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Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Rockies weekend

Late Friday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in our weekly series to discuss the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.”

Fans in central Iowa can again catch Cardinals radio broadcasts on KXnO throughout the 2011 season as well as this Friday segment, sponsored by WCI Pools and Spas.

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53 Responses to “Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Rockies weekend”

  1. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Albert’s swing aspiration have changed dramatically after Wednesday nights “bottom feeding”.
    I would go so far as to say that AP hit bottom………..and we are seeing the rebound…………..
    I have talked frequently here about AP in the negative………………. the question now is………when will I find need to do that again? How high will he bounce? When do his personal interests, once again take him away from his “team player” roll………………….. the change has been so dramatic………. his attitude and its reflection on his swing aspirations so apparent…………..what really precipitated this change? Was it religious……… was it a sobering discussion with Dan Lozano………. Tony LaRussa maybe?………………….Or most likely, his wife Deidre got him by the ear…………..

    The point is this……………. for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction………. watch how long this event takes place, and how high he goes…………..and you will likely know how far he fell from……….and be able to observe many of the characteristics of the medium in which this event is taking place………. …………………………….. for the very observant………continue to watch his bat position at the ready position………and during the read……… everything you might want to know about AP inner works are visible there…………………….most importantly his realization that he can now nullify many of his negative swing keys which have made scouts and catchers so ‘”grateful” these last months…………… yes, the strike zone has reappeared in his pitch evaluation …………… same as all of his teammates are expected to observe…………………….. God is mysterious in these things……may be God will get him to run out a few infield grounders next…………..and if you haven’t noticed………AP is running even slower than before when he deems it “ceremonial” to his celebration of ego and privilege……………exactly proportionate to his new found success it appears……… ………………… you’re thinking…….is WC going negative on AP already?????? and he says no….. thats just psychological physics……………… just as relevant as its other companion disciplines…………

  2. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    About Garcia tonight……………….. he has had problems of late……….. if he doesn’t have his motion stabilized………..they will light him up again as they did last time……….that means a quick hook with any chance of a win coming only in a slug fest………. we sit -175 O/U 8.5 …………..considering what seems apparent…………..that is a very inflated estimate by bettors …………. -110 O/U 9.5 is more realistic………………

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Its mid August. The Pirates and Reds have dropped back. The Brewers and Cards are the competition for the Division. Its nice to have a team still in the hunt.
    Pujols and Berkman are near the top of the NL in HRs. Holiday and Berkman near the top of in OPS. After poor support from team-mates, Chris Carpenter has battled back to an 8-8 record.
    The Yanks, Phils and Red Sox had interest in LHP Rhodes. But he voluntarily chose to join forces with TLR and Daddy Dunc. The Cards kindly gave Mahay his freedom from Memphis, after landing Rhodes, in case he can latch on with another team.
    The additions of Furcal, Corey, Rzep, Dotel, and Jackson have made the Cards better for 2011. Losing Lance Lynn was a real loss, however, since he had been super in relief.
    The Cards pulled out one win in Milwaukee, a tough place to win. The Cards and Brewers each won one game easily in StL. The other game was tight, with a close call at the plate and a passed ball. The game could have gone either way and went to the Brewers.
    Its going to be a tough stretch run. The Brewers are playing well. If they win they crown, they will deserve to do so. Barring more injuries, the Cards can give the Brewers a run for their money.

  4. Brian Walton says:

    Saturday lineup: Furcal SS, Jay CF, Pujols 1B, Holliday LF, Berkman RF, Freese 3B, Molina C, Theriot 2B, Garcia P

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      Jay was O’fer again including a misplay at the wall…………… Patterson is a better option……..

      Tony either doesn’t want to change the Scenery in front of AP at this current juncture………..or there has been a word from above about ” appearances” in the aftermath of the Rasmus trade…………… suggesting that Patterson is better of the bench is already a proven fallacy………… Jay is much better off the bench than his every day performance…….Patterson needs to have a role……..he won’t do well with this one……………………..

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Corey does not have a great rep among fans, who have often wanted more. Nowadays, he seems like a good defender and diligent. TLR will be keeping both Jay and Patterson in the mix. The Cards did not trade for Patterson to make no use of his abilities.

    • blingboy says:

      Jay or Patterson doesn’t matter all that much. Niether does Riot or Schu. The team and the lineup, and Tony’s game strategy is all built around Albert. If he hits clutch we win more, if not we lose more. The rest is misdirection aimed at diverting attention when the mang and the masterplan fail. When Albert is hot, there is no need for the lineup chinese fire drill everyday.

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        Your minimalism is refreshing BB……….. the problem……..your not addressing why AP is hot……
        what fuels are feeding his furnace ………………… what you’re describing is the dynamic of a loser…..
        Tony is guarding this fragile fire with every move at his disposal…………… AP rejoined the team for the protection it offers………… he no longer had a choice……he was buried………. lets hope he continues to wear this new team player role with humility…………..

        Bad news from Toronto…………..they sat Colby and Buatista down today……….and the resentful team core shredded Weaver and the Angels in celebration…………….. Colby is stubbornly marginalizing the Jays coaching advice……….. for a reason………… he won’t be there in 2013………………

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Baseball is a team sport. Getting on base is important, so L/R platoons make a difference, statistically, over a long season. TLR knows how to play the odds.
        Jay is a better hitter than Patterson, Corey the better defender.

        • blingboy says:

          I agree Jumbo, but what matters is who is most likely to get on base tonight. In my mind, what a player has done the last few games is more predictive than career stats.

          That said, I don’t know which has been hotter, or less cold, as I haven’t been able to follow.

          Since I’m off tomorrow I plan on watching tonight as long as I can stay awake. Have a fat steak on the grill and a cold one in hand. Lets hope for early fireworks.

          As to Colby, I cooled on him quite a bit this season and I think I’m right. I wish him well.

  5. blingboy says:

    Albert was guessing on that 2-0 pitch. Guessed wrong.

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    Wow, Carlos Gonzalez pulled an outside slider against an LHP for a HR. That’s a ML hitter, because that looked like he hit a pitchers pitch.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    The Diamondbacks landed Wagner Mateo, after the Cards dropped him based on Dr. Paletta’s opinion. Today Mateo K’d 4 times for the DBack’s rookie league team. It will be interesting to see if Dr. Paletta wins one.

  8. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Real slug fest…………………Garcia threw at his legs……..that was a called play………….. Garcia is be seriously squeezed………..thanks to yadi and Tony…………..

  9. JumboShrimp says:

    Owing to Gonzalez doing the near impossible, the Cards are not looking good.
    Meanwhile, the pitcher for the Rockies is throwing heat and has only walked one guy.

  10. CariocaCardinal says:

    I wonder if any other player has ever had a 33 game hitting streak and still was only batting .233 (Dan Uggla).

  11. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Jay set up isn’t even big league………….. the was an inferior AB………which in the end had him throwing the bat head just like a pitcher dreamed it up………………… AP didn’t bounce very high did he……. You can’t play with guys like Jay and Theriot………… who technically wouldn’t have a prayer of playing for the opposing team ………….. A loss is a loss………but don’t think this game isn’t a precursor to tomorrows game………….. there is no tension on the bench……..all move reflect Tony politics and power privileges…………….. Theriot is giving out the hugs…..he got a haircut……. and he just wants to be in pro baseball……………. and Molina has turned silly and infective under Tony’s wing……..

    Can’t some what just take a credible AB……… with a swing thats competitive……….. Albert looks to be just speculating on pitch counts again………because his teammates are not in this game……..so why not do some personal work………………

    • JumboShrimp says:

      This is nonsense.
      One way Jay contributes is by making pitchers pitch. He consumed 18 or 19 pitches during his 3 at bats. I like to see the opposing pitcher work.
      Theriot has played for years on opposing teams. So its strange to say he could not play for one, when its already established otherwise. Theriot also hit a double off the staring pitcher, good job.
      Of course Theriot wants to be in pro ball. He is making $3MM this year. Duh.

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        Theriot won’t be a starter next year…….on any team………..definitely not this team………..he was give a large salary to avoid arbitration and to enhance his “supposed status”……………. and he knows it…..
        Jays current adjustments are inferior………..he is batting second because there is no on else………

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      Sorry, my BS meter just went off. This is one of the better offensive teams Pujols has played on recently. If the surrounding cast was a problem, he would have played worse then this last year.

  12. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Freese is not moving well………………. and whether there is any future hope of him moving better………………………..is never talked about……………that was close at second base…..why not pinch run for him now…..

  13. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    you can’t beat that………….great play………………….. not to beat a dead horse….but how do you have a guy out there that is laboring so much, that he draws a throw from the outfield on a single………and then he tip toes around the bag so everyone is sure to remember how lucky we are to have him……………….playing with so much pain and all……………….. if he hasn’t recover by now….he isn’t going to…

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Freese has done a remarkably good job with the bat, given his injury history.
      With Matt Carpenter and Zach Cox at AAA and AA, the Cards should be ok at 3B in the years ahead.

  14. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Albert is trying to stay focused, but he refuses to consider a walk as a contribution………… where was the stroke to right center…………. he was trying to pull a pitch after swinging at a pitch a foot inside………………… he’s on a slippery slope………..

  15. JumboShrimp says:

    Great job by Rzepynski.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Rzepczynski. practice makes perfect.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Too much Carlos Gonzalez tonight. The old 3 run bomb wins many a game. Each pitcher walked 3 guys unintentionally. Gonzalez hit a freaky dinger and the fat lady began singing. The Rockies starter threw a lot of heat (94+); he has a stronger arm than our Jaime.

  16. crdswmn says:

    That was one of the more pathetic performances I have seen out of the Cardinals in a while.

  17. blingboy says:

    I think Jaime and Jon Jay are both worn down. Pattrson and or Skip should get more time in CF and perhaps Mac and Rzipski could do a couple tandem starts. The pen would be put in a pinch of course. Perhaps Jaime could be given an easy job out there for a while.

    I’d like to see Craig at 2B, even though, as Westy has mentioned, it would reflect poorly on Mo’s middle infield efforts, and further diparage Tony’s boy Theriot.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Its normal for guys to wear down. Garcia is vulnerable. He has never thrown a large number of innings and has already had one TJ op. Rzepczynski ate 3 innings yesterday which is helpful. Rhodes can replace him in a loogy role. We are fortunate Mr. Rhodes turned down the Yankees and Red Sox, preferring to sign on with the TLR.
      Mo was smart to see value in adding Patterson.
      To justify Craig at 2B, he needs to hit well, as before knee cap injury. It may be hard to give Craig enough at bats to gamble on recovering his hitting sharpness. If so, TLR may need to stick with Skip and Theriot.

    • Kansasbirdman says:

      Hey tonight TLR put Skip in center. I know skip gets a bad rep around here but I like him and he has had a ppretty hot bat this year

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