Through 10 innings, the Cardinals and Phillies were deadlocked in a 1-1 pitchers’ duel. That quickly changed in the 11th.
St. Louis, hitting in the top of the frame, put up seven runs on the strength of two home runs and two doubles to ultimately win 8-1 on the road.
Stephen Piscotty started the scoring with a double to deep right center, plating Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler. Yadier Molina quickly added a two-run home run to give the Cardinals a solid lead.
But the inning was still far from over.
The five most unlikely Hall of Famers among this group could be cautionary tales for Scherzer. Like him, they were mostly on top of the baseball world at age 31, though it was a quick descent thereafter in almost every case. These men are:
Frank Lary: Won 117 games for the Tigers from 1955 through 1961, capped by a 23-9 season for the terminally underrated ‘61 Tigers. His SABR bio notes that “he suffered a sore arm in 1962 and did not enjoy the Cheap International Soccer Jerseys same success thereafter,” with Lary going just 11-23 the rest of his career.
Dave McNally: Remembered more today for partnering with Andy Messersmith to successfully challenge baseball’s Reseve Clause in 1975 than for winning 133 games the preceding seven seasons.
It’s not that Tebow has zero chance of getting better, it’s just that, athletically, he’s on the wrong Cheap Heat Jerseys end of his peak years and he hasn’t even been able to play well at the lowest full-season level in Major League Baseball. It happens, though, and the fact he’s even doing this well is impressive given high school baseball was a lifetime ago.