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Cardinals @ Marlins
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PostPosted: June 11 19, 10:15 am 
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Yadier Molina said his return from the IL is "close" -- perhaps for this weekend's series in New York -- and that the "strength is coming back" in his right thumb, which sustained a tendon strain.

Molina, sidelined since May 29, took optional batting practice on the field with a handful of his teammates Monday.

"There's no more pain," said Molina, who has taken cuts over the past few days. "It's about getting the strength back."

In 50 games this season, the 16-year veteran has compiled a .265/.294/.397 slash line with 13 doubles, four homers and 33 RBIs.


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PostPosted: June 11 19, 10:36 am 
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It’s difficult to say which is more of a disappointment – the Cardinals’ rotation, which ranks 11th in the NL with a 4.35 ERA, or their offense, which was supposed to evolve into more of a force with the addition of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

The Cardinals are actually worse with Goldschmidt than they were without him, averaging 4.64 runs per game, down from 4.69 last season. Their month-by-month averages highlight their decline since the season started – the Cardinals were at 5.45 in March/April, second only to the Cubs in the NL, and have since dropped to 4.30 in May (13th) and 2.88 in June (14th).

Other aspects of the Cardinals’ game are strong – they rank third in the majors in FanGraphs’ baserunning metric, and eighth in defensive runs saved. But they’ve scored two or fewer runs in 15 of their last 34 games, going (12-22) in that time.

A year ago, while with the Diamondbacks, Goldschmidt had a .719 OPS before popping a 1.199 in June. He has not struggled as badly with the Cardinals, producing a .799 OPS, but he has not gotten as hot, either. Even Marcell Ozuna’s team-high .872 OPS ranks just 47th in the majors.

As one Cardinals official puts it, “Every lineup needs anchors.” To this point, the Cardinals’ anchors have not been good enough.


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PostPosted: June 11 19, 11:47 am 
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Other aspects of the Cardinals’ game are strong – they rank third in the majors in FanGraphs’ baserunning metric, and eighth in defensive runs saved. But they’ve scored two or fewer runs in 15 of their last 34 games, going (12-22) in that time.

lmfao

Other aspects of the Cardinals games are strong like, uh, when Fowler wears red shoes they are 3-1. And when uh, Shildt has a headache they are 4-for-7.


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PostPosted: June 11 19, 11:49 am 
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That’s a lot of headaches; are you sure it’s not a tumor?


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PostPosted: June 11 19, 12:03 pm 
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CardsofSTL wrote:
Other aspects of the Cardinals’ game are strong – they rank third in the majors in FanGraphs’ baserunning metric, and eighth in defensive runs saved. But they’ve scored two or fewer runs in 15 of their last 34 games, going (12-22) in that time.

lmfao

Other aspects of the Cardinals games are strong like, uh, when Fowler wears red shoes they are 3-1. And when uh, Shildt has a headache they are 4-for-7.



The Cardinals are not measuring up; but what I like about the quote from The Athletic is that it is an unemotional snapshot analysis of where the team is right now. They need improvement on the offense and in the starting rotation; but there are signs that they can be a successful club. I think the offense will eventually work itself out; the real problem that is harder to fix without tinkering is the starting rotation; which I think most people thought coming into the season. We're not seeing the best out of Flaherty; Mikolas is not an ace; and the rest of the rotation is either banged up, ineffective or miscast. The chance to make a meaningful change was Keuchal and they let that go; so now the only possible improvement has to be found on the trade market; which may or may not be too little too late.


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PostPosted: June 11 19, 12:22 pm 
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Please fire this clown.

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