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Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Seeing Reds

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 our regular series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” We closed out the first half, then set up the road weekend series as the Cardinals face the Cincinnati Reds to open the post-break schedule.

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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30 Responses to “Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Seeing Reds”

  1. WesPowell says:

    That’s two pretty tough losses to open up with after the break due in large measure to ineffectiveness on offense with runners in scoring position. However, there is no rational cause to be in distress or angry.

    If you are upset there seems to be some sort of expectation that we never start the second half with tough losses, which is imposssible. And an expectation that we produce with runners in scoring positions in all games, which is impossible.In fact we have been very good at clutch hitting overall.

    It follows along the same vein as expecting big years every year.

    It’s like a world wrestling barbed-wire cage grudgematch, fan versus reality.

  2. WesPowell says:

    I always imagine it in a literal sense. The caged in ring, and a two foot thick cement wall inside representing reality, and the fan all duded up in one of the wrestling guy costumes, head-butting the wall, and kicking it and punching it and cussing at it.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Trade talk time……

    Would you be excited if we traded for a clone of our RHP Westbrook? No? He has an ERA of 3.75.

    How about Volquez or Richard, with San Diego? Yes? But their road ERA’s are about 4, worse than our Westbrook. This helps put them in perspective.

    Richard is attractive because there are a couple of years of control with him. Maybe one year of Volquez. Salaries and years of control are going to be important factors for Mo to weigh, in considering who to seek in a trade.

    Wandy Rodriguez has a contract through 2013, but will cost $13MM next year.

    Mo really has his work cut out for him the next couple of weeks.

    • kray66 says:

      I do not want Volquez. After seeing his attitude in an earlier game this year against the Cards, we don’t need that. There’s no way he can contribute enough on the field to make up for the way he carries himself on the field.

  4. WesPowell says:

    But what if we make the trades and they don’t work?

    Then we lambast the trades. And we are back inside the ring.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      We usually make good trades. Like adding Matt Holliday in 2009, and dumping Colby Rasmus in 2011. And we did good back in about 2002, adding Willy Williams as a starting pitcher for the stretch drive. We like adding talent in July.

      I am not not excited or am not going to lambast Mo, either way. My calm is stuck.

  5. WesPowell says:

    I am really rooting for the guys to get tomorrows game. That’s all I can positively contribute.

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    Skip Schumacker is averaging .325. He has fought his way ahead of Descalso on the depth chart at 2B. Coming into this year, it looked like Skip was going to be sitting on the bench, but he has had other plans.

    • Nutlaw says:

      Yeah, his numbers say that he should be up at the top of the lineup instead of Furcal or Jay.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Skip has been a leadoff hitter against RHPs.

        • Nutlaw says:

          Sure. Not so much lately.

          While he’s no good against LHP, as always, he’s hitting RHP far better than Furcal or Jay, particularly over the past month or so.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            Jay is a problem. Until he ran pell-mell into a wall, he was off to a great start. He seems not right. Jay may need a right shoulder operation. We should probably go with Schumaker in CF, not 2B. DL Jay and bring back Robinson for a platoon with Skip. Then platoon Descalso and Greene at 2B.

  7. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Manager Mike Matheny is adjusting his lineup at two spots. In addition to Berkman replacing Allen Craig, Daniel Descalso will start in place of Skip Schumaker, who contributed two hits Saturday after reaching base four times in Friday’s 5-3 loss.

    Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/cardinal-beat/berkman-returns-to-lineup-against-reds/article_2b7600ea-cebc-11e1-ba66-0019bb30f31a.html#ixzz20j7hmtr6

    Don’t you LOVE Strauss……………….. Matheny is lame……..but a dynamic leader. …… The World champs are underdogs for the third time. ……… I wonder why.

    • blingboy says:

      Westy, I for one don’t care about being the underdog, I just don’t want to be that goat. Please don’t tell me we’re the freekin goat.

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        Heroic effort by Westbrook………… All Dusty’s lefties are out, and he lets Dynasty Freese his anginst Homer….instead of Carpenter or Skip……………. For a moment, he could have looked competent……..but then a glaring Mo entered his mind about Jersey sales………..the rest is history………
        The Gambling syndicates aren’t betting against STL pitching……..they are betting against McGwire and Matheney……. and then the BP……………. we are in a bad spot right now………. if the Brewers get on us, its over……….

  8. Bw52 says:

    When the hell are some of the guys start getting some freaking clutch hits?Jeeeeez.Where in the hell were the clutch ribbies? Cards made the damn stinking Reds look like the 1927 Yankees.Absolutely disgraceful.Damnation.Just too ticked off right now.There is no way in hell Cards should have lost this series.

  9. kray66 says:

    Well, that sucked. I’m not happy, but they were close games and could have gone either way. At least we weren’t blown out. A sweep hurts, but I guess I don’t feel like they are that much better of a team, just had some things go their way.

  10. friendmouse says:

    Wes, you and jumbo were haggling over smiles earlier on here. Can’t you just picture the ear-to-ear grin which must be frozen on Walt Jocketty’s face this morning?!

    One must admit there is some (depending upon your perspective) sad irony that two ex-Cardinals, Ludwick and Rolen, deliver the fatal blows to the Cards and win the game for their “new” team the past two nights. Enough to make a preacher cuss.

    It’s no secret that TLR and Baker were unloving foes to one another on the field. I am kind of getting the feeling that there may be that same sort of dynamic betwixt J-Mo and Jocketty in their suites.

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