Apr 12, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals fan cheers on his team as Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) bats during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Milwaukee 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Series Six-Pack: "Ty Wigginton simply does not exist."

The start of another series means we’re no longer in danger of being swept for a night.  Which counts as a win, basically.

Daniel Solzman of Redbird Rants helps inform us of all the reasons why it’s not really like a win at all.

The Phillies have been following the tried-and-true formula this season of “Failing to score any runs, creating a situation where the other team can score runs even if they weren’t currently trying to, failing to score any runs in response to the other team scoring runs.”  How do the Cardinals hope to penetrate this system?

Getting hits and using the base path smartly.  If you are on a team that opposes the Cardinals and try to steal a base, you will be thrown out immediately.

The Phillies are coming off a series sweep, culminating with yesterday’s two losses in ten innings.  The Cardinals are coming off almost getting no-hit by A.J. Burnett.  Who is more in need of a win?  Keep in mind the Phillies have scored ten runs in their last six games.

The Cardinals, of course.

I’m seeing that the Cardinals are having bullpen problems and baserunning issues. How little will these things matter when faced with the far more comprehensive incompetence of the Phillies?

Baserunning is important but if the starters are able to go deep into a game, the bullpen won’t make that much of a difference.

How have those 12 Ty Wigginton at-bats worked out for you? Keep in mind this attempt at taunting is negated by the fact that the Phillies employ Michael Young to play every day, and will be watching Ryan Howard hit .219 until 2016.

I’m not a fan of his signing and remain not a fan of his signing.  Ty Wigginton simply does not exist.

Which scrappy, anonymous background Cardinals player will the post season hero who ruins some deserving team’s playoff hopes in 2013?  Keep in mind the Phillies will not be that team.

That is currently classified.  I’m not at liberty to say.  If you would like further information, you can contact my legal representation.  I can only say that said player is currently at an undisclosed location known only to Mike Matheny and John Mozeliak.

The Cardinals, in first place in the Central, are only two games ahead of the Phillies, who are fourth place in the East.  Is this an indication of divisional strength or and indication of how early in the season it is?  Keep in mind the Phillies are horrible.

Blame Houston.

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