St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak stepped up to the plate and took charge over this fiasco sending Boggs to AAA Memphis. He imposed his absolute power over this organization. When La Russa retired, this became his team. He started with promoting his special assistant to manager, Mike Matheny. Now Mozeliak looms large over the situation. Matheny’s infatuation with Boggs this year is the only real negative to this season behind injuries. So now what?
Mozeliak seems to think Boggs deserves a chance somewhere else. “If we’re going have trouble finding ways to use him, it may make sense to explore some other opportunities.”
Boggs is in the deepest abyss you can be with this organization and fan base. I DO feel sorry for him, but at this level it seems there is a lot of turn over year to year. Boggs has most likely pitched his best season.
So… Keith Butler anyone? Former closer of the Springfield Cardinals, he’s an undersized guy with decent velocity. He isn’t the typical hard thrower you see so often in the Card’s farm. He’s pitched magnificently at AA, posting a 0.66 ERA with 21 K’s in 13.2 innings. But… that’s at AA. The Cardinals tried him in Memphis this season and he struggled giving up 6 ER in 5 innings while walking 4. Small sample size but the Cardinals had seen enough and sent him down. Now he’s here in St. Louis. Why? He was already on the 40 man roster and it was the most convenient option.
So goes the business of the MLB…
I wish everyone stayed safe in OKC and the St. Louis area last night as tornadoes ripped through those areas.
As all of you know Texas A&M phenom Micheal Wacha made his MLB debut last night at Busch Stadium. The weather wasn’t great but Wacha WAS. After a tedious rain delay, Micheal marched up to that mound and pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 1 ER and striking out 6. What about that K/9 ratio in Memphis? Didn’t look like a problem to me. He brought a heavy dose of an electric fastball that touched 96mph and a DEVASTATING change-up. I can now see why scouts said in 2011 that he had the best change-up in the draft. Now I’m seeing a future best change-up in the MLB. He was a wizard on the mound and stuck it to the Royals with a confident demeanor and tall figure.
Just absolutely beautiful.
But that was just the calm before the storm. The bad weather was about to roll in both figuratively and literally.
Seth Maness comes in in the 8th and pitches a perfect and short inning, continuing to impress. Then Matheny looks at his roster card and apparently see’s MITCHEL BOGGS as the best option for the 9th. Boggs hadn’t made an appearance in a week where he promptly walked 2 and gave up a run in a loss to the Dodgers. The broadcasters sited this as a “confidence boost” for Boggs. Okay…
Boggs gives up a 2nd pitch homerun to Jeff Francoeur then WALKS the next guy up.
Confidence boost? In a 2-1 game?? Are you kidding me? I just don’t get what was going through Matheny’s head. But this time his LOVE for Mitchell Boggs has gone WAY too far. The broadcasters said, “Well you can afford to do this when you have a 35-17 record and is in 1st place”
Have you looked at the NL Central? The Pirates and Reds are winning at insane clips. You can NEVER afford to give away games. I’ve never been more disappointed in a manager than now. I’ve also never heard Busch boo a Cardinal player like they just booed Boggs. The fans know it. Mozeliak knows it. Just a stupid way to lose a game.
That is all.
(Okay maybe I’m a little bitter that I didn’t get a win from Wacha for my fantasy team…)
RHP Fernando Salas was added to the 15 day DL today by the Cardinals to make room for Tyler Lyons to join the club and make his MLB debut tonight against the Padres. But this is not about Lyons. I’m with most Cardinals fans in that I scream at the TV every time Salas enters the game. He’s been absolutely awful this season and it’s been masked by the fact that it is inherited runners that he’s allowing to score. Mike Matheny has had some inexplicable infatuation with Salas and Boggs this season that just blows my mind. It got so bad with Boggs that Mozeliak had to step in and do it himself by sending him to Memphis. I don’t understand it. The MLB is performance driven in my mind. There is a high turnover rate from year to year. I haven’t seen the 2011 Salas or the 2012 Boggs yet this season.
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Okay, SO NOW this “shoulder inflammation” news comes out about Salas. How long has this been going on? I just flash back to the 2012 playoffs when Garcia admitted he was playing hurt. You jeopardize your team when you are selfish like that. Has Salas been pitching with a sore shoulder all season? It just doesn’t make sense to keep going back to guys like Boggs and Salas so they can “get right”. I understand that the Cardinals have a cushion on the NL, but you have young guys like, oh, CARLOS MARTINEZ sitting on the bench doing nothing! Why is he here? I’d rather he be in Springfield condition his small frame to be a starter.
Ehem… I told you
A couple weeks ago I wrote about Carlos Martinez, you can check it out here.
The time has finally come. Last night Martinez made his MLB debut and pitched a scoreless inning in a 6-1 victory of the Brewers. Check out his scouting report in the link above. This kid is legit. Rated as the Cardinal’s number 2 pitching prospect, Martinez started the year in AA Springfield. I had planned to go see him start, but I can live with this. This year in Springfield he has pitched 11.2 innings giving up 3 earned runs and just 1 walk. In his starts he has consistently hit 98 on the gun with movement. As you saw last night he’s got himself quite the curve ball.
Was it too early?
But the Cardinals, once again, needed to get a new power arm in the back of the bullpen to stabilize it . Corresponding with this move the Cardinals used up Bogg’s last option to Memphis. I expect Boggs to figure it out and get back here soon enough. He was just TOO dominate last year.
Where’s Micheal Wacha? I have a feeling that the front office REALLY wants to groom him as a starter and doesn’t want to touch him. Just look at what a bullpen move has done on Joe Kelly, he’s still struggling to get his ERA UNDER TEN.
So the Cardinals annual bullpen shuffle continues. Only this time, Mozeliak has some toys in the farm system to call upon.