Jonathan Lucroy said, following Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, that he believes the Brewers are still the better team. Of course, that prompted the typical reactionary bashing from Cardinals fans who couldn’t comprehend why he would say such a thing. Even Bernie Miklasz called it “special” as he wrote his article with the comments. After all, the Cardinals just won three of four games from the Brewers who have lost 11 of their last 12 and just gave up the division lead.
John Lackey had faced the minimum through the game’s first two innings, but in the bottom of the third it all came undone. Lyle Overbay singles. Juan Segura singles. A sacrifice and then another single by Scooter Gennett to drive them both home. With that, the Brewers found themselves with a two run lead. Gennett would drive in Segura again two innings later and Jonathan Lucroy would bring him home as well to put the Brewers up 4-0.
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.
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.
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.