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<Jose Martinez is an athlete. I see no reason why he cannot become as graceful as a swan out there in right field.>
How many 6’7″ swans do you know that play the outfield. Combine that with swans who have a very bum knee that has been told the next time it is injured the career is over. I don’t blame him for not diving and I would say each of his steps is about 3 of mine but if my knee had been reconstructed with a menicsus from a cadaver I would be respectful of the poor dead sob who made the donation and not wreck it on a baseball field. I have to admit – I like Jose Martinez but he didn’t help much today and I sure wish he would get a few inches closer to the plate
That was ugly last night. Not sure what happened to O’Neill on that high fly – just lost it in the sky I guess. >
He fessed up that he thought he heard Dex call for it but admitted he had a line on it and backed off for Dex. Dex never called it. It happens.
<Baffling pinch hit for Wong too>
The post game story says Wong had a tightening calf muscle due to the HBP earlier. Edman may start at 2B today and Yairo will take 3B. Sorry to see that they are practically guaranteeing Carpenter a start after the break. I would let him pinch hit first to see his new magical swing…..lol.
Lots of folks like to badmouth Jose Martinez but I think his fielding has improved. There was a piece on one of the FSMW pre-game shows not long ago when it showed Willie McGee and Jim Edmonds both working with Jose on his fielding. You could see quite a difference in the next few games. I guess it depends on whether you want a .285-.300 hitter or a plus defender. Not long ago that choice was made with Matt Holliday and not many were advocating for his trade to be a DH. I’ll take Jose to stay. He brings more than a big bat and a small salary. He is a Madbum killer too……LOL
Hope the Cards enjoy the AS break as they will play 20 games in 21 days following the break with the one off day coming on day 18. But at least they will be home for 12 of those 20 games . Fourteen will be against NLC opponents – all except the Brewers. GO CARDS
<… and cue BikeMike to show up to discuss Lane Thomas and Thomas Layne…. 😉>
My screw up was bigger than yours Brian. Thomas Layne as everybody but me knows. Thanks for the correction.
Minor correction Brian but this game is on Saturday not Sunday as shown in the thread title. Saw that Lane Thomas was released from Memphis. Wasn’t he one that looked good in ST. And isn’t he the one that is a bit older than most AAA guys?
Sure hope that Mikolas has his good stuff tonight (the last of the dark-o-clock games for this trip). Maybe Madbum will be giving Mo a tryout……LOL.
Strange that Girardi wasn’t picked up by somebody. Maybe he is on Mo’s speed dial in case Shildty falls through the cracks. But since he was a highly charged Cards fan as a kid, Maddon may actually be on Mo’s call-em-quick list.
<I believe the Giants are going to eliminate triples alley next year and put their bullpens out there. They will have a two-tiered bullpen like some stadiums have.
I hope they don’t myself. I like to watch games in SF because of its nuances.
I was thinking the same thing last night about triples alley – what a great place for a double deck BP. About the only nuances I see in SF are in the stands. Reminded me last night of my North Dakota days. People wearing parkas. I didn’t see the Panda fans in the stands or did Boston not trade them back to SF?
Funny how these things work. Substitute Shildt for Maddon, Mo for Theo, and make a few other name swaps and you would have a duplicate of Cards posts. But with the Cubs tinkering in and out of 1st place it must be the losing streak that is agitating the ‘loyal followers.’ Glad my twitter reading is limited to Brian’s posts and this thread. Thing sure lighten up in Card land with a few wins. Sure the same will happen with the Cubs. Notice that the Cards/Cubs play the last 3 games of the season at Busch. I hope they are playing for something meaningful.
Aw once again the value of TIVO. Allows old geezers in mid-America to watch West Coast games with a cup of coffee in the am. Speed watching with the 30 second advance button takes out a lot of McCarvers BS as well as mound visits. Card in France – I recommend one for you.
As for the game – great but Hudson needs to find a new way to start the first inning. He had the potential of getting blown out of the water.
Most nervous Card – Matt Carpenter. You don’t really think Edman is going back down do you? Even Tyler Oneil is showing signs of a great desire to remain on a team that flys everywhere. I only hope they don’t play Carp as a show of pity. If he plays he must show he deserves it.
Not much mention of Yadi sitting out two games but watching him shake that thumb recently gives us a clue as to the problem. Is he hoping to get well over the AS break? Hell of a position to play with a bad thumb. I must have sympathy sickness. Woke up yesterday with a thumb that hurts badly. Mostly in the joint so in my case it is probably arthritis. Yadi has a different cause.
Bullpens: Is ‘Oracle’ (formerly AT&T) now the only park in the majors that does not have enclosed bullpens. The old story that the architects ‘forgot’ to incorporate bull pens doesn’t really hold water. Surely if Wrigley can create enclosed pens the Giants can match them.
Sure like those special caps all teams are wearing. May have to seek one out. GO CARDS.
<Is Edman for real, or another flash in the pan? Either way, they gotta play him everyday until they find out.>
Play him until the other teams find out and then we will know but I suspect he is better overall than some who are on the 25 man now. New players seem to go through a period when the opponents have to figure out a way to pitch him. That will be the proof of the pudding.July 5, 2019 at 2:24 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #96956
<I wonder if the emergence of Edman could make Wong expendable.>
More likely make Carpenter expendable. He can’t hit or defend. Plus Edman plays several positions and 3B is our weakness with Carpenter.
<What’s the story on Gant? Have I overlooked something?>
Haven’t seen anything yet. So I assume they just took him out to keep him fresh and let Carlos get some game time.
Lance Lynn is still ‘the bulldog’ and his Ranger buddies appreciate it. Nice writeup on his July 4th game.
Finally a game I don’t have to watch on TIVO the next morning. But my BBB (Bacon, Breakfast, Baseball) system works quite well for those West coast games.
Let’s trade that Edman while he has some value huh? Wacha say?
Brian, does Nogowski play any other position? I think it would be wise for the minor league managers to insure that their 1B players have an alternate position otherwise they will fall into the Matt Adams, Luke Voit trap only this time it is Goldy who will hold them down.
Real tragedy about Tyler Skaggs. He was one who pitched against the Cards in the last LAA series. RIP Tyler.
Is Fox Sports Midwest playing games with the fans or what? For the first inning of the game they were showing the outline of the strike box. Then it disappeared for the rest of the game but came back only when a pitch was reshown. First thought was MLB is pressuring stations to not show the strike box outline because it is often inaccurate of the batter’s strike zone or because it subjects the home plate umpire to criticism which Kerwin Danley deserved for sure. The main question is who is directing the removal of that outline? I know a lot of fans don’t like it but it does give the fan some idea of the accuracy of a pitch.
McLaughlin got his knickers twisted about Tatis Jr scoring from 1B on a single but failed to note that the throw was to the cutoff man who relayed to home plate. I saw nothing wrong and when he tried to get Edmonds to join with him, Jimmy Ballgame went on to discuss four instances when Tatis Jr has done the same thing previously. McLaughlin commented when JMart was batting that he could ‘makeup’ for what he did earlier. Danny boy loves to praise the opposition but seems to get particular joy in listing dozens of stats to show just how bad the Cards are. But he never mentioned that they had the best record in the NLC for the month of June as of this past Friday. At least when Jimmy Ballgame is with him, we get to hear some factual material from an experienced ballplayer who was not a pitcher.
It was also nice not to hear 3 innings of the St Louis Blues praise.
Minuteman, I have noticed that you seem to really dislike it when posters on here have anything critical to say but yet you have made critical comments from time to time yourself, which is certainly your right. You have questioned Shildt’s lineups occasionally and you have made it very clear that you don’t like TV broadcasters, even referring to Jessica Mendoza as a “broad” (nice rat pack reference from the 1960’s).>
Every forum I have participated in involves peoples opinions. So you are trying to tell me that I cannot express an opinion of your opinion. Do I have that right?
If that is the policy of this forum, I will be happy to drop out as it seems to becoming overtaken by a group of whiners. In fact, let’s just say that I WILL drop out and leave the posting of garbage to you and your fellow thinkers. Have at it. Goodbye.
I don’t do any social media but, of course, on this forum you see a lot of twitter posts. It seems the initial post is sometimes thoughtful but the responses seem to be mostly nothing but trolls who think they are God’s gift to the internet.
I, like many others here, come from the day where people spoke to each other face to face and had discussions of their viewpoints – not endless arguments of who is right or wrong. How ungrateful I am to want to go back to those days of no internet, cell phones and newspapers that actually reported news in a non-partisan fashion. Dream on cowboy.
<Does anyone other than the headline writer interpret Shildt’s comments as a “bizarre tirade”?>
I tend to associate ‘tirade’ with a lot of ranting and raving. Bizarre means (to me) something seldom seen or expected. I think I have seen similar things everytime a team gets into trouble. So NO I don’t interpret his comments to be either.
Miklaz is to me just another ESPN troll on twitter. Thankfully I miss all of his posts except those that are posted here.
<there are more and more fans here commenting on how the FO let us down and its not just 2 or 3 people saying that. Its now the consensus.>
Consensus? Maybe so but I don’t think the same 4 or 5 people constitute a consensus – just my opinion. What Brian may have to do though is rename this place to The Hindsight Nation. In that way it is easy to lay blame when something doesn’t turn out as we wish. I have learned everyday that there are things in this life much more important than baseball. I enjoy watching it. I don’t enjoy losing but realize that will happen when a team goes flat. I still see the possibility of a light at the end of the tunnel but I also hope it is not a train headed in my direction.
For a consensus, walk around inside Busch during a game and ask them if the FO should be fired and the team should be rebuilt totally? After about 200 opinions or so, that would maybe be a consensus.
No criticism intended. Just wanted to add another opinion.
< It helps to have an unlimited budget though.>
Really? Is that why they acquired Daniel Descalso as their prime pick this past winter? Is that why they were yelling luxury tax until Zobrist went on restricted status with no pay and they could afford Kimbrel? What happens if Zobrist wants to come back? Sorry but, according to all the stories I have read, they do not have an unlimited budget.
Will be interested to see what Kimbrel has to offer. MLB (Cubs writer) thinks he will be the best thing since sliced bread……….like Goldschmidt huh? Seldom do you see practically a whole team in a funk but that appears to be what is happening now. Finally we saw a slight change last night with the sitting of at least one piece of that funk. It had promising results. I agree also with Horton (seldom do) tat deJong needs a day or two off or a movement in the batting order. Shildt’s problem is rearranging the batting order at this point is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. One thing that gives me heart is the fact that we are still close in the NLC and the end of the season will be weighted heavily on NLC head to head matchups. If they can’t hack it by then, it will be time to say adios.
Nice to see Leone, who many had written off, make a nice showing upon his return. I think Brebbia is one who is in need of some rest. Praying that Mo doesn’t go after Rosenthal as a new closer. I think Rosie may be done in his career.
Another weak offense night. But we know that we have a new player who can hit, field and throw in a straight line. Hopefully he is not relegated to the bench.