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Talking Cardinals Baseball with Marty and Miller – 6/5/17

MartyMiller200On Monday afternoon, I joined Marty Tirell and Ken Miller in our regular series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals. Marty and Ken anchor the long-standing Marty and Miller Show out of Des Moines.

In the time since our last talk, the Cardinals have won just six of 19 games, yet remain just 2 1/2 games out of first place. We discussed the reasons why and what may be ahead. The talk closed with an assessment of manager Mike Matheny’s job security.

Marty and Miller are on live Monday through Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 on Mediacom Channel 22/HD 822 and post daily podcasts of the show on Stitcher and iTunes. The show streams on martyandmiller.com and those who don’t have Mediacom can watch live at martyandmiller.com/tv. The show also runs on Sirius/XM 93/203 on “Sports Overnight America” with the Sports Byline Radio Network.

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9 Responses to “Talking Cardinals Baseball with Marty and Miller – 6/5/17”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Mo seems to be waking up.

    Johnny Peralta helped out in 2014. He has declined since. He should have been released last fall, but we do not like to pay somebody to go away.

    Good to bring up budaska. Good to move the quality coach to 3b and get him more involved.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Shildt gives good interviews and sounds smart. That’s probably why Marmol and Shmilt got promoted last off season to try to boost the brain trust on the uniform side. And to get younger on the coaching staff to develop younger players.

      Mo has been having some bad luck. A lot of free agent signees experience dips moving to a new team. Fowler and Cecil have. It’s life.

      Losing the top us draft pick for fowler is tough. We may have invested too much in the short term. Losing two picks to the Astros because of the dopey Correa is especially bad luck, like death of Oscar or the wild streak of Rick Ankiel.

      I did not love trading Matt Adams, because adams can hit if given enough at bats. He finally shed weight, showing resolve. I hope the Venezuelan kid turns out well, only time will tell but it’s a long climb from Peoria.

  2. blingboy says:

    Do we know what Warner’s job is?

  3. cardstatman says:

    Good to see some more obvious moves being made.
    3B coaching decisions have been a problem more than just this season.
    Peralta has -1.2 fWAR over the past two calendar years

    Only Fowler, Pham, Piscotty, Sierra, and Wong have been even average offensively for the past 30 days.

    However, the #1 reason for losing close games with a bad offense and great starting pitching has been the bullpen. You cannot expect to hold small leads with only Rosenthal, Oh, and Bowman having a FIP below 4.88.

    “The Cards won’t win without a better pen.”

    • blingboy says:

      Mike knows his pen is shallow. He should consider leaving Wacha in longer even if he gets hit around. Also should probably not pull a starter early like he did with Lynn. He has to play with the team he actually has rather than manage by numbers.

      • cardstatman says:

        If Mike can’t trust more than half of his relievers, this season is already lost. He cannot win consistently. Good teams have good bullpens… usually better than their starters!

        MLB starters ERA is 4.38 and FIP is 4.41
        MLB relievers ERA is 4.03 and FIP is 3.98 (This includes the bad team’s too)

        FIP ERA Team
        2.84 2.61LAD
        3.07 2.91 NYY
        3.19 3.11 BOS
        3.21 3.71 HOU
        3.46 3.76 COL
        3.67 3.69 ARI

        4.27 4.76 STL
        4.54 4.78 WAS

        Washington compensates by having very large leads in a lot of games. The STL offense is not going to do that. Bad offense means lots of close games. Bad relievers means lots of disappointing losses. Nothing the manager can do.

  4. blingboy says:

    There’s nothing like offing some guys to perk up a team. Impressive job by Cmart.

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