The role Martinez should have

As I’m watching the game against the Pirates tonight, Mike Matheny brought Carlos Martinez, his eighth inning guy, in the sixth inning to spell Joe Kelly. Which made me wonder why Matheny bothered to designate Martinez as his setup man if he wasn’t going to actually be the eighth inning man.

But at the same time, the more I think about it, the more I think this is the perfect role for Martinez.

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Adams needs to be suspended

Following a play where he fell into the stands, Matt Adams pushed a fan as he was extricating himself from the tarp. Some media outlets are describing it as a shove or even Jenifer Langosch calling it a “nudge” in her article. It was somewhere in between.

At first I thought it was a “bro shove” as fellow UCBer Kevin Reynolds called it this morning on Twitter as we discussed it. However, Adams’ face betrayed that concept. He was frustrated with the fan interfering with him.

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Waino, Wacha, Wonderful. Lynn? Not so much.

Adam Wainwright pitched masterfully in the season opener. Michael Wacha did the same in the second game of the series. Then came Lance Lynn. The much maligned Lynn may not have the overall performance some would like to see out of him, but with him on the mound the offense usually finds a way to win baseball games. That can’t be argued.

Lynn and Wainwright, now at 34 wins, remain tied as the winningest NL pitchers since the start of the 2012 season. However their paths to get there are vastly different.

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Braun receives standing ovation in Milwaukee

Ryan Braun received a standing ovation from Milwaukee Brewers fans on their Opening Day on Monday. It was met with laughter on social media from fans outside of Milwaukee. Why would you cheer for a guy who lied about PED use the first time, ruined the reputation of a sample collector, and then missed a large portion of last season because of his connection to PEDs.

While many fans laughed at the concept of it, writers had a field day with it. It illustrated to me the divide that there is between the media and the fans. The writers and media like to think the glory days of baseball, before the PED bubble burst in the early 2000s, was perfect and devoid of cheats. Everyone played the game “the right way.” But they didn’t. Players have been using everything they can find in attempts to gain an edge from amphetamines to cocaine to cork to nail files. It’s no surprise they looked to medical science for an edge.

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One game down, blasters on full

Yes it may be just the first game of the season and there are still 161 more to play. And maybe he was just playing around a little bit, seeing how it would work. However, anyone who follows me on this blog, through the Cards Clubhouse, and listens to my takes on UCB Radio knows that my biggest issue with Mike Matheny has been his bullpen management. Of course, I used to complain about Tony La Russa’s too, so he is in good company.

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