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Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Taming the Bucs

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 out regular series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” We set up the home weekend series as the Cardinals entertain the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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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16 Responses to “Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Taming the Bucs”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Wes, what do you think about Allen Craig as a hitter? Is he good enough to play for our team, do you believe?

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    So that was a dreadful game, but interesting. Brad Lincoln is a stud pitcher the Pirates were able to bring out of their pen in the 6th and it was lights out. Meanwhile, we paraded out the motley crew of Sanchez, Salas, Freeman, and Rzepcynski, in all their fading glory.

    We must hope that tonight’s debacle at the onset of a home-stand will help focus Mo’s mind to seek ways to upgrade the pen. Soon.

  3. crdswmn says:

    Freeman and Sanchez have been optioned to Memphis. Cleto and Browning called up.

    Isn’t there a 40 man move to be made here?

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Cleto and Browning are reasonable choices for promotion. Getting slammed for 14 runs by the Pirates, at home, puts tremendous pressure on the Cards to make a move or two. They have to be seen by the fan base to be fighting back, not taking it lying down. Freeman and Sanchez make good fall guys.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Browning could be helpful, though not known like JC Romero or Arthur Rhodes.
      Browning was drafted in 28th rd 2006, out of Florida State, a team-mate of Shane Robinson. His first full season was in the Midwest League where had did well: 74 IP, 74 Ks, held opponents to a .201 BA, 8 saves.
      The next four seasons, Browning’s statistics worsened, yet this partly owes to playing in leagues with generous parks for hitters: the California; Texas; and Salt Lake City of the PCL. This past winter, Browning may have earned free agency and the Cards needed a lefty with AAA experience.
      After 5.5 years of training, Browning has lifted his game, including reducing HRs allowed. The batting average of PCL hitters against Browning is .192, close to his Midwest League performance. Browning may not have the velocity of Freeman, but is more ready and collects outs.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        More about Browning. 6th rd pick of the Red Sox out of high school, went to Middle Georgia JC, spurned the Cubs when they drafted him in 2003 and went to FSU. The Rockies drafted him in the 38th round as a junior in 2005, and he finally signed as a senior for $1,000 with the Angels. Holds runners well and varies his arm slot, making it harder for hitters to pick up the ball. Fastball reported 88 to 91 back in 2007.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    Wow, Browning just threw 2 innings, no hits, 20 pitches. He is making the rest of pitchers look like bums.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Cleto whiffed the side, he could not do better. he debut of Browning and return of Cleto could not have gone better. Rzepcynski should now be the junior lefty, Browning is our best Loogy.

      Browning has pitched well for Memphis all season. Why don’t the Cards move faster on improving the bullpen? Why does Mo have to wait until there is a blow-out? Browning should have been here weeks ago.

  6. blingboy says:

    The break can’t come soon enough.

    Cleto is unlikely to be much improved, but his competition for a pen job is weaker.
    Same for Browning. Anything above total suckage probably is enough.

    Who wishes they were roasting at the ballpark today? Big crowd, but the team doesn’t seem to feed off of it. A sea of red is taken for granted, I guess.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Though it is not pleasant to be smeared by the Pirates at home, even on a bad overall day, there were a couple of positives for the future. Browning made his ML debut and got people out. Cleto is a beast who may become more comfortable with the ML stage and contribute usefully. We are much better off having Cleto than poor Brendan Ryan, whose OPS is 575 for Seattle.

  7. crdswmn says:

    Pictures from Springfield. The Frisco player in all the pictures is Jurrickson Profar. The guy in the red and white striped shirt is Waldo.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/111205811395517988427/SpringfieldVFrisco?authkey=Gv1sRgCOOQiquY4pbdEw

  8. Bw52 says:

    Nice pics.Thanks.Could Taveras and Wong see Memphis this year? A possibility it would seem.

  9. JumboShrimp says:

    Southpaw relievers:
    2011 was a final year of Trevor Miller, who was not effective so unloaded on Toronto. He was released the Jays, signed by the Red Sox showing the desperate need for loogys, and released again. Presumably Trevor is retired.
    We also began 2011 with Tallet who had had a terrible 2010 for the Jays, but we hoped for a rebound. Tallet was awful again and sent back to the Jays.
    At Memphis, we had long time AAA loogy Rich Rundles; ancient Ron Mahay (now with Cinci’s AAA affiliate); and Raul Valdes, now serving the Phils and who got credited for a win over the Cards this year. Walt Jocketty does not mind keeping Mahay employed at AAA, because you never know when you might need another loogy.
    TLR wanted better, the Cards traded for Rzepcynski, a valuable part of our run to glory in 2011. TLR tried the $5MM man, Arthur Rhodes, cast off by the Rangers. Arthur got the last laugh over Nolan Ryan in the World Series.

    For 2012, the Cards tried to find a good supplement to Rzep. They drafted Browning from the Angels and signed Swindle. Browning thrived, Swindle was released, as was Clay Zavada. Now we are experimenting with Gaud, another Rangers discard, at Memphis. In another year or two, the Cards should produce home grown lefty relievers. But they are not ready yet. If Browning can spin some strikes and be effective, it would be very helpful. We need lefties to hold down the damage caused by lefty hitters.

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