In this edition of the podcast Jim and Bengie started off by discussing the reversal of fortune over the weekend with the sweep of the Cubs. An overall theme was just how much sweeter these wins are with them coming against the Cubs. The resurgent recent play of Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong were touched upon as the guys wondered if the club will take the sweep and run with it this week or if there will be a regression to more concerning trends.
Friend of the podcast Dr.Kristin Jacobs joined the guys to discuss the weekend and how it works in her divided house of Cub and Cardinal fans. A correlation was made between Dr.Jacobs anti aging advice, products, and center with that of the Adam Wainwright performance of Sunday. It can get better with age!
Another topic was Dallas Keuchel and what a potential acquisition would look like in terms of minor league preparation time. This led to a discussion with Bengie about pitch count, when a catcher can tell a guy doesn’t have it, and the relationship that exists between a manager and his catcher.
This Blogger’s Take:
With regard to Adam Wainwright, I’ve learned this year not to get too was up or down. He has been very good pitching at Busch Stadium so while Sunday’s performance was excellent, I still wonder about his viability for the whole season. If some other innings can be monitored and managed by tweaking the pitching schedule so that Wainwright almost exclusively takes the ball at home, it could be a good creative way to use your depth and maximize performance. It is so hard to recognize and draw the line between a grizzled aging veteran and a guy who is past it. It’s one of the great storylines in sport that can be seen from many different angles. The Cardinals are currently seeing Wainwright fight this battle, Yadier Molina is winning the battle, and guys like Matt Carpenter are just perhaps beginning to see the first signs of the battle ahead.
The Cubs sweep was great but what will June bring? So far as I write this the Cardinals split what became two games with Cincinnati due to a rain out. Now a huge series in Wrigley awaits.