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It is written about how managers make mistakes with the bullpen due to an insistence on having roles.
The better way to use a bullpen is to use your best guy in critical situations, be that the 7th, 8th or 9th. And if you have a guy working effortless and getting outs, leave him in there.
If Mikolas can channel back to 2018 during the stretch run, we can win this thing. Goldschmidt has picked up the pace over the second half, although he has regressed a bit as of late, but he’s doing his ‘64 Bill White impersonation pretty well.
Those are the two big culprits, along with Carpenter, in our first half woes. Carpenter still has not gotten it together. I am not ready to put him in the Allen Craig/Garrett Atkins group of players who hit like crazy, then seemingly overnight lose it.
In reading about Lou Gehrig, he had that fear during his career. No matter how good he was, he had this nagging thought that he would go to work one day and just not be able to hit. It took a cruel twist of nature to bring him down.
I am not too sure Dex’ leaving Chicago has not hurt the Cubs more than it has helped us. They just have not quite been the same with him leading off. They have struggled to find a decent lead off hitter since he left.
He could fill that role with us. He gets on base at a pretty good clip. My sense about Dexter is that you need to encourage him and make it known how important he is to your club. It is not only about that of course, but I think he needs that maybe more than some guys.
That takes me back to those wonderful younger days Rat, when I would make a homemade chocolate malt using my parent’s blender. All I did was use vanilla ice cream, some chocolate malted that was available in most any grocery store, a little vanilla, and some milk. Crank that baby on and pour a delicious chocolate malt in about 40 seconds. My sister always put an egg in her shakes, but I never did that. Think it does help them be a bit more thick.
Thinking about Cabrera, I think he could be a real good one. Like any pitcher, he needs to learn command. I think the mantra these days for pitching is simply throw hard and leave it at that. But location and changing speeds is the key to effective pitching. Great to have top-tier speed, but not an absolute must if you can place the ball and make it bend, plus consistently vary the speed.
The more I see Flaherty, the more he reminds me of a young Mad Max (Scherzer).
Always a tough call with this guy. You just don’t know if you will have a Sandy Koufax on your staff from say ages 27-32, or if you will have Rick Ankiel.
At this point I think you have to stick with him a couple more years and see how it plays out, keeping in mind you may never see any return on the investment.
Getting DFA’d by the 2019 Tigers is about as low as you can go in terms of MLB.
One of the better Cardinal games I have seen live, given the situation and all. A great all-around day as I hit the Hall of Fame in the morning, then walked down to a place called “Four Hands Brewing” for lunch.
Kicked around the arch area for a good part of the day, then Ballpark Village for a little pre-game revelry and some good back-and-forth bantering with those Cubs fans. They are out in force and were all over the place yesterday. Kris Bryant was certainly wrong, as his own team’s fans do not find St. Louis boring.
Per my phone app I walked 6.7 miles yesterday. Today it’s back in the car for a trip up to Chicago for the National Sports Collectibles Convention.
The game felt a little like 1985, as I was in Chicago and here when the Cards started surging in June after a slow start. It had that same feel about it. The Cubs had won in ’84, and started hot in ’85 but the Cardinals came out of nowhere and put it together.
This team needs to hit more though. Seeing the lineup on the scoreboard where it just shows the batting averages, and you wonder how we are atop the division. Seems like the entire club is made up of .250 hitters, but they hustle, play defense, turn on pitches on occasion, and have a solid bullpen.
I was impressed with the outfield play. You do not think of O’Neill, Fowler and Martinez as defensive wizards, but they got to balls and even Jose showed a good arm. Waino was real sharp early, then lost it around the 5th inning but hung in there. Gallegos has been great every time out, and taken the spot Gant had occupied earlier in the season.
The key play in the game was Weiters gunning down Heyward on the steal attempt. The Cubs likely would have at least scored one there, and maybe more.
Heyward looked good in his approach at the plate. He seemed to mainly try and put the ball in play, and did just that all night.
Alright, need to get one of these next two!
PS – if I am Carp, every pitch that is on the outside I swing inside-out. Every pitch middle-in I jump on and pull.
Easier said than done as you then have to deal with breaking balls or fast balls and all that. But your approach has to be go with the pitch. He tends to want to pull everything, and has gotten into bad habits by pulling that shoulder out too soon and pulling off the ball, so the pitches on the outer half kill him, and those down and in are mostly unhittable.
For the Cardinals to successfully finish this thing off they will need a reasonably normal production from Matt Carpenter. Edman has had some moments, but he likely won’t bring what Carp brings when Carp is on his game.
This would have been a great opportunity for Gyorko to step up, and be probably could have carried the torch at third but he too is banged up.
Carp will be given a shot, there is no doubt in that. Hopefully he can salvage the season and get on base at a .375 clip or so, with an occasional ebh here and there.
He simply has to put the ball in play more though, and the opportunity is always there for him to shorten up his swing and go the other way. If he is not doing that on the rehab assignment, then he is doing it the hard way.
Thanks Ny! Let’s hope so, on the winner that is. I have probably seen 25-30 or so games in St. Louis over my lifetime, and I just thinking back I think the club probably has a losing record with me in attendance.
But in road games, it seems the Cards usually win when I am there.
No suggestions for pre-game places? I will just look around on my own then, and see what looks fun. Nice day here this morning! Have not been to a live Cardinal game in St. Louis since 2009, which was a game where Chris Carpenter dominated Houston and hit a triple to drive in a run as well! A real rarity – I think the Cards won that one 2-1, as Matt Holliday also hit a solo shot the opposite way early in the contest.
Looking forward to checking out the Village – it was not there back in ’09. If anyone sees me wandering around, stop and say hi. I will be the guy in the Cardinal hat. 🙂
Fowler getting back more to his norm has saved center field from being a huge gap in this club. He has gotten on base at a decent clip, and played quite well on defense in center.
Hopefully Bader gets his groove back, but so far this season he has been about as bad on offense as one can be. And as I mentioned, his swing looks a little mechanical to me. He seems to swing in the same place every time, rather than where the ball is located. But the pitch recognition issue is the biggest flaw in this game. Too often he is not able to pull the trigger on hittable pitches.
His scouting report right now would be a little like an offensive version of the classic report submitted about Hector Lopez back in the day – for Bader it would go “Can’t hit pitches up and down in the zone; does not swing at pitches down the middle”.
Bader looked like a good prospect coming up – solid defense, speed and some pop. But he is totally lost on offense. As was mentioned, he will take potches right down the middle, and swing over pitches down in the zone.
His swing looks a little mechanical to me, which is cause for concern. Maybe a trip to Soulsville will help him, but he may need to start fresh with another organization.
I will be at this one. Any TCNers in the area want to meet up for a beer before the game, let me know. I will be kicking around Ballpark Village and taking in the HOF during the day.
What are the best places to hang for pregame festivities.
Gotta say, I really like Joe Maddon. The guy’s got a great personality. Disagree with him now and then, but he is fun.
Speaking of the Cubs, or more specifically the upcoming series, Bike Mike will be in attendance Tuesday night! I will post this on the game thread as well when it is available. If any TCN folks are around town and either attending the game, or will be downtown during the day I would love to meet up for a beer somewhere.
Also I would like to hear opinions on some of the better places to hang before the game.
During the day I am going to hit Ballpark Village and the Cardinals team museum.
I am thinking ’67 or ’68. Trying to see who that Giant lefty pitcher was, thinking it might be either Ray Sadecki or Mike McCormick.
The advanced stat guru’s have numbers to show that lefty relievers do not make a big difference in winning or losing a ball game – the LOOGYs anyway. Basically the numbers show that there is not enough difference in success against lefty hitters by trying to match-up late in games.
The best approach is to have quality arms in your bullpen, regardless of them being a left or right hand pitcher.
With that, acquiring Watson is not a big difference maker in my opinion. Right now we look to be pretty good as constructed, but then everything has been clicking since the break. What I would focus on is acquiring a good left-handed starter, but would not gut the system to get one. I wish Gomber had been healthy this year. He might be just the guy to fill the bill.
I like the thought of using Gallegos as the closer for now, with Miller, Gant, and CMart in the later innings as setup.
One thing Shildt needs to keep in mind though, is if we are in the 7th or 8th inning of a one run game and the top half of the order is coming up, use Gallegos there. Don’t fall into the thought that a guy can only pitch the ninth.
This lead should hold obviously, which keeps our streak of winning all of the series since the break. That includes two four-gamers on the road.
This club is feeling it right now!
That was a crazy one last night. That is two games on this road trip where we lead by 4 late, and almost lost it. Things seem to be breaking right for this club.
Loved those Reds throwback uni’s yesterday – took me back to the days of Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson, Jim Maloney, and the youthful crew cut Pete Rose.
Bader still never gets a guy in from third with less than two out. When is Shildt going to attempt a squeeze in that situation? He needs to put it on just to switch something up – play some Whitey-ball.
Unhappy Jack in the 4th, but we got out of it and the club won, so that is what counts.July 21, 2019 at 10:07 pm in reply to: What is wrong with Dexter Fowler and what should be done? #98835
Ozuna was making a case to be re-signed until the injury. We will see how he does once he returns, but right now I would expect the odds are against him returning to St. Louis. Just hope he does not land on a division opponent roster and get his 2017 mojo back.
If the club falters and the numbers are similar at seasons’s end the real blame falls on Goldschmidt, Carpenter, and Mikolas, with Bader in the mix as well. But it is unrealistic to fire players.
Mo & Company would not be immune of course, as they should have known better than to bring on Dexter at the contract they gave him, and to give money away that was unnecessary by extending Carpenter and signing Greg Holland. The Carpenter extension is somewhat understandable, since he came on great last year and the club likes to take care of their own. But sometimes being a nice guy can burn you.
As a general rule, management needs to be a little more patient with the younger players, and a little less generous with the older ones. Don’t be so anxious to deal a productive player because he does not fit a certain image (Pham), and do not be so committed to older guys that you are giving them a lot of money for declining production.
Happy moon-landing day!! 50 years! At that time the Cardinals, expected to win their 3rd straight pennant, were a disappointing club as it looked like the Cubs had replaced them as the NL powerhouse.
That Cub club had five future Hall of Famers, if you include their manager. Meanwhile the Cardinals had lost their swagger from the previous two seasons; they had no Cha-Cha.