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Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Finally home

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

In our normal late-Friday time slot, I joined Ken Miller on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in our weekly series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals. Jim Brinson was away.

We discussed the Cardinals’ troubles on their just completed 5-6 road trip then set up this weekend’s home series against the Pirates. Next was a look ahead to the Milwaukee series starting Monday.

Once again in 2014, Cardinals followers in central Iowa are able to 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.

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22 Responses to “Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Finally home”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Its always a blessing and lucky to collect a win, when all you can score is one run.
    For the 2014 Cards, one run qualifies as an offensive explosion.
    With entries of .169 and .170, Peralta and Craig are closely competing for the batting average title.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Bourjos has been disappointing as a hitter. He is striking out too much (35 percent), which is odd, since not a power hitter. He fakes bunts, instead of laying them down. He needs to actually put down one bunt per game and concentrate on making contact, instead of dreaming about being a basestealing slugger. Bourjos is no Mike Trout. He needs to discipline his game to suit his tools. Bunt and run, stop the whiffing.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      After Ellis’ sore knee abated, the Cards only required him to play one game at Memphis. Ellis is now averaging a pathetic 0.100000. When guys come off the DL, they like to spend minimal time in the minors. However this does not get them ready to hit, so then we have to suffer while Ellis tries to get his timing back in the majors.
      Mo and Mike need to take a good look in their mirrors and wake up to the realization that they are the ones in charge, not Ellis. Ellis should have spent a week playing for Memphis, to become more ready to play in the majors.

      Bernie had a wise line. No one can accuse these Cards as being pumped full of steroids.

      Mike needs to stop saying he is not concerned about the lousy offense. We are paying him to be concerned and to think about how to produce more runs.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        When Mo puts on his thinking cap and finally decides something has to be done about the offense, Oscar will probably be promoted. Why?
        Allen Craig hit just 13 HRs last season. That is low for 1B and on the low side for RF. Now Craig did have a great 2013 for batting average and driving in runs. Mo and Mike may have decided Allen Is a miracle worker and the miracles will continue in 2014.
        While Craig is a good hitter, he gets into his pants one leg at a time, just like everybody else. He had a hot start in April 2013, driving in 18 runs within the first 22 games, though without hitting a single homer. Some would say that was lucky, some will say it was skill. This season, there is reversion toward the mean and he has driven in just 5.
        Craig is not Carlos Beltran, proven across many years, a switch-hitter with a beautiful swing, always able to obtain some hits, provided his knee holds up. Neither is Craig as good as Holliday. Holliday led us last season in OPS and reliably hits more than 20 HRs per year.
        A lot has been asked of Allen Craig to succeed Pujols at 1B in 2013 and now Beltran in RF in 2014. Craig is a very good hitter and he will improve during 2014, but he is not Pujols nor Beltran either. The Cards would do well to bring up Taveras, to share the workload with Craig and Adams, who run risk of being overexposed.

        • Brian Walton says:

          Adams is hitting .330. I wish he was exposed even more.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            OPS for Adams is 802, not relatively high for 1B.

            The Cards have positions where they have personnel to be able to set up platoons: CF (Bourjos/Jay); 2b (Ellis/Wong); RF (Craig/Taveras) or 1B (Craig/Adams). Elevating Oscar supports two platoons.

            Another possible tactic would be elevate Grichuk to platoon with Jay in CF. Bourjos should figure out how to make himself into a productive batter, sooner than later.

            • Brian Walton says:

              Adams is not a problem that needs to be fixed. He is one of the team’s better hitters right now. His BA and slugging are 2nd on the team to Molina.

              Your proposed RF/1B platoons make no sense. Taveras and Adams are LHH. Craig is RHH. Craig cannot play both RF and 1B at once.

              The idea of splitting time at CF and 2B is not a new idea. It is what Matheny has been doing pretty much all season.

              Unless you can show some splits that indicate the offensive problems are due to bad handedness matchups, this whole idea has little if any foundation. From my view, pretty much no one is hitting against anyone.

    • blingboy says:

      Someone on the other board has mentioned that OT has started in CF a couple times recently.

      Hmmm.

      • Brian Walton says:

        To be exact: LF-10, CF-2, RF-4, DH-2.

        All it means to me is that they want to ensure he can play anywhere needed. What does it tell you?

        • blingboy says:

          First 2 1/2 weeks of season: CF-0
          Last 6 days: CF-2

          So, either the org has suddenly decided to ensure he can play anywhere needed after not worrying about it at all for 2 1/2 weeks, or the org has decided the most likely need is CF.

          • Brian Walton says:

            Did you consider that they may have wanted to ensure his ankle was 100 percent before putting him out there again? They said before the season that Grichuk would be the regular CF and he is doing well at it. Amazing to me that anything could be read into two starts. Taveras has played CF many times before and will surely again. That doesn’t mean he is taking over in centerfield in St. Louis.

          • Brian Walton says:

            Well, I guess we know the answer now.

            My article on the roster changes is here.

            • JumboShrimp says:

              The Cards have not given up on Wong. They want him to get regular at AAA.
              Shane is a fine reserve, but we need to shake things up. His roster slot can be used for this. Bourjos can become the new Robinson, 5th OF.
              Bourjos was a high profile acquisition. The trade will seem less of a flop if we bring up Grichuk from the same trade. Grichuk can platoon with Jay.
              Milwaukee is coming to town. The Brewers are off to a hot start and roster adjustments tell everybody to pull their weight. If Wong gets on track at Memphis, Descalso knows his slot may be needed next.
              We were in the World Series last October. Players may have gotten complacent. Matheny says he is unconcerned about the offense. Mike is not going to be sent down to Memphis, so why should he worry about the O? Let the hitters worry.

              • Brian Walton says:

                I hope you are not actually suggesting the Grichuk choice was made for appearance purposes to help justify the Angels trade. That is a odd idea, even from you. Freese currently has the worst OPS of any player in the American League. Getting nothing for him would appear to be a positive at this point.

                You interpret the manager’s comments about the offense too literally. His job is to motivate the players he has, not to publicly run them down and lobby for players he doesn’t have. I can’t believe you don’t seem to understand that very basic point. I spent the last week listening to Matheny’s pre- and post-game comments and watching him while he made them. I did not get the impression that he was unconcerned about the lack of run-scoring.

            • blingboy says:

              You see, I was right, they needed OT to play CF in Memphis. :)

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Peralta has exceeded 20 HRs in a season four times, but has never reached 25. Yet if he maintains this 2014 power pace, Jhonny could hit 36! Big day for Peralta, bigger day for Mo.

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