On Major League Baseball’s Facebook page yesterday there was a picture posted that featured images of R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez, Johnny Cueto, and Craig Kimbrell and asked who is this year’s NL Cy Young Award winner. Cardinals’ fans immediately noticing that Kyle Lohse is missing from the list of contenders, bumped from the image by two guys who have higher ERAs and a reliever.
The question you now have to ask yourself, is does Kyle Lohse belong in the conversation? I think you can certainly answer that question with a yes. His 2.71 ERA is currently third in the National League. His 15-3 record leaves many desiring more wins, something the Cardinals have had trouble earning him while their offense has struggled with consistency.
With Gio Gonzalez and R.A. Dickey within shouting distance of 20 wins, the magical number, they are automatically viewed as the favorites. But the common complaint with wins is that they don’t really tell you how good the pitcher was, but rather how good their team was. Which is definitely true. Which is why I prefer to look at the loss. [click to continue…]
Just a week ago, my Dad and I were getting back from a weekend in St. Louis. If you follow the United Cardinal Bloggers at all, you know that it was the UCB Weekend (#ucbweekend). The St. Louis Cardinals, in all of their graciousness, see it fit to invite us to a game on them and give us some facetime by way of a Q&A session with Bill DeWitt III, the team’s President, and John Mozeliak, the team’s General Manager.
Last year, I was unable to go. This year, thanks to my wonderful wife who was willing to forgo a weekend at the beach we’d been discussing, I was able to. I decided that I wanted to invite my Dad along with me because it was something that he would completely appreciate and enjoy.
We planned our trip to arrive on Saturday morning and leave on Monday morning. After talking about it, we decided to skip the UCB dinner on the Saturday night at the former Pujols5, and get tickets to the game instead. After all, neither of us had been in St. Louis since 2005 as we made the trip to catch the final season in the old Busch Stadium. [click to continue…]
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that Rafael Furcal will be placed on the 15-day disabled list and in his place they will activate infielder Pete Kozma. Furcal was sent back to St. Louis after last night’s game feeling a pop in his elbow. The team is calling it a “right elbow strain,” however pops are not good. There is rumbling that he may require Tommy John surgery, which could have him missing the beginning of next season. But that is still just speculation as the team hasn’t announced the results of his examination today yet.
Pete Kozma was recalled from Triple-A Memphis last night and activated today. He will start at shortstop tonight against the Washington Nationals for his third career Major League start.
Kozma, 24, was drafted in the first round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft. He had a short stint in St. Louis last season where he hit .176/.333/.235 with 1 RBI in 22 plate appearances over 16 games. He logged just 15 innings at short stop, spending 29 innings at second base and 1 inning at third base. [click to continue…]
This morning an interesting commentary piece by Rob Rains stumbled through my Twitter timeline. In the post, Mr. Rains argues that the Red Sox-Dodgers trade that was consummated this last weekend is unfair and illustrates what is wrong with the game. Mr. Rains states that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig should have blocked the trade with his super duper commissioner powers.
Let me start: I wholeheartedly disagree.
According to Rains, Selig didn’t block the trade because he loves his money and this is a way for baseball to become richer. Because he doesn’t care about competitive balance or the “integrity” of the game. [click to continue…]
The St. Louis Cardinals just completed their series victory against the Cincinnati Reds with a 8-2 drubbing behind Adam Wainwright. Wainwright, it’s fun to realize, has a 1.73 ERA and is 6-1 in 8 starts since the All Star Break. He has once again emerged as the Cardinals’ ace and regaining his market value along with it. He’s also on pace to surpass 200 innings something he’s done in every full season he’s spent as a starting pitcher.
If you’ll remember back to the last Monday Musial I wrote on July 30th, I talked about how the 22 game stretch from July 31st to August 23rd was going to be a critical run for the Cardinals’ up into this 10 game stretch against the Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Washington Nationals. The Cardinals went 14-8 over this stretch, which is great until you realize how easily they could have been 18-4 and how that would have changed everything.
I still firmly believe that 90 wins is the golden ticket to the playoffs. Currently, the Atlanta Braves are the only team in the Wild Card hunt on pace for 90 wins. Their .567 winning percentage translates to 92 wins. For the Cardinals, their .551 translates to just shy of 90 wins (.555 is 90 wins). [click to continue…]