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Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: NLC schedule-watching

Weekly St. Louis Cardinals-focused 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 weekly series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.”

As usual, we focused on the National League Central race. Rather than just scoreboard-watching, it seems schedule-watching – with special focus on the remaining contests for the Pirates and Reds – is a hot topic.

Cardinals followers in central Iowa can again catch 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. Or, if you miss it live, you can always catch the replay right here at The Cardinal Nation blog.

Click here for audio: Brian Walton with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson (7:47)

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6 Responses to “Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: NLC schedule-watching”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Super Pete is getting it done in September, second year running.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Last night was a good win. Pitching and defense helped produce a win, though hits are hard to come by. So we want to grind out a win, at home, against a mediocre opponent, because you hate to lose those kind of games, as the Pirates were reminded yesterday.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Earlier in the season, the Cards enjoyed a high on base percentage. During September, we are finding it harder to get on base. Since we do not have a lot of fast baserunners, its hard to scratch out runs with few baserunners. Kozma swiping 3B was helpful.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Tonight, Wacha gets a start in the pennant race. This is a reminder that the young have advantages versus older players like Raffy Furcal and Chris Carpenter and Jake Westbrook.

    Not many years ago, older players enjoyed muscle growth molecules to ease aches and enable older jocks to contribute to perform. This made the players and their union happy, because the wages for veterans can be enormous. However, reduced use of muscle helping molecules is contributing to shorter ML careers and making rookies more valuable.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    Today, Sunday, would be a good game to make lineup changes. Cruz should catch. Chambers should play RF. Wong play 2b, shifting Carpenter to 3B. This lineup would add some speed in Chambers and Wong; if either gets on, he should steal and could manufacture a run. The way they have been hitting, we are not going to miss Molina, Beltran, and Freese today.
    If Beltran and Molina are not hitting, then rest their knees, do not just keep putting them out there. Its better to have lesser players full of energy than tired stars.
    When a team is mired in a hitting slump, its good to mix things up and try something fresh.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Almighty Yadi stayed in the lineup and pumped out 4 hits. What an amazing player he is.

      It would be nice if the Cards could muster steady offense instead of an occasional feast like today and many hitting famines.

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