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Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Setting up the off-season

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

Late Tuesday afternoon, I joined Joe Quinn and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in the final 2012 segment of our regular series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.”

This time, we discussed the conclusion of the National League Championship Series and some of the potential storylines for the 2012-2013 off-season that is now upon the club.

Cardinals followers in central Iowa can look forward to catching St. Louis Cardinals radio broadcasts on KXnO as well as my regular segment each week 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 Joe Quinn and Jim Brinson (10:53)

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6 Responses to “Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Setting up the off-season”

  1. blingboy says:

    Twins outrighted J.P. Walters.

    I’ve seen a bit of speculation that a few teams might be calling Mo about Skip this winter.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    The Tigers should prevail over the Giants.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      I can see Zito handling the Tigers, though its harder to envision the Giants hitting Verlander, as they are.
      The Giants are better offensive team than one might assume. Sandoval is a hitter. Pagan seems pretty good. Scutaro is on a mindblowing hot streak and enjoying it. Blanco, Belt, and Crawford provide more matchups vs RHPs. Posey is a hitter, but the Cards pitched him well, as they did Sandoval. Getting 5 left swingers into the lineup makes the Giants dangerous for a team like the Cards, lacking in LHPs.
      On the minus side for the Giants, Belt is subpar as a hitter for 1B and Pence has been disappointing. There is not a lot of HR power.
      But if you defend well, steadily put the ball in play via matchups, and pitch well, then this is how they were able to get by the feast or famine Cards, who could not put as many left swingers on the field.
      In 2010, the Giants had dominant starting pitchers. However, by now, Linceum has declined, as has Baumgarner, two stars who have ebbed.
      Happily for the Giants, they dug up Vogelsong and still have Cain, giving them two studs. And Zito has rebounded.
      So with bad body Sandoval and few HRs, fans assume the Giants are easy to beat.

      I only favor the Tigers because I respect Fielder and Verlander, and think Detroit is powerful. I do not disrespect the Giants, who have been smartly put together.

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