July 4: Pirates @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (43-38, -8.0 in NL Central), Pirates (41-41, -10.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (CF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Brandon Moss (RF), Jedd Gyorko (1B), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Pirates lineup: John Jaso (1B), Gregory Polanco (RF), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Starling Marte (LF), David Freese (3B), Josh Harrison (2B), Jordy Mercer (SS), Erik Kratz (C), Jonathan Niese (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • How the Cardinals outlasted the weather en route to outlasting the Brewers (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ crazy 9-8 victory over Milwaukee (link)
  • Kolten Wong sees an eventual return to second base in his future (link)
  • Cardinals aggressive on the first day of the international signing period, sign 13 players (link)
  • Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris attends Sunday’s MLB game at Fort Bragg (link)


Oops? Tui had a bad first outing yesterday. Guess he needs to work on things a little more? But then, he was playing SS up until only a few years ago. So he’s a bit behind in the learning-curve…compared to most pitchers.
Today, the 36-46 Brewers beat the 50-34 Nats 1-zip. Wow. And Fryer should be activated for Pittsburgh just prior to game-time this afternoon. They’ll surely be pickin’ his brain, don’t cha’ know. : )
Pham scratched as the CF last minute. Hmmm.

Not great to see Fryer picked up by a rival – Pena better step up as Fryer filled in well with very limited opportunity. At least it looks like they will get a holiday game in today after all.

Not sure how the All-Star selection actually goes. Kinda’ confusing. Voting by players (who choose 16), baseball managers (choose 17) AND fans (choose 17) says one source. Another source says voting’s done by players, fans & baseball writers. Plus last year’s Mets & Royals managers do the managing, yeah…but vote on something too?
A Ken Rosenthal article says Yadi shouldn’t make the roster this year, since his OPS isn’t very good, despite his popularity.
As for pitching? Triple-A Alex Reyes, Luke Weaver and Mike Mayers (all 3 RHP) have been mentioned as possible mid-season call-ups.
In the 14 games since Grichuk was sent down, by the way…he’s batted .271. Not quite good enuf’ to get called back yet. The theory is that he needs to play everyday to stay sharp. With Pham & Wong rotating in CF…well, there’s the problem. No room.
Fun to see Martinez’ is batting a respectable .290…eh?

Well it didn’t take long for Fryer to comew back to haunt them. Seems superior to Pena all around so that signing wasn’t great and Leake has been weaker than they need again tonight. It is hard to have confidence in MO sometimes. And losing Moss is another blow as he has been pretty consistent. Will see if Grichuk can get the job done. Holiday could use a rest so he may be needed.

And on other transactions Jay is better than Gyorko and they have Greg Garcia already who is also better than Gyorko. . Did they make any good deals this off season?

Geez, Louise! No kidding. Said it before, and I’ll say it again. It was a HUGE mistake to let Fryer go…no matter HOW they did it. Like Dave, I finally give up & don’t care anymore.
G Garcia’s darned good. So, I guess they’ll trade him soon. Ugh. They’ll keep playing Rosenthal, and he’ll keep screwing up. Same with Mr Whiff, Grichuk. Faith is one thing, but reality….another. More like “blind faith”, that is.

The other day, even good ole’ Mike Shannon said opponents will always try to steal on Pena. Duh. Hello? And that’s NOT to mention Pena vs Fryer’s respective BA’s.

Yes a huge missed opportunity to lose Fryer. They could have used him more to keep Yadi fresher as well. And tonight Holiday looks tired and perhaps hurt and they stick with him? Where are their heads sometimes. At least Rosenthal didn’t make thigns worse tonight.

Bob…you’re right about needing Fryer. It’s as much Yadi’s fault as it is anybody elses. Yadi should’ve been taking more days off….which WOULD have given Fryer more time to prove himself valuable.
Plus, my guess is that Yadi & Pena are big-time amigos, too. So if or when MM or MO might’ve asked Yadi? He probably wouldda’ said Pena’s the better catcher, and to keep him instead of Fryer.
But that’s really not the case. Only wishful thinking on Yadi’s part.
That’s what managers are for. To sort things out, despite everyone’s “feelings”…including their own.

And now inexplicably extending Rosenthal to a second inning against his normal. to 30 plus pitches. Hard to fathom. But two scoreless frames may help his confidence.

My theory on Rosie, is that he primarily threw major-league heaters last year, when few closers could regularly hit the 99-100 mph mark. But now that batters are more used to flame-throwing types? Rosie needs to rely on his secondary pitches just as much, which are only OK.
Bottom line, I’m not convinced that Rosenthal has the “savvy” to keep closing successfully.

With Fryer sharing player of the game with Freese, this may be the signature loss or the year showing the management mistakes which will have to be reversed to beome competitive again. I feel bad for the home fans too.

Well, I believe most of us fans are happy for our “former” players, no matter where they land or what they do. But specifically in Fryer’s case? Being so recent….with Pena’s throwing errors, inability to trap pitches in the dirt, etc? It DOES accentuate the loss of Fryer considering we had every opportunity to keep him, if you’re listening Mr Matheny.
Moss is now on the 15-day DL, by the by.
Nobody is going to question MM’s decisions, I’m sure….irrespective of how bad they might seem. MM’s made the play-offs every year since becoming manager, so a little bump in the road isn’t something that wasn’t eventually to be expected, to one degree or another.

Letting Fryer go to accommodate Pena on the roster will go down as one of the worst moves by this front office in a long time. Jay for Gyorko wasn’t much better. Combined with Leake’s less than stellar performance, unrealistic expectations for Grichuk and Adams, the Triple A outfield and conversion of Wong and the loss of Lackey and Heyward and this has been one of the worst recent management performances. A terrible off-season, done on the cheap.

The ownership is going to have to take a long look at GM role soon. This spate of injuries and aging of core players have possibly removed their chances for a wild card this year too. How long can Yadi go without adequate backup? Fryer was hugely important, good at the plate and on defense and key to keeping Molina fresh as well.

Correct, correct….and correct. ‘Cept for Heyward, that is. He simply wasn’t/isn’t worth the mega-bucks.

Of course I agree on Heyward ultimately as Piscotty is a consistent bright spot. One of the few of their gambles on youth which paid off – but the game last night was an entertaining break in an otherwise dreary week.

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