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Churning Them Out

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 7:10 AM
Filed Under: Heroes and Goats | New York Mets | St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals ran another young pitching prospect to the mound.  The results were delightfully familiar.

John Gast threw five scoreless innings before running into a spot of trouble in the sixth.  Even that wasn't entirely of his own making, as two of the runs came after the Cards had what Mike Matheny termed an "ugly" rundown attempt of John Buck.  Marlon Byrd homered after that, something that would have been avoided had they gotten Buck for the third out.

Other than that, though, Gast was quite good.  It wasn't a situation where he put runners on and his defense kept bailing him out.  He gave up only six hits and one walk and four of those baserunners came in that sixth inning.  That overall ERA of 6.00 is really misleading given the way he pitched.

Then the Cards followed up a rookie with two more, as Seth Maness and Carlos Martinez both had scoreless frames, with Martinez striking out the side (with a walk mixed in).  Maness had to labor, though, throwing all of 10 pitches, which is about as many as he's thrown in his career up to this point!  Joe Kelly ruined the rookie streak, as the second-year man finished up the game.

The Hero of the night, not discounting at all how the arms did on the mound, would be Carlos Beltran.  Beltran had three hits, scored two runs, drove in four and had a home run mixed in with all of that.  That's a nice evening of work right there.

Of course, when the team puts up 10 runs, there are a number of offensive stars.  Allen Craig had two hits and drove in the first two runs of the game.  Jon Jay had a couple of hits and his fourth home run of the season.  Matt Carpenter set the tone by going 2-3 with two walks in the leadoff slot.

As for our Goat, Yadier Molina did go 0-5, but given that he guided the rookie through such a strong outing, I'm going to give him a pass this time.  Unfortunately, that means winding up with David Freese again.  Freese went 0-3 with a walk and left three men on, though he did wind up scoring once.  I'm not sure what's going to have to happen to get Freese back on track.  You figure Matheny's got to give him a couple more days off pretty shortly, though that means more starts for Daniel Descalso.  Still, Dirty Dan's hitting better than Mr. Freese, I think, so maybe it's a livable tradeoff.

The road doesn't get any easier for the Mets tonight.  Sure, they are facing another rookie, but a rookie that had an almost-perfect game last time out.  Right now, the Mets are hoping that Shelby Miller wore himself out throwing that gem against the Rockies, because otherwise it could get pretty rough.

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP
Mike Baxter 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Ike Davis 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Lucas Duda 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Daniel Murphy 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0 0
Ruben Tejada 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Total 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400 0 0 0 0
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Generated 5/15/2013.

Small sample, but it doesn't give much encouragement to the New York squad, who are really struggling right now. However, you know there's going to be a lot of focus on the at bats where Miller faces Rick Ankiel. After all, they are linked in a way, with Rick being the Shelby Miller of the last decade, really.

The Mets run out an old acquaintance to the mound tonight.  The Cards have faced Shaun Marcum a number of times, most recently when he was with the Milwaukee Brewers.  It's been a mixed bag with Marcum, though he's only 1-1 against the club in five outings.  His 4.65 ERA against St. Louis isn't completely out of line, so the Redbirds might have a bit more trouble with him than they had with Dillon Gee last night.

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP
Ty Wigginton 19 17 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 .235 .316 .235 .551 0 0 0 0
Matt Holliday 16 14 4 0 0 2 3 2 3 .286 .375 .714 1.089 0 0 0 0
Jon Jay 16 14 7 1 0 0 1 1 2 .500 .500 .571 1.071 0 1 0 0
Yadier Molina 12 12 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .333 .583 0 0 0 0
David Freese 10 10 2 0 0 1 4 0 3 .200 .200 .500 .700 0 0 0 0
Carlos Beltran 6 6 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .167 .167 .667 .833 0 0 0 0
Matt Carpenter 6 6 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .167 .167 .333 .500 0 0 0 0
Daniel Descalso 5 5 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .600 .600 .600 1.200 0 0 0 0
Allen Craig 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Tony Cruz 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Jaime Garcia 2 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .500 .500 2.000 2.500 0 0 0 0
Joe Kelly 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 0 0 0 0
Total 99 93 27 4 0 5 14 5 20 .290 .323 .495 .818 0 1 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/15/2013.

Jay and Matt Holliday seem to have solved him the best, but a lot of the other guys haven't seen him much. Expect Freese to sit again given his struggles both recently and against Marcum.

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the Jose Oquendo Game, when the Secret Weapon threw four innings in an extended extra-innings affair.  If you've not read about this one and were too young to remember it (which I think I have a vague idea of seeing a little of it, but I can't be certain), Chris Jaffe has a great writeup about it here.

Cards go for the series win tonight.  They are 10-2 in May so let's hope they keep that machine churning!


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Heroes
Carlos Beltran (6)
Yadier Molina (5)
Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Pete Kozma (3)
Shelby Miller (3)
Adam Wainwright (3)
Allen Craig (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Tyler Lyons (2)
Edward Mujica (2)
Jake Westbrook (2)
David Freese (1)
Joe Kelly (1)
Seth Maness (1)
Trevor Rosenthal (1)
Michael Wacha (1)
Ty Wigginton (1)

2012 Top Hero: Matt Holliday (17)
2011 Top Hero: Lance Berkman (24)
2010 Top Heroes: Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols (24)
2009 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (28)
2008 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (25)

Goats
Jon Jay (6)
David Freese (5)
Mitchell Boggs (4)
Joe Kelly (4)
Pete Kozma (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Allen Craig (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Yadier Molina (3)
Matt Adams (2)
Carlos Beltran (2)
Matt Carpenter (2)
Matt Holliday (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Seth Maness (1)
Shane Robinson (1)
Fernando Salas (1)
Adam Wainwright (1)
Jake Westbrook (1)

2012 Top Goat: Rafael Furcal (11)
2011 Top Goat: Ryan Theriot (12)
2010 Top Goat: Brendan Ryan (14)
2009 Top Goats: Rick Ankiel and Todd Wellemeyer (13)
2008 Top Goat: Troy Glaus (13)

Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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