Keep it simple.
Sometimes it's hard in baseball, with all the permutations in game coupled with all the way to analyze it afterwards.
But the second game in the Pirates vs Cardinals NLDS can be summed up in one decision:
Top of the 2nd, Mike Matheny chooses to intentionally walk Jordy Mercer, the 8th place hitter, to face P Gerrit Cole.
1. Why start Lance Lynn if you don't think that he can get an out against the 8th place hitter in a line-up the first time he faces him?
2. If it's 0-0 in the top of the 2nd inning and you're intentionally walking people to get to the pitcher, do you not have confidence that the Cardinals can score more than 1 run?
The two biggest gripes Cardinal Nation has been stewing over the past several hours basically comes down to Lance Lynn (why did he start) and the offense (where did it go).
That one play kind of sums up how Matheny thought the game was going to unfold. He started Lynn over Shelby Miller... didn't feel good ab...