Why call up Scruggs if you’re playing Descalso?

It all started innocently enough and then I apparently needed more than 140 characters to explain my perspective. I tweeted, “What was the point in calling up Scruggs if not to start when Adams doesn’t?”

I questioned the reason for calling up Xavier Scruggs if you weren’t going to play him as Matt Adams‘ true backup. The argument we were given by the organization was that we needed someone to play when Adams needed some rest and we didn’t want to have to play someone out of position.

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Scruggs gets the call

Xavier Scruggs joins Michael Wacha today as guys added to the Cardinals’ 25 man roster today. The latter was expected, the former? Maybe not so much. At least not yet.

With Memphis in the middle of the Pacific Coast League playoffs and John Mozeliak putting importance on having prospects compete in their minor league playoffs, nobody was expecting Scruggs to get a call before Memphis was eliminated. However, the needs of the big league club seem to have outweighed Memphis’ at this point in time. The Triple-A Redbirds’ lineup, already missing Randal Grichuk who had hit .259 with 25 home runs and 71 RBI for them, will now be missing Scruggs who hit .286 with 21 homers and 87 RBI.

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Should we be concerned about Wainwright?

It’s been the tale of two seasons for Adam Wainwright. At the All Star Break he stood at 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA. He started the All Star Game and many were listing him next to Clayton Kershaw as a Cy Young Award candidate. That talk has been tempered as he’s struggled to a 4-5 record and 4.82 ERA since.

Many spoke of the loss of Yadier Molina hurting Wainwright on the mound. He has a 2.83 career ERA while throwing to Molina, but a 4.02 ERA with anyone else behind the plate. While I think that can be attributed for some of the lack of success, it’s not so much just because of Molina being behind the plate. To me it’s more the comfort level that Wainwright and Molina have with each other. When you throw 90% of your innings to the same catcher, you just aren’t going to develop the same level of comfort, respect, and trust in anyone else. So when they’re replaced, you’re starting from square one. Or at least square two.

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Molina on deck to return

Yadier Molina wrapped up a two-game rehab stint last night and topped it off by reportedly covering a post-game spread of steak and lobster for his short-term Springfield Cardinals teammates. While there he went 5-for-6 with three extra base hits. He has declared himself ready to return and ready to start for St. Louis in tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs, but we are still waiting on official word of his return from the Cardinals.

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Leadership. Do the Cardinals have it?

In the book An Integrative Theory of Leadership, Martin Chemers defines leadership as, “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.” It’s one of those things that fans use when talking about players on their favorite sports teams. Cardinals fans have used “leader” to define a number of players who have been around the team. Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday, Albert Pujols, and Chris Carpenter have all been described as leaders.

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