Cold as ice

IceSummer is hot and steamy here in the Midwest. Midwest residents who are also Cardinals fans know that as the temperature gets hotter, so do the Cards’ bats.  Unfortunately, the bats are not heating up along with the weather this season.  Even though there are a few games where the Cards scored more than 3 runs, those games are few and far between.  When the Cards’ hitters don’t do their part and score runs, the pitchers have had to carry the load and pitch extraordinarily well in order to win games.  This is not fair to the poor pitchers – they deserve more run support. It’s a miracle that the Cards have the best record in baseball. Poor Jaime Garcia – every time he loses, he gets no run support.

So why are the Cards’ bats cold as ice?  That has been a hot topic (pun intended) on Twitter and other social media lately. Are opposing pitchers really all that good?  Some of them are, to be sure, but that isn’t the solution to the problem. There’s more to the problem than that.

Matt Carpenter was hitting very well before his break for exhaustion, but he hasn’t been hitting very well after that break. Has his demotion in the batting order affected him?  Matt Holliday was out for about a month due to a quad tear.  The team really missed his bat while he was gone.  Other players have not hit up to their potential as well. This scoring only 2 – 3 runs a game may work all right during the regular season, but if the Cards are going to have any chance in the playoffs, they must score more runs than that per game.

So what’s it going to take for the Cards to start hitting better?  Fans and sportswriters are calling for an acquisition of a power hitting first baseman.  Mark Reynolds is a good player, but as mentioned in my last post, he is not an everyday player.  The players most talked about as possible acquisition candidates are Adam Lind of the Brewers and Chris Davis of the Orioles.  Davis would be a rental since he is a free agent in 2016, which would work if it were guaranteed that Matt Adams will be back in the lineup next season.  There is the possibility of Lind staying beyond 2016, which would work if the team decides that Adams is not the answer at first base. What either the Brewers or the Orioles would want in exchange for either player is the key to any deal.

Maybe the Cards should look internally. How is the poor offense being addressed by the manager and coaches?  Now I admit it’s been a little hot in St. Louis the last few days for extended batting practice, but hopefully, the hitting coaches are reviewing videos of the players’ at-bats to see if there is a glitch with their batting stance or with the way they are holding the bat.  Are the players watching videos of opposing pitchers to find their weaknesses?

Or – dare I say it? – is it time for a new hitting coach? I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking this. Maybe it’s time to shake things up, like the Allen Craig and Joe Kelly trade last season.  Maybe that’s what it will take to get things going.

Thanks as always for reading my ramblings!  See you next time!

Diane

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Back on track and back in town

Cards trainWhat a difference a week makes.  As you may recall, in last week’s post, I mentioned that the Cards looked tired and that they really needed the All-Star break.  Matt Holliday did return to the lineup on Friday.  It took a few days, but the Cards are playing like the hot team from the first part of the season. Holliday’s grand slam HR on Tuesday was very exciting.  And Yadi hit an amazing triple last night and cleared the bases. I haven’t seen him run that fast in a long time. Hopefully, the team is back on track and there will be no more slumps (or injuries) this season.  The Cardinals are the first team to get to 60 wins this season.  I still think the Cards need to pick up an everyday first baseman.  Adam Lind of the Brewers would be a great pickup.  Hey, Mo, go get this deal done, OK?

The Cards start an 11 game homestand tonight, and I’m sure the guys are glad to be home.  My son and I will be at Monday’s night’s game – we purchased tickets during the $4 July 4th sale  We will be in sec. 367, row 14, so come by and say hi if you’ll be at the game. Here’s the homestand highlights:

 HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, August 2, 2015)Team Mickey Day, Star Wars Night and Lou Brock Bobblehead highlight the eighth homestand of 2015

ST. LOUIS, July 23, 2015– The Cardinals are back at Busch for an 11-game stretch which kicks off tonight with a make-up game versus the Kansas City Royals. The homestand continues with a three-game series with both the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds, and concludes with a four-game series versus the Colorado Rockies. The homestand is highlighted by Team Mickey Day, Star Wars Night, six stadium-wide giveaways and photo day.

Thursday, July 23, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

  • Make-up Game: Today’s game is the rescheduled date for the rained-out June 14th game versus the Kansas City Royals. Fans holding tickets for the original June 14 date may use the same ticket for admittance to today’s game.
  •  Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms.
  • 1985 Throwback Uniforms and Bases: Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of their 1985 World Series matchup, the Cardinals and Royals will play today’s game in 1985 throwback uniforms – home white for the Cardinals and powder blue for the visiting Royals. The Cardinals will also use commemorative bases which will be available for purchase through Cardinals Authentics by visiting the store or calling 314.345.9851 (cardinals.com/authentics).

     

 

 

Friday, July 24, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Al Hrabosky Bobblehead: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a collectible Al Hrabosky bobblehead, honoring his playing days with the St. Louis Cardinals. Presented by FOX Sports Midwest (#CardsPromo). Hrabosky will also throw a ceremonial pitch before the game.

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Boogie Chyld in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) following the game.
  • Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum. Today’s featured items will include a pair of Al Hrabosky cleats and more. For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum(#CardsMuseum). 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

  • Umpire Camp: Major League Baseball will host a free, one-day camp for anyone interested in umpiring in baseball and softball, including those aiming to begin professional careers. The camp will be held at Busch Stadium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m. near Gate 3). Staff for the event will include many accomplished former MLB Umpires, current MLB Supervisors and Observers, and Minor League Baseball officials. For more information on how to participate in this camp and future MLB Umpire Camps, interested applicants can visit facebook.com/mlb.camps or e-mail mlbumpirecamps@mlb.com. (I would like to go to this, but hubby won’t let me. Can someone please persuade him?  – DMS)
  • Adult Replica Saturday Alternate Wainwright Jersey: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a replica Adam Wainwright jersey, courtesy of Equifax (#CardsPromo).

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Jackson Howard in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) after the game.

Sunday, July 26, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (1:15 p.m.)

#TeamMickey

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Beach Towel: 25,000 ticketed-fans receive a Cardinals Beach Towel courtesy of Apple Vacations (#CardsPromo).

  • #TeamMickey Day at the Ballpark: Fans that purchase the special Team Mickey Day ticket will receive a limited edition co-branded Mickey Mouse New Era hat and enjoy a day full of exciting Mickey Mouse-themed activities, giveaways and special surprises. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Ticket voucher in order to receive this promotional item (#TeamMickey).

 

  • Peanut Controlled Day:  This unique opportunity allows our fans with peanut allergies to sit in a “Peanut Controlled Zone.” Fans who purchase the special Peanut Controlled Theme Ticket will sit in a section where sales of peanuts will be halted and fans will not be allowed to consume peanut products in that area. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last). 
  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms. 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 

Monday, July 27, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

#AmericanGirlNight

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • American Girl Night at the Ballpark (#AmericanGirlNight): Fans who purchase this special American Girl Night Theme Ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardinals T-shirt for their American Girl Doll and a matching T-shirt transfer. Fans holding a sold-out VIP ticket for the event will also enjoy a pregame picnic with crafting station, photo opportunities, mobile hair salon for dolls, a talent show, prizes- including the chance to win an American Girl Doll- and more. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visitcardinals.com/theme. (#CardsTheme) Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item. *DOLL NOT INCLUDED

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Battle At Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals present the Battle at Busch concert series. The 2015 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals home games in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Destination Z, Conquer As They Come and 5th Pocket. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 22 in the “Battle at Busch” finals for the grand prize package. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

#ChristmasInJuly

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Christmas In July (#ChristmasInJuly): Celebrate Christmas in July at Busch Stadium! Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Snow Globe. Famous Christmas characters and Santa Fredbird will be in Ford Plaza for photo opportunities as well. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • Rick Horton Budweiser Bash Theme Night (#BudBash): Fans who purchase this special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a limited edition Rick Horton mini bobblehead as the Cardinals celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1985 Nationals League Champion Cardinals. VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Horton. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special theme night voucher in order to receive this promotional item. Horton will also throw a ceremonial pitch prior to the game.

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.
  • Redbird Rookies Parade: Members of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play, will participate in a special parade around the warning track prior to the game.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

#StarWarsNight

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Star Wars Night at the Ballpark (#StarWarsNight): Busch Stadium will transform into a galaxy far, far away as the Cardinals host Star Wars Night, presented by Kohl’s. Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Star Wars Cardinals t-shirt. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Stand Up to Cancer. From 5:45 p.m. until 8 p.m., fans will be able to take pictures with members of the 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization that dresses as costumed Star Wars characters, who will be stationed in Riverview Corner and Ford Plaza. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • Take Me Out To The Ballgame Contest Winner: During the seventh inning stretch, Germantown Elementary School, winners of the fan-vote “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” Contest will have their video shown on the scoreboard. They also receive a one-of-a-kind VIP experience at Busch, including a photo opportunity with Germantown native, Red Schoendienst.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:15 p.m.)

#FansFightCancer

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

  • Cancer Awareness Night (#FansFightCancer): The Cardinals and Siteman Cancer Center are teaming up to bring fans Cancer Awareness Night at Busch Stadium. Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals Cancer Awareness hat, with the color of the “STL” logo on the front of the hat corresponding to the awareness color of the most prevalent cancers in the St. Louis area. A portion of each ticket sold will also be donated back to cancer research in St. Louis. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visitcardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 
  • Bass Pro Catch and Release Pond: Prior to the game, kids can enjoy “catching fish” in Bass Pro’s Catch and Release Pond, located outside of the Cardinals Team Store at 8th & Clark. Fans have the opportunity to take a photo with their fish, earn “First Fish” certificates and receive special giveaway items.
  • Redbird Rookies Parade: Members of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play, will participate in a special parade around the warning track prior to the game.  

Friday, July 31, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Lou Brock Bobblehead: On the day of MLB’s trade deadline, 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a Lou Brock bobblehead commemorating Brock’s arrival to the Cardinals via the Cubs – one of baseball’s most memorable trades. Presented by Lindenwood University (#CardsPromo).

  • Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors. Two current Cardinals players will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans 15 years old and younger from 4:45-5:15 (Players TBD). Former Cardinals players Kyle McClellan and Scott Terry will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 5:15-6:00. *Players subject to change* 
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) following the game.
  • Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum. Today’s featured items will include a pair of Al Hrabosky cleats and more. For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum(#CardsMuseum). 

Saturday, August 1, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:15 p.m.)

#CardsPhotoDay

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

  • Build-a-Bear Workshop Bear: 12,000 ticketed-fans, ages 15 and under, receive a Cardinals bear, courtesy of Build-a-Bear Workshop (#CardsPromo).

  • Photo Day: Prior to the game, fans will be allowed on the field to get up-close and personal photos of their favorite players, coaches and Fredbird. Field access is on a first-come, first-served basis. Weather permitting. Fans are encouraged to share their photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CardsPhotoDay. 
  • Cardinals Wives ‘Grab Bag’ Fundraiser for The Covering House: During the game, the Cardinals Wives will be selling grab bags of autographed baseballs to raise money for The Covering House, a local nonprofit which provides a place of refuge and restoration for girls who have experienced sexual trafficking or sexual exploitation. For $50, fans can purchase an unlabeled brown paper bag containing one autographed baseball from a current Cardinals player and a card identifying the signature. The Wives will be stationed at various locations throughout the stadium including inside Gate 3, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and Ford Plaza. General donations are also accepted. Learn more at cardinals.com/wivescare (#CardsWives).
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) after the game.

Sunday, August 2, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Kids Replica Alternate Wong Jersey: 12,000 ticketed-fans, ages 15 and under, receive a kid’s alternate Wong jersey, courtesy of Powerade and Shop ‘N Save (#CardsPromo).

  • Fredbird’s Birthday Bash Weekend: The Cardinals are celebrating their beloved bird’s birthday with some of his furry friends. Raymond from the Tampa Bay Rays will help celebrate Fredbird’s birthday at the game along with Swinging Friar from the San Diego Padres.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last). 
  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms. 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 
  • Jewish Community Day: The Cardinals are celebrating the Jewish community at today’s game. Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Yarmulke. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme(#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

More Homestand Information

Peralta, Wong and Cards 2015 HOF Class Highlight the Latest Edition of Cardinals Magazine                             

Wouldn’t it be a blast to watch a game with Adam Wainwright and his family at his home? Or learn more about the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees from the likes of Bob Gibson and Tim McCarver? How about discovering 9 new things you should know about All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta?

These must-read stories and much more are the foundation of the wall-to-wall coverage inside the newest issue of Cardinals Magazine, which presents the most comprehensive, colorful look at the present, future and past of all-things-Cardinals. The brand-new issue delivers on all fronts, with 120 pages of content including a revealing profile on the electrifying Kolten Wong, exclusive scouting reports on the club’s top 10 signees from the 2015 draft and a no-nonsense evaluation of the 45 Hall of Famers with a “Cardinals connection” – and who really earned their place in the Hall as Redbirds.

During this homestand, Cardinals Magazine is on sale for just $5 inside each gate from our refurbished vendor carts, the Team Store, and the Cardinals Authentics Shop inside Ballpark Village. It’s also available at many area retailers, notably Schnucks, Dierbergs, QT, Walgreens and Cardinals Clubhouse. To order a subscription—and receive 2 FREE tickets to most any Monday through Thursday home game—visit cardinals.com/magazine or call 314.345.9000 (#CardsMag).

Don’t forget, when you go to a Cardinals game, you can purchase the magazine for $5 and get a free scorecard ($2.50 value).  That’s a great deal, which I have taken advantage of 3 times this season.

Thanks as always for reading! If you are a new reader, welcome!  Follow me on Twitter @Diane1611. See you next time!

Diane

Second half thoughts and ponderings

The Cardinals really needed the All-Star break; they looked extremely tired and disoriented in this past weekend’s games.  The Cardinals start the second half of the season in first place by just 2 ½ games.  A 3-5 road trip, culminating with 2 ugly losses to the Pirates right before the All-Star break, contributed to the narrowing of the gap in the standings between the Cards and the Pirates.  There’s plenty of baseball left to play, however, so here are my thoughts about the second half of the season.

Matt Holliday returns to the lineup on Friday.  This will create quite a traffic jam in the outfield.  There are 3 outfield positions, and there are 6 outfielders on the roster.  Even using “new” math (or Common Core math), that doesn’t compute.  Adjustments will have to be made.

Holliday is signed through 2016 with an option year for 2017. Heyward is signed through the end of the year, at which time he will become a free agent.  Jon Jay is currently on the disabled list. Per the Cardinals’ website, his date of return is to be determined. So that leaves 3 players competing for the center field position.

The Cards can’t keep all the extra outfield players on the roster.  There have been folks clamoring that Jay be released or traded. Bourjos, despite his occasional flubs, has proven he can be an everyday player.  I would trade or release Jay, start Bourjos in at CF, then keep Grichuk and Pham on the bench to spell the starting outfielders in case of injury or a needed day off.  Grichuk could also be a good pinch hitter.  If Heyward doesn’t sign with the Cards next season, I would then put Grichuk in RF.

Trevor Rosenthal didn’t pitch in the All-Star Game due to arm soreness.  He did not look very good on the mound in Sunday’s game.  I would not be surprised if he landed on the DL.  Should the break help his arm feel better and if I were Mike, I would only use Rosey in a true save situation and not pitch him if the game isn’t on the line. The Cards will need Rosey fresh come September and (hopefully) October.

I am really starting to like scrappy Mark Reynolds, but he is not an everyday 1B and he wasn’t signed to be the everyday 1B.  Xavier Scruggs wasn’t the answer to the Cards’ first base woes; he is already back in Memphis.  Dan Johnson isn’t the answer either.  Stephen Piscotty is touted as the next first baseman; however, he is still learning the position at Memphis.  Since Adams isn’t due to be off the DL until the season is almost over, Mo may have to pick up or trade for a 1B player, even if it is just a rental until after the season is over.

I have really missed Cardinals baseball and I’m glad that it starts up again tomorrow night.  Today is the 70th anniversary of Red Schoendiest’s debut in baseball.  The Cardinals have encouraged fans to post a congratulatory video on social media.  I posted it on Twitter, and in case you missed it, here it is:

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane