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Talking Cardinals trade deadline on WGEM

On Thursday morning, I joined Josh Houchins on WGEM ESPN 1440 Radio to talk about the recent news with the St. Louis Cardinals. The club’s action and inaction at the trade deadline was the primary topic.

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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15 Responses to “Talking Cardinals trade deadline on WGEM”

  1. blingboy says:

    Here are Mo’s in season acquisitions after july 31, and what they did:

    Rhodes, 2011, 8.2 IP 4.15 ERA;
    Feliz, 2010 125 PA, .208 BA;
    Smoltz, 2009, 38 IP, 4.26 ERA;
    Lopez, 2008, 169 PA, .385 BA.

    I note that he has done one each year since taking the GM job.

  2. blingboy says:

    MLBTR had a blurb on a BA story running today about Andres Serrano’s contract with the Cards org being voided for identity issues.

    MLBTR noted that Brian had first reported the story last month, even though BA’s guy Ben Badler had neglected to mention it.

    •MLB terminated the contract between the Cardinals and right-handed pitching prospect Andres Serrano, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports. The Cardinals had signed the Dominican for $750K, but he failed the age and identity sections of his investigation, according to Badler. Brian Walton of had the story last month.

    And here is the link to the BA story:

  3. WesPowell says:

    Two more big wins following two tough losses. Nearly every loss since the break has been tight. So goes it sometimes. The way the team rebounds is impressive. Just hang in. Day by day.

    Looking ahead, the last 15 games of the season 9 are against the Cubs and Astros with 6 against the Nats and Reds. 9 of the 15 are at home including the last 6 of the season against the better teams.
    Can’t count chickens before they hatch but that is a finishing schedule where you can make a final move for a playoff spot if needed..

    Just hang in and maybe pick up some ground before then.

  4. crdswmn says:

    I’m going to the game tomorrow night and hope to get me a Bruce Sutter bobblehead.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    Since we have 3 lefty relievers, why would Salas remain in the game to pitch to Colvin?

  6. Bw52 says:

    many fans are really questioning Matheny`s manager skills right now.Over his head is the general opinion.Nice guy but a manager who makes too many mistakes.Seems like Matheny`s grace period is wearing off with quite a few fans.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Anyone following a super genius is going to have a tough time. But Matheny has never had a chance to manage in the minors, out of the limelight, to develop his own styles. He is learning on the job. This has to be tough for fans used to observing a super genius.

      The Cards may be suffering a brain drain. When Walt got fired, Jerry Walker stayed loyal and went along to Cinci. Walker helped persuade Walt to make an epic gamble on Chapman, with a $30MM signing bonus. The Chapman gamble succeeded big time.

      Luhnow left and took a few people. TLR left. Albert blasting the Rangers, while Berkman flounders, could make any manager look unsmart.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Well, the club just went 3-3 against a pair of teams that are a combined 45 games under .500. Concerning.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Some of our guys are having a great 2012. Others are not.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          Games get played just one at a time, one pitch at a time. The past being over, we must move forward.
          The Birds just need to worry about giving good effort and making smart plays.
          At the end of the season, we see where we wind up.
          This team was not unreasonably constructed, but has encountered some bits of bad luck.

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