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Immediate Reactions To Cards/Mets

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 10:54 PM
Filed Under: Heroes and Goats | New York Mets | St. Louis Cardinals
I won't be around in the morning, so as I listen to the UCB Radio Hour, ably covered by Mike and Josh, I thought I'd go ahead and give my initial thoughts on tonight's game and a look forward to tomorrow afternoon's.

First off, I think the Hero tag really should go to Joel Pineiro, not only because he was very successful tonight, but because he was very economical, being able to get into the ninth and really keep the bullpen off the field.  The more rested they are, the better, as they showed last night with four scoreless innings after two days off.

Pineiro really seems to have made some adjustments and has shown that he can bounce back from tough outings.  Will this last into the summer and fall?  I wouldn't want to be that it would.  However, I think we can safely say it won't be as bad as last year.

I commented on Daniel Murphy's left-field skills or lack thereof yesterday.  I think the most telling thing on him tonight was Pineiro not hesitating to score from second on a base hit to left.  It was close, but most of the time the pitcher is going to stop at third on that play.

There were numerous other good performances tonight.  I really was impressed with Colby Rasmus tonight.  Two for three, with the one out a deep opposite-field drive that was well-hit.  I understood why Tony LaRussa pinch-hit for him later in the game with the bases loaded and the Mets bringing in a lefty, especially since the pinch-hitter was Ryan Ludwick, but with a three-run lead at the time I would have liked to see what Rasmus could have done in that situation.

Albert Pujols was two for three with a sac fly RBI.  I thought he had gotten a hold of one in the first, but it died at the track, even though that did produce the RBI.  With an afternoon game tomorrow and before I check on how he's done against Livan Hernandez, I predict he puts one over the wall in the series finale.

Really, there weren't too many bad performances to sift through to find tonight's Goat.  Khalil Greene went 0 for 2, but drew two walks and scored a run.  So, unfortunately, that again leaves us with Rick Ankiel.  An 0 for 4 with a really bad looking at-bat against Casey Fossum especially.  I'm starting to be afraid that John Mozeliak may have missed his window to move Ankiel for the maximum amount of return.

I got a chance to see the segment on Fox Sports Midwest with Cal Eldred in LaRussa's office as he worked on the lineup.  I thought it was very fascinating to hear TLR explain when he starts thinking about things, why he sits players when he does and other things.  The announcers said that the second half of that would air tomorrow, the graphic said Friday.  I hope it's Friday because I'd love to see it, especially if he starts talking about why he bats certain players in certain slots.

Let's look at tomorrow's pitching matchups and get out of here.  As mentioned, Livan Hernandez is going for the Mets as they try to avoid the sweep.  He's had good success against the Cardinal batters, even keeping Pujols under .300.  I'm still holding to the Pujols homer prediction, though.

The Cardinals counter with Kyle Lohse.  If career numbers are any indication, this could be an ugly one.  Carlos Beltran has owned Lohse, smashing 4 homers off of him and hitting well over .500, and he's not the only one with gaudy numbers.  That said, Lohse has defied the career numbers already this year and has said he's got a different approach and is a different pitcher.  Tomorrow may be the strongest test of that this season.




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Yes, you called your shot. Well done. I would have been really impressed if you had said he was going to homer TWICE!!

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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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