I wrote a blog post earlier this season about how the infirmary was getting full of Cardinals players. Maybe that was bad luck – who knows? The Cardinals have endured more than their share of injuries this season. I’ll list them so we can see the magnitude of the injuries:
Jordan Walden – shoulder
Adam Wainwright – torn Achilles tendon
Matt Adams – torn right quadriceps muscle, Grade 4
Matt Holliday – torn right quadriceps muscle, Grade 2
Matt Belisle –forearm tenderness
Jason Heyward – hamstring strain
Randal Grichuk – muscle strain lifting weight, elbow strain
Jon Jay – recovery from off-season wrist surgery
Yadier Molina – slight tear of left thumb ligament
Carlos Martinez – strained shoulder
Stephen Piscotty – outfield collision with Peter Bourjos
(If there is anyone I missed, or if I goofed up on the injuries, please let me know in the comments section below.)
Yet despite all these injuries (and with some great pickups and call ups by Mo), the Cardinals are in first place in the NL Central with the best record in baseball. The magic number to clinch the NL Central is 2, and if the Cards win tomorrow at Pittsburgh, it will be zero. This will be the Cardinals’ first 100 win season since 2005.
The Cardinals have shown amazing resilience this season. A lesser team would crumble under the weight of all these injuries. But the Cardinals have not crumbled, thanks to the managing of Mike Matheny. Mike is the glue that has held this team together through all the injuries and all the other craziness this season (hacking? What hacking?).
Now we Cards fans and bloggers may not agree with every move Mike makes, but you can’t argue with results. This is Mike’s fourth year managing the Cardinals (heck, managing a major league team, period) and the team has gone to the postseason every year for the last four years. How many managers can claim that honor during their first four years of managing? If you want to get some insight as to how Mike manages a team, I highly suggest you pick up and read his book The Matheny Manifesto (click on the title to find it on Amazon).
Mike deserves the NL Manager of the Year award for the way he has handled the Cardinals during this season of adversity. However, we Cards fans all know that the NL MOY award will go to Joe Maddon, since he turned those loveable losers the Cubs into playoff contenders, and Chicago is a larger market than St. Louis too.
The Cards’ game tonight was postponed until tomorrow due to rain. It will be made up tomorrow with a day-night doubleheader. Game time for the first game is 12:35 PM CST. I will be listening to the game on KMOX at my desk. I will be hoping and praying for no more injuries, and that the Cards will clinch the division. Last night’s game made my stomach upset; I’m hoping for an uneventful win tomorrow.
Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!