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Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Runs Too Scarce

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 win streak was driven by pitching rather than by the struggling offense, reinforced by two losses following the five wins. We then set up the remainder of the Phillies series and looked ahead to the upcoming road trip.

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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5 Responses to “Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Runs Too Scarce”

  1. blingboy says:

    “Only the Padres’ No. 3 hitters began the weekend with fewer total bases (90) than the Cardinals’ 104.”

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/joe-strauss/strauss-cards-must-make-adjustments/article_99b4f82d-efbb-5301-9511-bce7315a4064.html

    Strauss does the unthinkable in today’s article. He suggests that, say, Adams could be tried in the #3 slot. Off with his head.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Total bases? That is exactly what Adams has been criticized for all season long – hitting too many singles and not enough extra-base hits.

      Maybe they should wait to move Holliday until he didn’t have the game-winning hit the night before.

      From my POV, the order doesn’t matter much when no one is hitting consistently.

      • blingboy says:

        Adams has indeed been criticized for turning into a singles hitter, and he is still out-slugging Holliday by over 100 points. That illustrates the point pretty well I think.

        Another point made was that the #2 slot has been pretty dead this year. The effect of not having Beltran-like production there is a huge factor, IMO. Holliday is too often in a position where he just needs to get on base, rather than driving in runners. In that light, he has done an admirable job maintaining a high OBP. Unfortunatly, Craig has not been an RBI machine hitting behind him.

        I do agree that shuffling the order is not going to solve the problem. We need hitters to get out of the funk and we need a #2 hitter.

  2. blingboy says:

    On cue Mike puts Holliday in the #2 spot, and he goes 0fer. Its been that kind of year, I guess.

    Nice come from behind win today.

  3. blingboy says:

    Now 40% of the rotation goes on the DL. Kind of a rough season so far. It will make that 12th flag all the sweeter. It will be fun to see how we get there, who will step up and who the heroes will be.

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