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<Well, I think we are just going to have to suck it up and live with Carpenter in the lineup for the rest of the season.>
I know you like him but there has to be a point where ‘like’ = ‘lose’ and I think rather than not helping himself, he at the point where he is hurting the team. His swings have not shown improvement and Jimmy Ballgame even noted how he is dropping his back shoulder resulting in either strikes or balls off the legs. No doubt he is super frustrated. His extension will give him a chance to show improvement next season but, for now, let’s play the hot hands and in Carps case, they don’t have to be too hot.
Pugs, your interest in the lady above the L will be rewarded in Milwaukee if you look for the first row babe with the plunging neckline behind the LH batter position. She also keeps score so you will see her writing a lot. Maybe a players wife as her companions seem to change every game. Course I don’t look….much.
Today’s best lineup guess:
Goldschmidt – 1B
My only concern is Carp at #2. Could be he will swap with Wong or Bader. Or Munoz might get a start and the #2 slot. In any case Edman will sit this one.
This was what one fan heard Braun saying when Dexter hit his ‘smash’ double in the 7th: “I got it, I got it, I got it, YOU TAKE IT.”
Wong’s single was about the only true hit the Cards had with the bases loaded (Dex’s was an anomaly) but patience at the plate (Edmond-12 pitches) sure pays off when the bases are loaded.
TIVO was a winner. Watched the 8th and 9th this am with BBB. (Breakfast, Bacon & Baseball) but I admit to becoming a tad concerned with all those Brewers getting hits in the late innings.
Get out the broom and go for it Cards. Wainwright is at HOME.
Carp starts tonight – wanna bet?
<I was born in the Mississippi delta, so I hear ya. I have a Mama, had a Daddy, and the last meal of the day is supper.>
Noontime was Lunch. Never heard of dinner unless you was eatin at some fancy joint. Most of the rest of my family (those that didn’t live in Cajun country) were residents of SE Mississippi (Hattiesburg/Laurel area). I spent some great summers in high school working as a lifeguard at a small lake owned by a 2nd cousin. Back in those days the Saints didn’t yet exist. I begged to stay in Mississippi and finish high school so I could play small town football but momma said no and I got my brains beat out playing big city football in New Orleans.
Who dat say who dat. Dat was a Saints invention. One thing you will notice in Cajun country is that everybody respects their elders. If you are talking to an older person you always use Mr. or Miss. as in “Hello Mr Bob.” “How is Miss Florence doing today.” And that concludes todays lesson on Cajun Culture. There will not be a test.
<Rat: Well at least they don’t make you snap your own beans.>
I know that was for Rats and his gravy but your mention of snap beans brings back fond memories. As a kid I used to sit on my grandmas porch in hot and humid Mississippi and watch her snap beans. She said she would teach me how and while I snapped 3 she snapped a whole bowl. Dem was gud eatin.
Hey Pugs, Ref your post about Louisiana Cajuns. I am one. Born in New Orleans because that was the closest joint with real doctors but lived in the swamps until the age of 3. Mama always teased me and said they used me for alligator bait but I stunk so bad the gators even turned away. So we moved to town. To this day I have a metal badge on my wall that says “Registered Coon Ass”. I know a lot of folks agree with that last word but I am proud to be a Cajun.
Since Gio is a lefty does that mean Carp will sit and Edman will play 3B. Also, will Bader get a start tonight since he has been hot in the minors? Kolten is batting well against lefties so, hopefully, he stays in the lineup. I don’t think we will see Wieters catching until Colorado comes to town unless the heat wears out Yadi tonight. So my lineup guess is:
Fowler – RF
Edman – 3B
Goldy – 1B
Ozuna – LF
DeJong – SS
Wong – 2B
Molina – C
Bader – CF
Wacha – P
It may be that Molina and Wong are switched.
As for Matt Carpenter I simply cannot believe that it is Shildt’s decision alone on how to handle Carp. The contract itself ($$$) tells me that higher powers in the FO are consulted before any definitive benching action will be taken. As for where to bat him and when to remove him from the game I do believe that is Shildt’s decision.
Noticed that Carp now has a protection pad over the top of his right foot — and I think he actually hit it once last night. Jimmy Ballgame seems to be on track as to how Carp manages to hit his feet and shins so often. It is determined by his swing.
I will give him credit for some good defense in his last few games and I am really amazed that those loopy throws to 1B could beat out anybody but they seem to do that. But Edman’s cannon arm is a definite winner at 3B.
What dislike I may have for Carp probably evolves from the damage (in my eyes) he has caused to other players advancement by somewhat hogging a position at which he is not the best defender (1b & 3B) We lost Adams and Voit and a few minor leaguers who had no hope because of it. Yes Carp has/had his hot streaks but any fan could tell they were the exception and not something we could depend on every day for the whole season. It was the extension and all those extra bucks that really turned me on him but I cheer every hit he gets and curse every strikeout where he looks dumb because, in my mind, he has always been someone who milks for walks and watches strikes. Then he started his aggressive hitting campaign (his own description) with the launch angle BS. Being an old missile man I know something about launch angles and ballistic trajectories and folks he is a long way from mastering that. He is in a league with that North Korean nut on launch angles – all he ever hits is the sea……LOL
He has attempted and even been successful at some bunts but never pursues it to try and defeat the shift and he doesn’t seem to even be interested in defeating the shift anymore. He may as well chalk up this season as a lost one unless, by some miracle, he suddenly catches fire. That remains to be seen. I only hope that if he continues to play he contributes to the teams success and does not subtract from it.
It appears that Oscar Mercado is turning into a real factor for the Indians. Who did the Cards get for him in trade or was he a Rule 5 claim?
<Trevor Rosenthal also signed with the Yankees on a minor league deal.>
When Mo does something like this he is accused of ‘dumpster diving.’ The Yankees do it with regularity and they call it ‘filtering.’ Sometimes they come up with a gem. But I don’t think Trevor is that kind of find.
yeah we nobody is claiming Shildt has any brains!>
Shildt is managing a major league ball club. You are posting you opinion on TCN. Which has more bearing on the actual happenings of the team?
NO he should not he is NOT a oF we have 2 young OF that are as good if not better hitters than him that need to be playing…he is as IF and that is where he should stay period!>
If you feel that strongly about Edman, how do you feel about Munoz doing the same thing?
Brian: Do you mean Munoz? Don’t know any Nunez.
Well it is time for TCN to give the FO their druthers as to who should be brought up when the AAA season ends after Sept 1. Of course the bullpen will grow with bodies like Ponce and Cabrera and the outfield will be adding Bader and ONeil. So that leaves room for TCN to add to the list and then gripe when they are sent home instead of coming up to help take the NLC. You have to assume that Edman, Thomas and Arozorena will either remain or come back but there are others who can get some valuable time even as just bench observers. Names please. I am of the opinion that it is the young bodies who will help propel this team to the playoffs – uh and I must confess that I saw no hope for only a month ago.
Once again, thanks for the humor folks over having a real snit about Edman playing in the OF. I frankly don’t care if he plays catcher (he hits better than the current occupant) as long as he does a decent job and continues to hit. I saw one foul ball error on one that I am not sure Fowler would have got to but I see no deficiencies in the OF but I would prefer to see him anywhere that Carpenter plays and that narrows down the choice. In truth, the guy is a true utility player who needs to play almost every day somewhere on the IF or OF. Granted we do have enough OFs so maybe we will see more of them in the near future and see a real scramble as September arrives and 40 hot bodies crowd the dugout – many of them OFs…..LOL
I don’t like the fact that Davies is on the mound for the Brewers. He has a changeup that, when right, makes the Cubs Hendricks look like a little leaguer. But when wrong – POW.
What will it take to end the Carpenter – wait – wait – wait -wait and see if he gets good experiment when it is obvious that we have better hitters sitting on the bench and they can field just as well if not better too. September approaches, heavy home schedule at hand. Grow a pair Mo and Shildt and show him the pines for a bit.
Munoz must have had a hangover yesterday. He was swinging at pitches that were FEET out of the strike zone. Only one was on a hit & run.
I have seen Carlson twice in Springfield so that is a small sample size but he looked to be at least average defensively and far above offensively. Sure hope Mo doesn’t get trade fever with him. Shades of Oscar Mercado who is leading the Indians back to the playoffs (with a few helpers).
That game last night which they won 15-13 could have been lost in the 9th when with bases loaded, no outs and Turner batting for the Nats, he struck out on a 3-2 pitch that was 6 inches high. He had barely fouled one off in the same place one pitch earlier. If he had just taken the ball it would have been a Nats walkoff. Then Hader struck out the next two also……..and the game went on.
Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal appear to be from the same mother except that Carlos needs his baby daddy Yadi to slap him around the head a few times to get a decent pitch. Check swings are his best friend today.
If Aqino comes to bat with anybody on base……………………….walk him. Save runs.
Another stinker but today is a new day.
<Can we please toss the powder blues in a pile and light a match? We can’t win in those ugly things>
I think it was Jimmy baseball who pointed out that they are only used on the road and on Saturday nights. They don’t have much a chance of becoming winners but still beat the drab greys. I prefer that beautiful red batting practice jersey that is already equipped with the birds, number and name. That, for me, beats the blues and the greys.
Anybody watch the 9th inning of that Nats/Brewers game saw Hader luck his way out of a bases loaded, 0 out situaton with Turner batting on a 3-2 count and swing at two very high balls, fouling the first and missing the second. Taking that high pitch would have walked in the winning run in a walkoff. I thought the Nats were doing their best bases loaded no outs Cards imitation. But it was a dramatic moment. Surprised to see that Hader had blown his last 5 saves. Gonna be a real fight in the NLC folks.
<MM3, if it weren’t the for the FSM broadcasters their would be nothing for you to complain about in Cardinal Land. I admire your serenity.>
Yeah, thanks for them. Otherwise I am mostly but not always happy because there is nothing I can do about the games except read the disgruntled posts of many on the forums. They add to my entertainment.
I am absolutely rolling on the floor laughing this afternoon over all the teeth gnashing and whining about Edman playing in the OF. When he first arrived and hit a grand slam and everything else as well as did some outstanding fielding and displayed a rocket arm he was the forum hero. Then word got around that Lane Thomas was better (or so some said) so the politicking was on to get him up. Up he comes and is immediately crowned as the new wonder boy – hits his grand slam and a triple and even gets a couple of starts but Shildt plays a switch hitter in the OF and the natives go wild. Then word starts leaking out that Arozorena is being held captive at AAA and needs to be freed. The natives win once again and, lo and behold, the next hero arrives and manages a couple of starts and a couple of hits and maybe he doesn’t satisfy his fans because they almost immediately revert to Lane Thomas as being the ‘victim’ of bench rot again. Seems like our heroes only last a day or two until it becomes obvious they are, as Tony said, only humans not robots.
Keep me laughing fellers. I will stick with whatever Shildt comes up with as I have no control nor does anybody else here. But thanks for the humor. Whomever it was that quoted Edmans recent stats – thanks but they went right over a lot of heads of his detractors. Folks – they all wear the birds on the bat and even though I have to hold my nose everytime Carpenter steps to the plate, I hope the best for him because it will be best for the team.
Thanks Brian Harper. You are an honorary Cardinal for the rest of this season.