UCB Radio Hour 4/24/2013

Kevin Reynolds and I host this week’s UCB Radio Hour and bore you all to death with harrowingly awkward subject changes or a whole hour on Mike Matheny’s mangerial development. It could go either way. Check out the podcast below.

UCB Radio Hour for April 24, 2013

Nationals fans are doing it wrong

Last night it was quite active on Twitter and he even got boos in the stadium, the Nationals fans hate Pete Kozma. And all I can do is laugh about it. It’s like, what did Pete Kozma ever do to them? Only got a critical hit to beat them in Game 5 of last season’s National League Divisional Series. That’s not exactly a boo-able offense.

Calling your team whiners? Sure. Calling your star pitcher a fake? Yep. Kicking your backup catcher in the head and ending his career? That too. Spurn their advances for an extension and sign with another team? Nope. Getting a critical hit in a playoff game? No.

If the shoe had been on the other foot and a Nationals player had gotten a hit to finish a massive comeback and win the series, all I could do is tip my cap to that player and the team. They beat us. That’s their job. They didn’t insult us, they didn’t hurt us, they didn’t showboat, they just did their job. So I’m a little confused as to why there is such animosity towards Kozma. It makes no sense to me.

Should Lance Lynn move to closer?

It’s easier to make a defense for Lance Lynn staying in the rotation after he tossed 7 innings of 1-hit baseball opposite a guy who makes 50 times what he does in a year. But even without that game, his merits and performance stand on its own over the last season as to why he belongs in the rotation.

So why is this even worthy of discussion? In a radio interview recently John Mozeliak indicated that the Cardinals would consider Lynn at closer if nobody else settled into the role. “If things still aren’t worked out by, for example, June, we would look internally and consider Lance Lynn as closer.”

No one can forget what Lynn did for the Cardinals in 2011 season out of the bullpen. After a brief cup of coffee in the rotation, he returned out of the bullpen and quickly earned himself a spot at the back end of the rotation and became a go-to guy. He posted a 2.22 ERA over 16 relief appearances before he went down with an injury. He returned in the playoffs where he kept doing what he had been. [click to continue…]

Are Craig’s RBI numbers sustainable?

I’ve heard El Maquino, in fact we had a discussion about it tonight, and others claim that Allen Craig‘s RBI pace from 2012 is unsustainable because he had runners on base ahead of him 47% of the time.

So I wanted to do some digging. The statistic being used seemed like one of those that seems high on the surface, but because it’s not a readily used statistic, there is no way to know just what is average, what is bad, and what truly is unsustainable.

I found that last year’s MLB average was that base runners were on base in 42% of major league at bats last season. It stands to reason that being in the middle of the lineup, behind quality hitters would easily put you above average. As a result, the 47% by Craig seems perfectly sustainable. But how does he relate to others? [click to continue…]

Memphis Redbirds begin play tonight

The Triple-A Memphis Redbirds will begin their 2013 season tonight at Auto Zone Park against the Oklahoma City Redhawks, an affiliate of the Houston Astros. Major league third baseman David Freese will be in town, expected to begin a rehab stint this weekend, which will be a treat for Memphis fans. John Gast, talked about as one of the Cardinals’ best left handed pitching prospects, will get the opening day start. He struggled in Memphis last season but will be looking for redemption.

The April 1st roster released by the team features seven players who are on the Cardinals’ 40 man roster. Left handed outfielder Adron Chambers is the only position player. Joining him are right handed pitchers Maikel Cleto, Victor Marte, Eduardo Sanchez, Eric Fornataro, and Jorge Rondon. Left handed reliever Sam Freeman will also start the season there.

The Memphis team will also feature 2012 first round pick Michael Wacha and 2011 first round pick Kolten Wong. Wacha will start in the rotation while Wong will play second base. It also has the #3 prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America in Oscar Taveras. [click to continue…]