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Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Returning home

St. Louis Cardinals weekly chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Late Friday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Joe Quinn on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in another installment of this year’s series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.”

Cardinals followers in central Iowa can again catch Cardinals radio broadcasts on KXnO as well as my segment each Friday afternoon throughout the season, either over the air or via streaming. My appearances are sponsored by WCI Pools and Spas,

Click here for audio: Brian Walton with Ken Miller and Joe Quinn (7:12)

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8 Responses to “Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Returning home”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    For his career, Molina has a slugging percentage under 400, a defensive catcher who pinged some singles. In 2011, however, he cranked it up to 465, a big increase from where he had been.
    Now this year, he has taken it up two more notches. Through the first 20 games of 2012, Molina is leading the team in slugging, at 620. If he were to keep this up for an entire season, unlikely, he would wind up with 25+ HRs and 50+ doubles. Strange territory for Yadier.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Molina is not going to hit many over the right field fence, so is a different hitter from Freese or Craig, who can. Right now, Molina is doing a good job of centering or barreling the ball, getting the fat end of the bat on the ball. He is hitting the ball hard and it all depends on the pitch as to where it goes. He hits fast balls, often to right or up the middle. If there is an inside breaking pitch, like yesterday, he can recognize it and make pull contact, resulting in HRs. He is not going to beat out a lot of infield hits, so he reaches a .300 average from making a lot of hard contact, which is impressive. He has become a really good hitter, though not a big guy. He is disciplined, quick to the ball, recognizes pitches and adjusts his swing to center them.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        After a guy has been around the league a few years and becomes recognized as a star, the umps may give him a smaller strikezone, the benefit of the doubt on borderline pitches. Yadier’s first at bat today, Greinke did not get the call on a borderline pitch. Then he grooved a slider and Yadier spanked a single.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    It is interesting how Skip’s return has been helpful. As Roy Halladay knows, Skip can hang in there, fight off tough pitches, and take a good at bat. He has a wealth of experience at AA, AAA, and now in the majors. Skip is a tough out for an 8th place hitter. He is a better hitter at the ML level than Descalso or Greene, though they may surpass him in future. Schumacker is also useful for the roster, because he can defend 4 positions. Until Berkman returns, Matheny may play Skip at 2bm, for the extra offense.

    • friendmouse says:

      Not that we’d likely ever need him to, but I’ll bet Skip could also play 1B, plus don’t forget, he’s also pitched in relief…with surprising accuracy and velocity.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    We did a nice job of letting the Brewers escape with a win.
    Allen Craig may return to the roster this week. Good

  4. blingboy says:

    Tyler is no Glen Brummer.

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