June 24: Cardinals @ Mariners

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (38-33, -9.0 in NL Central), Mariners (36-37, -11.0 in AL West)

First pitch: 9:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (DH), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Brandon Moss (LF), Tommy Pham (CF)

Mariners lineup: Leonys Martin (CF), Seth Smith (LF), Robinson Cano (2B), Nelson Cruz (RF), Kyle Seager (3B), Dae-Ho Lee (1B), Adam Lind (DH), Chris Iannetta (C), Ketel Marte (SS)

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Thought maybe JL dropped me from her emails.

Shes’ in Alaska on vacay. Guess her buddy is watching things for her.

A lot of negative chatter this morning about Rosenthal….who by the way, now owns a 14.14 ERA. Perhaps that’ll ultimately help push MM to make “the” move.
Rosie’s post-game comments could additionally hurt him.
He said, “I had a chance to win, I had good stuff, it’s not anything I need to learn how to do…I just gotta’ do a better job of it.”
MM may have preferred that Rosie’s comments had reflected a need to tweak a few things, which didn’t seem to be the case.
The fans & talking heads are clearly frustrated with MM’s continued use of Rosenthal. And I’d imagine his teammates are, as well.
Curiously, it was the first time Fryer had caught Rosenthal. Interesting…

By the time MM realizes that Rosenthal needs a break at least as closer, we will have accumulated just enough losses to drop out of Wild Card contention. A real downer, especially after staying up so late for that disaster.

Naw, I don’t think it’ll take all that long. Everybody’s upset about Rosenthal. Just that MM has to figure out what to do with Rosie first, before he makes a move.
Should MM simply pull Trevor for the next few games, use him instead in the 7th or 8th, send him down to AAA, or even have an MD check him out?
Then too, if Rosie’s pulled? Do you bring up Reyes, Kiekhefer, Sololovich, Cooney, possibly even Tuivailala to fill the void? (Mitch Harris still on the DL, by the way.)
So…..if/when MM does something, it’s hard to say how it’ll go.

The longer I think about it, my guess is that MM merely switches Oh & Rosie before doing anything more drastic. That way, Trevor would get some regular work to see if that helps him “regroup”.
Of course as you said Bob…probably not THE best idea to experiment with stuff like that while the Cards are competing for that WC spot.


Yes, Ken…we’re ALL frustrated. Just now, during the pre-game interview…MM said Rosenthal’s out as the closer for the time being. OK?

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