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Talking Young St. Louis Cardinals Players on WGEM

On Wednesday morning, I joined Josh Houchins on WGEM ESPN 1440 Radio. The subject was the rise of some of the St. Louis Cardinals’ young players and the club’s dependence on them. Stephen Piscotty’s arrival and the team’s trade options were the primary focus. We also discussed the status of Jaime Garcia and Marco Gonzales, working back from injury and more. Make sure you stay with it until the end, as I was asked what it would take to acquire Mike Trout. My completely off-the-cuff reply surprised them.

Josh is the host of WGEM SportsCenter, the only sports talk show in the Quincy, Illinois area, on-air from 7:00–9:00 a.m. every weekday morning. You can learn more at and follow Josh (@JWHooch) and the show on Twitter at @wgemesc.

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17 Responses to “Talking Young St. Louis Cardinals Players on WGEM”

  1. Brian Walton says:

    Sorry for the scary face. They embedded it into the player and I cannot figure how to get it out!

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    The Jays must have a rationale for acquiring Kelly. Maybe they need another infielder at AAA.

    last summers moves by Mo have turned out surprisingly well. Lackey has been super, while Craig seems to have lost the pop needed in a corner Of. Masterson was a gamble that did not payoff, but an experiment worth trying.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Jays have a history of claiming guys off waivers, only to put them back out there a few weeks later so they could re-use the 40-man slot on someone else. Once several years ago, they claimed an OF from the Cards and when the Jays put him on waivers, the Cards took him back!

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Good for Mo to move on Chesik. We can use help sooner than later.

    I liked Barraclough, a senior with strong velocity out of the 2012 draft. But while we still have a platoff contender, you have to add reinforcement veterans. This reminds me of surrendering Blazek for Axford in 2013. Blazek is helping a terrible Brewers team, but Axford was valuable when we needed him in 2013. He could have helped us beat the sox, if we had had more hitters that October.

    • blingboy says:

      I agree the move is Mo’s M.O.

      The unproductive offense has been putting tremendous stress o the pen’s late inning contingent. 29 MLB GMs would address that by acquiring big bats to strengthen the offense, at great expense in young talent and big moolah for years to come, thereby sacrificing the future for a hamburger today. Mo addresses the problem by beefing up the late inning contingent so we can continue to win games with an unproductive offense. The cost is a AA pitcher we will never miss and a couple million in payroll.

      This illustrates why the Cards are in a position to contend year after year.

      If the proprietary nerdstuff the Astros swiped told them to address the problem of a weak offense by trading a Barraclough for a Cishek they would think they’d been had.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Bernie leaving Post Dispatch is big news. Part of the overall transition away from newspapers. Probably more money for berries to be on the air.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    The lineup is not impressive when super Pete, Tony Cruz, and Bourjos are in there together. Yikes

  6. blingboy says:

    So, Mo traded a first rounder for a replacement level guy now playing for his 7th team in 9 years? We got hosed.

    As was the case with Shelby, Mo didnt get a fair return.

    The only thing I can imagine is that we soured on Kaminsky for some reason. Moss adds nothing. Nothing. Should have just brought back Scruggs if you want a low BA high K rate guy who will hit the occasional homer. Very occasional.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    The first question for Mo is whether to add a hitter? Since the team is re-losing Holiday and since the offense has been flat, it makes sense to add a hitter.
    Which side of the plate? Matt Adams being out too, can use another left swinger.
    Do we want to side idly by and not make a trade and then lose the division? Passivity is risky, better to err by doing than by doing nothing.
    Can we land Adan Lind for Kaminsky? No, or we would have. Davis, Bruce, teams are happy to give them up, but want more than Kaminsky.
    So Mo threaded the needle between doing nothing and doing something. We need help now, not in three years as with Kaminsky.
    Its no fun to give trade Kaminsky, but this was the least bad deal available to the Cards for a hitter.

    • blingboy says:

      Jumbo, hitting is a scarce and coveted commodity in MLB right now. If Moss was a hitter, he wouldn’t be joining his 7th team in 9 years. The cigar chompers would have known that if we still had any.

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