June 5: Giants @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (29-27, -11.0 in NL Central), Giants (35-23, +4.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 7:08 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Greg Garcia (2B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Giants lineup: Denard Span (CF), Joe Panik (2B), Matt Duffy (3B), Brandon Belt (1B), Brandon Crawford (SS), Gregor Blanco (LF), Jarett Parker (RF), Trevor Brown (C), Jake Peavy (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Yet again, the Cardinals ride the long ball to a come-from-behind victory (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-4 win over the Giants on Sunday (link)
  • Aledmys Diaz gets the green light on 3-0 and makes the most of it (link)
  • After Matheny offered Trevor Rosenthal a vote of confidence, Rosenthal went out and gained some (link)
  • GM John Mozeliak, on why the Cardinals would prefer not to rush Alex Reyes up to the Majors (link)

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I sure hope Martinez has one of his good outings tonite. He’s quite capable of whiffing an opponent’s power-bats. Just that he’s gotta’ have the right mental focus. No doubt MM’s extolling the virtues of a mix-’em-up pitcher. Throwing 99-100 mph fast-balls isn’t always the best way to go.
Well, no Wong again tonite. Kinda’ feel sorry for the kid.
Did you see Jen’s tweet about Carp fielding ground-balls from 2B at practice today?
Btw….I’ve got my Jake Peavy voodoo doll out right now….stickin’ pins in his right arm. Maybe that’ll help? Tee-hee.

Just saw that Wong was sent down to Memphis today, to make room for Peralta’s return tomorrow in Cincinnati. That’ll make 25 on the active roster, which includes 12 pitchers.
I guess Wong can at least count on coming back up Sept 1, when the roster expands to 40. Maybe they’ll bring up Reyes then, too.

So Wong had two home runs including a walk-off-grand slam that the team celebrated like a pennant clincher. This may be the jolt he needs to get thins back in the groove again.

OK…it just dawned on me. So let me state the obvious. Cards’ bats can go crazy, sure…but ONLY after the starter’s taken out. That’s why the Red Birds excel in innings 7 thru 9.

After their best series win of the year against the strong Giants, last night was an exciting close call last night. But they had another offensive outburst tonight. Peralta has certainly been an immediate shot in the arm.

Yup, looks like Peralta’s given the Cards a boost of confidence. Still not sure if the good hitting can compensate for the pitching.

Well they have caught Pirates for second wild card so that is something. They could move into sole possession of that slot if they do well against the Pirates this weekend.

With the Cards looking pretty good lately, it only seems fair to bring up Reyes to potentially give the starting rotation a shot in the arm. But then, who do ya’ pull? Not to mention that Maness could be ready to come back soon, as well.
Plus, Wong’s been swinging a hot bat lately @ AAA…so if he keeps it up? Who would Wong replace on the 25-man roster??? Grichuk’s struggling, so send him down. Then Hazelbaker could, probably SHOULD take his place in the OF. I mean…just to see how it’d work out temporarily.
Ya’ know…if Oh had been left in for both the 8th & 9th, maybe the Cards could’ve wrapped it up without the extra innings. Rosie scares the crappola outta’ me, when he goes in. He can be lights-out, or suck. Broxton looked great, by the way.
Wainwright’s hit was crazy, wasn’t it! He couldn’t get that goofy smile off his face. Post-game…MM said he was sure he’d never hear the end of it. Tee-hee.
MM also laughed that Jaime asked if he could pinch-hit, as did Leake…when they ran out of bench players. But ultimately Waino won the coin-toss. Funny, huh?

This week could be a turning point towards at least a wild card position. They have a consistent offense finally showing up against better teams. And starters looking more solid. Encouraging.

Yes, the Cards may well be on a roll. Guess we’ll see if it holds up.
I hope I’m wrong, but I have a foreboding feeling that Jaime and won’t pitch well on Tuesday vs the Astros. As I said last year? We really shouldn’t have signed him again. We should’ve let him go instead when we had the chance. There’s just sumpin’ about the guy that bothers me.
As we all know, Grichuk’s been hurtin’ in the batting dept. So it was good to see him hit a homer today.
I still can’t get over the Cubs losing to the last place (18-44) Braves this past Friday. Sounds like something that’d happen to the Red Birds. Hahaha.

Jon Jay is doing well with the Padres. Too bad we shipped him out as we could use him in Centre until Grichuk gets K’s down. Gyrko OK in field but not setting the world on fire at the plate and more playing time for Garcia might boost his defense. Starters all have weak points but at least are headed in the right direction.

Always loved JJay. Still do. But we have Pham down at AAA extra eager to be called up. So even if Grichuk takes a trip to Memphis? You’d have Hazelbaker, Piscotty, Moss, Holiday, and Pham to switch around in the OF.
Agree about Garcia. Greg’s defense would likely improve faster, if he played regularly. That’s why Wong was sent down. AAA is where a player can play everyday and work on the stuff he needs to improve.

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