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  • in reply to: StL 2019 Game 79 thread: Tue 6/25 vs. A’s #95764
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    Sounds good Rat, but do not forgo the regular doctor visits. You are retired now, so don’t get too carried away with the sweets, sodas and cigars. Life is all about balance, so it is fine to enjoy those things. Just keep it in moderation. We want you posting here in 2029.

    Meanwhile, why don’t you have a picture of Whitey as your avatar? Inquiring minds want to know.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 79 thread: Tue 6/25 vs. A’s #95760
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    I like Fowler in center. Normally I would go with the better defensive player, but Bader just has not come on offensively like you would have expected, and strikes out a lot. Dex at least gets a hit or walk a game, and has made some good plays and throws in center.

    Over the long run the position is still Bader’s if he can get better with the bat. Personally I would have kept Pham there and never dealt him, but water under the bridge – and maybe Cabrera will be a good one to have in a year or two.

    in reply to: Hicks Has Torn UCL #95597
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    Bobby and I have been on the same page regarding Jordan Hicks since early last season. When you have a young guy and all the hype is about how hard he throws, then you put him out there in situations where you are telling him to throw his arm off, then it should be no surprise this is the result.

    Sorry to see this happen and I hope the club is smarter in working with him through surgery and recovery than their recent thinking has been regarding Mr. Hicks.

    In a more broad scope, I believe we are getting to a point in MLB like big-time football. The human body can only take so much physical stress and strain. While guys may be able to throw harder than ever for awhile, it is likely not sustainable to see them continue to push that needle on the speed gun ever higher.

    in reply to: NL Central #95477
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    The NL Central is the outlier at this point, as the there are clear-cut leaders in every other division. All it will take is for one NL Central team to go on a hot streak in August/September, and they can wrap up a post season berth.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 78 thread: Sun 6/23 vs. Angels #95473
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    It has been a crazy Spring. Here in the Rocky Mountain region, we have had all these winters of late where we will here the “snowpack in the mountains is only at 31% of normal”, or something like that. They just got another round of snow the last couple of days, and the snowpack is something like 700% of normal!

    I dislike these Sunday night games. Seems like the Cardinals are the featured team more than any other club.

    Couple of nice games so far in this series. Good too see Albert get such a resounding ovation. Time has healed most of the hurt feelings on both sides.

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    in reply to: 2019 MLB All-Star Game #95416
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    As we have discussed a little on here, there are not any Cardinal players deserving of a top spot. DeJong looked like an All-Star early on, but regressed a lot during the club’s swoon in May.

    As for the Cubs, I really do not see Heyward nor Schwarber as any more deserving than Ozuna, so in that regard we could have a guy there. Like DeJong, Heyward got off to a good start, but last time I looked he had come back down to earth, although I have not checked his stats lately.

    Now that the leagues are really “conferences”, the game is not nearly as magical as it once was. They are still called “Leagues”, but not independent organizations so the game is dulled down like the NBA and NFL games have been all along.

    in reply to: Matheny & The Giants #95414
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    I think Showalter is the best on that list, and he would be my choice if I had any say in the matter. Williams has Giants connections of course, and had a great year in his first year at Washington.

    If the Giants brass has a good memory, they should think back to the 2012 post season series when Bochy schooled Matheny on how to manipulate the game in the late innings. Matheny was a buffoon in that series, basically (to use some chess terminology) giving away his queen and a couple of knights, while Bochy was pretty much handed the series check mate.

    But that was then – maybe Matheny has learned a thing or two. He did seem to get better over his Cardinal tenure. My sense about Mike though, is he is a bit too rigid and thinks he never makes a mistake. It is hard to play under that type of leader, as it creates a tenseness around the club and your natural abilities are dampened to some degree.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 76 thread: Fri 6/21 vs. Angels #95392
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    Carlos could be another Gant if he has his command. He could pitch in most any situation. Lead off guy in the 9th gets on. Man, it is tough watching Carpenter play third. Just has no arm at all. He had no chance on the guy in the ninth, but when you can’t throw Albert out on that play earlier, then you have some weaknesses.

    Whoa, thought that was a DP there. Cards did it about as best they could but no go.

    There’s the DP! And that is a winner!!

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 76 thread: Fri 6/21 vs. Angels #95391
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    Quite a night at the old ball yard. Good to see Albert get a nice reception. Figured he and Yadi would hug.

    Some good pitching. Hopefully Wacha is finding it again and will be that guy that gives you a solid start most every time out.

    in reply to: Less and less demand for traditional sports writers #94974
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    One fallout from the lack of reading print is the benefits of a good book. Although books are available on electronic devices, so maybe there is not too big of a drop in reading. But as most of us know, the book is usually much better than the movie.

    You can get lost in a book for months, and really increase your knowledge and appreciation for life and the world by absorbing a good book on historical events.

    The other day I saw a kid, looked to be in his 20s, with his head down at a table outside the office building. I assumed like everyone these days, he was perusing stuff on his cell phone, but then it was like “Is that kid reading a ‘real’ book?”. As I walked closer I could see he was actually reading a book! Man you just never see that anymore.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 73 thread: Tue 6/18 vs. Marlins #94973
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    I do wonder about Bader. He has not progressed on the offensive side like he should be with regular work. As mentioned, he should be jumping all over pitches he lets go by, then swings at stuff that only a Mike Trout can square. Bader is another guy who needs to bunt at least once a game, and bring his speed into play more.

    Although he has dominated us twice, it is fun to watch Yamamoto pitch. He shows what you can do if you have location. His style is similar to Greg Maddux – he had Cardinal hitters so frustrated they were beating themselves. He got into their heads, and when you do that you have won the battle.

    Maybe he can be the real deal for them and give the few Marlins fans around someone to cheer for. That organization has had it tough, with the Fernandez tragedy and a history of mis-managed operations. They are sort of a latter-day Philadelphia Athletics. Connie Mack ran that organization into the ground a couple of times, and they never recovered from the second one.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 72 thread: Mon 6/17 vs. Marlins #94790
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    ….was out riding the bike and listening to the KMOX broadcast while riding, and Shannon was really sleep-walking though the event. Would be nice to get a little more enthusiasm from the long-time Cardinal.

    Also he kept pronouncing Mikolas’ name “MICK-o-lus”. Now I will say when I first saw Mikolas’ name in print after we signed him, I thought it was pronounced “Mick-O-Lus”, with the emphasis on the “O”.

    Good to see whatever-his-name-is come back with a strong effort after these Marlins pounded him last week.

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    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 72 thread: Mon 6/17 vs. Marlins #94788
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    Loved the bunt by Carpenter. I have been saying for two months that he needs to do that. He should at least attempt a bunt once a game. Not only will he get a hit of it now and then, but the defense will start to relax on that shift, and he should be a better hitter as it will force him to stay on the ball.

    It’s a win-win-win.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 72 thread: Mon 6/17 vs. Marlins #94763
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    Haven’t looked lately, but early on DeJong was an all-star. He has slipped back a lot though. I doubt any other position player deserves to start.

    Ozuna might be a reserve, and perhaps DeJong as well if he can keep from slipping more.

    in reply to: Former Cardinals in the News #94762
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    Pham makes some good points, although he is stating the obvious. Big market teams will always have the advantage.

    Pham’s take on things is usually on target, he just presents it in a very blunt way.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 70 thread: Sat 6/15 at Mets #94573
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    Oh, and a quick comment on the Carpenter bases-loaded thing. He had historically produced in that situation, but to think that the past is a predictor of the current is not right.

    I can understand a broadcaster stating the facts, but then it sort of leads you to think “If he has hit .500 in this situation, then he has a 50/50 shot at a hit here”. Reality is he is more likely to hit based on his career results, weighted some to what he has done in recent games.

    Gotta take all those micro-stats with a heavy dose of salt. At the end of a guy’s career we can say, “Wow, this guy really produced in this area”. But while their career is playing out, the past does not predict the likelihood of a current specialized event.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 70 thread: Sat 6/15 at Mets #94572
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    It has been an early season where there have been plenty of disappointments. Mikolas, Carpenter, Miller, and Hudson are a few who have not done as well as expected. But each of those guys has done well at times, and Hudson looks to be getting better as the season progresses.

    Goldschmidt, outside of that three home run game in what, the second game of the year, has been disappointing all season. I usually do not like deals where we trade three young players for the one veteran that you think you need, but loved the Goldschmidt deal. I thought he would bring consistent middle-of-the-order production, but it just has not happened.

    Shildt did not help the situation when he had him hitting second for so long, although I doubt that had anything to do with it. I do not think there is the “can only hit in this spot” syndrome like there seems to be with Carpenter.

    I still think Goldy’s numbers will be there at the end of the season, but also would have thought he had progressed more by now.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 69 thread: Fri 6/14 at Mets #94498
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    The TV guys were saying some of the same things Dave posted, regarding those two games yesterday could be the start of a turn-around. That ninth inning comeback was something else, then to finish it off the next day – well, we might be looking back at that game as the momentum changer.

    I was in disagreement with Shildt when he pulled Ponce for the pinch-hitter, but it was clearly the right move in hindsight. I was listening to the KMOX broadcast at the time, as I was walking the dog. 🙂 Both Rooney and Horton thought it was the right move since Ponce had struggled with his control, something he has done all year at Memphis as well. But my thought was he had just settled in and had a quick 1-2-3 fourth inning, and so I would have kept him in there to see if he could bunt the runners over. But Jose hit the big blast and that got things going.

    I like the way Shildt is starting to turn the runners loose on the bases. We have needed to see more of that, and now it looks like he is doing it. Horton made some good comments about it, as they started the runners on the Martinez homer, and he talked about how moving the runners keeps the pressure on the defense, and the pitcher as well.

    Good road trip so far. Let’s see how the weekend goes.

    in reply to: The Front Office's place in all of this chaos. #94155
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    The perceived apathy might be a calm, confidence within the club that says “we are better than our record, and will show that before this thing is done so let’s not panic’.

    Whether that is true, only someone around the team would know.

    Realistically, there is nothing this team has shown that gives us hope that they are better than Chicago. The Cubs, at least from the looks of things , have a better front office, field manager, and player personnel than St. Louis.

    We will see how that all looks two months from now. Maybe things will have gotten better by then. But for now, you cannot truthfully say anything different.

    in reply to: Strikeouts #94092
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    Yeah, I think pitchers today are more advanced than hitters, when compared to say 50 years ago. Every team these days has 10 guys that throw mid 90s.

    You don’t see any classic “ junk ball” guys anymore. Jamie Moyer may have been the last of that style.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 65 thread: Mon 6/10 at Marlins #94085
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    Good to see Wacha come back with a solid start, even if it is against Miami.

    in reply to: Rules/Save Question #93773
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    Think it is A & C. Sometimes the stats are a little funky, but over the course of a season and career, they do a good job of reflecting a player’s value.

    The “save” is sort of a funny stat as it is not too hard to get. Sort of like saves in hockey, or XP in football, guys are usually in the 90% area when looking at success vs non-success.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 62 thread: Fri 6/7 at Cubs #93698
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    The two strengths Mikolas had last year, low walk and home runs allowed totals, have not been so good in ‘19. Both of those combine for a quick 2-0 deficit in this one.

    Especially walking the lead off batter in a game – not at all the way you want to start a big series.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 61 thread: Thu 6/6 vs. Reds #93564
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    It always baffles me how guys swing at pitches that were never its the zone from their release point (Wong and Weiters just did that). I know the game is tougher than it looks, but seems like these guys should be picking up those pitches better.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 59 thread: Tue 6/4 vs. Reds #93387
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    Oh, and 6 hits, 4 walks while striking out 14 times is deplorable.

    If that is what your offense does, you do not deserve to win.

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