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    Tommy has always played for one team: Tommy’s Team. He is prone to biting the hand that feeds him.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 72 thread: Mon 6/17 vs. Marlins #94829
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    Remember what Yammamoto did to us at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941 and at Miami last week. No repeats please. The guys throws like Hendricks and the guys should just think of it as batting practice where you actually hit the ball.

    Nice game overall but remember we were not exactly playing the Yankees or some powerhouse. That fish pitcher looks to have some good stuff and despite no offense from his team could be around for a while. Unusual to have a game with NO walks.

    I don’t see any Cards making the All Star team on fan votes. Do the managers still get to pick a few or is that just the pitchers? For me the AS game and its selection process is a big joke. Pham hit it on the head and at least they took away the WS home team selection from the winner.

    McLaughlin and MM Thompson (motormouth) are really pushing for a big AP reception this weekend. AP was a very good player who wasn’t traded but left of his own free will. In the long run the Cards benefited from that decision with more money and an extra pick and the Angels have seemingly gained nothing in the way of championships (nor have the Cards).

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    The way the Yankees populate the IL I doubt they will be getting rid of Frazier. He can actually play the field in addition to DH. It is starting to sound like the FO said, “We have some cash so lets go buy a bat.” I am not so sure the manager was in agreement but that’s the way things are. EE is a threat to Luke
    Voit as he also plays 1B. No idea what ever happened to Bird but with 3 guys at 1B and rotating the DH plus add in Sanchez doing some DH and with Stanton and Judge coming back soon those Yanks have a real problem huh……….LOL

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    10 game road trips can be wearing on a team but at least the Cards come home with a 5-5 record on this trip and should look forward to facing the mighty Marlins again.

    Glad to see that Hudson did not get the win for Sundays game as the lad looked like he could not hit the broadside of a barn during his whole appearance. Double plays and poor swings by the Mets saved him. Hope he doesn’t take too much from his press clippings any more.

    Still scratching my head to figger out how you win a game with 3 hits when the other team has 10. But when two of those three hits are home runs it tends to make more sense.

    The great God (according to McLaughlin) returns Friday and they are pushing that series like it was something of a little World Series. Actually I recognize all that AP did for the Cards but he was never a one man team and his departure, in my mind, was tainted by some of the verbiage expressed by him and his wife. Then to top it off he also signed another 10 years personal services contract with the Angels meaning his next 20 years would be with that team. Eight years away have not tempered my thoughts of him.

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    Bob, great post on Dylan Carlson. Any rookie that leads his team in BA, Runs, RBI, HR and SBs is worthy of high praise. I am surprised that he is still at AA Springfield and have to admit that I have yet to see a Springfield game in person this year but have seen some on the local TV. Tornadoes invading one’s space tend to slow down our recreational activities.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 70 thread: Sat 6/15 at Mets #94596
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    I have expressed this before but it seems when we hit a homerun in the first inning bad things eventally happen and we lose. Well that happened again but the guys did try to fight off the bad things for sure but it is hard to overcome 5 run leads.

    I always proclaim that I support any player wearing the birds on the bat. Sometimes though I have to think that maybe I am fibbing because I have never been a fan of Matt Carpenter. Perhaps because it is because of McLaughlins constant praise and telling us what a good eye he has but all I see is him watching strikes going by and then whining to the HPU about how he was robbed. Combined with his less than average defense in past seasons (improved this season) and terrible throwing arm I fail to see where he is the best guy for the position. But then that’s my view and I am sure others think he is the second coming. Then last season we had to go through that salsa baloney and I see that he now has a much less promoted breakfast crunch. Some days I have to eat my words about him but that is true about a lot of players. I just have to tell myself they are all big leaguers and can strike at any time (meaning they can make life hard for your team.)

    GO CARDS

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    < Carpenter had most certainly been great in those situations.>

    But far from ‘greatest in baseball history. Plus this isn’t talking career, it is what are you doing for us this season and the answer is NOT MUCH. If it were not for the extension and that hot streak last season he would be on the bench. Yes, he has his moments but so do most players.

    I think Pop may have made a major mistake sending Flaherty on that last play. But Pop probably had more reasons than I know of. Still – with Goldy waiting on deck………….oh well.

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    If you have to lose a game then this is the kind you would choose to lose. I saw a lot of ‘spunk’ in the team tonight and they almost managed to overcome Wacha’s horrible start.

    When Goldsmith stayed in the game I was hoping they would take Carpenter out and leave Munoz at 3B. Carpenter is a joke this season. I almost soiled myself when McLaughlin said something to the effect “Carpenter is one of the best hitters in baseball history.” He based that on ONE grand slam.

    Thor is none too swift to the plate and Ramos looked like he was throwing discus on those tosses. Glad to see the Cards take those many steals. As I said before I think the team is ready to do battle for the rest of the season.

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    <Donald Anton Denkinger….or any offspring thereof, Minuteman3.>
    </Ted Barrett and Kerwin Danley are also very cringeworthy>

    Denkinger yes but I think he may have assumed room temperature by now. Barrett I have always pictured as what a good umpire should look like but he has disappointed me on occasion. Danley has his ups and downs and most of the downs are at the plate. Jerry Meals needs to be nominated for the most boneheaded play of the century or was that Jim Joyce who took away a perfect game (or was it just a no hitter) and then admitted as much. Otherwise, I think Jim Joyce was one of the best around and he knew when to retire as opposed to others who seem to think they need the funeral benefits.

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    What umpire crew would you cringe at seeing if you were in the World Series. How about this one.
    C.B. Bucknor
    Angel Hernandez
    Joe West
    (Put your favorite in this spot)

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 70 thread: Sat 6/15 at Mets #94499
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    Did we not send Thor to the showers early the last time we saw him in Busch? Time to continue that trend.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 69 thread: Fri 6/14 at Mets #94492
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    Just a quick comment on something that I have noticed. The little white outlined ‘strike box’ is not always very accurate. I have no idea how it is determined or by whom but what we were describing as high strikes in last nights game were probably more like good calls because the outline of the top of the box was often at the players belt line while they were in batting position. As I understand it the strike zone is determined when the batter is in their natural batting position – not when they squat to start a swing.

    Along those lines take notice sometimes as to which area of the strike zone is most often called wrong. It is the bottom because, let’s face it, it has to be a guess as no HPU can get that low to judge it. I was an umpire a lot during my college days and I will admit that calling the low pitch a strike was frequently an educated guess. I fully support the incorporation of an electronic strike zone. Some oppose it as taking away the human element. That has already been done with the replay review system and it has improved the game by making calls more accurate. That’s my vent for today.

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    I was surprised that Shildt didn’t pull Ponce in the 2nd. It was obvious that the guy was tossing moon balls consistently. Even he admitted after the game that he couldn’t control his fast ball. Even tried throwing it in the dirt and it went high. But Shildt looked like a master by using JMart in that PH role. Good see JMart getting his stroke back. Good to see a lot of them doing the same but Goldy is really looking befuddled on some swings. But he hits the ball hard many times – right at the defender. However, Goldy at 1B has saved this team a lot of misery.

    Almost forgot to credit Edman for doing a very nice job at 2B and hitting that double – his first MLB hit.

    Winning four of five on the road ain’t bad. Now two more over the Mets and they can come home looking good. GO CARDS.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 68 thread: Thu 6/13 at Mets #94444
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    Gonzalez? You must mean Martinez and I agree that they should only platoon. Fowler does ok in CF but Bader is outstanding at that position.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 68 thread: Thu 6/13 at Mets #94417
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    <Well, Gallegos allowed a sac fly, but Bader made a nice play and they threw out the Met runner for a double play. 4-2 Mets.>

    Great play all around but how Kolten Wong ever got to 3B to take that toss from Carpenter was amazing but not given much notice.

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    It becomes ridiculous when the home team pushes to continue a game with rain pouring down because they think they have a win in the bag but then they discover that during the time the field is being ‘treated’ it also degrades to a minor swimming pool made only worse by dumping bags of diamond dry into pools of water. Kellogg should be suspended as an umpire and the Mets got what they deserved – tied instead of winning. The grounds crew really became the clown crew because of all the poor communication they were being given. A bad display of umpire discretion caused by hometown favoritism. Good job Cards and especially Kolten and Harry’s Son.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 67 thread: Wed 6/12 at Marlins #94330
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    Seems as though the rookie pitcher jinx persists with the Cards. But this one was a bit on the embarrassing side with a 9-0 score. I give Yamamoto credit. He did to the Cards what his predecessor did to Pearl Harbor. The Blues win will take some heat off the Cards poor showing but they get a chance to see the fish again next week at home and, hopefully, they can sweep them there – no promises.

    Hope Helsley is ok but it looks like he will need an IL stint. McCarver stole my exact words. I had just said that Helsley appears to be wild tonight and he heard me all the way from Missouri and repeated those words which were followed by the trainer shooting out of the dugout and Helsley’s removal.

    I have already complained enough about the two motormouth Macs on FSMW so just ditto my last words on them.

    Somebody suggested trading Wong. Huh? His defense is superb and his offense is passable and at times very good. So what do we get for this trade other than a cheaper sub.

    Lots of good words on Munoz and I sort of like him too but check his error record from last season and he got bit by the leadoff batter syndrome the other night – 3 strikeouts plus another last night but not at leadoff. If anybody should be traded to reduce salaries, it should be Carpenter but that extension is a killer on doing that. Fowler is another one in that same boat – salary kills trades. Next week in the Marlins series would be a good time to see Lane Thomas and Tommy Edman start a game or two.

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    “Hatred corrodes the container in which it is carried.” – George W Bush
    No need to get ones knickers twisted over something you can’t control.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 67 thread: Wed 6/12 at Marlins #94247
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    I can see some changes but Yadi is rested and Carpenter was off last night. Is the rookie right or left handed? Might make a difference in starters. DeJong had a day off recently but didn’t seem to make much difference. JMart finally got a hit last night and I hope he can get back to his .300 average soon. The fish are a weak team but those are the kind you have to beat if you hope to stay alive for the post-season.

    I am starting to wonder about Wieters and how long he will last as Yadi’s backup. After seeing Knizner I think he would be good for backup duty next season.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 66 thread: Tue 6/11 at Marlins #94245
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    Extend Ozuna. Trade ONeil. I am a believer in why let a known quantity go to free agency when his performance justifies an extension. 5 years/100 mil is your guess and I think it is on the high side for an outfielder. His arm is better and his defense is as good as ONeil’s. One mistake was extending Carpenter who has not lived up to expectations. Leadoff this year seems to have a black cloud over it. Yairo got a hit last night but he also struck out 3 times.

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    Yep, pitcher rookies are truly the Achilles heel for the team but I don’t think the fish have that good of a rookie crop. The fish do look truly bad – almost as bad as some posters have pictured the Cardinals. We play in the toughest division in baseball this season.

    Wonder why this is another 6:10 game on a getaway day. Schedulers strike again but they probably figured that if the Fish only get 6k to a night game they might get only half that to a day game.

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    <They’ve gotta he looking into an ozuna extension at this point. He’s really been the only consistent producer this year. When he isn’t hitting for average he’s offsetting it somewhat with power and run production>

    I have said before that he dropped Boras and got a new agent because he is looking for an extension. I hope he gets one as you are not going to get much better on the free agent market and the QO price is getting to be ridiculous.

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    < Munoz is high energy.>

    Munoz struck out 3 times matching Hudson. But I agree on Carpenter rest period.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 65 thread: Mon 6/10 at Marlins #94149
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    <Glad for the win but it shouldn’t be lost on anyone they only managed 4 hits. 4 HITS!>

    4 hits = one win. The Phillies got 13 hits yesterday and lost. Course, the DBacks got 14 its including 9 home runs. Poor Phillies only got 4 home runs. Only one number counts in baseball – the final score.

    Do you happen to be in Rapid City? Lived there 9 years in USAF.

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    Good win and nice job by Wacha. Pulled at the best time if you remember he has been in the pen for nearly a month and no longer fully stretched. Maybe could have gone further but why burn him out with a 4 run lead.

    Speaking of 4 runs, why are so many yipping about number of hits. I have always said presidential elections are like baseball. It is the number of electoral votes you get not popular votes and in baseball it is the number of runs not hits that wins the game. But I get that some say it is a sign of weakness. I go for the win and forget the stats on hits. May have been a good pitcher for the opponent (Cardinal trained) that slowed things down or maybe the subs in the game caused it. A win is a win and heavens knows that the birds really needed one of those. Now six or seven more and all will be hunky dory in bird land.

    Speaking of elections I felt like it was Trump (Cards) on the field and Democrats in the booth for the first 6 innings. About all the two FS Midwest motormouths could do was gripe about the Cards last game in Chicago. McCarver is about dumb as a box of rocks on anything that has happened in the last 40 years but McLaughlin had obviously schooled him on the weekends activities. Why do they seem to get such pleasure in running down the team that is helping pay their salary in a game that they are winning. SAD.

    Wong was robbed on the play where he reached third on an error. They only gave him a sacrifice but he was past 1b when the ball sailed past the base so a hit was more appropriate. OTOH Carp should have had two errors instead of the one he was given. That arm of his will get us in trouble a lot more before the season is over and his bat is not helping either.

    How much longer can a team survive with an attendance of 6500+ fans and most of them were wearing red?

    Mo fun tonight. GO CARDS

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