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Talking Cardinals changes on WGEM

On Tuesday morning, I joined Josh Houchins on WGEM ESPN 1440 Radio to talk about the many recent changes with the St. Louis Cardinals. Not surprisingly, Matt Adams was question number one.

Josh is the host of WGEM SportsCenter, the only sports talk show in the Quincy, Ill. area, on-air from 7:00–9:00 A.M. every morning. You can learn more at and follow the show on Twitter at @wgemesc

Sister station WGEM 105.1 FM is a member of the Cardinals radio network. If you live in the Tri-State area, make sure you tune in all season long.

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11 Responses to “Talking Cardinals changes on WGEM”

  1. blingboy says:

    Brian mentioned on the radio interview Adams’ ‘weakness’ vs lefties. Where is a good place to get minor league splits?

    Also, a good point was made that Wainy had looked very good in ST, leading to high hopes, but that was vs a lot of prospects, etc. Once the season started he looked less good facing regular MLB lineups. A comparable point could be made about the Cards rotation looking good early against weak teams.

  2. WesPowell says:

    What’s been going down lately with the Cardinals is known in the financial world as a stock market correction. It’s to be expected. Think of it……10 1/2 games out with about a month to play. 3 games out with 5 to play and we make the playoffs outright without even a one game pre-playoff.Then we are down 2-1 to the Phillies needing to win the last 2, the second at Philly against Halladay. Then we are down by 2 runs in the 9th and 10th inning of game six of the world series, where a loss means it’s all over. Then we start out this year at a 20-11 clip. A lot of good things have happened, over an extended period of time.

    And then the pendelum swings back a bit. It’s natural.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Wes, I have to object to your thinking a bit. Baseball is not just random luck and pendulum swings. Its about performance and making good luck happen.

      The 2012 Cards have a great roster. But it has been beset by injuries. Some are not surprising, like C Carpenter and Berkman. Others are unexpected (Jay forgetting outfields have walls). Losing our best 2011 pitcher, plus Berkman, plus Jon Jay, these provide genuine reasons, not pendulum theories, why the Cards have cooled down.

      You have gotten off to to a promising start here at the Cardinal Nation blog and it would be a shame for you to become confused, like some more conventional posters.

      • WesPowell says:

        Whether there are injuries or not the swings of the pendulum will occur. You can tell the rational fans from the irrational from how they react to the pendulum.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Nothing like the Padres at home to help our lads feel better about themselves. Adam Wainwright throws a shut-out. Wow, who saw that coming? Beltran strokes a few RBI singles and we can chalk another W into the record books.

    Not good about Matt Carpenter pulling something. He is a hitter. I am losing track of all the confounded injuries.

    • blingboy says:

      Facing the Padres lineup, Adam probably thought he was back in ST. Good to get the pen some rest.

      Memphis continues to stock up on three legged dogs. Hope it doesn’t come to that.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        The Cards have found some talent to add at Memphis.
        Lou Montanez went 3rd in the nation in 2000, ahead of Wainwright and Molina; Montanez was then a SS and its a long climb from high school to the majors, as Kozma can confirm. Now he is an OF.
        We added 1B Bates picked behind Mark Hamilton in 2006 by the Red Sox. He can replace the oft injured Hamilton.
        Clay Zavada spent a year as a ML loogy. An upgrade over Swindle.
        Hunter and Canham used to be hot prospects for the Padres. Now they serve Memphis.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Congratulations to RHP P J Walters for a complete game win over the White Sox. He is becoming n ace for the Twins.

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