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  • in reply to: Outfield Situation #203069
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    Judge should stay a Yankee. Some guys are just meant to be with a particular organization. Judge just fits with the Bombers. Same with Albert’s situation – he should have stayed here.

    Jason Bay years ago turned down an offer to stay in Boston, which was dumb. He was made to play there with the green monster. But guys, and their agents do not always understand that. They put the dollar amount above the intangible.

    If you have a good thing going and get a decent offer, take it.

    in reply to: Wainwright’s dead arm and the playoff rotation #203064
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    I like that JJ with the two lefties. Teams don’t face lefties as often so coming at them twice might be a good strategy.

    in reply to: Former Cardinals in the News #203050
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    Wow, Edmonds on spouse #4. Hopefully this one lasts.

    Great photo of a youthful Dave Duncan.

    I have always liked Oviedo and think he will mature into a very good MLB pitcher.

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    The Phillies have some fire power and if Thor and Nola are ready to go will be a tough match-up. They are probably a year or so away from being real good though. Still, either them or the Brewers in a best of 3 will be a tough draw as Milwaukee could throw Burnes and Woodruff in two games. It will help us if each club goes into game 162 having to win, and thus burning a top starter in that final regular season game.

    in reply to: Wainwright’s dead arm and the playoff rotation #203047
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    Waino appears to be done. If we beat the odds and get a ring, or even advance to the World Series I think Waino walks away on a high note.

    Flaherty has the look of the 2023 ace, but we will see how his endurance is once the innings start to accumulate. Maybe a dark horse in-house candidate puts it together like Liberatore, or the oft-injured and command-challenged duo of Hicks or Reyes.

    In the “what if?” category, we would be sitting pretty with Alacantara and Gallen at 1 & 2 right now. With those two going in a short series, you would not want to bet against them. Ah, but that is gambles you take win your club is usually in a “win now” situation.

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    This might be a game where Albert pitches the ninth inning.

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    Arenado takes note from his last AB and gets a pitch to drive on the first delivery, and this time jumps on it.

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    Oh wait, the guy is still playing. Okay, how about Albert?

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    I don’t believe Maris got any IBBs in ‘61.

    Career IBBs – hmmm, I will go with Ted Williams as second behind Bonds.

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    Dickerson with the salami against (one of) his old club(s)!

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    Really bad AB by Arenado. Had a pitch up that he could have driven, but took. Then swung at a pitch down and away that you can’t do much with. Then just stuck the bat out on another one down and away.

    Albert picks us up though with a two run single.

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    Judge gets number 61!

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    Ollie should have started Woodford tonight, and set up a Woodford-Woodruff match up.

    in reply to: Wainwright’s dead arm and the playoff rotation #202528
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    And there are the ever present questions on the a availability of the two flame throwers, Hicks and Reyes. Neither one has been able to take the ball enough to be reliable, but there is always that “what if?” scenario that tags right behind them.

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    I sense the Cardinals are going to win both of these games. That is a good park to hit in. We will see though.

    in reply to: Wainwright’s dead arm and the playoff rotation #202504
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    Currently Waino and Montgomery are trending down, and Flaherty is trending up. Will be interesting to see how that looks at the end of the week.

    Waino is a guy that could get to post season and pitch a gem. But then, do you want to take that chance?

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    The Padres clobbered the Rockies in the patter’s last home game of 2022. Scoreboard watching I saw Milwaukee lost, so even with our defeat we knock the MN down to 4.

    Just need one of the two against the Crew and we will just about have it wrapped up.

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    Got some nice tickets from work for the final Rockies home game of the year. Not sure what din-din will be but lunch will be a Rockie dog, loaded with mustard and relish, and a cold Coors Banquet beer.

    Hopefully we win today, “we” meaning the Cardinals. But really, just one win in the two Brewers games really slants then odds towards us. One win in those two games and we only need to win 3 of the seven other games to win the division.

    If you are a Brewer fan you have to feel that while it is nice to close the gap a little, it is much too late to be making any kind of serious run at a division title.

    With all due respect to the Esteemed one, don’t put too much stock into his doom and gloom. He is the baseball equivalent of those headlines you see like “Man who predicted 2008 market crash says market to drop 50% in coming months.”

    Fear makes attention grabbing headlines – politicians and radio talk show people use it all the time. But in this division race, the numbers don’t support the angst.

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    Good point 1TD on not having the team’s regular television crew calling the historic blasts.

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    Looks like last night, but in reverse. Montgomery coming back down to earth some.

    in reply to: Kenny Reitz & Nolan Arenado #202251
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    Loved Reitz as a player as he had that excitement about the game similar to what you see with Nootbaar on today’s club.

    Whenever I think of Reitz I have this visual that comes to mind, from a game in Dodger Stadium. It would have been 1975, and the Dodgers had a guy on first. The hitter attempted a sacrifice bunt (yeah, they did that back then), and the ball was sort of looped in the air towards third. Reitz charged in and played it like he would snag it in the air, but then stepped back, let the ball bounce, and started a 5-4-3 double play. Really heads up play and I can still see it play out.

    Hard to say on who was better because back then I did not see Cardinal games on TV most every night. We see Arenado a lot and the guy is amazing. But maybe had we seen Reitz all the time we would appreciate him more. We have to go more on reputation, and maybe an occasional memory from some of us older fans.

    All I will say is the franchise has been blessed with some great defensive third baseman, including the guy in my avatar, as well as others that have been mentioned in this thread.

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    I don’t like those games on AppleTV or any of those alternate streaming services. If they want to do that, I wish it was still available on the mlb.tv service.

    I am an old guy, but still work using a laptop all day (accounting/finance field) and am fairly technically savvy. But I am not going to sign up for an AppleTV account and all that. Thus I missed the live action but watched all the highlights this morning. Saw that Dave Winfield was in attendance last night. Brought back a full circle type of memory as I recall seeing Winfield playing in Dodger Stadium as a youngster – 1974, and he was with the Padres of course.

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    Oh, din-din is a tossed salad that includes home grown tomatoes, and pepperoni pizza with a local brew pub cold frosty one to wash it down. It’s the weekend after all.

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    Well here we go – DeJong in the lineup. I will put the over under on strikeouts for Paul at 2. Anyone want to go one way or the other on that?

    My first 2023 prediction is that around this time next year, actually probably around mid June, we will be seeing yet another former Cardinal having an all star season, and that will be Edmundo Sosa.

    I will be checking out the Wyoming-BYU game during our contest. Growing up in Wyoming and with the Cowboys off to a 3-1 start, they will be tested in Provo against an old rival.

    in reply to: Former Cardinals in the News #202242
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    Wow, nice stretch for Capel. Maybe he will make the “all-former-Cardinal” team I listed in the other thread. Probably should have put that here.

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