Tag: St. Louis Cardinals


So, the Rockies are headhunters now?


In the fifth inning of Thursday’s game between the Rockies and Cardinals, a struggling Carlos Martinez drilled D.J. LeMahieu in the hip with his 95th pitch of the game. It looked like a purpose pitch, though nothing leading up to it had suggested anyone would want to be throwing at anyone. Whether it was intentional or not, Martinez’s immaturity showed when he walked off the mound and jawed with LeMahieu afterwards. Worse, after escaping the inning, Martinez directed an obscene gesture towards the Rockies dugout.

Fast forward two innings. Rockies reliever Christian Friedrich, in his first inning of work, got the first two batters he faced. He then sent his first pitch to Kolten Wong not only in his direction, but up near his head:


Fortunately, no real harm was done. Wong took the pitch off his shoulder and walked to first without incident. The incredible thing is that Friedrich was allowed to continue pitching, even though warnings appeared to be issued after the earlier incident.

Regardless, herein lies the stupidity of beanball wars. Whether Friedrich intended to go up there or put one in his ribcage, the end result could have ended Wong’s season or worse. He deserves a lengthy suspension, and manager Walt Weiss should also be banned from the dugout for a spell. It’s 2015. There’s  no longer any place for these purposely dangerous acts in baseball, and it shouldn’t take a career being ended for MLB to do something about it.

The Indians trade Brandon Moss to the Cardinals for pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky

Brandon Moss

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish first reported this as a possibility and now Jordan Bastian of MLB.com says it’s done: the Indians have traded 1B/OF Brandon Moss to the Cardinals for pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky.

The Cardinals were looking for a corner guy to help fill the void left my Matt Holliday’s return to the disabled list. Moss fits that description, and is the lefty bat the Cards were looking for as well. The bat has not hit too well this year — he’s hitting just .217/.208/.487 this season and perversely, is hitting lefties better than righties — but he has a line of .254/.340/.504 over the previous three years.

And of course, the Cardinals and their devil magic tend to turn everyone into a near-superstar as soon as they’re acquired. If they didn’t get Moss they could’ve probably signed Will Clark out of retirement again and have him hit .280/.340/.500. That’s just how they roll.

As for Kaminsky, he was a first round pick in 2013 wand was the Tribe’s number five prospect coming into the season, at least as far as Baseball America went. He turns 21 in September and is 14-10 with a 2.15 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 186/68 in 217 minor league innings. He’s finishing up the year at high-A in the Florida State League.

Matt Holliday leaves game after re-injuring his right quad

St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

Some awful news here for the first-place St. Louis Cardinals …

Holliday just spent six weeks on the disabled list with the very same injury. He re-injured it Wednesday night at Busch Stadium while chugging down the first base line on what would have been an infield single, and it seems very possible that the 35-year-old is now done for the remainder of the season. Stephen Piscotty entered Wednesday’s game in left field and could be the everyday guy there down the stretch for the Cardinals. It’s now even more imperative that St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak secures a first baseman before the July 31 trade deadline. There’s been some connection to the Brewers’ Adam Lind.

Troy Tulowitzki’s greatness is not a Coors Field creation

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Any hitter would benefit greatly from playing half his games at Coors Field, which is the most hitter-friendly ballpark in modern baseball history and dramatically inflates batting averages and power numbers across the board.

However, the tendency to dismiss a Rockies hitter’s strong overall numbers because half of them were compiled at Coors Field often misses the mark and Troy Tulowitzki is a prime example.

Tulowitzki has benefited tremendously from calling Coors Field home, batting .321 with a .951 OPS there for his career compared to .276 with an .817 OPS on the road. However, even ignoring those amazing home numbers and looking strictly at his still-strong road numbers would leave Tulowitzki as the best-hitting shortstop in baseball.

First, here are the highest OPS totals by a shortstop since 2013:

.929 – Troy Tulowitzki
.798 – Jhonny Peralta
.752 – Jed Lowrie
.738 – Jose Reyes
.735 – Ian Desmond

And now here’s what that list looks like if you separate Tulowitzki’s road numbers from his overall numbers:

.929 – Troy Tulowitzki overall
.832 – Troy Tulowitzki only on the road
.798 – Jhonny Peralta
.752 – Jed Lowrie
.738 – Jose Reyes
.735 – Ian Desmond

Toss in the fact that most hitters tend to fare better at home than on the road and Tulowitzki’s non-Coors Field performance looks even more impressive. He’s the best-hitting shortstop in baseball regardless of whether you want to make adjustments for Coors Field-inflated production or simply ignore his home numbers completely.

He’ll put up huge numbers in Toronto too.

And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

David Ortiz

Red Sox 11, Tigers 1: David Ortiz had a monster game, hitting two homers and driving in seven. The game story says Ortiz was motivated by his emotional reaction to watching Pedro Martinez get inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier in the day. OK, we’ll go with that and not facing a struggling Shane Greene and one of the worst bullpens in baseball. In other news, last week it was reported that the Tigers would reassess whether they would be buyers or sellers after Sunday’s game. Well, you’ve played your Sunday game. Now, general manager Dombrowski of ours, I think it’s time you told your Don what everyone seems to know: this Tigers season is over.

Mets 3, Dodgers 2: Juan Uribe, acquired from the Braves Friday night, won the game with a walkoff single — which almost went out — in the 10th inning. Before that, however, the fans were treated to a duel between two of the game’s best pitchers in Zack Greinke and Jacob deGrom. Advantage: deGrom, as the Mets ace shut the Dodgers out into the eighth and struck out eight. Meanwhile, Greinke’s scoreless inning streak came to an end at 45 and two-thirds when deGrom knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice in the third. Here’s something weird: Jeurys Familia, who was trying for a four-out save, blew it. The weird part: it was his fourth blown save this year and the Mets have come back to win all four of them.

Angels 13, Rangers 7: Not sure what’s more impressive: Mike Trout hitting this grand slam or the fan catching it in his “Trout Net?”


Trout hit a solo homer in this one too and finished 4-for-4 with five driven in. He takes over the league lead in homers from teammate Albert Pujols. More importantly, the Angels end a three-game losing streak and regain first place over the Astros.

Giants 4, Athletics 3: By beating the A’s, Tim Hudson has now beaten every single team in baseball. Current team, anyway. I mean, he hasn’t beaten the original Buffalo Bisons, the Providence Grays or the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds, but that’s no slight on Hudson. He’s the 15th pitcher to do that. Matt Duffy hit a two-run homer in the first and drove in three runs to help Hudson’s cause.

White Sox 2, Indians 1: Carlos Rodon pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning helping the Chisox get the four-game sweep over a team I thought might turn things around after the All-Star break but, like, never mind. The Sox outscored the Indians 26-5 and never trailed in the series.

Orioles 5, Rays 2: Nolan Reimold had three hits and drove in two runs. Caleb Joseph hit a two-run homer. In five starts since coming back from Tommy John surgery, Matt Moore has yet to pitch longer than five innings. The Rays are skidding, having dropped eight of their last nine series.

Pirates 3, Nationals 1: Gerrit Cole won his 14th game — that leads the bigs — after allowing one run on seven hits in seven and two-thirds. According to the AP, Cole is the first Pittsburgh pitcher with 14 wins before August since Dock Ellis in 1971. Which is to say he is doing the do.

Royals 5, Astros 1: Last week Yordano Ventura was sent to the minors because he was lost and the Royals lost another pitcher in Jason Vargas due to Tommy John surgery. Last night they went to bed with Johnny Cueto on the team and Ventura having pitched seven innings of one-run ball against one of the best offenses in baseball. Not a bad turnaround.

Yankees 7, Twins 2: Nate Eovaldi won his tenth game, pitching into the ninth inning, and Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each homered. Headley drove in three. This a day after Alex Rodriguez hit three homers. Remember back in the winter when people wondered how those two would both work on this team? Haha, me neither.

Braves 3, Cardinals 2: Adonis Garcia broke the tie with a sixth inning homer. Which required me to go look up who in the hell Adonis Garcia was again. Sometimes it’s fun and enlightening when your team is rebuilding. Rookie Matt Wisler got the win and pitched well. Which was easier to do with Yadier Molina, Jhonny Peralta and Mark Reynolds taking the day off.

Phillies 11, Cubs 5: Man, not a great weekend for the Cubs. Not merely swept by the Phillies, but no-hit and blown out too. Aaron Nola got his first big league win and drove in a run and Ryan Howard homered for the second straight day. The Phillies have won eight of nine since the All-Star break. After the game Nola said “I’m just soaking as much as I can in right now and being a part of this is pretty amazing.” He’s talking about the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies, by the way.


Mariners 6, Blue Jays 5: Franklin Gutierrez hit a walkoff homer in the 10th. His comeback, a year after sitting out all year with a back condition, is pretty impressive so far. That’s his third homer in 19 games and he’s slugging .511. So good to see from a player who has been absolutely snakebitten with injuries and maladies. Of course this triple play was the highlight of the game:


Ezeiquel Carrera would’ve been safe if he didn’t fall off the bag. And otherwise he didn’t have a bad game — he robbed Mike Zunino of a home run and hit a solo homer of his own — but that one is gonna stick with him for a while.

Padres 3, Marlins 2: Justin Upton homered and Odrisamer Despaigne pitched six solid innings and the Padres win their third in a row and the fifth in the past eight games since the break. Have to figure they’re still sellers but winning does sort of mess up the narrative when it comes time to trade away everyone you just brought in to, you know, win.

Rockies 17, Reds 7: That thing about the Royals up above? The opposite for Cincinnati. They lost Johnny Cueto and then had their young pitcher get his rear end handed back to him. The Rockies hit five homers — two from Carlos Gonzalez — and had a ten-run third inning against Michael Lorenzen and Dylan Axlerod. Axlerod wore this one, giving up eight runs himself in an inning and a third.

Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 0: The Brewers were shut out by Dbacks pitchers for the second straight day. This day Jeremy Hellickson did the honors, tossing six shutout innings. Milwaukee scored just five runs in the four-game series.