I’d like to take a moment to start this post with a moment of silence for the now released Ty Wigginton…………………… The veteran utility man was released by the Cardinals a short while ago and called up veteran backstop Rob Johnson presumably as a safety guard for Yadier Molina. While most of us never really understood the Wigginton signing in the first place he certainly did nothing to even remotely prove the skeptics wrong. I always side with the team when it comes to signings assuming they know way more than I when it comes to filling out a roster but Ty was a tough one to figure out. I certainly know of one blogger who’ll enjoy this news more than most (If there’s nothing up yet don’t worry, there will be). Hopefully they pay Wiggy the remainder of his head scratching contract in rolls of nickels. Anyway.
I didn’t have a post last week due to preparation for a lake trip and this one’s going to be a little short due to the fact I’m still exhausted from the trip. I’m working on a post that will have some actual substance and hopefully I’ll have that for you next week. Until then I’ll give you my usual empty sentences and hope I can bring some flare with my next post. Maybe even 37 pieces of it.
So the Cardinals have completed an 8 game road trip and the first 3 games of a 5 game home stand since we last chatted. Overall 6-5 in that time which included a few really tough loses in the final game of each road series. The series finale against the Angels was a brutal way to get my baseball fix on the 4th of July. I’m not going to lie I only caught the final inning of the game but I really wish I’d just caught the box score. Mike Matheny really can’t catch a break. Take Wainwright out, chaos. Try to leave him in, still chaos. Now I suppose he could have stuck with him and had him pitch to Josh Hamilton which was a definite possibility but if I’m doing the second guessing I’m going with Randy Choate or Kevin Siegrist. If you’re not giving Edward Mujica a clean inning anyway why not bring in your specialist (Choate) who is getting paid for those exact situations or at least Siegrist who’s been awesome and will certainly challenge Hamilton to the max? Regardless I had more than a few beers circulating in my system so all I really remember is Adam Wainwright walking back to the dugout, Mujica trotting in from the bullpen and then the Angels running around the infield having a tickle fight and playing a game of grab a$$. Get it? Their payroll is really high so $$ instead of ss. Wheeeeeee.
The home 9 had a very nice rebound series against the Marlins in which they surprisingly in my eyes took all 3 games. Not that I didn’t have confidence they could just more so the Marlins had been playing respectable baseball. So that sets them up nicely going into a short 2 game series against the Astros with Wainwright and Shelby Miller taking the hill. Bud Norris goes for the Astros tonight and I really hope they can put runs on the board early to suppress the Bud Chuck jokes once and for all.
Like I said I’ll try and have an actual post up next week that I put real effort into and everything. Remember to use the twitters if you want to talk some ball. I’ve had a few folks hit me up and I’m always down for a good discussion. If you’re interested here’s how the Cardinals have done against Mr. Norris. Look for Daniel Descalso to be in the lineup tonight.