On my way home from work these days I’m listening to The Dan Le Batard Show. I’m not a big fan of Le Batard, but they replaced the local show on our sports talk station when both hosts found other jobs over the summer. On Fridays they have a segment with Tim Kurkjian and they do a rapid fire of questions from callers for him. Tonight he was asked who he would select for the fourth rotation spot in the Cardinals’ postseason rotation: John Lackey or Michael Wacha.
The Cardinals announced today that Michael Wacha had a successful bullpen session today and will start Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. This was just after Kevin over at Cards ‘N Stuff talked about what Wacha’s September would look like if he threw a successful bullpen session and was returned to the rotation.
Perhaps it was the loss of Tuesday’s game after Trevor Rosenthal blew a save that got me thinking today. It’s too bad the Cardinals don’t have someone you can stick in that closer’s role. Oh wait, Michael Wacha.
After last night’s blown save that led to an extra innings loss there was some heavy criticism of Trevor Rosenthal on Twitter last night. In response, I’ve seen a number of posts today defending Rosenthal’s position as closer and his usage last night. While the decision may have been an okay decision at that point, given who had been used and when, Rosenthal’s performance this season has been far from impressive and worth all the criticism that has followed.
The Cardinals’ MLB.com beat writer Jenifer Langosch wrote a piece that went up today at Sports On Earth that discussed Lance Lynn being the Cardinals’ secret weapon this season (no word whether she asked Jose Oquendo for use of his nickname). But she pointed that Lynn’s development has been crucial to the Cardinals’ late season drive. While Adam Wainwright and John Lackey have struggled through inconsistency related to dead arm, Lynn’s second half 2.04 ERA and 10 quality starts in 11 chances, have driven the Cardinals’ surge.
On a 2-1 pitch to Brayan Pena with none out, John Lackey threw a pitch on the outside corner. Home plate umpire Tom Hallion called it a ball. Lackey, feeling like it should have been a ball, reacted to it. Hallion took exception to Lackey’s reaction and the two jawed at each other for a moment. The situation had seemingly calmed down and Lackey was on the rubber, preparing to throw the next pitch when Hallion stepped out from behind home plate and tossed Lackey, supposedly for arguing balls and strikes.