Will the Cardinals give A.J. Pierzynski another chance to replace Yadier Molina?

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When the Cardinals added A.J. Pierzynski to the NLCS roster after leaving him off the NLDS roster it seemed like an inconsequential move, but now that Yadier Molina is out with a strained oblique muscle the veteran catcher might actually be needed.

Last night when Molina exited the game manager Mike Matheny called on longtime backup Tony Cruz to fill in, but when Molina was out for an extended period during the regular season the Cardinals gave Pierzynski a lot of action behind the plate.

Pierzynski hit just .244 with one homer and a .600 OPS in 30 games, so perhaps Matheny saw enough to lose all faith in the 37-year-old former All-Star, but Cruz is a career .225 hitter with a .580 OPS in four seasons for the Cardinals.

Neither player is a particularly appealing option to replace Molina, but Matheny might be tempted to shake things up a bit in the hopes of Pierzynski adding a little more offensive punch to the bottom of the lineup.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.