Ok. Y’all, I have been terrible about writing blogs this last year or so, but you know what my first child (son) just turned 7 months old, so well there you have it. I am going to try to get back in the habit of writing more as I enjoy the tweets back.
I have a few thoughts on the Cards tonight before we begin in my opinion the most boring home series of the year (royals). I know my K.C. friends get a kick out of it and I used too as well, that was 2 or 3 World Series appearances ago however with a couple rings, but I digress.
1st comments have to be about Matheny. Rookie guy at the helm and everyone got hurt and is staying hurt. Not his fault for the most part, however this is what makes or breaks managers. He has handled the injuries well. The rotation may have some fault there, but definitely some at John’s feet as well. The bull-pen or bear-pen as I have referred to them a couple times on twitter is where I see some issues. In reality if Mike calls their name they should be ready whoever it is. I just want to know why, whoever always seem to be Boggs in the 8th, again will digress. Injuries in the pen have actually outside of Boggs in the 8th taken me out of second guessing Mike, because I suck at rolling dice too.
2nd Carlos Beltran I hated you in K.C. not because of K.C. but because their fans love minor league guys and I befriend them, and they annoy the crap out of me. Then you had to go and get traded to Houston, then that Met thing worked out well. I loved to hate on you, but wow such an amazing talent. I am rooting for this guy to get a ring someway somehow. This team is surviving because of you, thank you!
3rd Furcal I don’t know if Mike was mad or not at him when spring training started. Hard to be mad at someone that didn’t have control over that kind of a function. None the less he has been what the cards have been missing for some time and I enjoy watching the guy play. Not to mention he responded to me about my son so loving him for that.
4th I miss Jon Jay. Now last year right after Colby was traded I was not as high on Jon Jay that he proved to be. I do not believe the scouts when they put a “ceiling” on someone as well. My thought is pretty well in my opinion proven by Jon. This guy raised his ability in October. Jon stepped up to the challenge and remained calm and delivered. This is the kind of guy that some “fans” will say told you so but honestly no one last year could have imagined Jay being so vital to this team. In my mind winning the series is an easier stretch. As a side note I in Springfield I did like Jay much more than Colby, he had some issues but fixed those as we see now.
5th David effn Freese and Matt patch Adams. These guys don’t have to hit .330 and win gold gloves, be nice if they did. I realize their numbers are low, more of a concern on Freese that Adams but he tried pulling too much. I told my buddy @deckacards that if Adams hits .270 I’d love it. I believe he agrees. I’d like Big Mac to get David to really stay with his natural swing. That right center swing makes him deadly, he can always pull the ball and that makes the D play him true and makes him lethal. Matt just needs to hang on I like his talent and think he can help this team for a long time. Not to mention by all reports he is a good kid.
6th Holliday and Yadi. So important those two. Yadi is what a lot of cards fans knew the backbone of that pitching staff. You don’t let that go and at this point I can honestly say I am happier to have Holliday and Yadi than Holliday and Albert. I understand who Matt is and I am fine with that. Yadi’s values exceed his paycheck into that of the rotation and bull-pen. Best catcher in the game no one else comes close. I love Matt in Left field. Maybe not his defense every play, but he is respected on this team in the clubhouse that’s worth a lot y’all.
7th Allen Craig. I can’t figure out how to type out his importance. This guy was almost the World Series MVP! Again I will point out Kevin; we had a lot of discussions when we watched him here in Springfield. You could as I did, get the feeling then this kid have that x-factor. When the game was on the line and you needed that at-bat “send me in coach”. His D at 3rd was short but like that guy that used to play for us finds a way in the lineup. I am so excited to see him succeed could never explain to you why he is just a guy I will cheer for.
In summary, this team has ticked me off with its pitching and errors last 5 weeks. None the less this team is just as capable of making that run that happened last year. Sometimes as fans that haven’t been in that locker room in a while you forget what it’s like adjusting to a new man in charge. While I sometimes feel this is Tony 2 it’s really not. The team is playing different, honestly I love his style. I will forever respect and be annoyed by TLR ball. At the end of the day he knew what he was doing and proved it for 33 years. Mike learned a lot from Tony, I believe John Moz did as well. We may suffer awhile this season but we will have some fun too. Long post but hope you enjoyed it!
Go Cards! Kick the crap out of the Royals!