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Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Taking stock

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.” This week, we took a step back to discuss the National League Central Division and where the Cardinals stand with two months remaining.

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.

Click here for audio: Brian Walton with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson (8:07)

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25 Responses to “Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Taking stock”

  1. crdswmn says:

    Here is the link to the pics from last night’s game. I will warn you that there are over 200 pictures here. I took so many because I am not sure I will make it to any more games this season. Enjoy.

  2. WesPowell says:

    Heck of a win last night. Down 3-0, rookie pitcher on the mound. Every game that could have been a loss but was battled back into a win can be very signifigant at the end.

    You have to hand it to the Reds. They have a bunch of young talent, pitching and line-up, and they seem intent on keeping them signed. We may be heading into a period of time where we are not top dog. Fighting for whatever we can get.

    Maybe that will help some of our fans appreciate a bit more what we have had over the last 15 years, even if it is after the fact. Better than nothing.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Yes, Wes, the Reds are playing very well, with Votto out. Its impressive.

      The Brewers are losers. We should prevail over them at home. Yadier helped make this so.

      Kelly gave up a two run single to Wolf, but then came back and drove in a run himself. Good job.

      • WesPowell says:

        The games against the lesser teams can be as tough as any when you are fighting to stay in it.

        Last year, with everything on the line in the final week trying to catch up, we lost to the Mets, Cubs, and Astros 3 times in 5 games. And still found a way in.

        Never say die.

        • WesPowell says:

          One of the common complaints you hear from fans in sports, when they are really aggravated, is blasting the team for looking past some games. Not putting out. sufficiently. I mean against a team with a losing record if you really try you HAVE to beat them right? Of course the truth is that coaches and players rarely if ever do that. The FANS do that. They chalk up wins before the game is played against the lesser opponent. Then if it ends up a loss they transfer their own attitude to the team.

          • WesPowell says:

            I’ve pointed out this general type of thing before. It’s one of the host of reasons why many fans and media people would be atrocious at actually competing even if they had the talent, which they don’t.. Booing and cheering is much easier. Counting something as a sure win and then getting angry when once again, for the 103,207th time, it is proven nothing is sure.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          The Braves lost at home to the Astros tonight. Since the Astros are awful, that is no easy achievement.

          Luhnow picked up Justin Maxwell and is giving him at bats. He hit two homers to help win that game.

  3. WesPowell says:

    On the other hand they may just complain louder than they complained when we were top dog.

  4. WesPowell says:

    I think the team deserves praise for following the 1-5 start after the break–all 5 losses close and bitter–with a 10-4 run. And 2 of those four losses being consecutive 1 run and extra inning losses. And following those two, winning 3 of 4.

  5. blingboy says:

    Wainy looks good in stirrups. His stuff will be a notch better.

  6. blingboy says:

    97 pitches, 72 strikes, 25 balls. Very efficient complete game.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Wainwright is having a fine year, given the context of recovering from TJ surgery. He seems to be regaining strength. Complete games are not common nowadays.

      For his part, Jaime Garcia also a good start, at AA.

      • Nutlaw says:

        Encouraging stuff. Even if the Reds stay hot, the wild card isn’t out of reach. As crazy as it is to write, the NL Central is clearly the toughest in all of baseball when comparing the records of the top three teams. The AL West is the only other one that comes close.

        • Nutlaw says:

          AL East (Yanks, Rays, Os): .544 win%
          AL Central (WSox, Tigers, Indians): .516 win%
          AL West (Rangers, As, Angels): .558 win%

          NL East (Nats, Braves, Mets): .553 win%
          NL Central (Reds, Pirates, Cards): .575 win%
          NL West (Giants, Dodgers, D’Backs): .531 win%

          So it’s not quite so bad being a third place team eight games out in this situation.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            Wes is going to like reading this.

          • Brian Walton says:

            Well, it surely helps that the NLC teams get to play the terrible Astros and Cubs about 18 times each, two of the worst three teams in all of MLB.

            Yes, those wins still count the same as others, but I am not sure the win percentage is a completely accurate strength indicator.

            Personally, this kind of comparison will start being more meaningful to me next season, when at least the divisions will be of equal size and schedules will hopefully be more equitable across the game.

            • JumboShrimp says:

              Both Cubs and Astros are under new managements and each is undertaking a massive reconstruction in the short run.

              • Brian Walton says:

                I’ve seen far less evidence in Chicago. Bigger changes in front office than with on-field product.

                • JumboShrimp says:

                  Expensive Zambrano shipped out to Miami, with the Cubs eating most salary. Expensive Aramis Ramirez decamped, while the Cubs tried to replace him with cheaper Ian Stewart. Starting pitcher Dempster was shipped to Texas for prospects and Paul Maholm to Atlanta. The catcher was sent to the Rangers, a CF Bryd unloaded to Boston earlier. Starting pitcher Matt Garza would have been traded, but had an arm problem.

                  The future has Anthony Rizzo at 1b and Starlin Castro at SS. The Cubs had more talent than the Astros, so have less to do, but there will be many changes.

                • Brian Walton says:

                  As soon as I said that, they call up Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters. Good for them.

  7. blingboy says:

    Too bad Big Mac didn’t don the baby blues. That would have been worth seeing.

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