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April 7, 2021 at 11:24 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 6 thread – Wednesday, April 7 at Marlins #157416
Nice win today.
I was so happy for the start of the season. Ready to talk some din-din, Cardinal baseball, etc. Then I saw that the All-Star game thread got shut down. That took the wind out of my sails. I thought this was a place for all Cardinal fans to make their voices heard. It is disappointing to learn that it is not.
A caged bird loses the will to sing.
Sorry to be a downer after a big win and a series sweep. But I just thought it important to let the record reflect that some Cardinal fans have a heavy heart tonight due to the realization that freedom of speech is no longer alive and well in the United States of America.
Merry Christmas to all!
Arozarena strikes again. 10 postseason homers now. Total bases who knows, need a calculator for that at this point. Wow, just wow.
I can’t help but wonder if Shildt insisted that the kid be traded after Arozarena embarrassed him so.
And now, oh my! He comes around to score the winning run from first on a blooper to center an an error by the Dodger center fielder! I don’t believe what I just saw! Wow what a finish!
He works a walk.
And look who’s up with a man on and 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th…
He’s the new Mr. October.
It’s a nightmare really.
Yes we did bc….and for a pitcher…when we needed a good outfielder way more than we needed a good pitcher.
We draft well, but we don’t trade well.
That’s a good point Brian.
Randy Arozarena now has 52 total bases this postseason, the most of all time.
I wonder if Roberts will send carrot top back out there in the 6th.
Glasnow at 109 pitches in the 5th, still throwing in the high 90’s. Never would’ve thought he could last this long throwing that hard. Rays youth and first time on the big stage starting to show. 4-1 Dodgers; Rays skipper might’ve stayed with Glasnow a little too long. But I am sure there are some analytics to back him up. 😉
Hard to argue with analytics when they get you to the World Series I guess. But I heard the announcers say that the Rays have gotten here with walks, home runs, and strikeouts (they led the AL in strikeouts). And they are poor at hitting with runners in scoring position.
So I take back my previous post about firing Mo and hiring the Rays GM. I love walks and home runs, but if that’s all you’ve got, and you strikeout a lot, and can’t hit with runners in scoring position, that is boring baseball to me. Of course I’m old school and these young geniuses don’t care what I think.
Arozarena is having a Mr. October type post-season no doubt. But despite his 7 HR’s, he has yet to get a postseason hit with RISP. I wish him well. But his swing is long and loopy. He’s got power, but I’m not sure that swing is going to hold up consistently over the long haul.
The Cardinal Way has always been good pitching, good defense, moving runners along, and clutch hitting with RISP. Can’t we get some analytics geniuses to figure out how to build a team of those type players? I see no reason that analytics should only favor walks and home runs. And I see no reason that analytics shouldn’t punish strikeouts more than it does. 6-1 Dodgers now. Guess I’ll find some Mannix re-runs or something. Rant over.
When the leaves turn gold, the Braves will fold.
On that you can count.
Lol Euro. Thanks for the literature lesson!
I can’t stand the Braves, but man Freddie Freeman can hit. He just doubled in Acuna. Kershaw is leaking oil. 2-1 Braves in the bottom of the 6th. As I’m typing Ozuna doubles in Freeman (Ozuna homered earlier); now Braves up 3-1.
Roberts gives Kershaw the hook. Nobody out. Dodgers are wobbly.
“Such innocent prattle coming from Tinky. He doesn’t see all the magnificent clothes.”
That is some next level Shakespearean prose right there. So good that I’m not sure if you called me a fool or Mo a fool, lol.
“Prattle” though. It’s hard not to take that one negatively. But then you said you’ve felt as I’ve felt for at least a couple of years. A very European take, I must say. But hey, Europe is one of my favorite places to visit. So please don’t take that the wrong way 🙂
Brantley, Peterson, Lindor, yada, yada, yada.
Perhaps we are barking up the wrong tree.
Does the salary cap apply to General Managers? If not, and I were Dewitt, I would throw some major money at the Tampa Bay GM. Tampa is not a baseball town. Surely that guy would rather ply his trade in St. Louis.
Discard the Alka-Seltzer that’s needed for cutting paychecks to Cecil, Carpenter, Gregerson, Fowler, et al and start getting some bang for your buck.
Brian, thanks for that Petticoat Junction video link. Watching that took me back to my youth. Nice trivia on Green Acres actually being a spin-off of Petticoat Junction rather than the other way around as I had surmised. It is rare that a spin-off turns out to be a better show than the show that spawned it, but I do believe Green Acres was the superior show.
Bicyclemike, thanks for pointing out that Oliver’s wife was Eva Gabor, not Zsa Zsa. My apologies to Eva. I’m sure she got tired of Zsa Zsa always getting more publicity.
Sam Drucker, lol. I had completely forgotten about Sam Drucker 🙂 Thanks again Brian.
Arozarena with another hit. First rookie in the history of baseball to have four 3 hit games in the post-season. Has 4 post-season homers and was batting .447 prior to that last hit, probably batting close to .500 now. I said earlier in another thread that we had no choice but to trade him after he streamed Bull Shildt’s profanity laced pep-talk live on Facebook after we whooped the Braves in the playoffs last year. I take that back. I was obviously wrong.
Arnold the Pig was awesome, Pugs. So were Mr. Haney and Mr. Ziffle and Eb (sp?). I also always enjoyed Oliver climbing up that telephone pole just to make a phone call. And of course Zsa Zsa Gabor. Oh my, Zsa Zsa Gabor!
Petticoat Junction, lol Pugs. “Here comes Uncle Joe, he’s a movin’ kinda slow at the junction,…….. Petticoat Junction.”
Good show. I’d give a slight edge to Green Acres, but definitely a good show. Come to think of it, was Petticoat Junction a spin-off of Green Acres?
Thanks 1964. That is good news. Perhaps the Cardinals have paid more money for less production in their history than they paid for Cecil, but nobody comes to mind. Surely he had some productive moments that helped us win games, but I can’t honestly say I recall any. Dewitt’s stomach will surely feel a little better now. I cannot imagine cutting checks of that size to someone who brought so little to the franchise.
At least Leake had a brief moment or two of production. But winning never seemed to mean much to him. Very laid back attitude. Fowler falls into this category as well imo. I can’t imagine Dewitt has a warm and fuzzy feeling cutting that huge paycheck every couple of weeks.
Carpenter had some good years before he became obsessed with launch angle. He’s been a Mendoza line hitter for going on 3 years now, and I think Dewitt is on the hook for a 4th year of huge paychecks to Carp for little to no production in 2021. That is alka-seltzer city for the next 12 months if you are the owner.
Considering all the other absurd contracts, the $1 million buyout to Gregerson (who brought us nothing) probably felt like chump change to Dewitt.
No fans, or a fraction of fans, is a very real possibility in 2021. That hurts revenue. Another alka-seltzer moment if you are an owner facing the prospect of paying huge contracts to unproductive players.
Things are about to get real.
1964, are we officially done cutting paychecks to Cecil and Leake?
Tough way to go out. Flaherty comes through, but our bats do not. Hopefully we can pick up a big bat or two somehow over the winter.
Its been fun talking baseball and din-din with all of you. Like Pugs said, next year can’t get here soon enough.
I don’t trust Jack right now. I don’t think Shildt does either. I think that’s one reason he managed the pen (or perhaps over-managed the pen as some have suggested) the way he did yesterday. He went for the kill yesterday, and it did not work out. I’ve got no problem with that. It is a shame that Waino just didn’t have it yesterday, but he didn’t. The Padres have a very powerful offense and have punished many a pitcher this year.
Here’s hoping Flaherty proves me wrong and comes out and throws a whale of a game.