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Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Facing the Tribe

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

Late Friday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in a special installment of this year’s series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” We set up the interleague weekend series between the Cardinals and the Cleveland Indians and of course, talked injuries.

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

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19 Responses to “Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Facing the Tribe”

  1. Brian Walton says:

    I wrote about my thoughts watching Johan Santana’s no-hitter.

    • crdswmn says:

      Great article. I’ve never attended a no-hitter and likely never will. Must have been something.

      I have to laugh at the Mets “promotion” of the no-hitter. They are selling fake tickets and they complain about an asterisk? They have some cojones, I’ll give them that.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Congratulations to Joe Kelly for being selected to start tomorrow. He was a reliever in college, but has been beavering away at starting, in pro ball. Kelly has moved up quickly, has been the best at Memphis, and has put himself in position to make his ML debut. Kelly has an impressive sinker.

    • blingboy says:

      It seems more like he’s the last man standing, but that works too.

      Hopefully Miller has learned a lesson by not having put himself in a position to break in ahead of schedule. Golden opportunity squadered.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Fine job by Kyle Lohse. He is helping keep us afloat. Carlos Beltran had 22 HRs last year and already has 17; remarkable.
    Motte reached triple digits on his final pitch.

  4. Nutlaw says:

    From the AP game story on the main site:

    “”For me, honestly this year has been more difficult than any year,” Beltran said. ”As a player I like to come to the ballpark and just know I’m going to hit in one spot and just be there.””

    Boo hoo, Beltran. Just how many millions per year would it take to make you able to put up with a little bit of change? You and Holliday can start a club that also includes crying when you’re challenged defensively. What’s that? Holliday found some last minute minor injury that avoided him batting in a different spot in the lineup and shifted you out of CF? Sounds about right.

    • crdswmn says:

      Ruh Roh. Clubhouse problems. Not good. Please come back Berkman.

      • Nutlaw says:

        Berkman won’t make it any easier. He’ll be chained to 1B and Craig absolutely needs somewhere to play.

        Shane Robinson is getting thrown in the lineup nearly every day over Matt Adams as is while the rich guys dog it defensively. Holliday lounges around in LF for years while Berkman or various infielders are forced to man RF. Beltran shows off just how “bad” he is in CF during his one game there by not hustling.

        I mean, Adrian Gonzalez will play RF in order to get Ortiz or Middlebrooks in the lineup. Even Pujols is playing a bit of 3B to get Trumbo and Morales up to bat (albeit poorly).

        So fine, give Holliday another day off for these “back spasms” that he “probably could have pushed through”. He’s not hitting any better than Adams is, so no big loss there.

        • crdswmn says:

          I wasn’t referring to Berkman coming back to play, I was referring to him coming back to calm down the clubhouse. He seems to have a knack for that sort of thing.

        • crdswmn says:

          And for the record, while I like Matt Adam, he is not exactly knocking them dead defensively. And he’s hitting .158 against LHP.

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      Where is the complaint here (by Beltran)? It has been difficult. That is most likely a fact. Doesn’t mean he hasn’t overcome it or even enjoyed the challenge. Doesn’t mean he has any problem professionally doing it.
      Is there something i’m missing?

      • Brian Walton says:

        It is a continuation of what he said from day one. At WWU in January, he said that he will do whatever he is told, but that he prefers to bat in the middle of the lineup.

        In an ideal world, it seems like he would show some appreciation for all the injuries that have required a lot of patchwork lineups. In Beltran’s defense, Matheny said that he has played when he might have otherwise sat out because he knew the team needed him. He is certainly producing wherever he bats.

        Bottom line, I am not particularly bothered by the recent quote. It is what it is.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          Nutlaw needs to chill out.

          Beltran does not have great knees, so as a general rule, he should never play CF. Its not lack of hustle, its lack of knees.

          Holliday missed 3 weeks last season with pulled muscles. If he gets back spasms, its best to sit him down.

          The team has to play a real CF for defense. It has been going with Robinson, because he qualifies defensively. It would be nice if they would platoon him with Chambers. There is a big fall-off from Jon Jay to replacements Robinson/Schumaker/Chambers. The Jay injury has done much to cool off the Birds.

  5. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Beltran trying to stop the BS…… Everybody but Holiday gets jerked around. …….. Holiday sees Molina at 3 and has back spasms?…………….. Shane Robinson finally cuts his swing down……….no more Mark M. big “finishes”………….yadi the only one that cut down his swing and he was being rewarded with a little something………….. sounds like something is going on here……….. Nay…………

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    Beltran needs to move up to a higher league. He is making slugging look easy.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    Good job by Kelly. Matheny took him out after 5.

    One problem today: we have Adams for Berkman and Chambers for Jay. Those are drop-offs.

    Second problem: Motte threw 18 pitches yesterday to obtain the save. Why is he pitching in a tie game? Save him for save situations. Use Sanchez, Salas, and Freeman, before Motte. Quit going to the well again and again.

  8. JumboShrimp says:

    The Cards do not want to lose 2 of 3 at home to the Indians. We are hurting against RHPs without Jay, M Carpenter, Berkman, and Schumacker.

  9. blingboy says:

    The 799 lb gorillas will strut about pounding their chests. Imagining themselves to be something they aren’t and never will be.

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