Matt Holliday is THE mainstay in this Cardinal’s lineup. A lot was made of how important he would be when Pujols left and he hasn’t missed a beat. I recently wrote about Holliday’s slow start and how his numbers were going to be there in the end. So how’s he doing now?
In the last 10 games, Holliday is hitting .359 with a .811 OPS. In fact, in June Holliday is hitting .338 and a .911 OPS. Not much was made about Holliday’s slow start because of how successful the offense was doing. He was able to get by with a .260 avg without a large outcry from fans online because what are we going to complain about? Now, as expected, he’s starting to put up numbers. I’d like to see more power but I think that will be something that will decline with age. Overall the Cardinals are getting by without bombs and that will continue to be something that is very interesting as the season goes on.
Holliday’s BAbip is high in the last month (.393) but he’s always been a guy that hits the ball hard those balls find holes, luck or not. Holliday may not make the All-Star game but he’s still the man in STL.
As the final push begins till the break, Cardinal’s fans should be happy with next few epic series against the Rangers, an old friend, and “Moneyball”. It’s going to be fun.
As a Cardinal’s fan, it’s so much fun to hate the Cubs. But I’m having a hard time really getting revved up for the rivalry games between the two. Is there a REAL hatred there? Or is it just tradition. I grew up with the mantra of Cubs=bad.
While I love the games, I have a hard time appreciating this rivalry. The Cardinals ream supreme while the Cubs play the rebuilding underdog. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember for the most part. Wheres the fun? Drama? A competitive rivalry is the most juicy and emotional.
I REALLY hated the Brewers in 2011. The taunting and “Tony Plush” alter ego made the Cardinals beating them in the NLCS the most rewarding moment of that year, besides the championship. The Reds are an easy team to hate on. The Brandon Phillips and Johnny Cueto poster boys for that organization make me pull my hair out.
I’m leaving Joey Votto out of this as I actually like him.
The Reds-Cards rivalry is a dramatic one but is it a TRUE one? This rivalry was fueled by the immaturity of the Reds and the natural selection of the 2 top dogs in the NL. A COMPETITIVE rivalry but is it a HISTORIC one? I guess I’m trying to say that competitive rivalries each year are the most rewarding and exciting. But historic ones are the TRUE rivalries. This competitive team may change from year to year but we still hate ’em. Again, this year, it’s the Reds.
The Cubs-Cards matches are still fun, but they’re not tense. It won’t affect the standing like the Yankees-Sox ones always do. Tradition is most important to baseball and if that’s all that is backing this brawl, then I guess that’s good enough for me.
My favorite comedian to listen to is Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan). Going camping for the last week got me thinking about his funny camping jokes. Look, the guy is obviously not an outdoors person. Just look at how pale he is. He referrers to the term “happy camper” and how sarcastically we use it. Do we ever use it in a positive way?
“He is NOT a happy camper”
Why not just call him a camper?
“The happiest guy is the guy LEAVING the campsite. He gets to go take a shower…”
I have to agree. The single greatest moment of my whole vacation was riding home thinking about taking a warm shower. But of course my whole family tries to take a shower at once and guess who gets the cold stick? If you haven’t ever listened to Jim Gaffigen then I encourage you to do so. He is even mostly clean. I’ll link at the bottom of the page to his camping jokes.
The Cardinals have been suspiciously hush-hush on their top hitting prospect this year, especially when he hurt his ankle. In fact he didn’t play for 15 games and the Cardinals didn’t even put him on the DL until after. The facts? He’s doing what Oscar Taveras does.
He is still recovering from his ankle injury, taking every 3rd or 4th day off. But he’s hitting .309 with 24 RBI’s and 4 HRs in 39 games. Not exactly crushing but not anything that concerns me or the organization. The quietness around him is mainly due to the lack of any kind of opportunity barring injury. Carlos Beltran is crushing and is a lock for the All-Star game and we all know what Matt Holliday can do.
With Will Myers being called up by the Rays I could see some interest being turned to Taveras. But don’t worry, he’s doing fine and is continuing to hit down in the minors.
With Carlos Beltran hitting like he is now, it’s not like people are rioting on the internet to see him.
That poses a complicated question this off-season when Beltran’s contract is up that I don’t even want to think about.
Here is the link to Jim Gaffigan’s camping section of his “King Baby” show:
My read from mo was wacha will go back down to work on the curve, maybe turn it into a short slider.
— chris duncan (@chrisduncan11) June 12, 2013
John Mozeliak joined the guys in the booth at FSM in tonight’s game and talked a lot about Wacha. It was clear that he still liked Wacha’s change-up but was disappointed in his fastball command. He also made a point in saying that he really wants him to develop a quality 3rd pitch in his curve. In fact he even said that he would rather have him be developing that in AAA rather than dealing with the stress of the big leagues. Pretty telling stuff from the guy in charge.
Now I like Chris Duncan a lot but he was just venting his thoughts on Twitter. He in no way has any knowledge of what the organization is going to do when Jake Westbrook comes back to the rotation on Friday. But the hints were certainly prevalent and I agree with Duncan’s observations.
All in all if Wacha gets sent down I’m fine with that. Injuries forced the Cardinal’s hand this season but I would have preferred to have Wacha come up and stay up.
Until this weekend… Go Cards!
We are well into June and that means the schedule heats up for both me and the Cardinals. The Cardinals will enjoy a ride of the schedule as they face the Mets, Marlins and Cubs in the next 3 series before going head to head in a 2011 World Series rematch against the Rangers. The Reds have enjoyed an easy schedule so far, now it’s the Cardinal’s turn. It’s been a busy (okay… maybe lazy) few days as I am a big tech guy so naturally I was drawn to the Entertainment and Electronics Expo (E3) all day yesterday. Not to mention Apple’s keynote as they unveiled IOS 7 and the Mac Pro. Anyway as the Cardinals fight the hot summer schedule, I’ll be going camping in Arkansas from June 12-14. I’ll be blacked out for a few days, but as soon as I get back I’ll be ready to catch up on the Cardinals. Also starting Monday I’ll have summer school for a couple of weeks. My hands are going to be tied for a while as I make time to research and write, just hang in there for a few weeks. At the very least I’ll be sharing some great content being shared by my peers to make sure EVERYONE reads it. I’m still pretty disconnected from the STL sports blogging community but it seems like a tight one. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I started this and I’ve been blown away by the dedication by non-professional bloggers and writers. It’s been truly inspiring.
It won’t be long before I deluge into some Rams content as they finish OTA’s. I’m a baseball fan at heart, but come on, it’s hard to not like the NFL. Now I don’t like Sportcenter’s insane obsession with spending hours on Tim Tebow and Tiger Woods, but that’s what MLB Network is for right? Gotta love Intentional Talk…
Trevor Rosenthal, out of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was the St. Louis Cardinals’ 21st round pick in the 2009 MLB draft. What an incredible value Rosenthal has become for St. Louis just four years after the draft. One day, he will most likely become the closer for the Cardinals, but right now, he is making the most out of his set-up man role.
Rosenthal throws straight heat. We all knew this, but how does he compare to other pitchers throughout the league? The average speed of a Rosenthal fastball this season is 96.3 MPH–good enough for fourth among pitchers who have thrown at least 20 innings. Aroldis Chapman is the highest with an average speed of 97.4 MPH–just 1.1 MPH faster than Rosenthal.
Since Chapman is widely considered the gold standard of late-inning relief pitchers, I will further compare Rosenthal to Chapman for the rest…
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