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Magdal
04-04-2012, 05:39 PM
In his 1st game tonite as Card skipper he has penciled in the worst hitter, worst OB% player on the team to leadoff....Furcal. A classic LaRussa gaffe: doing the exact opposite of what common sense dictates.

So Cards fans that lament the exit of TLR, fear not! A clone just may have stepped in his shoes.

Oh yes, and for those that lament Pujol too, let's see what Beltran can do. On opening day last year, Albert GIDP three times, setting a record.

Game time 6pm eastern, ESPN

Let the baseball season begin!:beerme:

Swampturkey
04-04-2012, 08:03 PM
In his 1st game tonite as Card skipper he has penciled in the worst hitter, worst OB% player on the team to leadoff....Furcal. A classic LaRussa gaffe: doing the exact opposite of what common sense dictates.

So Cards fans that lament the exit of TLR, fear not! A clone just may have stepped in his shoes.



Rafael Furcal extends @Cardinals' lead to 3-0 over @Marlins with RBI single in 2nd.

Perhaps he knows a little more than you think...that you don't bench a guy in April based on his SPRING TRAINING struggles. Freese also struggled in ST. The two hit a combined .190. Those two have driven in all three runs tonight.

Swampturkey
04-04-2012, 08:22 PM
2 hits now. My prediction is that he'll be fine.

Now 3 hits.

Hershel Freeman
04-05-2012, 12:56 PM
Yeah...Furcal and Beltran really suck.....they were only 5 for 10.

bigredmechanism
04-05-2012, 01:19 PM
Yeah...Furcal and Beltran really suck.....they were only 5 for 10.

Yeah, but half the time they don't even get hits!

jwmann2
04-05-2012, 07:16 PM
In his 1st game tonite as Card skipper he has penciled in the worst hitter, worst OB% player on the team to leadoff....Furcal. A classic LaRussa gaffe: doing the exact opposite of what common sense dictates.

So Cards fans that lament the exit of TLR, fear not! A clone just may have stepped in his shoes.

Oh yes, and for those that lament Pujol too, let's see what Beltran can do. On opening day last year, Albert GIDP three times, setting a record.

Game time 6pm eastern, ESPN

Let the baseball season begin!:beerme:

Didn't the Cardinals win the World Series last year and absolutely dominated us during the regular season? Thought so.

Magdal
04-06-2012, 08:34 AM
Perhaps he knows a little more than you think...that you don't bench a guy in April based on his SPRING TRAINING struggles. Freese also struggled in ST. The two hit a combined .190. Those two have driven in all three runs tonight. Not based on ST...Furcal has been weak since he arrived in St. Louis. BTW, he only hit one ball well in his last AB. Did you not see the dribbler that Ramirez on 3rd and the SS just WATCHED go through?

He had a good day, and will have others. But in the long run he is still not a good LO hitter.

Beltran, of course lood good, going 2 for 5. I can't wait to see the great Pujols' 1st AL game. BTW, in an interview yesterday he called the Card fans "haters" and said to give his #5 to someone and that he will get his WS ring from Tony whenever he see's him. I'm sure there will be a thread on this today.

texasdave
04-06-2012, 11:11 AM
Didn't the Cardinals win the World Series last year and absolutely dominated us during the regular season? Thought so.

St. Louis won the World Series. They didn't dominate the Reds. Cincinnati took the season series 9-6.

Magdal
04-06-2012, 11:22 AM
St. Louis won the World Series. They didn't dominate the Reds. Cincinnati took the season series 9-6.Without looking it up, the Cards lost to ALL div. rivals last year exept Milwaulkee, who they split with. Oddly, they beat the Phils, Braves and other better teams to stay afloat.

DGullett35
04-06-2012, 06:20 PM
They're dominating the Brew Crew today. I think they have 4 HR. Freese has looked good so far in the 2 games I've seen(He has 5 RBI in 2 games I think) even tho I hate to admit any Card is good.

Swampturkey
04-06-2012, 07:06 PM
Beltran, of course lood good, going 2 for 5. I can't wait to see the great Pujols' 1st AL game. BTW, in an interview yesterday he called the Card fans "haters" and said to give his #5 to someone and that he will get his WS ring from Tony whenever he see's him. I'm sure there will be a thread on this today.

I saw the article but it didn't bother me. I could not care less about Pujols. I don't hate him like many other Cards fans do, but he is not a Cardinals anymore so unless the birds play him, what he does doesn't make any difference to me.

BTW, 3 more hits for Furcal today.

Swampturkey
04-06-2012, 07:13 PM
Without looking it up, the Cards lost to ALL div. rivals last year exept Milwaulkee, who they split with. Oddly, they beat the Phils, Braves and other better teams to stay afloat.

You are way off...

Cards record vs..

Cubs: 10-6
Reds: 6-9
Brewers: 9-9
Astros: 10-5
Pirates: 9-7

The reds are the ONLY division rival the birds did not beat (along w/ the tie to the Brewers)

Ohayou
04-06-2012, 07:18 PM
April 9th couldn't get here any sooner.

Magdal
04-06-2012, 08:41 PM
[QUOTE=Swampturkey;2556063]I saw the article but it didn't bother me. I could not care less about Pujols. I don't hate him like many other Cards fans do, but he is not a Cardinals anymore so unless the birds play him, what he does doesn't make any difference to me.

I don't know how many hate him, but I started getting fed up with his antics as his hitting got worse. What antics? I think you know, Turkey.

Rijo's Ghost
04-06-2012, 10:48 PM
You are way off...

Cards record vs..

Cubs: 10-6
Reds: 6-9
Brewers: 9-9
Astros: 10-5
Pirates: 9-7

The reds are the ONLY division rival the birds did not beat (along w/ the tie to the Brewers)
Magdal way off? No way...

Magdal
04-06-2012, 11:29 PM
Magdal way off? No way...Yeah, I was off....it seems like the Astro's and Cubs beat up on the Cards a lot in recent years. KC too....and the Nats.... So I got confused.

But it looks like the stros were the only team dominated.

Swampturkey
04-07-2012, 11:48 AM
Yeah, I was off....it seems like the Astro's and Cubs beat up on the Cards a lot in recent years. KC too....and the Nats.... So I got confused.

But it looks like the stros were the only team dominated.

The cubs have played us well in recent years, but come on...have the Astros played ANYONE well in recent years?? no.

Swampturkey
04-07-2012, 11:49 AM
[QUOTE=Swampturkey;2556063]I don't know how many hate him, but I started getting fed up with his antics as his hitting got worse. What antics? I think you know, Turkey.

He's not exactly the ONLY MLB player with antics...Phillips, Zambrano, Fielder, etc. just to name a few...but that said, again, I don't care. He's not a bird anymore so he's not worth my time. He's just another player in the AL to me...a league I pay little attention too except during interleague play, the All-star game and the playoffs.

Magdal
04-08-2012, 02:09 PM
The name of this thread should have been that he has a LOT LaManager in him!

He has put 5 rookies in the starting lineup today on the heels of the loss yesterday....only LaRussa would pull a stunt like that (I thought)

Whataya think of that, Cards fans?

BTW, the pitcher is a rookie. Nice slap in the face to Molina is was one of the benched.

Swampturkey
04-08-2012, 08:41 PM
The name of this thread should have been that he has a LOT LaManager in him!

He has put 5 rookies in the starting lineup today on the heels of the loss yesterday....only LaRussa would pull a stunt like that (I thought)

Whataya think of that, Cards fans?

BTW, the pitcher is a rookie. Nice slap in the face to Molina is was one of the benched.

A. I love it. Keeps the bench strong and the everyday guys fresh over the long hull.

B. It was a day game on getaway day. The same line up had been sent out there for our first 3 games. The bench guys needed some work. Not a slap in the face to Yadi at all. He came in late in the game.

Lynn is a rookie starter, but was in our pen for most of the year last year. He is replacing Carpenter. He pitched very, very well today and the offense was on fire. 9-3 win. Again...just maybe Matheny knows what he's doing...

Rijo's Ghost
04-09-2012, 03:16 AM
The name of this thread should have been that he has a LOT LaManager in him!

He has put 5 rookies in the starting lineup today on the heels of the loss yesterday....only LaRussa would pull a stunt like that (I thought)

Whataya think of that, Cards fans?

BTW, the pitcher is a rookie. Nice slap in the face to Molina is was one of the benched.
Stunt? It was platoon advantages. Jay, Descalso and Berkman are not good against LHP, and catchers need more rest than other players. I think Matheny might know a little something about that.

Only thing I may have done differently would be playing Molina at 1B, but Carpenter has shown no platoon splits in MiLB and they want to see him quite a bit to decide who goes down when Craig and Schumaker return.

Looked like pretty straight forward managing to me.

NeilHamburger
04-09-2012, 03:34 AM
I'm just being honest, even as a Reds fan I gotta admit that Cards team looks tough. The lineup is well-balanced, there isn't an easy out 1-8. They have multiple players who work the count well (something the Dusty led Reds are severly lackng in). Lynn looked damn good, Wainwright looked pretty good, Loshe looked great and Garcia looked good.

They're the class of the division again. Hate to say it, but barring injury I don't see them fading.

Magdal
04-09-2012, 08:18 AM
I'm just being honest, even as a Reds fan I gotta admit that Cards team looks tough. The lineup is well-balanced, there isn't an easy out 1-8. They have multiple players who work the count well (something the Dusty led Reds are severly lackng in). Lynn looked damn good, Wainwright looked pretty good, Loshe looked great and Garcia looked good.

They're the class of the division again. Hate to say it, but barring injury I don't see them fading.It's a LONG season. Anything can happen. The Bucs just beat the Phils in a tough series, the Brews are still hitting well....the Cory Hart kid mashed 3 HRs in their series! The Nats look decent too. The Cards are bashing, but the middle relief, as predicted is not too good.

We will see that middle relief in the 5th or 6th inning tonite as "Five and out" Westbrook starts.

Swampturkey
04-09-2012, 12:11 PM
The Cards are bashing, but the middle relief, as predicted is not too good.

We will see that middle relief in the 5th or 6th inning tonite as "Five and out" Westbrook starts.

You said it yourself....


Anything can happen.