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Cardinals to appear on MLB Network four times in June

MLB Network has announced its live game schedule for the month of June. The St. Louis Cardinals will be presented in a primary or alternate telecast four times. This coverage is in addition to the regular game telecasts on FOX Sports Midwest, but there is a catch.

Those outside the St. Louis broadcast territory will be the only ones with a chance to view these games in this manner. In addition, the opposition’s broadcast feed may be selected instead of the Cardinals’ crew. None of these games are scheduled to have MLB Network broadcasters calling the action.

Still, if you live outside the market, you should note these dates as you may be able to catch the Cardinals via this method through your satellite or cable system. As always, check your local listings to confirm details and times.

Monday, June 4: at New York Mets (afternoon game)
Thursday, June 14: vs. Chicago White Sox (alternate game)
Tuesday, June 19: at Detroit Tigers
Saturday, June 23: at Kansas City Royals

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36 Responses to “Cardinals to appear on MLB Network four times in June”

  1. crdswmn says:

    Interesting roster decision when Craig comes back. Do you send Adams back down? A back up for Craig at 1B is needed and with Carpenter on the DL for awhile, who will that be? Hill can play 1B but Adams is obviously a better choice. Descalso can play there too, but there are other infield positions he is needed to cover and he can’t be in two places at once. Will Adams’ rookie status be a factor in the decision? Adams is 35 games/93 ABs away from losing his rookie status, will Carpenter be off the DL before that happens? If the oblique strain is mild, possibly.

    Stay tuned.

    • Brian Walton says:

      I think you keep your best players.

      • crdswmn says:

        Meaning you don’t think the rookie status will be a concern?

        • Brian Walton says:

          They are legitimate concerns. I just don’t think that one is overriding.

          • crdswmn says:

            I tend to agree, I just don’t know how the club feels, that is why it will be interesting to see which way they go.

            • Brian Walton says:

              What matters the most financially by far is arbitration and free agent eligibility, both driven off service time. Is there something crucial about rookie status that I am missing?

              • crdswmn says:

                No. The club made the decision to start his service time clock when they called him up, so that is a done deal. I’m sure the financial aspects have already been planned for or at least already carefully considered. The rookie status issue is just an individual accomplishment thing if he wants to be considered for ROY in a later season when he has more regular playing time. It is not a big deal in the big picture of course, just something that is out there.

    • crdswmn says:

      Just to take this a little further, if Adams stays to back up Craig, wouldn’t he play more than a usual back up? After all, they probably don’t want to push Craig, and why keep Adams if he is going to ride the pine? Craig will also probably be used to spell Beltran in right to help his gimpy knee. 35 games or 97 ABs seems like a lot, but oblique strains can be tricky, and Carpenter could be out longer than anyone anticipates. Of course, if Adams’ rookie status is not an issue, then who knows how long he will stay.

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        The question is moot. AP is rising against the Cardinal struggles. If Adams is contributing he will stay. They might hope he fails, but he will be spent if he has value…….you can’t keep bats like Chambers and Robinson around if you’re playing for money……..The status of LB is really a complete unknown. His retirement talk was an attempt to put his career decisions back in his own camp. They were willing to continue paying him based solely on the promise of his return, which really just opens up a spot for Adams now. Yadi didn’t like being jumped over for Adams with Descalso as his protection. He fixed that. Problem is Adams didn’t seem to respond well to the move either. Cards are an underdog today with Lohse on the mound. If we don’t tighten our strike zones, you might see why…….. Colby is now 6-8inches off the back line……..square……toes on the inside line……… they took all he wouldn’t do, and made him adjust. He looks like a guy in front of a firing squad. But………….its working…….more in his attitude than anything else……….he may survive…..at least to be traded at the break ………

        • Brian Walton says:

          I am pretty sure there is no decision (willingness or non-willingness) about paying Berkman. The Cardinals are obligated whether he is healthy or injured. It’s not like he was going to retire now. At least I didn’t perceive that he was suggesting that he would walk away from $9 million guaranteed for the remainder of this season.

          • kray66 says:

            Yeah, I don’t understand the thinking that the Cards are somehow not going to pay Berkman, or that Berkman should retire to walk away from his salary. I’m shocked fans of this club would accuse either side of wanting to do anything but honor the contract they agreed on during the offseason.

            • crdswmn says:

              I was not aware any fans have accused anyone of wanting to do that. WC doesn’t count, he just likes to spin theories.

            • blingboy says:

              I don’t see it as anybody thinking anybody else wants to do something crooked or dishonorable. But there are multi-millions in play all over the place. Multi-millionaires all with their own self interest foremost, as it should be, and their own private agenda aimed at promotimng that self interest. Maneuvering for position, and for influence, egos, perception, long term strategies. Considerations having to do with billion dollar businesses, some having to do with what baseball players do and some not. Insurance issues having to do with players unable to play due to physical problems. The influance of media companies who are feeding mult-billions into the kitty, to be divied up into countless, undoubtedly gratefull, pockets. Lets not be nieve enough to think that the kind of things Westy likes to contemplate have no basis in reality. Psych factors, the quest for moral superiority, momentum. How sure can we be that the almost perfectly inverse relationship between the performance of Albert’s team, and his former team, so far this season, is nothing but chance. The Cards start hot and the Angels cold, now they are coming on as their hero surges and we struggle to play .500 and stay ahead of the Pirates and Astros.

              All that being said, I expect Lance to come back and contribute down the stretch. I expect Craig and Freese to be major factors. Adams will not have to stay as hot as he would have if Big Mac hadn’t committed himself. Yadi will feel some pressure to maintain his middle of the order ranking with all the sluggers. He will get some deference, as he should, and as Westy alluded to on the other thread.

              In short, let all that behind the scenes stuff happen behind the scenes, and lets just see what it translates into on the field. Starting tonight behind Lohse. Go Birds.

              • crdswmn says:

                I thought everyone said Albert and the Angels are playing better because Mickey Hatcher got fired. ;)

                Baseball is a business and as such, money is the primary motivator for all things. Having said that, perception does matter and the perception that either or club or a player is being disingenuous or underhanded can undermine the business. A baseball franchise that plays fast and loose with its promises is less likely to attract major talent in the future and major talent makes money. By the same token, a player that does the same thing is going to find it hard to become employed with another team, especially one that is on the back side of his career. I don’t think it is naive to assume that neither party wants to take such chances.

                WC is entitled to express whatever opinion or theory he wants, but I don’t have to accept that every action taken by BDW or Berkman or anyone else is always taken for sinister motives. Believe me, I am not one who always sees the glass half full by any stretch, but I don’t necessarily automatically assume the worst motives possible every time just because money is involved either.

                • blingboy says:

                  Can’t argue with any of that, including the Hatcher factor, which I admit had slipped my mind.

                  But since you mentioned it, the smiley might be a bit out of place. It’s like if the Cards would have fired Dave Duncan, over the strenuous objections of the manager, most likely for reasons other than the coach’s performance. The validation of Albert’s power, vis-s-vis Scoiscia, may have kick started Albert and the Angels. Or it could just be coincidence :)

                  Such power plays wouldn’t necessarily be non-factors just because the Cards have no Tony and no Albert.

                  Take the over-shifting the infield, for example. The chance that is thrust upon Mike by Mo’s wonks in the front office? Including those new in their positions? After the treacherous defections of Luhnow/Majdol (may they get an incurable rash), would the new guys be interested in establishing their power, or at least finding out its extent?

                  Is putting Yadi back ahead of Adams, and Greene back ahead of Descalso, even though facing a righty, what makes statistical sense? Was that Mike’s call? Or did Mo give him an a-hem, due to factors above Mike’s pay grade?

                  These type of things are real, in my opinion, and can and do affect the vibe and the on field performance, or at least have that potential. But if brought up by Westy, would be scoffed at, for some reason.

                  • crdswmn says:

                    I wouldn’t be surprised, necessarily, if Mo has more influence on who goes where in the lineup than most people think. Like I said, I don’t subscribe to the theory that everything is rosy and no intrigue goes on behind the scenes. I just also think that sometimes a duck is just a duck, that something is just exactly what it looks like and does not have some alternate explanation. WC doesn’t seem to subscribe to that theory, however.

                    • blingboy says:

                      Yes, I agree again. I have interest in those things to the extent they affect the game on the field. Westy, I think, is interested in them primarily for other reasons.

                • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

                  Very nice rants by both of you. There are some fundamental misunderstanding that are usually the norm here…………… First LB…………… For a very wealth man, who to be honest, loves the game…..loves the ball park……… loves the lifestyle……. a true Ruthian character……. to mention retirement, is a very painful thing………….. he is under contract………….. he did all the talking………all the planning……pretty much everything for about 10 days……….FO was mute……….. He was under the impression that his ACL was blown out…………his offer to retire put him on a time line in which he could expect to have the surgery…..rehab…….and be on pace to resume his career in the AL in Texas………he knows his time here is short no matter what he does…….. should he retire, he gets a pension……all contract obligation are suspended……….he offered that for the right to determine his own surgical/career prerogatives…..
                  Bottom line…….. FO was mute……had there guy in place along with the insurance specialist…….and watched the surgery………. considering a number of variables……some that BB was kind enough to refer too…………the Cards have elected to Keep what is now behind curtain one……..instead of what was standing revealed in front of curtain 2 and 3………… me…….I love the guy…..I could care less….
                  However……….if that surgery revealed a blown ACL………would they have excepted his retirement offer……… saving themselves some money……or would he have still been offering? insurance guys breath a sigh of relieve………….. If the Cardinals are smoking hot at the time……..does that effect these decision? Sure it does………LB was the first to attempt to gain control……he relinquished control on their gamble………enough said………..

                  AP???????……………….. what are you guys even thinking……….. go to you archives………… he feeds on a distant carcass now…….his teammates in Aniheim breathing a sigh of relief………. they have serious talent there……. he has donned his ceremonial mask…….his family will arrive…she 6 months and ripening…….I think its great………Billy De may be forced to make a big move to stop the bleeding…..in fact…I predict it….

      • Brian Walton says:

        I doubt any of us know this for sure, but from past discussions with team execs, I have the distinct impression they don’t insure many contracts because of the cost. A one-year deal with Berkman does not seem to fit the profile.

        If Berkman wants to play elsewhere next year, he can do that without doing anything (other than getting his knee repaired).

        • kray66 says:

          And if Berkman so pines for playing for a Texas team, he had an excellent opportunity to join an obviously contending Rangers last year and more or less requested the Cards not trade him. He got rewarded with a ring and I think deserves a little more respect than WC tends to give him. His retirement talk was an aging player that loves the game trying to come to terms with the reality that it can’t go on forever, not posturing for financial reasons.

  2. blingboy says:

    What little Chambers does Craig could do. Is that not so?

    The other guy who does little is Dickson. He would hardly be missed unless a starter goes 1 1/3 or the like. Maybe that’s all he’s here for.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Probably not play center, but Skip and Robinson have that covered until Jay is back.

      • crdswmn says:

        Yeah, there is no way they are going to put Craig and his knee in CF.

        Jay, please come back soon. I don’t know how much more of Skip in CF or Robinson at the plate I can take.

        • crdswmn says:

          Well, crap. Jay is still having shoulder problems and is getting a second opinion. Won’t be coming off the DL anytime soon.

          And Garcia is skipping his start on Friday due to elbow discomfort. All of these ouchies are getting to be a serious problem.

      • Nutlaw says:

        Right. Skip has been hitting well enough to make Chambers entirely unneeded and probably Robinson as well once Jay comes back.

  3. blingboy says:

    Molina, Adams, Greene, 4-5-6.

    Crdswmn got her wish, Skip is not in CF :)

    • Nutlaw says:

      Without Beltran, Berkman, Freese, Craig, or Carpenter in the lineup, Matheny has to get a little creative. Not a particularly fearsome bunch heading out there tonight.

  4. blingboy says:

    We’re just not going to get anywhere without an effective pen. There doesn’t seem to be any help in the system.

    • crdswmn says:

      The bullpen is going through a rough patch. That doesn’t mean it is going to continue. If you look at the numbers, the worst guys in the pen right now still have much much better numbers than the worst guys in the first half of last year. I think the bad experience with Franklin, Miller, Tallet and Batista last season has given people a skewed eye toward this year’s bullpen. It really isn’t that bad, it just seems that way. That doesn’t mean it can’t get that bad, but I kind of doubt it, and it certainly is nowhere near that bad now. Hopefully, it just a matter of riding it out. Salas was the worst of the bunch and he is working on his stuff in Memphis.

      Patience and not overreaction is the key. Not that you are overreacting Bling, but there are a lot of people who are.

      • crdswmn says:

        To clarify, what I mean by overreacting is screaming for the pitchers to be released or sent down. Clearly, effort needs to be made to pitch better, and I think that is what Matheny was referring to in the post game when he talked about making “adjustments”. The pitching needs to be analyzed closely to see what flaws are there that can be fixed, and hopefully that will be done. Screaming for Mozeliak to “fix it” as many on Twitter are doing, is not practical, because you can’t scrap the whole bullpen and start over. If Mo can find another LHP, more power to him, but fixing what is wrong with what we have is more feasible right now.

        • blingboy says:

          After 50 games, we are a game and a half better than the wretched Pirates. What that means is so far we have been very nearly just as wretched. How did that happen? And more to the point, what needs to change so that it doesn’t happen again over the next 50 games. I am not as sure as you are that strong measures are uncalledfor.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    The bullpen is not helped by starting pitchers who give up runs and leave before 7 IP.

    The Cards have pitching vulnerabilities. Garcia has a sore elbow, not a good sign.

    Matheny has been cultivating Sanchez. He likes using Boggs, Motte, Rzepcynski and Marte, with Fick and Dickson extras for depth. He probably uses Rzep too much, and why Motte is pitching the bottom of the 8th when we are behind, I am unsure, unless he needed some work.

    We have bullpen help in the minors. If we need another starting pitcher, it could be Dickson or Kelly.

    • kray66 says:

      I’ve kinda thought the same about using Scrabble too much. Seems to be TLR would pull him a lot sooner last year, and rarely expose him to RH hitters. I wonder if the lack of a second lefty is forcing Matheny to keep him out there too long.

  6. kray66 says:

    A certain sports website ran a story today about how the rash of injuries are affecting the MLB teams. Specifically the Phillies, Angels and Red Sox, with brief mentions of the Brewers, Braves and Dodgers. Not a single mention of the Cardinals.

    Is their sports reporting supposed to be fair and balanced as well? Seems odd we wouldn’t even get a mention.

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