure, they went 3 for 7 combined, but nary a long ball was struck.
Earlier in the day Weiss went to bat for his boys saying:
I don’t plan on sitting either one of them, really. They’re both chasing some things. They’re having unbelievable seasons. That competition is good for both of them. I believe they’re good for each other. Nolan is wound pretty tight, is very intense. It’s helped that he sees CarGo, who is more carefree. I think it’s rubbed off on him, and vice versa.
Nolan is tied with Harper for the NL crown with 41 HR’s and Cargo is just behind with 40. The difference is over the last 7 games Cargo has 3 long balls and Nolan has 2. Harper, on the other hand, is sitting on a big fat doughnut.
So, it was nice Weiss wanted to give his boys a chance and they looked to return the favor in kind.
When the DP reported that Bridich was (shocker) going to wait until the end of the season to make a decision on whether Walt would walk or not next season, the slug-brothers made it known how they felt in no uncertain terms:
I think Walt did a good job. I really do. You can’t blame him for the way we played. At the end of the day, we weren’t very good this year. … The blame doesn’t go to him. He puts the best guys out there, and we need to go perform. We weren’t able to do that this year. Hopefully, we’ll have some guys next year ready to play and give him a better chance to win.
That was how Arenado felt about the blame. Pretty innocuous, pointing to the team as the reason they weren’t winning. Nice of him to lump himself into the mix by using the phrase, “we weren’t very good this year” and “we need to go perform…we weren’t able to do that this year.”
CarGo wasn’t quite as inclusive, preaching to he Post what each and every one of us are thinking:
It’s tough on him because you don’t have the guys any manager would ask for, rotation-wise. There’s always a different guy pitching. I can’t imagine how hard it would be for a manager. But at the same time, he’s handled it very well. He’s showing you he wants to win every night, even if they aren’t the guys he wants. It’s the same way for all of us. We have to put our uniform on and play hard.
Couldn’t have said it any better ourselves here at RWO.
Oh, back to he game. If one thing was encouraging it was the continued success of Bettis. Ironically the dude threw six innings of two run (one earned) ball to put his average at 2.97 after seven starts, a rare bright spot on a team that (as CarGo put it), “(they) don’t have the guys any manager would ask for.”