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Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Bucs weekend

Late Friday afternoon, I joined 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.

Click here for audio: Brian Walton with Jim Brinson (10:01)

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22 Responses to “Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Bucs weekend”

  1. Brian Walton says:

    Saturday lineup: Jay CF, Furcal SS, Pujols 1B, Holliday LF, Berkman RF, Schumaker 2B, Molina C, Descalso 3B, Carpenter P.

  2. Kansasbirdman says:

    What gives? No game on Fox Sports Midwest and no comments here. If it wasn’t for gametrax on the net on my phone I wouldn’t have even known the game had been played. Not that -from the looks of things- it would have been. Pleasant to watch, how could Carp have had that bad of an outing?

  3. CariocaCardinal says:

    Call it a hunch, but if there is a save opportunity tomorrow night, I think it goes to McClellen or Motte.

  4. blingboy says:

    I am surprised to see that Salas and Dotel got mop up duty.

    Did catch a little of McGee and Coleman on TV yesterday.

    Ten games out in August is revolting. The crunch time fade is even worse than last year. Obviously, the clubhouse wasn’t the problem. The Ryans and Colbys weren’t the problem.

    Mo’s two big solutions, improve the clubhouse and sacrifice D for O, were ineffective. The extra payroll dollars didn’t buy squatt.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Bling, I am not sure it is apt to say there has been “fade.” Its more like the Brewers took flight and have been winning a lot, while the Cards have continued to plod along playing .500 ball.
      The Cards made some bold moves to try to gain altitude, realizing the 2011 team needed extra help. They gained Jackson, enabling McClellan to move back to the pen. They traded the guy who has wanted to be somewhere else and moved out Miller and Tallet who have not been effective.
      They added Dotel, who has contributed, and Rzepcynski, who has pitched well. We added Furcal for a low level prospect and he enabled the near benching of Theriot, who has faded offensively as the season wore on.
      I would not say the extra salary dollars didnt achieve anything. They paid for Lance Berkman, who has been much better than many here anticipated. Maybe the extra spending kept us from 4th or 5th place, which would have been sad to see, before Albert enters free agency.

      • crdswmn says:

        There’s the new slogan for Dewitt and the Cardinals, “Give us your money and we will keep the team out of 4th place, and that’s a promise!”

      • blingboy says:

        I can’t really disagree Jumbo. The inability to step it up at crunch time is frustrating. Getting left in the dust is sad.

        The last couple years we have seen that chaging out the supporting cast and giving them different roles in the lineup and in the field has not had any effect on the ultimate outcome, nor has it improved the quality or intensity of play IMO.

        We have three of the best offensive weapons in baseball, yet the team often loses due to no offense. Everything has been tried except changing the offensive roles of the big three. I have become convinced that, as sound as it may be in theory, the middle of the lineup just can’t be the engine it needs to be. Yet that is the only thing Tony refuses to tinker with.

        I’d like to see something different this last month. I’m for Berkman-Holliday-Pujols. Get the OBP guys ahead of Albert, get the DP guy out of the 3 hole. Let Craig or Freese hit behind Albert. Let Lance and the top of the order guys try some hit and run. Enough of fooling around with the window dressing.

  5. crdswmn says:

    Derrick Goold is reporting that Brandon Dickson will get the start Thursday against the Brewers.

    • blingboy says:

      One of the things for BDW and Mo to consider this winter is whether we got our money’s worth out of the starters that are making the money. Very good individual performances, and hot stretches for a few starts, mixed in with piss poor performances and bad stretches, is really not what you pay millions to a starter for. You can get hot and cold from a Dickson or a Lynn. Or a McClellan. I would say Garcia and McClellan are the ones who were worth their salary this year. Dickson, Lynn and Mac could all be 500ish middle/back rotation guys next year way cheeper than what we’ve got.

      Of course, reasonable D and an offense more effective at scoring runs when it matters would make those kind of guys 500+.

      • crdswmn says:

        Thursday would be Garcia’s regular start. Dickson will be starting on 3 days rest. TLR has made Garcia available to pitch out of the bullpen today.

        • blingboy says:

          They should know all they need to know about Garcia, seeing as they gave him the contract. Probably know all they need to about Westbrook and Lohse.

          They should let Carp and Jackson keep taking turns to get a better idea of what might be expected next year if some money is invested in them. Would they likely be 500ish hot and cold guys not worth the money?

          Maybe we will continue to see different guys in different roles in the pen too.

  6. friendmouse says:

    Pretty nice day, offensively…without Albert nor Yadi playing. Hmmm…The crew wins again…unbelievable! Aren’t they like 27 out of the last 32? I’ll bet there have been few, if any, better records over a 32 game stretch than that. Nice win by Lohse today. You never know what you’re going to get with this rotation…lights out one game; no outs the next…or vice-versa.

    • friendmouse says:

      Yeah, I just checked…brew crew ARE 27-5 since July 25. We’ve beat ’em twice; buccos beat ’em twice; and dodgers beat ’em once. That’s it!

      If we don’t beat them 6 times between now and next Wednesday, then our boys will be home to watch the playoffs on TV.

      • CariocaCardinal says:

        The idea that we are out of contention because the Brewers are playing well might hld water if we were 20-12 during those same 32 games and lost 7 games in the standings. For us to play .500 ball and then blame it on the Brewers playing well is Obamaish 🙂

        • blingboy says:

          Right on, CC. With our .522 win pct there is no division in either league that we would be leading, Brewers or no Brewers. In fact, there is only one other division where we would be as high as second. In the greater scheme, we suck much worse than we do in the NL Central.

    • blingboy says:

      A win yes, and good for him. He makes $12M and will again next year. So today, what we got was 99 pitches to get through 5 innings. 4 runs allowed on 6 hits 2 walks and the obligatory error by brickhands. Then the pen has to cover 4 innings.

      Bring on Dickson. He will probably put up a line at least equal to that for a fraction of the cost.

      • crdswmn says:

        How many errors does Brickhands have now by the way? I lost count.

        I agree about Dickson. I don’t see how he can be any worse than what we’ve had. Garcia needs to miss a start anyway. Racking up innings and I think he is getting a little bit of a ‘tude.

  7. friendmouse says:

    Motte’s FIRST save of the year! I wonder if it’ll be his last?

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