The 2016 season is finally complete and many Cardinals fans, myself included, breathed a sigh of relief. As I admitted to my wife almost a week ago, I was okay with the Cardinals missing the playoffs this season because I was tired of hoping. Tired of hoping that this team would find the next gear. Tired of hoping that they would click. Tired of hoping that things would finally fall their way. Tired of hoping they’d flip the switch.
I’ve read a few articles already this morning that are already criticizing Major League Baseball’s replay review procedures following last night’s Cardinals/Reds game and the final play that led to a walk off Cardinals’ hit. Some have dubbed it a massive flaw in the system, but I don’t think there’s a problem with that part of it at all.
Here’s the setup. Two out and Matt Carpenter on first in the bottom of the 9th of a 3-3 game, Yadier Molina rips a ball into left field which bounces in the grass and then up over the wall, off an advertisement and back into the field of play. Reds’ left fielder Adam Duvall plays the ball and throws it back in as Carpenter rounds third base. Carpenter arrives a moment before the ball and celebration ensues.
Every season it seems we’re talking about how much Mike Matheny has been using Yadier Molina. When he slumps or gets injured in the second half, it becomes a talking point to criticize Matheny. Every spring the team pays the fans lip service that they’re looking for ways to rest Molina more, so that he can be around when the team needs him most. And every September he’s still racked up as many innings as the year before.
Since returning from his DL stint on August 2nd, Jhonny Peralta has hit .257/.307/.371 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI. He has appeared in 42 games and started 37 of them. But those numbers are carried by a better August and have dropped in September, where he is hitting .213 and has just four extra base hits in 54 plate appearances.
I agree with a lot of Cardinals fans: It’s time to sit Jhonny Peralta.
Jumping off of my discussion in the Mike Leake article from last week about his ERA based on who was his shortstop, I decided that it might be worthwhile running it for everyone. What I found was a little disappointing, because after all that time, I’m not sure I found anything worth discussion. But since I took the time, I figured I’d put it out here.
There’s some shortcomings to this concept. Most importantly is that the shortstop does not always get involved in rough games. For example, you have games like Greg Garcia did on May 29th where he played the whole game and only notched one defensive chance while the Cardinals allowed 10 earned runs.