April 13, 2019 at 11:46 pm #87278
12:40 p.m. RHP Michael Wacha (0-0, 5.28) vs. RHP Corbin Burnes (0-1, 10.05) FOX Sports Midwest // KMOXApril 17, 2019 at 8:31 am #87786Cardinals27ParticipantPaid - Annual
Let’s move on to today’s game and avoid the sweep.April 17, 2019 at 8:42 am #87790
Despite all the fretting about Ozuna and Fowler (and I have done a lot of that myself) it doesn’t take Captain Obvious to figure out that our starting rotation is killing us right now. The ERA’s are:
That is an absolute dumpster fire. I don’t think anyone could have predicted that big of a mess. I guess Waino is the ace again. Who would have thunk it?April 17, 2019 at 10:11 am #87812
I felt before the season that the rotation was a potential liability, and it sure seems like that is the case. Of course, there is still time to turn it around as I doubt they will be this bad all year. Still, either Martinez has to return to starting or they will need to trade for a Bumgarner or other starting pitcher this summer if they are still in contention.
The team has hit well enough to play tough against a hard schedule so far. Hopefully the pitching can round into better form when the schedule loosens up.April 17, 2019 at 10:19 am #87816April 17, 2019 at 10:20 am #87817
card25, I was right there with you regarding the rotation but I thought the problems will rear up in the summer months.April 17, 2019 at 10:22 am #87818
Will Thomas make it to this game?April 17, 2019 at 10:24 am #87820
Will Thomas make it to this game?
Probably just in time to take his first MLB at bat against Josh Hader late in the game. Shildt happens.April 17, 2019 at 10:30 am #87822
card25, I was right there with you regarding the rotation but I thought the problems will rear up in the summer months
Right. The hope I had was that Flaherty would be able to take a step forward in regard to keeping the ball in the yard (doesn’t seem possible), Wacha would pitch like early 2018 Wacha (walk wise, yes, but not results), and that Mikolas could be a low 3s ERA guy who walked almost no one, similar to last year but with some regression (nuh uh). Even if Carlos can come back and be the guy he was in 2016-17, that still only makes this an average group. It’s not good.April 17, 2019 at 11:30 am #87833
Jager mentioned the stupidity of our schedule in yeserday’s game thread and I totally agree. It has been brutal for the Cardinals. I’m not sure what algorithm spit out this schedule but the software needs a reboot.
I never thought I would dislike any team as much as the Cubs but the Brewers are gaining steam in that regard.April 17, 2019 at 11:37 am #87834Minuteman3ParticipantFree
gscottar – my sentiments on the schedule reprinted from my post on yesterdays game:
The schedule this year, not only for the Cardinals, is a farce if you study it. Playing the division champion 10 times in the first month of the season is ridiculous. Several two game series against division opponents doesn’t make sense either. The Pirates played the Tigers this series and unless they consider them arch rivals (like us and KC) I wonder why – the NLC is supposed to be playing the ALW this season for interleague games. Twenty games in June without a day off but two days off the next week because of a two game schedule with Oakland. Just a few of many examples of how the scheduling can kill a team. The Red Sox played 10 games on the road before getting a home opener. Weather may have an effect but they sure had a lot of losses in those 10 games. Anybody that believes the MLB schedule is made randomly by a computer may want to check and see if it was a Chinese hacked computer.
And now back to baseball.April 17, 2019 at 1:09 pm #87836
The beleaguered players come through again. Ozuna homers for the fourth straight game and Fowler (single) scores on Wieters’ single to put the Cards up 2-0 in the second inning.April 17, 2019 at 1:33 pm #87839
Wong is 2-for-2 as the Cards go up 4-0 in the third. Brewers starter Corbin Burnes has already thrown almost 60 pitches.April 17, 2019 at 1:51 pm #87841
Carpenter goes deep to increase the lead to 5-0 in the fourth. That sent the Brewers into their pen.April 17, 2019 at 1:57 pm #87842
Wacha with a high and inside pitch on Yelich to brush him off the plate and finishes him with the strikeout. That was a beautiful sequence of pitches by Wacha there.April 17, 2019 at 2:01 pm #87844
On the schedule imbalance, Danny Mac mentioned the Cards have spent more nights this season in their hotel in Milwaukee than they have in their own beds in St. Louis.April 17, 2019 at 2:23 pm #87848GACardParticipantFree
Forget Yelich. Maybe we shouldn’t pitch to their pitchersApril 17, 2019 at 2:25 pm #87851
Wacha loses concentration against the Brewers relief pitcher Wilkerson and gets hammered for a 2-run bomb.April 17, 2019 at 2:32 pm #87853
Geez, Brewers pitchers are killing us this year…at the plate.April 17, 2019 at 2:51 pm #87861
Ozuna is raking now for sure, I will give him that. Let’s hope he can keep it up.
As for Fowler, he has his avg. up to 269. That is nice but his slugging is .327, which means he is basically doing his Delvin Perez impersonation by spraying a few singles around the yard. That isn’t what you pay someone $16.5M to do, but baby steps right?
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Miller really struggled against RH hitters.April 17, 2019 at 3:14 pm #87868GACardParticipantFree
.269 with an OBP over .360 is at this point is a lot better than expected. Enough to keep putting him out there (even though there isn’t really a choice)
Hopefully Miller can work around that leadoff doubleApril 17, 2019 at 3:28 pm #87870
Man, this is getting old.
Yelich 9th straight game vs. Cardinals with an RBI tying Tim Raines for 4th longest streak (Hornsby 13, Bagwell 12, Lombardi 10)
— Tom Orf (@MU4124) April 17, 2019April 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm #87871
I agree with GACard. If Fowler could sustain a .361 OBP, that should be considered a positive (if he plays adequate defense). Measuring Fowler on slugging percentage is not recognizing his role and strengths, however.
P.S. Delvin Perez’ career OBP is .322 in the low minors. On the other hand, Fowler’s is .360 in 12 MLB seasons, so the latter is capable of this kind of result.April 17, 2019 at 3:38 pm #87872
Cards win 6-3.
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