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Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Not the Final Nine

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

As is the case each Friday prior to the St. Louis Cardinals pregame show, 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.

This week, we discussed the Cardinals’ apparently favorable schedule the rest of the way of three games at home and six road contests against losing clubs. Jim and Ken asked whether or not key players may be rested and the rotation juggled to prepare for post-season.

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.

Click here for audio: Brian Walton with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson (4:26)

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36 Responses to “Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Not the Final Nine”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Lefty Holmberg on the mound, no surprise Grichuk and Holliday can find the range. Reasonable to insert Grichuck and even Kozma versus the lefty. Lefty/right matchups work.
    Now for complaints. We have a first baseman who often is “sore” and no great shakes versus LHPs. Right swinging Scruggs should be giving sore guy an off-day. Adams can come into the game after Holmberg leaves.
    Why is Jay in CF? Spread the workload and go with Bourjos versus the LHP. Jay can use an off night, whereas its good to keep Bourjos getting enough at bats to be able to contribute.
    Carpenter could use an off day. Go with Ellis at 2B and Kozma at 3B. Why not freshen things up?
    These tight games are a joyless grind, so it would be smart to run some fresh guys in there and give the team a spark.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Another option would be to start Descalso at 3B, to give Carpenter a night off. Descalso gives good 3B D, and might be able to swat single off Holgrom.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Another squeaker. Might have been an easier win if Matheny used Bourjos, Scruggs, and Descalso, to supply energy to an exhausted lineup.

      Maness covered two innings last night, gets a save tonight. Hes had a super season. Encouraging start too by Lackey.
      Cozart looked safe to me, in the second inning. Reds got mistreated there.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        It is a bit dis-spiriting pennant race. The Cards eke by, at home, against a losing team. Everyday, hits and runs are hard to come by. Its hard to see how this grim march projects well into the playoffs.
        In 2012, the Cards had fun and went further than anyone expected, by getting a lift from Pete Kozma during September, after Furcal went down. In 2011, Freese and Craig closed the season well and this carried forward in the playoffs. Last year, Wacha was a tremendous pitching spark who carried us far and the team had a stronger offensive year in general.
        This helps explain why it would be welcome for Matheny to experiment with Scruggs. This anaemic offense needs every and any additional spark.

      • Bw52 says:

        Great game by Lackey.As for Scruggs I suspect he won`t get a start until after pennant clichéd.

  2. blingboy says:

    Who is the guy in the Matheney suit, and what did he do with Mad Mike?

    I knew something was amiss Thursday night when Cruz was sent into the game with Yadi and A,J, already out. That meant no reserve catcher if Cruzer went down. Very un-Mike-like. Then last night, the quick hook for Rosey, who had not yet surrendered the lead. Five pitchers for the final five outs. Choate facing one batter, a lefty, in classic loogey form. The jig is up MM imposter.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Mike must have a limited capacity to changes conventional routines. You cannot expect much change within one game. Last night, the Madster removed Rosenthal, enough change from routine. Giving a night off to Jay, Carpenter, and Adams against a LHP, however, would be way too much change for his mind to handle.
      Grichuk does not have a high average, but has been on the roster for a while, so Mike is more reassured to put Grichuk in the game. No reason to think Scruggs cant hit lefties as well as Grichuk, but it would be way too much change to put Scruggs into the game and rest Sore Guy.

      • Brian Walton says:

        The reality is that as good as Scruggs was against lefties this season, Grichuk was even better. And there is no question among the rational as to who is a better prospect.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          For more reality, Scruggs had a lower K rate at Memphis; his OPS was higher; batting average better (.286 to .259) and OBP higher (.370 to .311). In the here and now of September 2014, Scruggs is a better hitter than Grichuk! With Adams “sore” as well as not very effective against lefties, Scruggs should get more at bats to add life to an anaemic lineup.

          • Brian Walton says:

            Smart tactic. When losing on the point of discussion, who might be better to start against the LHP, shift the argument. Reinforce it with cherry picked stats such as strikeout rate of 24.7 percent vs. 24.2 percent and make it sound relevant.

            • JumboShrimp says:

              Its even smarter to claim victory, after losing. Touche!
              One choice was between Adams or Scruggs versus a southpaw Friday night. Mad Mike went with Adams, though Adams does not hit lefties well. Adams could have been rested, so he could play against an RHP tonight. Instead, tonight we will replace Adams’ bat with right swinging Cruz, though Piercynski was available. Maybe Mike thinks Cruz is hot, because of his single on Thursday.
              TLR used to preach thinking ahead. If MM rests Adams on Friday, he could play today and the lineup is helped both days.

      • Brian Walton says:

        Adams and Carpenter sit Saturday, with Descalso at third and Molina at first. Plus Tony Cruz starting.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Jason Motte can still catch. He was a very good defensive catcher.

  4. Bw52 says:

    Motte might as well catch.I can`t remember when he pitched last.

  5. Bw52 says:

    Waxha looks better.Grichuk,Wong and Tony freaking Cruz hit Homers.A win.

  6. Bw52 says:

    Siegrist and Sam T. sure turned a close game into a rout.Grichuk playing more than the forgotten Taveras lately.

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