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Title: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on February 25, 2018, 09:14:59 am
Itís time....
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on February 25, 2018, 09:16:37 am
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/benjamin-hochman/hochman-wainwright-leads-charge-to-change-the-world/article_920bdc5c-a78e-51d4-a1d8-2df61ba8bc52.html

Good Waino story.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 04, 2018, 07:32:25 am
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/mcgee-s-coaching-lessons-go-beyond-just-baseball/article_22c8a002-1eb3-5c23-97a5-57c8e326712d.html
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on March 05, 2018, 10:37:06 am
Dejong got a six year contract. $26 million. This is a low risk move, could be a huge bargain.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/birdland/sources-cardinals-dejong-finalize--year-extension-worth-million/article_eeb31456-cc17-58be-b959-79aca1340f0f.html
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: clutch on March 07, 2018, 08:21:51 am
I'm excited to see what Ozuna can do this year.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 12, 2018, 01:03:14 pm
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/birdland/goold-lynn-s-smaller-contract-underscores-big-questions-for-baseball/article_464d2dce-85ed-519c-8f21-a8ddf58d08d3.html
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on March 12, 2018, 09:36:32 pm
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/birdland/goold-lynn-s-smaller-contract-underscores-big-questions-for-baseball/article_464d2dce-85ed-519c-8f21-a8ddf58d08d3.html

Yeah the next round of labor negotiations could get testy. We will probably see players push for  a change if not an outright end to the draft pick compensation. I think teams are way overvaluing draft picks. Iíd like to know the dollar value they put on them.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 26, 2018, 09:49:55 am
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/answers-to-spring-questions-about-cards/collection_d7fdce55-0f0c-5223-8787-f52735d12c85.html
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: popcornhog on March 28, 2018, 10:20:26 pm
What would yíall think about Reyes becoming the closer this year?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hoghappy on March 28, 2018, 11:30:58 pm
 Iím glad to see someone start this years thread. Tomorrowís the day!!!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on March 29, 2018, 02:35:36 am
This is my favorite thread from year to year. Hoping for better results though.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: clutch on March 29, 2018, 08:33:36 am
Iím glad to see someone start this years thread. Tomorrowís the day!!!

I didn't want to start it again this year. I think I started the last 2 seasons and they haven't turned out so well.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 29, 2018, 08:42:49 am
I didn't want to start it again this year. I think I started the last 2 seasons and they haven't turned out so well.

Ha, +1
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on March 29, 2018, 08:45:01 am
Opening Day Boys!!

@NYM 12:10 first pitch

C-Mart vs Thor
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 29, 2018, 08:51:30 am
Baseball, welcome back, my old friend.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 29, 2018, 08:52:45 am
I've got the Cards at 84 wins this year, which is below most "expert" picks of 85-87 wins.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on March 29, 2018, 09:11:22 am
I've got the Cards at 84 wins this year, which is below most "expert" picks of 85-87 wins.
I'm going with 88 wins.

Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 29, 2018, 09:15:14 am
I'm going with 88 wins.




I'm pulling for you to be right!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on March 29, 2018, 09:20:55 am
Opening Day Lineup 2018:

Fowler RF
Pham CF
Carpenter 3B
Ozuna LF
J. Martinez 1B
Molina C
DeJong SS
Wong 2B
C. Martinez P
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 29, 2018, 09:31:19 am
2 years ago at the All-Star break, I assumed Aledmys was our SS for the forseeable future.  Let's hope better things are ahead for DeJong.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 29, 2018, 12:02:53 pm
Hello Greg Holland.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on March 29, 2018, 12:04:55 pm
Iím loving the Holland pickup. Iíve just wondered what took them so long. Only 1 year $14m. Would have liked 2-3 years.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on March 29, 2018, 12:44:46 pm
Yadi with the first HR of the season. 2 run shot off of the pole in left. 2-1 Good guys after 1 1/2.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on March 29, 2018, 12:46:54 pm
YADIBOMB
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on March 29, 2018, 04:04:37 pm
Hicks is gonna be fun to watch. 100+ with a disgusting spinner and table top change.


Poor Bowman's ERA is 81.00 lol
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 29, 2018, 05:03:00 pm
To quote TableRocker: "glad baseball is back, but today can go to hell".
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on March 29, 2018, 05:33:18 pm
Ugh! Wasnít the best of opening days. Thor has the stuff to be The Cy Young this year, if he can stay healthy and focused.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on March 30, 2018, 01:06:16 pm
Iím just about over Carlos Martinez. Heís a head case.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on March 30, 2018, 01:42:57 pm
Iím just about over Carlos Martinez. Heís a head case.
Easy buddy... it's the first game of the year.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on March 30, 2018, 02:02:58 pm
Anyone else just getting killed with smites? Could it be Cubs fans?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on March 30, 2018, 03:03:37 pm
Easy buddy... it's the first game of the year.

Iím not basing my assertion on one game. Iíve watched his whole career, this isnít a knee jerk thing. Iím not prone to that. Iím doubting heíll figure it out and be the dominant Cy Young candidate his stuff should allow.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on March 30, 2018, 03:04:51 pm
Anyone else just getting killed with smites? Could it be Cubs fans?

Whatever is wrong, itís always Cubs fans.  :)
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on March 30, 2018, 03:49:03 pm
Iím not basing my assertion on one game. Iíve watched his whole career, this isnít a knee jerk thing. Iím not prone to that. Iím doubting heíll figure it out and be the dominant Cy Young candidate his stuff should allow.
I've never thought of the guy as a Cy Young type... He's an above average starter, probably a #2 in most rotations.

As far as a head case, he's a young athlete playing a sport in a foreign country that went from poor to millionaire... that's a lot for anybody to deal with. He'll be fine.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on March 30, 2018, 04:06:08 pm
I've never thought of the guy as a Cy Young type... He's an above average starter, probably a #2 in most rotations.

As far as a head case, he's a young athlete playing a sport in a foreign country that went from poor to millionaire... that's a lot for anybody to deal with. He'll be fine.

His stuff is Cy Young quality thereís no doubt. The problem is between the ears and all the ďheís playing in a foreign countryĒ stuff is a nonsense excuse. Heís been playing in a foreign country for how many years now? The mound is still 60 feet 6 inches away from home plate, the bases are all 90 feet apart, and you still have to throw three strikes to get an out.

He will be fine, but the Cardinals need him to be more than fine. They need him to be the stopper, the 20 game winner (not that wins really matter much to stat geeks), they need him to be sub 3.00 era. Heís the supposed and announced ďAceĒ of their staff and I donít see it from him. Maybe he gets it together, but Iím skeptical.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on March 31, 2018, 10:06:34 am
Whatever is wrong, itís always Cubs fans.  :)
In my youth, the only worse insult than, Your Mama wears combat boots, was Well, Your Mama is a Cubs fan. Ooohhh, burn.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on March 31, 2018, 11:24:47 am
In my youth, the only worse insult than, Your Mama wears combat boots, was Well, Your Mama is a Cubs fan. Ooohhh, burn.

I used to not care about hating the Cubs, it was like hating a special needs kid or something. Now though that all their ďfansĒ have come out, I hate them and their fans passionately.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 01, 2018, 06:37:22 pm
Today was DeJong day. 2 homers. Ozuna also got his first hit as a Cardinal. Good day. Weaver was better than good today as well.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 02, 2018, 08:35:46 am
His stuff is Cy Young quality thereís no doubt. The problem is between the ears and all the ďheís playing in a foreign countryĒ stuff is a nonsense excuse. Heís been playing in a foreign country for how many years now? The mound is still 60 feet 6 inches away from home plate, the bases are all 90 feet apart, and you still have to throw three strikes to get an out.

He will be fine, but the Cardinals need him to be more than fine. They need him to be the stopper, the 20 game winner (not that wins really matter much to stat geeks), they need him to be sub 3.00 era. Heís the supposed and announced ďAceĒ of their staff and I donít see it from him. Maybe he gets it together, but Iím skeptical.
It's much much more than playing in a foreign country... It's complete lifestyle changes. Dirt poor to millionaire.  Grew up with no parents.  Lost his best friend (RIP OT18).  On top of being asked to be an ace for one of the biggest teams in all of baseball when he should be a #2 or #3 in the rotation. Call it a headcase if you want, but thats a lot for a kid thats barely 26.

The biggest problem here is the Cardinals trying to make him an Ace instead of going out and getting one.  We've done a fantastic job of growing our own players, but we can't let that pride get in the way.  We held on to Waino as long as we could and this was plan B.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 02, 2018, 09:00:59 am
It's much much more than playing in a foreign country... It's complete lifestyle changes. Dirt poor to millionaire.  Grew up with no parents.  Lost his best friend (RIP OT18).  On top of being asked to be an ace for one of the biggest teams in all of baseball when he should be a #2 or #3 in the rotation. Call it a headcase if you want, but thats a lot for a kid thats barely 26.

The biggest problem here is the Cardinals trying to make him an Ace instead of going out and getting one.  We've done a fantastic job of growing our own players, but we can't let that pride get in the way.  We held on to Waino as long as we could and this was plan B.

Who could they go out and get with better stuff than his? I argue no one. Iím not saying they should cut bait and trade Martinez or anything. What I am saying is that all the ďheís our aceĒ stuff doesnít appear to be working with him. Iím hoping Maddux can work some magic with C-Mart before his next start. I really am hoping that they make me out to be a fool.

On a side note, Wainwright had an impressive spring. I look forward to seeing him pitch when he proves healthy and if that spring success translates to the season.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 02, 2018, 09:35:23 am
Who could they go out and get with better stuff than his? I argue no one. Iím not saying they should cut bait and trade Martinez or anything. What I am saying is that all the ďheís our aceĒ stuff doesnít appear to be working with him. Iím hoping Maddux can work some magic with C-Mart before his next start. I really am hoping that they make me out to be a fool.

On a side note, Wainwright had an impressive spring. I look forward to seeing him pitch when he proves healthy and if that spring success translates to the season.
There's plenty better talent out there, the problem is what are you willing to give up to get it.. and we don't have a lot to offer at this point either...


And when I say talent, I mean the whole package as an Ace... not just physical ability. C-Mart is a perfect 2nd spot in the rotation type of guy.  We need a Wainwright from 6 years ago type shutdown ace to go in front of him... Take the Mets for example.  De Grom is a fantastic #2 but he has Thor in front of him.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 02, 2018, 01:42:55 pm
There's plenty better talent out there, the problem is what are you willing to give up to get it.. and we don't have a lot to offer at this point either...


And when I say talent, I mean the whole package as an Ace... not just physical ability. C-Mart is a perfect 2nd spot in the rotation type of guy.  We need a Wainwright from 6 years ago type shutdown ace to go in front of him... Take the Mets for example.  De Grom is a fantastic #2 but he has Thor in front of him.

Thereís not ďplentyĒ of better talent. There are a handful of pitchers who may have better stuff, and more of the ďaceĒ makeup you allude to. None of them were or are available. Pitchers like Syndergaard donít get traded.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 02, 2018, 06:27:22 pm
I think you have to pick up those great pitchers through Free agency. I wish we had held on to Lynn and at least made a run at Arrieta. Good win against the Brewers today. Bats looked really good.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 02, 2018, 11:09:14 pm
I think you have to pick up those great pitchers through Free agency. I wish we had held on to Lynn and at least made a run at Arrieta. Good win against the Brewers today. Bats looked really good.

I really like Lynn, but I think either one of Lynn or Arrieta would have been a mistake. I think Arrieta is past his prime and Lynn has never really been anything more than a solid #3 starter. Mikolas for Lynn is a decent trade/slight upgrade I think, and cheaper in AAV. Funny how we havenít heard much about the Cardinals beating out the Cubs for Mikolas.... hmmm, I wonder why we donít hear that? ? ? Doesnít fit a narrative maybe? ? ?

Weaver was impressive in his start despite getting squeezed by the ump. Mikolas was good today, the Brewers have a solid offense and he pretty well kept them in check. Iím interested to see Wainwright pitch, Iím thinking/hoping that heís about to surprise people. Flaherty had a good spring, it will be fun to see him tomorrow. As usual, the concerns are Wacha and Martinez in the starting rotation. Same old same old from those two after their first turns, long way to go though.

The bullpen however is looking really nasty. Hicks is ridiculous, like pretty much unhittable. 100 mph and dipping, diving, and running everywhere, really fun to watch.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 03, 2018, 08:10:26 am
I don't know about yall, but I'm ready for Thursday! Something about watching the Birds in Busch puts a big ole smile on my face.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: clutch on April 04, 2018, 08:16:28 am
Tough loss last night. Thought we had that one in the bag.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 04, 2018, 08:20:55 am
Currently fighting with DirecTV to get the regional sports package added and get FSMidwest...

its stupid I get FSSW and not Midwest
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: clutch on April 04, 2018, 08:21:51 am
Currently fighting with DirecTV to get the regional sports package added and get FSMidwest...

its stupid I get FSSW and not Midwest

I'm going through the same thing.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 04, 2018, 08:23:42 am
I'm going through the same thing.
I had it figured it out last year in September when I moved to my new house... It was gonna be like $7 a month or so. But now I call and nobody knows what I'm talking about.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 04, 2018, 08:50:41 am
Didn't FSMW sell to another entity and now is owned by a different corp?  I remember reading that last year. Not sure if that has anything to do with Direct and their ability to show it in that region.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 04, 2018, 09:17:42 am
Apparently in Central AR they have some kind of exclusivity where Cardinal broadcasts are blacked out on every network except FSMW.  I wasn't even able to watch the ESPN broadcast this past weekend even though I don't have FSMW.  I was just SOL.

So basically my only solution is to add the DirecTV Sports Pack which gives me about 20 sports channels I won't ever watch, but it does add some regional Fox Sports channels; FSSE (Grizzlies Games), FSMW (Royals and Cardinals, FSOK (Thunder), and FSSW - Houston. FSSW DFW is already on my package.  Price is $13.99 a month according to the website so I'll probably be adding this package from now until October.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 04, 2018, 10:50:57 am


So basically my only solution is to add the DirecTV Sports Pack which gives me about 20 sports channels I won't ever watch, but it does add some regional Fox Sports channels; FSSE (Grizzlies Games), FSMW (Royals and Cardinals, FSOK (Thunder), and FSSW - Houston. FSSW DFW is already on my package.  Price is $13.99 a month according to the website so I'll probably be adding this package from now until October.

^^^^^   I got this package 4 years ago when switching from Cox to DTV, and realizing how many Cardinals' games I was losing in the switch.  This package, which has FSMW, was the answer to my prayers.

Disney bought the regional sports packages from Fox earlier this year or late last year.  Not sure when the official takeover will be since the broadcasts are still labeled FS.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 04, 2018, 10:53:38 am
I donít have the FSMW package on my Dish subscription, but I do get most games on there on various Fox Sports Alternate channels anyway. The ones I donít get on Dish I can usually (9 times out of 10) watch on the iPad or laptop with the Fox Sports Go app.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 04, 2018, 10:58:41 am
I donít have the FSMW package on my Dish subscription, but I do get most games on there on various Fox Sports Alternate channels anyway. The ones I donít get on Dish I can usually (9 times out of 10) watch on the iPad or laptop with the Fox Sports Go app.
Last year I got MLB at Bat to stream the games from my phone and cast them to my TV only to find out that Cardinals games were still blacked out and I had to watch the away broadcast  :puke:

^^^^^   I got this package 4 years ago when switching from Cox to DTV, and realizing how many Cardinals' games I was losing in the switch.  This package, which has FSMW, was the answer to my prayers.

Disney bought the regional sports packages from Fox earlier this year or late last year.  Not sure when the official takeover will be since the broadcasts are still labeled FS.
Working on getting this added today.  $14/month for 6 months is worth it to watch my Redbirds.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 04, 2018, 11:35:45 am
Last year I got MLB at Bat to stream the games from my phone and cast them to my TV only to find out that Cardinals games were still blacked out and I had to watch the away broadcast  :puke:

I have nearly always been able to get the FSMW broadcast on Dish or on the app. Now right at the beginning of last season I had issues with Dish carrying them on the Alt Fox channels. But I called and they told me basically that they were working it out. After they ďworked it outĒ (I guess), Iíve had no issues.

This is weird though. I use my Dish subscription to access the app and sometimes Cards games will be on the app that arenít on my tv and vice versa. It makes zero sense. If I use my Dish account to access content on the app shouldnít the same content be available on my tv and vice versa?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 04, 2018, 11:52:58 am
I have nearly always been able to get the FSMW broadcast on Dish or on the app. Now right at the beginning of last season I had issues with Dish carrying them on the Alt Fox channels. But I called and they told me basically that they were working it out. After they ďworked it outĒ (I guess), Iíve had no issues.

This is weird though. I use my Dish subscription to access the app and sometimes Cards games will be on the app that arenít on my tv and vice versa. It makes zero sense. If I use my Dish account to access content on the app shouldnít the same content be available on my tv and vice versa?
I have Direct and ATT internet bundled so my login is an "ATT Access ID" and I can't use it to sign in for streaming content. (I've went off on ATT like 5 times for this and they basically don't have a fix for it yet) So I just use a close friend's login for streaming stuff.  I love casting to my vizio tv.

Either way, in the next couple of days I'll have FSMW up and running with Directv.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 04, 2018, 12:48:21 pm
I have Direct and ATT internet bundled so my login is an "ATT Access ID" and I can't use it to sign in for streaming content. (I've went off on ATT like 5 times for this and they basically don't have a fix for it yet) So I just use a close friend's login for streaming stuff.  I love casting to my vizio tv.

Either way, in the next couple of days I'll have FSMW up and running with Directv.

The good news tonight is the game is on FS1, so no need for shenanigans or tomfoolery.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 04, 2018, 01:03:03 pm
The good news tonight is the game is on FS1, so no need for shenanigans or tomfoolery.
I wish I was packing a bag tonight to go to STL tomorrow for the home opener but it didn't work out this year.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 04, 2018, 01:10:57 pm
I wish I was packing a bag tonight to go to STL tomorrow for the home opener but it didn't work out this year.

True dat. Saturday and Sunday look brutal weatherwise in STL, for baseball anyway.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 04, 2018, 02:23:54 pm
The good news tonight is the game is on FS1, so no need for shenanigans or tomfoolery.
Also, the best part of this is not listening to McCarver.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 05, 2018, 09:18:30 am
We saw the Carlos Martinez we needed last night. He has to be that pitcher if the Cardinals are going to be in contention this season. I know itís early, but Iím kind of excited about this team. I think they have the offense to win, they just need the starters to hold up and do their jobs.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the bullpen once Gregerson and Holland are ready. I think Bowman and Sherriff are the only ones with minor league options left, and I canít see Bowman getting demoted. I think Tuivailala may get moved along one way or another.

Anyway, who else is ready to see the Clydesdales?  :)
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 05, 2018, 09:30:17 am
We saw the Carlos Martinez we needed last night. He has to be that pitcher if the Cardinals are going to be in contention this season. I know itís early, but Iím kind of excited about this team. I think they have the offense to win, they just need the starters to hold up and do their jobs.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the bullpen once Gregerson and Holland are ready. I think Bowman and Sherriff are the only ones with minor league options left, and I canít see Bowman getting demoted. I think Tuivailala may get moved along one way or another.

Anyway, who else is ready to see the Clydesdales?  :)
Tsunami was in full effect last night. Absolutely dealing!


Clydesdales and Card Legends, Waino on the bump, baseball is back in STL and all is right in the world!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 05, 2018, 12:49:17 pm
i for one am not excited about this team. we have one of the best lineups in baseball, at least the first 6, with sorry pitching. we are the Anaheim Angels made over.

Pitching has been solid outside of Martinez and Wachaís first start. To declare it sorry is a reach. Mikolas and Weaver were impressive in their debuts. Weaver fought with an inconsistent strike zone in his start. Mikolas held the Brewers down pretty well outside of some solo home runs which in Miller Park can happen to anybody. Flaherty struck out 9 in five innings. Martinez was electric last night. I think/hope that Wainwright is about to surprise some people tonight.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 06, 2018, 08:36:11 pm
 Waino was just not sharp last night. Needs to knock some rust off perhaps.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 07, 2018, 11:58:42 am
Waino was just not sharp last night. Needs to knock some rust off perhaps.

Wainwright needs to get three starts, if he isnít right by then itís time to re-evaluate his rotation status. His being a franchise icon makes this a delicate spot but letís not kid ourselves, itís all about production. I hope he figures it out, but Flaherty looks ready if Wainwright canít get going.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 07, 2018, 12:03:30 pm
Wainwright needs to get three starts, if he isnít right by then itís time to re-evaluate his rotation status. His being a franchise icon makes this a delicate spot but letís not kid ourselves, itís all about production. I hope he figures it out.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 07, 2018, 10:42:34 pm
Wainwright needs to get three starts, if he isnít right by then itís time to re-evaluate his rotation status. His being a franchise icon makes this a delicate spot but letís not kid ourselves, itís all about production. I hope he figures it out, but Flaherty looks ready if Wainwright canít get going.
I agree. Flaherty looked good last time out.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 08, 2018, 10:38:50 pm
Holland canít get here quick enough. Man, we have some rag arm relievers right now.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hoghappy on April 09, 2018, 01:14:22 am
Weaver pitched well enough for a win.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 09, 2018, 09:13:08 am
The mistakes with bullpen management that Maddux was supposed to mitigate havenít gotten any better. Why on earth do you have a guy like Mike Mayers on the roster if youíre only going to pitch him once every 10 days or so? Itís so very dumb. Of course heís going to be less than sharp, he had one appearance before yesterday. How many appearances does Matt Bowman have you ask? 6. In a season thatís now nine games old he has 6 appearances! Average that out over the season and itís 108 appearances. Mayers was supposed to be the guy when a starter has a short stint, yet who relieved Wainwright when he couldnít finish 4 innings? It wasnít Mayers.

I cannot for the life of me understand Mathenyís in case of emergency break glass reliever, itís not a winning strategy. It shortens your bench, and it leaves a pitcher to rust and languish from lack of use. With the way Matheny uses his 8 man bullpen, I donít see the benefit of it. In fact, I see more harm than good.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 09, 2018, 10:55:57 am
Recap of the Yadi incident with AZ Manager.  Loved hearing our crowd back Yadi. 

1. Lovullo to Timmons twice, per the field mic on Fox Sports Arizona's broadcast (via azcentral.com):

"You can't let that motherfó makes balls (into) strikes."

2. Molina on Lovullo (via stltoday.com):

ďHe called me motherfó twice. If youíre going to call (that) to a guy, youíve got to be ready to fight. And he pointed at me, too. Thatís unprofessional. Hopefully we can meet face-to-face and see if heís got some (guts) and can tell me right to my face.Ē

3. Lovullo:

ďI wasnít saying it to him. I didnít say anything to him. I was just referencing him in the wrong way, and I understood why he got frustrated.Ē

4. Timmons to a pool reporter on Lovullo's comments and Molina's actions:

"(Lovullo) made a comment that was aggressive that Yadi overheard so thatís why Yadi reacted the way that he did. I think at that point Yadi became agitated, which was understandable. So when I turned around, he didnít maybe push me as much as I tried to get in between them. I think it was a natural reaction."

5. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, a former catcher, on whether Lovullo had gone broached managerial etiquette:

ďIíd like to say I wouldnít do it. Everyone handles things how they handle it. You get thrown into a situation, you do what you do. I always have my guyís back. I donít necessarily like being out there called something. So I understand why (Molina) wouldnít either.Ē
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 09, 2018, 05:10:08 pm
Greg Holland is on the 25 man roster for tonight, Mayers optioned out. My only question is who becomes the in case of emergency reliever now? It wonít be Lyons, heís the only lefty currently. Tuivailala maybe?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 09, 2018, 09:02:33 pm
Offense is another major failure this year. Time for this cheap front office to get out and put someone in charge that spends their money (top 6 in MLB revenue kind of money) on hitters. Too many sub par hitters getting shown up by average pitchers.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 09, 2018, 09:35:22 pm
Holland sucks. What a pathetic introduction to the home crowd.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 09, 2018, 09:38:49 pm
Tui looked good for 2. Holland wasnít ready. Base running tonight has sucked.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 09, 2018, 09:46:25 pm
Manager malpractice.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 09, 2018, 09:48:54 pm
Manager malpractice.
General and On Field.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 09, 2018, 09:50:05 pm
3 of 8 starters hitting below .170. This year will be no better than the last few. When is the last time a Cards manager was fired during season? Because if this team gets down to around 10 games down, Mike and Mo may be sent packing.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 09, 2018, 09:56:20 pm
Manager malpractice.

Iím done trying to figure out Mathenyís thought processes. Itís like he tries to do the wrong things.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 09, 2018, 09:57:56 pm
3 of 8 starters hitting below .170. This year will be no better than the last few.

Cards are being Mabryíd again.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 10, 2018, 08:15:45 am
MM's managing of pitchers is so frustrating. 
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 10, 2018, 08:23:33 am
Listening to St. Louis radio..

Last nights game had 23k fans show up with 35k PAID.  They didn't have a paid attendance that low in all of last season.  Cold weather or not (48* at game time so not that cold), the fans and city are already making a point that losing in the same ways to start this year are not going to be tolerated.

A good point the radio guy brought up that I also have felt in the last few years is that the Cards have lost any fear factor they imposed on other clubs back before 2014. There was a home field advantage and just a mentality the Cards had that meant they would play hard and smart. That is gone. Unfocused and unintelligent baseball has been the norm in St. Louis for the past couple of years.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 10, 2018, 08:35:44 am
I think Matheny is facing a make or break season this year. All the coaching staff changes signify that to me. If this team continues with itís meandering, lackluster, and frankly boring performances a change needs to be made. Cardinals baseball isnít fun right now.

Last night was like the death of 1000 cuts. Bases loaded, no outs in the bottom of the ninth and the best option to pinch hit is Greg Garcia because Matheny has to have a pitcher that pitches once every 10 days on the roster. Now nothing against Garcia, heís a fine player in his role, but heís not who I want taking that AB. All this vaunted retooled lineup can manage is one run on a sac fly from a no outs bases loaded situation. Pathetic is the word that comes to mind.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 10, 2018, 09:05:17 am
Matheny's seeming lack of growth as a manager over this 7 years has been so disappointing.  It was looked past during his playoff run from 2012-2015, and anyone that criticized him for repeating the same old mistakes was scoffed at.  But the rope has gotten short, finally, as eyes have opened.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 10, 2018, 09:08:11 pm
Offense is rough. Had a huge chance to score and the cards have up..Harrison Bader, Yairo Munoz (who??) and Wong. Is this a pro team anymore??
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 10, 2018, 11:35:12 pm
Great comeback tonight. maybe a jump start to something.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 11, 2018, 05:57:20 am
Was definitely good to see and needed. Crazy that Brewers gave up the tying run similar to Cards the night before..TWO wild pitches in the bottom of 9th to let a runner score from second. Ouch.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 11, 2018, 08:04:39 am
I fell asleep after the wild pitches. Which is probably better I didn't have to suffer through the 10th. Glad we got the W!

12:15 start today before we hit the road to Cincy
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 11, 2018, 09:05:09 am
Maybe this win gets things rolling, but Iím skeptical. I thought the same thing last year after a win or two like last night. The offense has to get rolling!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 11, 2018, 02:54:23 pm
Brew crew must have some Cy Young contenders  :-\
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 11, 2018, 05:15:15 pm
Tough home stand for the batters.  Per Goold.....

Cards went 9 for 42 (.209) w/ RISP.  Had 41 hits in the 6 games.  They struck out 60 times....20 innings worth of K's, compared to 56 innings of batting for the 6 games.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 11, 2018, 05:24:25 pm
Well, at least Wainwright pitched well. These kinds of losses are the ones that really hurt when you look back over a season. The offense is a joke right now, the strikeout rate is appalling. I don't get why the Cardinals suffer through slow offensive starts like this year in and year out.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 11, 2018, 05:28:48 pm
Yeah, glad for Adam today.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 11, 2018, 09:13:54 pm
He did look better today, but yeah, those Kís stand for Killer.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 12, 2018, 10:43:58 am
Anybody see Joe Kelley plunk Tyler Austin then tell him to CMON when he thought about charging the mound. Got some good licks in too.

Favorite former Cardinal playing for another team.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 12, 2018, 12:36:38 pm
Anybody see Joe Kelley plunk Tyler Austin then tell him to CMON when he thought about charging the mound. Got some good licks in too.

Favorite former Cardinal playing for another team.


Austin needed plunking. I know some on here are going to say pitchers shouldnít throw at people, but thatís the way you protect your teammate. That spikes up slide he did at second was dirty. Itís one thing to go in hard, but he spiked the 2B in the calf.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 12, 2018, 01:57:24 pm
Both sides over-reacted on that. The slide wasn't even that bad. The toe of his cleat caught the guy on calf and might have left a small mark and a hole in his pants.  He started his slide on time and didn't leave the baseline. It wasn't a case of him coming in and targeting the guy and snapping his knee in half.  Now you'll have NY getting back at Boston for hitting Tyler Austin..and on and on and on.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 12, 2018, 02:19:55 pm
Both sides over-reacted on that. The slide wasn't even that bad. The toe of his cleat caught the guy on calf and might have left a small mark and a hole in his pants.  He started his slide on time and didn't leave the baseline. It wasn't a case of him coming in and targeting the guy and snapping his knee in half.  Now you'll have NY getting back at Boston for hitting Tyler Austin..and on and on and on.

I donít think Boston overreacted. They felt the slide was dirty and they policed the game. Theyíll deal with the resultant fallout. Itís the way baseball is played and itís awesome.

Donít like the unwritten rules of baseball? Go watch soccer.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 12, 2018, 03:28:46 pm
The slide was dirty. He cleats the guy outside of the base on purpose. It's clear as day.

Joe sticks up for his guy next at bat. That's baseball.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 12, 2018, 03:45:10 pm
I agree with Pedro. The execution of the payback pitch by Kelly was perfect. It had to be done and it was in the right location and the right time. That was a dirty slide by Austin. I have come in hard on guys before but not with spikes up.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 12, 2018, 03:46:57 pm
I donít think Boston overreacted. They felt the slide was dirty and they policed the game. Theyíll deal with the resultant fallout. Itís the way baseball is played and itís awesome.

Donít like the unwritten rules of baseball? Go watch soccer.
I would +1 if I could. I love the unwritten rules.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 12, 2018, 09:09:41 pm
Offense decided to come alive in Cincy. Martinez killing the ball.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 12, 2018, 09:59:24 pm
Props when they perform well.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 13, 2018, 07:47:22 am
I want them to start hitting for my own selfish reasons. Driving over to Cincy today and have tix for the games this weekend. Iíd like to see some runs scored dangit! Anyone been to Great American ballpark? This is my first trip there. Accepting cool things to see recommendations
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 13, 2018, 08:59:01 am
No sir.  I've not been to a Reds game since the early 80's at that cookie-cutter park they and 1/2 of MLB had.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 13, 2018, 09:15:24 am
I want them to start hitting for my own selfish reasons. Driving over to Cincy today and have tix for the games this weekend. Iíd like to see some runs scored dangit! Anyone been to Great American ballpark? This is my first trip there. Accepting cool things to see recommendations

I think youíll get your wish. The Reds suck. They need to trade Votto for some pitching and jumpstart the rebuild. This should be a sweep but probably wonít be.

Speaking of rebuilds, did anybody else hear that the Marlins AA team outdrew the MLB team in attendance the other night? Wednesday night their AA team, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, (awesome name) had 6,960 while they had 6,150 in Marlins Park. Under 20k total for a three game series with the Mets. Not that Jeter doesnít deserve it or anything, but ouch!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 13, 2018, 10:08:14 am
Oh wow, that is crazy. Fans can probably get some very cheap seats these days! Bet you could also pay for bleacher seats and walk right down behind the dugout.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 13, 2018, 10:29:10 pm
Everyone else in the division lost today. Cards jump to 2nd place. And we are the only team to beat the Mets this year.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 14, 2018, 04:54:22 pm
Garcia the hero today!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 14, 2018, 05:30:00 pm
Good to have Cincy on the schedule.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 15, 2018, 01:10:01 am
We finally got our shot at Cincy.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 15, 2018, 06:17:27 pm
Got the sweep. Is it too late swap out some games for a couple more series with Cincy? Now go ram jam the Cubs and Iíll be thrilled.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: c-townfan on April 16, 2018, 12:59:20 am
Love the sweep but it was the reds lol. And Matheny for the love of God quit batting Carpenter 3rd. Thatís not his strength. Heís an OBP guy. Quit being dumb.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hoghappy on April 16, 2018, 01:01:13 am
Someone needs to cool down the Pirates. Wow! They are cooking.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 16, 2018, 10:32:37 am
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/benjamin-hochman/hochman-where-should-matt-carpenter-bat-not-third/article_a4374829-d7a4-5611-9520-2c61a9da59e8.html
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 16, 2018, 02:22:59 pm
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/benjamin-hochman/hochman-where-should-matt-carpenter-bat-not-third/article_a4374829-d7a4-5611-9520-2c61a9da59e8.html

Itís early and Carpenter didnít have a normal spring training. Iíd give him this Cubs series, but if he doesnít do something encouraging (like a 10 for 24 stretch or a .400ish obp for the week) by the end of this week itís time to rethink things.

I think Carpenterís problem is the shift has owned him. He cannot poke the ball to the left side of the infield. Until he starts beating the shift itís going to be staring him in the face every AB.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 16, 2018, 04:33:48 pm
I hate the cancellation because I have a late appointment with clients tonight and wouldn't be home until 8pm.  I was looking forward to seeing only 3 innings of how Matheny might screw it up.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 16, 2018, 09:12:18 pm
I agree about Carp and the shift. I really donít know what there is to do about it, other than change your approach. It drives me nuts.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: clutch on April 17, 2018, 11:49:38 am
I agree about Carp and the shift. I really donít know what there is to do about it, other than change your approach. It drives me nuts.

It amazes me how many big leaguers can't beat the shift.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 17, 2018, 02:39:23 pm
What I donít understand about Carpenter beating a shift is theyíll pitch him away and he canít go with the pitch. He just rolls ground balls to the right side. I get it, itís big league pitching and everything, but youíd think heíd eventually figure out how to go with it. Long way to go yet, hopefully his breakthrough comes at Wrigley.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 18, 2018, 01:52:25 am
Look whoís just 1game back. Still some holes in the lineup, but starters starting to look better. Couple of bullpen guys still scare me.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 18, 2018, 05:59:12 am
Timely hitting is coming around. But Holland is BAD. That guy may not finish the season on this team. He definitely wonít be closing any games here. He came into this season out of shape and not ready and canít throw strikes. Carpenter had a quote last night that said what the team is thinking about the closer spot, regarding Bud Norris: ďHe's showing every reason we should assume he's going to finish the game for us," infielder Matt Carpenter said. "We believe in the ninth inning he's going to shut the door." 
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hoghappy on April 18, 2018, 07:27:54 am
I didnít think that the pitch to Baez was that bad. He had to golf it out.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 18, 2018, 07:38:23 am
Problem is he kept throwing that same slider and missing low. Like 9 of his first 12 were the same low sliders. Pro hitters have no trouble recognizing a pitch when seeing it that many times (including standing on deck) and thatís why Baez saw it and still crushed a out of the zone pitch.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 18, 2018, 09:13:26 am
Random thoughts from last night, and a question:

I wasnít a fan of the Holland signing, but I think heíll come around. I think theyíve rushed him a bit, probably should have given him a little more time to get ready.

When Bud Norris signed who wouldíve thought he would be the closer and be pretty good at it, so far anyway? I sure didnít. Itís early, but his signing is looking like a steal.

Also, what about Hicks last night? 102 in that weather? Good luck with that. It looks like Matheny is going to use him against the opponents best hitters in late(ish) game situations. A welcome departure from his designated 7th, 8th, and 9th inning guys that he runs out every day.

Itís far from finished, but I like what Iím seeing in that bullpen. They could use a lefty specialist though.

Paul Dejong is apparently a two outcome (homer or strikeout) guy, but he did see some tough pitching last night. The Cardinals really need him to cut the K rate.

I was glad to see Carpenter do something offensively last night.

With Fowler scuffling, should Bader be getting a few more starts in RF?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 18, 2018, 09:22:13 am
Bud Norris was a cards killer in Houston a while back. He killed us one year and it seemed we faced him like 9 times in one season!

Yea we need Carp to get back to his normal ways, good to see it against the cubs.

Iím of the opinion that you play Fowler and keep playing him. Heís a centerpiece of the lineup and you are paying him like it, so just give him ABís. This team needs the Oz, Pham and Fowler to all have good years to play to their potential.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 18, 2018, 01:04:24 pm
Tyler OíNeill is getting called up, the guy strikes out a ton but can mash. Big time power, heíll be a threat off the bench and can play all three OF spots. I think Iíd like them to play him a lot though. Sounds like 13 pitchers may be a thing of the past for the Cardinals.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/birdland/scorching-slugger-o-neill-set-to-join-cardinals-in-chicago/article_8029c199-4ce5-53ef-a43f-97cc5b4025fd.html
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 22, 2018, 11:35:50 am
Will they make it 7 for 7 vs Reds today?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 22, 2018, 05:42:17 pm
Need the Reds to make more appearances on the schedule.

Dejong had a good game offensively, thatís back to back games for him with no Kís. Keep it up. However, I would have preferred a K to the GIDP with the bases loaded.

The decision to move Carpenter to lead off came out of nowhere, but I like it.

With his footspeed Iím not so sure about Molina in the 2 hole, but he seems to enjoy hitting there. I know itís not a permanent thing, itís more of a T. Phamís groin is sore thing.

Miles Mikolas is fun to watch pitch.

Holland had an uneventful 9th, that was good to see.

I donít understand why Bud Norris pitched with a four run lead in the eighth, that was strange. After the Cardinals took the big lead I thought Matheny should have pitched Brebbia and let Norris rest, but whatever.

Good teams beat the bad ones up and thatís exactly what the Cardinals have done to the Reds so far. Are the Cardinals a good team? Itís still early, but I really like what Iím seeing. They can beat you in quite a few ways. Just need the pitching to hold up and the offense to cut down a few Kís.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 23, 2018, 02:34:31 pm
Hereís a positive article....

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/jose-de-jesus-ortiz/ortiz-cardinals-better-than-they-ve-shown-on-their-/article_bede20df-5acf-53df-ae82-d9221b228016.html
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on April 24, 2018, 10:38:46 am
think the best part of that article are the pictures under it. Some cool looking shots.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 24, 2018, 11:08:56 am
The home series with the Metropitans and Pirates are going to tell us something. Really need to come out better than .500 for the two series.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 24, 2018, 12:56:25 pm
Update: Added the regional sports package on Sunday. Finally have all the Redbird games on my TV  ;D
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 24, 2018, 03:13:15 pm
Update: Added the regional sports package on Sunday. Finally have all the Redbird games on my TV  ;D

+1
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hogcards on April 25, 2018, 01:04:19 pm
Hereís a positive article....

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/jose-de-jesus-ortiz/ortiz-cardinals-better-than-they-ve-shown-on-their-/article_bede20df-5acf-53df-ae82-d9221b228016.html

Good Lord, de Jesus Ortiz is a horrible writer.

Given all of his fan fair, the Cards are still in dire need of another bat.  They also need to get Fowler out of the everyday line-up and allow him to only have about 300-400 abs as a 4th or 5th outfielder.  That was a really bad signing by Mozeliak.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 25, 2018, 02:11:00 pm
+1
And Mike rewards me by not bunting with runners on 1st and 2nd, no outs, bottom 9, tie game.

Headscratcher.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 25, 2018, 06:13:41 pm
I donít know if Jose Martinez knows show to bunt.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 26, 2018, 08:08:35 am
I donít know if Jose Martinez knows show to bunt.
There's a spot in Springfield for him then.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 26, 2018, 09:03:27 am
There's a spot in Springfield for him then.

I canít remember a single time that a regular 3/4 hole hitter on an MLB team has bunted in a late inning RISP situation. Iím sure it has happened, I just donít remember it. I donít think you ask Jose Martinez (a guy that is in the upper echelons of exit velocity and contact rate on swings, two stats that lend themselves to hit making) to bunt. Just my opinion, but I think swinging away was the right play.

Now, if you want to discuss Hicks going two innings, I thought Matheny screwed up there. Hicks hasnít looked good going multiple innings to me. Matheny is trying to shoehorn somebody into an Andrew Miller role and itís dumb. I also fault Matheny for sticking with Weaver on the Cespedes HR, but Iím used to that type of screw up at this point.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 26, 2018, 10:19:57 am
I canít remember a single time that a regular 3/4 hole hitter on an MLB team has bunted in a late inning RISP situation. Iím sure it has happened, I just donít remember it. I donít think you ask Jose Martinez (a guy that is in the upper echelons of exit velocity and contact rate on swings, two stats that lend themselves to hit making) to bunt. Just my opinion, but I think swinging away was the right play.

Now, if you want to discuss Hicks going two innings, I thought Matheny screwed up there. Hicks hasnít looked good going multiple innings to me. Matheny is trying to shoehorn somebody into an Andrew Miller role and itís dumb. I also fault Matheny for sticking with Weaver on the Cespedes HR, but Iím used to that type of screw up at this point.
It's a team game. Bunt the runners over. J Mart is not a HOF hitter.

IMO Matheny is trying to give Hicks multiple innings because they want him to be the next Carlos Martinez and move into a starting role after a couple years.

I'm with you 100% on the Cespedes/Weaver deal... what was it 10 straight balls?  We all knew exactly what was coming next.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 26, 2018, 11:33:53 am
It's a team game. Bunt the runners over. J Mart is not a HOF hitter.

IMO Matheny is trying to give Hicks multiple innings because they want him to be the next Carlos Martinez and move into a starting role after a couple years.

I'm with you 100% on the Cespedes/Weaver deal... what was it 10 straight balls?  We all knew exactly what was coming next.

You donít ask the 3/4 hitter in the lineup to bunt with runner(s) in scoring position. I hear you, but itís not typically what happens.

Bunting would have been an unorthodox play. Maybe it works, but what if he fails to execute the bunt? I canít recall ever seeing him bunt, he may be the worst person ever at bunting.

Iím pinning that loss on Matheny and his pitching decisions. Hicks may be the next C-Mart, but I havenít seen the secondary stuff from him thatíll get him through a lineup multiple times. I do see enough from the fastball/slider combo and his calm mentality to see him maybe being the closer next season, but who knows?

As an aside, I did enjoy the safety squeeze/steal play that Wacha, Dejong, and Wong executed last night. That was a thing of beauty.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 26, 2018, 12:43:36 pm
You donít ask the 3/4 hitter in the lineup to bunt with runner(s) in scoring position. I hear you, but itís not typically what happens.

Bunting would have been an unorthodox play. Maybe it works, but what if he fails to execute the bunt? I canít recall ever seeing him bunt, he may be the worst person ever at bunting.

Iím pinning that loss on Matheny and his pitching decisions. Hicks may be the next C-Mart, but I havenít seen the secondary stuff from him thatíll get him through a lineup multiple times. I do see enough from the fastball/slider combo and his calm mentality to see him maybe being the closer next season, but who knows?

As an aside, I did enjoy the safety squeeze/steal play that Wacha, Dejong, and Wong executed last night. That was a thing of beauty.
I'm more of a small ball type of guy... all 9 guys in my lineup will always be capable and expected to bunt in that situation.



Anways, Tsunami vs Thor part II just started in STL.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: clutch on April 26, 2018, 01:10:50 pm
I'm more of a small ball type of guy... all 9 guys in my lineup will always be capable and expected to bunt in that situation.



Anways, Tsunami vs Thor part II just started in STL.

Most managers are going away from small ball. The data backs up that decision too. There is actually very few situations where bunting is the right play according to the data. Late situations in a tied game is one, but I don't think I'd have done it with the heart of my lineup either.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 26, 2018, 01:14:31 pm
Most managers are going away from small ball. The data backs up that decision too. There is actually very few situations where bunting is the right play according to the data. Late situations in a tied game is one, but I don't think I'd have done it with the heart of my lineup either.
Well we would've won if I was in charge  ;) lol
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 26, 2018, 03:30:19 pm
Mike leaves in a reliever too long...


This post is relevant anytime you read it.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 26, 2018, 03:54:10 pm
Mike leaves in a reliever too long...


This post is relevant anytime you read it.

I donít get what happened there. 5 pitches, 2 outs and then Gregerson completely loses the strike zone. Weird.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Cotton on April 26, 2018, 04:34:46 pm
BIRDS WIN

#THATSAWINNER
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 26, 2018, 04:38:44 pm
Welp, we won in spite of Mikes mess ups. 😜 Mike made some pretty good moves in that game. I donít believe he left Grant in too long today.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on April 26, 2018, 06:24:59 pm
Welp, we won in spite of Mikes mess ups. 😜 Mike made some pretty good moves in that game. I donít believe he left Grant in too long today.

We all get too caught up in a move made by manager or coach. Players have to execute. Coaches and managers can only do so much.

Matheny did a good job today, especially when he told Pham to find a bigger helmet.  ;D
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 27, 2018, 08:46:01 pm
Holland is dead to me.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hogcards on April 28, 2018, 05:18:07 pm
Holland is dead to me.

Mozeliak is in over his head. 
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 01, 2018, 10:58:39 pm
We got one back tonight. Still way too sluggish on offense. If Ozuna keeps that one in front of him, we win 1-0. this team is starting to get to me again. I'm not blaming Matheny anymore for players that don't execute well. This team belongs to Mozeliak. ugh.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: The Hogfather on May 02, 2018, 09:24:23 am
This team belongs to Mozeliak. ugh.

Ugh.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hoghappy on May 02, 2018, 03:52:02 pm
They won today and the Cubs lost.😎
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 04, 2018, 05:28:05 pm
Mikolas vs Quintana tonight. Hoping Iím wrong, but Iím afraid Mikolas may get knocked around by the Cubs. The offense sure ainít doing nothing with Quintana, so Iím betting the Cubs win this opener.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hoghappy on May 05, 2018, 07:12:13 pm
Wong guy right time!!! Knocked out the Cubs in the 10th.  Love it.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 05, 2018, 11:46:09 pm
We took the series from the sCrubs. That is huge. Even this early in the season. I am concerned about Phamís health, but Bader seems to be everywhere.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 06, 2018, 09:12:57 am
We took the series from the sCrubs. That is huge. Even this early in the season. I am concerned about Phamís health, but Bader seems to be everywhere.

Big series win. I want the sweep. Iím concerned about losing Molina though, he had surgery last night and is out at least a month is what I saw. Itís time for Carson Kelly or Andrew Knizner to step up.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 06, 2018, 10:46:55 am
Hated to hear that Yadi needed surgery.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 06, 2018, 10:47:56 am
Look forward to CK getting his shot.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 07, 2018, 01:49:29 am
Thatís a sweep!

Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: clutch on May 07, 2018, 01:56:13 pm
Just saw where Piscotty's mother died last night as a result of her ALS. Glad the Cardinals let him go so that he got to spend a little more time with her before he passing.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 07, 2018, 03:26:41 pm
Yeah, I know that he wasnít traded solely for that reason, but that was a classy move by the front office boys. Rip, Mrs. Piscotti.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 07, 2018, 03:28:01 pm
How happy am I that we swept the Cubs the way we did? It is off the charts.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 07, 2018, 03:43:13 pm
Just saw where Piscotty's mother died last night as a result of her ALS. Glad the Cardinals let him go so that he got to spend a little more time with her before he passing.

Sad to hear. The Cardinals and Aís did right to get him home to be with his mother.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 07, 2018, 06:02:02 pm
How happy am I that we swept the Cubs the way we did? It is off the charts.


absolutely
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hogcards on May 10, 2018, 03:13:31 pm
Hot-cold, hot-cold

Cards suddenly look cold again.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 11, 2018, 09:31:11 am
We ought to start a pool, when will the offense heat up?  ;D

The good new is the Cardinals are winning without receiving even average contributions from a large portion of the offense. Imagine what the record would be if Fowler, Carpenter, and Ozuna were all at career norms right now. Hopefully the rubber band springs back to at least the median for all of them.

Weaver needs a good outing tonight in the worst way. The offense needs to take some pressure off of him by putting up some runs.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 11, 2018, 01:13:20 pm
Our pitching has been carrying us for sure. But how in the world do we manage only 6 hits against the twins? We have to beat these inferior teams too.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 11, 2018, 04:29:09 pm
Our pitching has been carrying us for sure. But how in the world do we manage only 6 hits against the twins? We have to beat these inferior teams too.

Totally agree, that Twins set was inexcusable. Need to return the favor in Milwaukee next week. What I do like is the team is winning without hitting. That bodes well if youíre like me and optimistic about the offense. Tommy Pham and Jedd Gyorko are the only ones in the lineup that I have any confidence in doing anything positive at the plate right now.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 12, 2018, 08:27:31 pm
ARey speculation....

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/ben-frederickson/benfred-big-picture-for-reyes-won-t-be-blurred-by/article_f8ea5cf2-24c3-569b-b280-7f4577f118b4.html
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 12, 2018, 09:49:07 pm
Well, Carp proves again that he is expendable until he learns how to beat the shift. Very aggravating to see us not trading him somewhere.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 12, 2018, 11:14:07 pm
Well, Carp proves again that he is expendable until he learns how to beat the shift. Very aggravating to see us not trading him somewhere.

The way he looks right now I donít think anybody would want him.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 13, 2018, 10:17:56 pm
I feel like itís over for Wainwright. Heís been a great pitcher for the Cardinals, but I think itís time to move on.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 14, 2018, 10:18:30 am
The way he looks right now I donít think anybody would want him.

Anyone want Mabry?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 14, 2018, 10:49:59 am
Anyone want Mabry?

Apparently Matheny does. Iím not happy with the offense, but what Iím seeing is players not executing. Ozuna showed some life in San Diego. Heís hitting the ball hard, itís just on the ground too much. I continue to think think that heís coming around. Wong has stirred too. Carpenter and Fowler look completely lost though.

One question, if we blame Mabry for the failures do we not applaud him for the successes? Pham, Gyorko, Martinez and Bader have all been pretty good. Mabry get an ounce of credit?

To me the bottom line is this, hitting coaches are overrated. Players have to execute.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 14, 2018, 07:15:45 pm
Apparently Matheny does. Iím not happy with the offense, but what Iím seeing is players not executing. Ozuna showed some life in San Diego. Heís hitting the ball hard, itís just on the ground too much. I continue to think think that heís coming around. Wong has stirred too. Carpenter and Fowler look completely lost though.

One question, if we blame Mabry for the failures do we not applaud him for the successes? Pham, Gyorko, Martinez and Bader have all been pretty good. Mabry get an ounce of credit?

To me the bottom line is this, hitting coaches are overrated. Players have to execute.


Nope, no credit. Stop being rational.  >:(

I gave Mabry a lot of credit for that season a few years back where the hitters were tearing up some crazy stats (I canít remember the year or the stats, maybe OBP or RISP, etc). I donít expect those results again, obviously, and Mabry got full praise.

He gets credit for the good batters as well. Letís see where Pham & Martinez end up over the next couple of years. Itís more likely they fall off, just as it is likely Ozuna picks it up.
It happens in baseball.

Too many have been dissatisfied w/ the Cards O the last few years, to a point where even the media (admittedly, only lightly) has begun to question Mathenyís loyalty to Mabry. At some point Matheny might make a change. Until then Mabry will continue to keep the naked pics of Mikeís wife handy, or whatever heís holding over him.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 14, 2018, 08:40:45 pm

Nope, no credit. Stop being rational.  >:(

I gave Mabry a lot of credit for that season a few years back where the hitters were tearing up some crazy stats (I canít remember the year or the stats, maybe OBP or RISP, etc). I donít expect those results again, obviously, and Mabry got full praise.

He gets credit for the good batters as well. Letís see where Pham & Martinez end up over the next couple of years. Itís more likely they fall off, just as it is likely Ozuna picks it up.
It happens in baseball.

Too many have been dissatisfied w/ the Cards O the last few years, to a point where even the media (admittedly, only lightly) has begun to question Mathenyís loyalty to Mabry. At some point Matheny might make a change. Until then Mabry will continue to keep the naked pics of Mikeís wife handy, or whatever heís holding over him.

Thereís one thing I doubt and itís Matheny making a change. The changes to the coaching staff last offseason were front office initiated and thatís what will happen anytime thereís need for change. At least it appears that way to me anyway.

Itís clear to me that Oquendo makes a huge difference on (among other things) the infield defense. Wong is arguably a top three defender at 2b and I think itís attributable to Oquendoís presence. Oquendo wasnít a Matheny instituted change. My understanding is that Oquendo had to have assuarances from the front office that heíd be left alone by Matheny. Thatís probably a simplistic way to term it, but Iím a simplistic man with simplistic understandings, so excuse my naÔvetť.

Matheny has a reputation for playing favorites and itís well earned, but the front office isnít afraid to tell him what to do if it comes to it. Thatís how it seems to me anyway. 
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 14, 2018, 09:17:23 pm
Thereís one thing I doubt and itís Matheny making a change. The changes to the coaching staff last offseason were front office initiated and thatís what will happen anytime thereís need for change. At least it appears that way to me anyway.

Itís clear to me that Oquendo makes a huge difference on (among other things) the infield defense. Wong is arguably a top three defender at 2b and I think itís attributable to Oquendoís presence. Oquendo wasnít a Matheny instituted change. My understanding is that Oquendo had to have assuarances from the front office that heíd be left alone by Matheny. Thatís probably a simplistic way to term it, but Iím a simplistic man with simplistic understandings, so excuse my naÔvetť.

Matheny has a reputation for playing favorites and itís well earned, but the front office isnít afraid to tell him what to do if it comes to it. Thatís how it seems to me anyway. 


I like your thinking.

Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 15, 2018, 10:04:03 pm
Newsflash!!! Twins have an All-Star pitching staff! Or the Cards offense sux. Iíll let you decide.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 15, 2018, 10:15:02 pm
We know who I blame.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 15, 2018, 10:19:08 pm
Brett Cecil again? Then this offense. 8 total hits, 2 runs in 3 games. This smells of a team that is lost, except we swept the Cubs, then we struggle against the Papaís and the Dual Offspring.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 15, 2018, 10:22:27 pm
Hot-cold, hot-cold

Cards suddenly look cold again.


^^^^^
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 16, 2018, 01:31:27 pm
This team is a lot like last year. Every time they get a big win I think thatís it, this is the one that they reel off a string of wins from and then they face plant.

At some point Carpenter and Fowler have to start hitting. I think Iíd rather see Tyler OíNeill hacking than either of them flailing. I think they (Carpenter and Fowler) both have been ruined, in the short term anyway, by searching for power. I tend to think there will be a corner turn at some point for both of them, but maybe not.

I know one thing, the rising strikeout total across MLB is making it an increasingly boring game to watch. That is attributable to pitchers throwing harder and hitters selling out for the homerun. Something needs to change.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 16, 2018, 06:22:27 pm
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/jose-de-jesus-ortiz/ortiz-hitting-coaches-might-have-to-take-the-rap-for/article_9ea919d3-2b54-5011-8475-2c4f7daf83bc.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=dlvr
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 16, 2018, 07:54:30 pm
Iím hoping that the Cards are buyers in the upcoming trading season.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 16, 2018, 09:12:46 pm
This team is a lot like last year. Every time they get a big win I think thatís it, this is the one that they reel off a string of wins from and then they face plant.






Yes, ugh.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 17, 2018, 02:13:19 pm
Iím hoping that the Cards are buyers in the upcoming trading season.

They will be, and everybody in here will be underwhelmed with what they acquire. Iíll be one of the few saying letís wait and see. I think we can all agree that there isnít a lot to fix on a team thatís on pace to win 94 games. Maybe a left handed power threat, some bullpen help, maybe clone Norris? Is that legal yet? :)

I think Fowler and Carpenter are coming around and Ozuna should be fine, he just has to get the ball off the ground more. Iím almost like Larussa was about 2006 Molina on Wong. If he keeps playing defense like he has, I donít care if he gets another hit all year. Iím not there yet because 2b isnít a premium defensive position, but Iím close.

I donít really see a place that needs much upgrading. The Cardinals have the same problem they have every season, thereís no glaring needs. Thereís some marginal upgrades that could be made, but I think we all know what Mozeliak and Girsch will feel about the cost of marginal upgrades.

Two things I do think itís time to do is put Bowman on the Memphis shuttle and approach Holland about some time in AAA to get right. Neither of them have been good, but Matheny canít manage without Bowman as a security blanket and Holland probably wonít accept a Memphis assignment. So thatís all moot anyway probably.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 17, 2018, 02:40:07 pm
Wow! Carson Kelly to the 10 day DL and Waino to the 60. We are dropping like flyís around here. Iím hoping Reyes gets a call soon. How soon before Yadi gets back? Yikes.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 17, 2018, 02:42:34 pm
They will be, and everybody in here will be underwhelmed with what they acquire. Iíll be one of the few saying letís wait and see. I think we can all agree that there isnít a lot to fix on a team thatís on pace to win 94 games. Maybe a left handed power threat, some bullpen help, maybe clone Norris? Is that legal yet? :)

I think Fowler and Carpenter are coming around and Ozuna should be fine, he just has to get the ball off the ground more. Iím almost like Larussa was about 2006 Molina on Wong. If he keeps playing defense like he has, I donít care if he gets another hit all year. Iím not there yet because 2b isnít a premium defensive position, but Iím close.

I donít really see a place that needs much upgrading. The Cardinals have the same problem they have every season, thereís no glaring needs. Thereís some marginal upgrades that could be made, but I think we all know what Mozeliak and Girsch will feel about the cost of marginal upgrades.

Two things I do think itís time to do is put Bowman on the Memphis shuttle and approach Holland about some time in AAA to get right. Neither of them have been good, but Matheny canít manage without Bowman as a security blanket and Holland probably wonít accept a Memphis assignment. So thatís all moot anyway probably.
I agree. We need some more help in the pen. My biggest frustration I guess is with Carp not being able to figure out the shift and our high dollar arms of Holland and Cecil just not being consistent.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 17, 2018, 03:39:03 pm
I agree. We need some more help in the pen. My biggest frustration I guess is with Carp not being able to figure out the shift and our high dollar arms of Holland and Cecil just not being consistent.

Carpenter looked really good yesterday hitting 7th. Itíll be interesting to see if he settles in batting down there and makes his way back up in the order. Fingers crossed.

Yeah it looks increasingly like Holland is a bust, he canít throw anything for a strike. When he does throw a strike itís really, really fat. He could turn it around though, heís had some good outings. But as you said, consistency has been lacking. I still hope that they just rushed him and heís getting through issues that if it were Spring Training would have gone unnoticed.

Cecil has a better looking curve than heís ever had as a Cardinal, so Iím feeling better about him than Holland.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 18, 2018, 05:55:53 pm
How about a new meaning to Cardinal Care at Cardinal Glennon Hospital!
DeJong and Bowman are todayís entry to the DL. 10 day stint for both. Bowman is retroactive to Wednesday I think. Blisters. DeJong broken left hand.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 18, 2018, 08:48:21 pm
How about a new meaning to Cardinal Care at Cardinal Glennon Hospital!
DeJong and Bowman are todayís entry to the DL. 10 day stint for both. Bowman is retroactive to Wednesday I think. Blisters. DeJong broken left hand.

Losing Dejong is going to be tough, with surgery and a plate going in heís going to be out for a while. Heís really the only shortstop the Cardinals have. Nothing against them, but if they try to tread water with Gyorko, Garcia, and Munoz there I think weíre going to see a disappointing season.

I wouldnít be surprised to see a trade coming. Never happen, but Girsch and Mozeliak need to talk about Machado if they can keep from giving the farm away.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 20, 2018, 10:15:01 am
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/benjamin-hochman/hochman-good-news-cards-fans-reyes-is-ready/article_0f26b8dc-64f5-5709-be1a-6cab506e7aaf.html
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 21, 2018, 04:45:19 pm
Hicks. Throws. Hard. Fastest five pitches of the year across all of MLB.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23556933/jordan-hicks-st-louis-cardinals-throws-two-105-mph-pitches

I just wish he knew where it was going a little bit more. Still, I do enjoy the smoke.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 21, 2018, 04:50:48 pm
Hicks. Throws. Hard. Fastest five pitches of the year across all of MLB.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23556933/jordan-hicks-st-louis-cardinals-throws-two-105-mph-pitches

I just wish he knew where it was going a little bit more. Still, I do enjoy the smoke.

He caught a dumpster-load of press yesterday for those speedballs, ha.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 21, 2018, 06:27:45 pm
He caught a dumpster-load of press yesterday for those speedballs, ha.

Yeah he did. Imagine if he was a Boston or NY player. Never hear the end of it.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: popcornhog on May 22, 2018, 09:21:27 am
Reyes looks to be back next week in a starting role.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23569925/st-louis-cardinals-alex-reyes-start-return-next-week

Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes will return to the majors as a starter and could rejoin St. Louis' rotation as early as next week.

Reyes, 23, has been dominant in three minor league starts this month and is eligible to return from the 60-day disabled list next Monday. Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch told reporters Monday that Reyes could start next Tuesday against the rival Milwaukee Brewers.

"We expect him to be in the rotation," Girsch said, according to MLB.com.

Reyes, who missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, was outstanding in his latest minor league rehab start Saturday, when he had 13 strikeouts over 7 2/3 scoreless innings at Double-A Springfield. He has not allowed a run in his three minor league starts this year, striking out 31 over 16 innings.

Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 27, 2018, 11:19:07 am
Well, Fowler got dinged on the knee. Isnít it a good time to DL him and let him work on his swing? A nice little rehab in AAA or such might jump start him.

As an aside I donít understand why the Cardinals are constantly playing with a limited roster. So today Fowler is out, down to 24. Iím sure thereís a reliever thatís untouchable, 23. Also, Matheny has his break glass reliever, down to 22.

I get it on Fowler, they probably couldnít get a move done and a player in Pittsburgh in time for today. But with the Mathenaging of the roster it becomes a problem. Itís pretty ridiculous. The good news is Holland wonít blow a lead today.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on May 27, 2018, 12:19:09 pm
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/cardinals-reyes-transforms-beyond-the-elbow-after-surgery/article_24526d7a-d483-5a42-8c63-4de03ac3be98.html
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hoghappy on May 28, 2018, 03:54:12 pm
Damn relievers! I would rather lose with low paid Brebbia or Tuivailala than with overpriced Holland and Cecil.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 28, 2018, 10:13:43 pm
I think I would have to agree HH. I have not been thrilled with Cecil since we got him. I donít know what his trouble is.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 30, 2018, 12:24:27 pm
Watching Reyes pitch on The Facebook. Kind of like the games on Facebook. No commercials, kind of novel.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on June 01, 2018, 08:04:44 am
Reyes back on the List something to do with the Lats. Pretty significant evidently.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on June 01, 2018, 10:06:08 am
Reyes back on the List something to do with the Lats. Pretty significant evidently.

Lat strains generally are significant. C-Mart has been down (what?) a month with a minor one. Hate it for Reyes. I read that heís petty dejected, who wouldnít be? Maybe he can be there for the stretch run, but canít count on him. Further illustrates the point that you canít ever have enough pitching.

The good news is Carpenter and Fowler have stirred a little with the bats. The bad news is Pham is scuffling, hope itís not his eyes. That game last night was a lot of fun, at the end anyway.

The Cardinals have to figure out the bullpen problems. Somebody has to step up and be the 8th inning guy. I think itíll get better when Bowman is back. Maybe the 8th inning guy is (dare I say it) Holland if he returns healthy and effective.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on June 02, 2018, 09:26:00 pm
Gomber looked really good. Another walk off for Wong. I really wish for more consistency from these guys.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: ghostzapper on June 03, 2018, 03:22:36 pm
Wacha with a no-no thru 8
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on June 03, 2018, 03:24:20 pm
Wacha with a no-no thru 8

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Blamed for jinxing it if he gives up a dribbler.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on June 03, 2018, 07:29:56 pm
Great game by Wacha, heís arguably been the best pitcher the Cardinals have. 8+ one hit baseball was a thing of beauty. Ozuna lashing a Grand Slam was another one, hope we see that about 35 more times.Yadi and C-Mart come back on Tuesday and the schedule softens a bit for a little while. Time to pile up some wins.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on June 03, 2018, 07:37:40 pm
Wacha with a no-no thru 8


smh
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on June 03, 2018, 09:56:09 pm
Wacha with a no-no thru 8
Wacha just got Zapped looks like.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on June 07, 2018, 07:40:48 am
What is wrong with this team? They have gotten destroyed by the Marlins in this series. Itís not just beaten, theyíve been embarrassed. This was a prime time to pick up wins and yet here we are again left to wonder about boneheaded baserunning, a rash of errors, mystifying managerial decisions, and overall repugnant play of the game. Itís disgusting.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on June 07, 2018, 09:54:55 am
What is wrong with this team? They have gotten destroyed by the Marlins in this series. It’s not just beaten, they’ve been embarrassed. This was a prime time to pick up wins and yet here we are again left to wonder about boneheaded baserunning, a rash of errors, mystifying managerial decisions, and overall repugnant play of the game. It’s disgusting.


Drain the swamp
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on June 07, 2018, 08:07:05 pm

Drain the swamp

#MSTLGA
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on June 07, 2018, 08:43:20 pm
Frustrating. Even the win this afternoon did little to heal the embarrassment of losing a series to the Marlins at home.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on June 18, 2018, 09:51:24 pm
At least Holland will be back on Tuesday.  :P
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on June 19, 2018, 08:56:27 am
At least Holland will be back on Tuesday.  :P

The shatshow continues.

Cecil is useless.

Holland will be useless.

Thereís basically 2 relievers that can get outs.

Fowler is statistically the worst hitter in all of MLB. Kolten Wong has to be close to the bottom. Molina was out. Pham has scuffled of late and the starting pitching has frayed a bit.

In spite of all of that, they are still in striking distance at 4 games out. Theyíre going to do just enough to cause Mozeliak and Co to trade for relief help and a subpar veteran bat. And they will miss the playoffs yet again.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on June 19, 2018, 09:21:45 am
Anyone else subscribe to The Athletic?  Really compelling, rationale articles on the Cards the last 3 days by Bernie and Ken Rosenthal.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on June 19, 2018, 09:36:33 am
1 of the 3 articles was "Friendship with Matheny aside, Cardinals need to consider firing hitting coach John Mabry" article by Bernie.....and if you've read Bernie over the years when he was w/ the SPD, you know he doesn't do "fire him" columns.  I realize this article supports my 2-year old rant that Matheny's fishing buddy should be let go, but my rants are just that.  They are to be dismissed as being from a win-now fanatic that does not take himself too seriously.  But when Bernie mentions it.....well, we've entered rare air and my diatribes are less imaginative.  Or not.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on June 19, 2018, 09:47:52 pm
Solid 7th by Holland...too soon to celebrate.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on June 20, 2018, 10:25:47 am
Solid 7th by Holland...too soon to celebrate.

It was encouraging, but not getting my hopes up. They discussed on the broadcast him getting the eighth too. Iím glad he didnít, he needed a positive outing to go out on. Now he has to build on it.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on July 02, 2018, 12:30:24 pm
Just not much good today right now. Just not playing good ball. ehhh!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 13, 2018, 08:46:56 am
Bernie has guns a-blazing on Matheny on The Athletic today.  So uncharacteristic of Bernie to call for one's head.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 13, 2018, 10:33:16 pm
Fire the fishing buddies.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 13, 2018, 10:34:17 pm
Per Goold....

With a loss this evening #stlcards will be closer in the standings to the last-place #Reds than they are to the first-place #Brewers, and that includes the Brewers loss tonight to the fourth-place #Pirates.

Records without head to head are even more telling.
STL 38-43
CIN 40-43
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 14, 2018, 12:27:53 pm
Mathenyís excuses from last nightís post-game presser have gotten so tiresome. I realize Iíve beaten this drum for his head for 2+ years now and yíall are probably tired of hearing me.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 14, 2018, 10:16:10 pm
Per Cards twitter acct, the witch is dead.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 14, 2018, 10:18:59 pm
Fishing buddy, Mabry, also dismissed, as well as the asst hitting coach, Bill Mueller.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: VictoryRedChevy on July 15, 2018, 07:09:06 am
Early rumor of Joe Girardi.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 15, 2018, 09:35:32 am
Early rumor of Joe Girardi.

The cub canít be any worse, no?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: popcornhog on July 15, 2018, 09:38:19 am
Early rumor of Joe Girardi.

Itíll be interesting to see what direction they go next year.

I donít expect a move until the offseason though.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: RaisinHog on July 15, 2018, 10:00:31 am
I wish we could get a proven manager that has won tittles ...
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 15, 2018, 10:11:49 am
I wish we could get a proven manager that has won tittles ...


That was my issue from the beginning w/ Mikeís hiring. Not just a lack of titles, but he had not been a manager at any level of ball. This blew me away.

His making the playoffs 2012-2015 made me look like a fool on here for my continued criticisms of him, but his continuing to make the same mistakes during that 4-year run ó not to mention in the following non playoff years ó was something I had trouble overlooking.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 15, 2018, 10:17:12 am
From Bernie this morning....

ďMathenyís firing wasnít nearly as stunning as his hiring before the 2012 season. To replace future Hall of Famer Tony La Russa ó 5,097 MLB games managed, 2,728 career victories ó Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. and GM John Mozeliak went with Matheny, who had never managed or coached a single game at the professional level.

The inexperienced Matheny was 41 years old, and taking over for La Russa, the legend who had won 1,408 games, three pennants and two World Series for the Cardinals. In handing one of baseballís most prestigious managing jobs over to a novice ó and preferring Matheny over Terry Francona, who was interviewed ó the  Cardinals were willing to make a risky investment in Mathenyís potential.Ē

https://theathletic.com/432508/2018/07/15/miklasz-in-the-end-mike-matheny-simply-never-delivered-on-the-promises-that-led-to-his-hiring-in-the-first-place/
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: RaisinHog on July 15, 2018, 12:25:51 pm
But I also put just as much blame on dwitt and Mo until they get us a super star it's gona be hard too win.. average players equal average results
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 15, 2018, 04:34:35 pm
But I also put just as much blame on dwitt and Mo until they get us a super star it's gona be hard too win.. average players equal average results

They are receiving their fair share.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on July 16, 2018, 12:12:16 am
Please let Mo be next. He is the HDN of MLB. And I donít make that statement lightly. I absolutely detest him.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jrulz83 on July 16, 2018, 04:05:50 pm
Kind of surprised the Cardinals did it. Not because Matheny didnít need to go, he absolutely did need to go. Iím surprised because itís not the way the Cardinals have done business. Firing a manager mid season isnít their typical play. Itís going to be an interesting 2 weeks before the trade deadline to see which way the Cardinals go.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on July 24, 2018, 11:35:36 pm
How about our 2 rookies that have made it to the 7th innings of back to back games with no-hit ball. Iím trying to be positive, but it sure is hard to do hen your team doesnít give you good run support.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Nickle-Pig on July 25, 2018, 11:00:10 am
How about our 2 rookies that have made it to the 7th innings of back to back games with no-hit ball. Iím trying to be positive, but it sure is hard to do hen your team doesnít give you good run support.


a dubious record 14 no hit innings and two losses
both those young men deserve a better team
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on July 25, 2018, 11:27:34 pm

a dubious record 14 no hit innings and two losses
both those young men deserve a better team
we didnít lose yesterday when Gomber pitched.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: jst01 on July 26, 2018, 10:06:44 am
It’s going to be an interesting 2 weeks before the trade deadline to see which way the Cardinals go.

This weekend should put the Cards below the .500 line, where I think they will stay for the rest of the year.  Only exciting thing to come will be coaching hire and which players get dealt.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 26, 2018, 12:36:26 pm
I've got the Cards at 84 wins this year, which is below most "expert" picks of 85-87 wins.

I was perhaps optimistic to start the season.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on July 27, 2018, 11:24:57 am
I thought we would be good enough to finish 2nd in the Central and even get o e of those wildcards. Injuries have really hurt our chances to do anything. Our Top 3 starters are on the DL and our bullpen needs to be blown up. Iím currently looking for deals where we can trade Fowler and Mozeliak. Do you know anyone in the business that would take those 2 off of our hands?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 27, 2018, 12:17:12 pm
I thought we would be good enough to finish 2nd in the Central and even get o e of those wildcards. Injuries have really hurt our chances to do anything. Our Top 3 starters are on the DL and our bullpen needs to be blown up. Iím currently looking for deals where we can trade Fowler and Mozeliak. Do you know anyone in the business that would take those 2 off of our hands?

It'd be Xmas in July for someone to take Fowler's contract off our hands.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on July 27, 2018, 03:00:22 pm
Sam Tuivalalla traded to Mariners for a minor league pitcher.  And Holland was optioned.looks like we are selling this year.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 27, 2018, 09:06:08 pm
Right moves to build towards 2019.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: TomasPistola on July 31, 2018, 10:32:32 am
Just traded Tommy Pham.

"The Rays also received international slot money from the Cardinals, who acquired minor leaguers Justin Williams, Genesis Cabrera and Roel Ramirez, according to the Tampa Bay Times."
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 31, 2018, 12:23:02 pm
Always an interesting day in baseball.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: WMHawgfan on July 31, 2018, 01:18:48 pm
didn't see the Pham move coming. There was more talk about them moving Jose Martinez which may still happen. Glad to see they DFA'd Cecil and Holland. Those two were aweful.

Not exactly sure how the money works in all this. Does this look like they are planning a big trade deadline move? or freeing up space for offseason free agent moves? Or worse case, stocking up the minors and planning to grow from within?

It seems like their offseason moves have been blowing up in their faces. The draft and minor league development seems to be the area they do well.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: WMHawgfan on July 31, 2018, 01:18:54 pm
didn't see the Pham move coming. There was more talk about them moving Jose Martinez which may still happen. Glad to see they DFA'd Cecil and Holland. Those two were aweful.

Not exactly sure how the money works in all this. Does this look like they are planning a big trade deadline move? or freeing up space for offseason free agent moves? Or worse case, stocking up the minors and planning to grow from within?

It seems like their offseason moves have been blowing up in their faces. The draft and minor league development seems to be the area they do well.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 31, 2018, 04:29:29 pm
Hard to figure out our revolving door in the OF....seem to always be making room for playing time for someone else.  Underwhelming performance in the OF is something we can't seem to get past.

Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on July 31, 2018, 06:27:44 pm
I would like to see the outfield of Ozuna, Bader and OíNeil with J. Martinez as the platoon as well as filling in at 1st occasionally. I am not disappointed with Pham being traded. Other than I wish it was Fowler.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on July 31, 2018, 06:29:51 pm
Oh and still fire Mozeliak. He should have never let it get in this shape.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: ImHogginIt on July 31, 2018, 11:32:09 pm
didn't see the Pham move coming. There was more talk about them moving Jose Martinez which may still happen. Glad to see they DFA'd Cecil and Holland. Those two were aweful.

Not exactly sure how the money works in all this. Does this look like they are planning a big trade deadline move? or freeing up space for offseason free agent moves? Or worse case, stocking up the minors and planning to grow from within?

It seems like their offseason moves have been blowing up in their faces. The draft and minor league development seems to be the area they do well.

Seemed like yesterday the Cards future was going to be built around Pham, Grichuk, Piscotty and Diaz. All were too inconsistent though. I hope we try and build through our young prospects but would like to see at least a few major free agent signings over the Winter.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on August 03, 2018, 09:05:10 pm
Seemed like yesterday the Cards future was going to be built around Pham, Grichuk, Piscotty and Diaz.

And the big guy that played 1b, Adams?. I agree.

I think they got a decent haul for Pham...he is 30 years old and had 1 good season. This season seemed more in line with the rest of his career. Two of the prospects sound like legit major-leaguers. The other is a lottery ticket.

Too bad Pham now has a broken foot and will miss some time.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on August 06, 2018, 11:36:36 am
Went 7-3 for the last 10. Thatís as good as anyone right now. Just seems a little late. A lot of that has to do with Matt Carpenter. He is stroking right now.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hoghappy on August 07, 2018, 11:08:01 pm
Too little too late Iím afraid.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on August 13, 2018, 09:59:47 am
Cards are the hottest team over the last 10 in the NL. 8-2. Charging hard on Milwaukeeís Wild card spot.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: MissippHog on August 14, 2018, 07:31:06 am
Cards are the hottest team over the last 10 in the NL. 8-2. Charging hard on Milwaukeeís Wild card spot.
Hopefully they can keep this rolling.  11-2 for the month of August, 5 games behind Chicago and 2 games behind Milwaukee. 
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on August 14, 2018, 08:42:30 pm
They are raking again tonight. Cubs lost to the Brew Crew today. Kind of the good news bad news kind of thing. More good than bad though.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: McKdaddy on August 15, 2018, 09:40:13 pm
A shame Mabry was let go.  ;)
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: PonderinHog on August 20, 2018, 10:20:21 am
Pretty amazing run.  Just grabbed the 2nd wildcard spot and won 7 series in a row.  When you're hot, you're hot!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hogcards on August 31, 2018, 11:48:25 am
Too little too late Iím afraid.

Not sure about that.

If the Cards can pick up 2 games on the Flubs by 9-9-18 (after the Washington-Detroit road trip), they have a really good shot at winning that division now.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on August 31, 2018, 01:12:50 pm
Playing Cincy  this weekend. We have owned them so far this year. We need a sweep and hope the sCrUBS lose a couple.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: hogcards on August 31, 2018, 01:29:05 pm
Playing Cincy  this weekend. We have owned them so far this year. We need a sweep and hope the sCrUBS lose a couple.

I think the Cards take 2 of 3 from the Dreds and the Flubs drop two of three to Philly.

Cards pick up one game this weekend.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Dropkick on August 31, 2018, 03:02:32 pm
Cards should take Reds to the woodshed tonight. Homer Bailey is awful, 1-12 with a 6.17 ERA
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: porkinsons disease on September 06, 2018, 06:36:24 pm
Guess everyone quit after getting embarrassed by the reds
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on September 06, 2018, 08:45:45 pm
Well Iím breathing better after the Nats.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: TomasPistola on September 06, 2018, 09:29:28 pm
Gonna be right down to the wire. We've got several tough games going into the end of the season.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: pigture perfect on September 07, 2018, 07:40:18 pm
I always hate not pulling for James McCann. He's one of my fave's.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: DeltaBoy on September 25, 2018, 09:57:59 am
Lets go Red Birds Charge!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XII
Post by: Imminent Rueage on October 26, 2018, 05:49:55 pm
Hey pigture, I just wanted to let you know I thought of Buck the other day. I'll always think of him when I think of my dad.