-Brady Holzhauer and John Thomas
The Redbird Media
Okay everyone, here’s the deal. We tried to get Ryan Franklin LIVE, but BlogTalkRadio will not allow us to schedule a show at the time Ryan is available to talk.
So, instead, we’re going to do our show “semi-live” and record it – but, we want you to be able to talk to Ryan and get involved, so we will have a chat up where you can ask Ryan questions LIVE.
John and I will stream from Ustream.com, where you can SEE and hear us live, but we can’t guarantee you will be able to hear Ryan very well. We’ll do our best with the situation at hand!
NOTICE: We also moved the chat to the ustream page…everything you need is RIGHT here!
Remember! 7:30-8:30 p.m. for the whole show with Ryan Franklin on at 8:00 p.m. sharp!
Hey everyone, I know we haven’t been up to date as we should be.
Let’s catch up on a few things…
The Cardinals lost 5-4 to the Mets today, as Trevor Miller allowed a run in the top of the ninth.
Colby Rasmus went 2-for-2 at the plate, and scored a run, but it was Khalil Greene (2 RBI) and Skip Schumaker (1 RBI) that got it done when it mattered for the Cardinals.
Going back a little farther…
The Cardinals beat an undermanned Dominican Republic team 4-1 recently (the Dominicans did not have Albert Pujols or Alex Rodriguez, so that hurt their chances tremendously).
That move in my opinion was a good one – they need left handed relief, and Reyes is better than nothing.
That’s right, Cardinals setup man/closer Ryan Frankin will be joining The Redbird Media on our show in the coming days. An actual time and date has not been set, but Franklin agreed to come on the show.
We will keep you updated as much as possible!
And I wanted to apologize for not updating the blog as much lately, times got hectic for me and everyone else, but we’ll be back on track soon – this time joined by Ryan Franklin!
2:54: Manning finishes the game as he gets Luis Castillo to ground out into a double play. The Cardinals win the game by a final score of 9-2. Brady and I are going to try to have a video update later today analyzing today’s ballgame and Chris Carpenter’s first spring training outing.
2:50: Montz hits a 3-2 pitch down the left field line as he hits an RBI single and scores Maxwell. Cardinals 9- Nationals 2. The Redbirds are now bringing in a new pitcher, Charlie Manning, to replace Salas, with runners on 1st and 2nd.
2:46: The right-fielder, Justin Maxwell, walks and that’s the second walk of the inning for Fernando Salas. Runners are now on 1st and 3rd with the Washington catcher, Luke Montz, at the plate in the top of the 9th.
2:44: Davis grounds out to the first baseman, Allen Craig, as Milledge scores and Casto moves to third with 1 out. Cardinals 9- Nationals 1
2:42: Kory Casto hits a double to right-center off Salas and the Nationals now have runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs and Leonard Davis, the left fielder, is at the plate.
2:40: Fernando Salas stays in the game to close it out for the Cardinals, as he walks the designated hitter Lastings Milledge.
2:37: Joe Mather hits a flyball to centerfield and that finishes the Cardinals for the 8th as the Redbirds were able to add another run to their lead and go up 9-0 going into the top of the 9th.
2:36: Tyler Greene hits a double to right field and that scores Craig. Tyler Greene is now 2-2 with an RBI. Joe Mather at the plate with two outs and a runner on second. Cardinals up 9-0.
2:34: Brian Barden hits a bullet to the third baseman, Kory Casto, but Casto is able to make a great play at field it, throwing out Barden at first. Craig moves up 90 feet to second with two outs and Tyler Greene at the plate.
2:33: Allen Craig, the first baseman for the Cardinals, draws a five pitch walk form O’Connor and thats the ninth walk for the Washington pitching staff.
2:31 Nick Stavinoha at the plate to lead off the Cardinals in the 8th against the Nationals pitcher Michael O’Connor as he grounds out to the third baseman. 1 out.
2:28: Roger Bernadina, the Nationals left fielder, at the plate now as he flies out to Colby Rasmus in centerfield. Good inning from Fernando Salas. On to the bottom of the 8th, Cardinals still up 8-0.
2:27: Salas strikesout Ian Desmond of the Nationals, as he comes in the game and gets two straight strikeouts from his first two batters.
2:26: The new pitcher for the Cardinals is Fernando Sales, as Chris Marrero, first baseman for the Nationals is up to the plate and he strikes out. That is the eighth strikeout for the Cardinals pitching staff.
2:22 Colby Rasmus now up as he grounds out to first base and the Nationals turn the double play. As the 7th comes to a close, the Cards are still up 8-0.
2:20: Jason LaRue reaches first on the fielding error by Washington’s Ian Desmond. Thats the fourth error of the day for the Nationals.
2:18: Joe Thurston leads off the Cardinals lineup as he grounds out on the first pitch to the shortstop. 1 out with Jason LaRue at the plate.
2:17: Castillo sends a long fly ball to the outfield, but Nick Stavinoa is there to make the catch. On to the bottom of the 7th, the Redbirds still up 8-0
2:14: Maekawa takes care of the runner on first quickly as he forces the double play on Luke Montz, the catcher for Washington. Luis Castillo up now.
2:13: Kat Maekawa leads off the top of the 7th with a walk to Justin Maxwell as thats Maekawa’s second walk of the day.
2:09: Brett Wallace now the batter goes down on strikes and leaves Mather stranded at second. As we go to the top of the 7th, the Cardinals are up 8-0.
2:07: Joe Mather takes a 2-2 pitch almost out of the park, as he hustles out a double and scores Greene and Ankiel. Score now 8-0 Cardinals in the 6th.
2:05: Tyler Greene, pinch hitting for Khalil Greene takes a first pitch fastball up the middle. Now Ankiel is at 2nd and Greene at first. Still two outs. Joe Mather at the plate.
2:03: Duncan hits a long fly ball to the wall, but it is caught and Colby Rasmus, the pinch runner for Albert Pujols, scores on the sacrifice. 2 outs now with runner at 1st. Score now 6-0 Cardinals in the bottom of the sixth.
2:02: Ludwick strikes out. Still runners on the corners with 1 out and Chris Duncan at the plate.
1:59: The new pitcher for Washington is Steven Shell. So far, he’s given up a walk and a hit to Albert Pujols and Rick Ankiel. That’s Ankiel’s first hit of the day. Ludwick is now up with runners on the corners.
1:53: Maekawa strikes out Patterson after going to a 3-0 count. Thats the end of the top of the 6th as Maekawa strikesout two with two walks. Score still 5-0 Cardinals.
1:48: The new pitcher is Kat Maekawa for the Cardinals. He’s given up two walks so far, to Lastings Milledge and Kory Casto, but has two outs with Corey Patterson at the plate.
1:40: Hey, sorry about the delay guys. We had some problems with the gameday audio, but we’re good now. They just made it through the 5th inning. The Cardinals are still up 5-0, but the bright spot is the pitching of Ryan Franklin, who has 5 strikeouts and only given up one hit through 3 innings.
1:05: Mather sac fly, Ankiel scores. 5-0 Cards in the third, one out.
NOTE: I’m going to leave now to take care of stuff and go to work, so John will continue the live blogging when he reaches his computer.
1:00: Duncan walks, bases loaded AGAIN, no outs. Khalil Greene at the plate. Pitching change.
12:57: Ludwick hits a single and brings home Molina and Pujols, 4-0 Cardinals in the third inning, no outs still for Chris Duncan.
12:55: Ankiel walks…bases loaded, no outs for Ryan Ludwick. Ludwick is batting .000 so far this spring…but he did draw a hit by pitch with the bases loaded against the Marlins earlier this grapefruit league season.
12:51: Pujols draws the walk, and Ankiel comes up to the plate in a lefty-lefty matchup with no outs and two on.
12:50: Molina walked to lead off the inning, Pujols at the plate, batting .750 so far this spring.
12:48: Franklin struck out the side, sounds VERY good today.
12:40: Carpenter replaced by Franklin, who pitches his way through the inning. Carpenter’s line: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0.00 ERA. He did allow one baserunner (a HBP)
12:38: Headed to the third inning, Carp is dealing, Cards are hitting the ball well.
12:37: Jon Jay hit a triple that plated Joe Mather, putting the Cardinals up 2-0 in the second inning. Jay is turning out to be a big time asset…his bat is making a lot of noise.
12:18: Carpenter hasn’t allowed a hit yet, but Pujols hit an RBI double in the first that put the Cards up 1-0.
Here are the lineups thanks to Matthew Leach on his blog.
Skip Schumaker 2B
Yadier Molina C
Albert Pujols 1B
Rick Ankiel CF
Ryan Ludwick RF
Chris DUncan LF
Khalil Greene SS
Joe Mather 3B
Jon Jay DH
And pitching today for the St. Louis Cardinals…
Big day today, I’m going to blog throughout the game.
Skip Schumaker 2B
Colby Rasmus LF
Albert Pujols 1B
Rick Ankiel CF
Yadier Molina C
Chris Duncan LF
Khalil Greene SS
Jon Jay DH
Joe Thurston 3B
Todd Wellemeyer SP
Note: Thurston came out of nowhere and hit a home run in yesterday’s 11-3 loss to the Orioles.
Keep an eye on him, as well as Pujols who is back after resting in yesterday’s game.
For those of you interested, today’s game is televised. You can find the schedule here.
This is the fourth in a series of posts previewing each position and the pitching staff before the beginning of the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals season.
Out goes one free agent at Cardinals shortstop position. In comes another.
During this past offseason, the St. Louis Cardinals allowed Cesar Izturis to sign with the Baltimore Orioles, much to the dismay of many fans as Izturis was a solid and former Gold Glove winner at the shortstop positon. However, the Cardinals management didn’t take long to pick up another big name shortstop early during the winter meetings.
The Cardinals signing of Khalil Greene from the San Diego Padres may turn into a great move for the Redbirds this 2009 season. Last season, Khalil Greene had a somewhat quiet season from normal as he hit .213 with 10 homeruns and only 32 RBIs. Can you guess which number jumps out from those three? 10 homeruns, for a shortstop!. I dont think David Eckstein and Cesar Izturis had 10 homeruns combined last year. Granted he did strikeout alot with 100 strikeouts, I’m anxious to see if continue that power being at probably the leadoff position in the lineup for the Cardinals.
I think 2008 was just an off-year for Greene, just like it was for the rest of the Padres. Having Greene on a stronger contender than the Padres in the weak NL West may benefit Greene. As his fielding goes, he’s solid like most Major League shortstops should be. Not spectacular or Omar Vizquel-like, but solid.
I’m not going to go too much into depth about Brendan Ryan. If you want the depth, check my second base preview.
Basically, Ryan is slated for the back-up shortstop job. Depending on what happens at second base with Skip Schumaker competing for the position, Ryan could become the ultimate utility man for the Cardinals this season, granted he doesn’t get the starting nod for any position with the exception obviously of pitcher and catcher.
I don’t see Brendan Ryan being sent to the minors again anytime this season because La Russa is going to need guys like him to come from the bench when players are tired or hurt and fill the void for the team with an equal if not more amount of talent and versatility, which is basically the type of player Ryan is.
Peter Kozma is third on the Cardinals depth chart for the shortstop position. He was drafted in the 2007 MLB Draft straight out of high school in Oklahoma and was in the minors all of last year.
He made it through the Rookie League and got as high as the single-A affiliate Palm Beach Cardinals last season. His numbers don’t really jump off the page during his time with Palm Beach, but according to milb.com, the official site for minor league baseball, Kozma is a fundamentally sound fielder with excellent hitting skills. Going on to say that he has surprising pop in his bat for a guy at his position.
Kozma may not be a guy to shock the world, but it sounds like he does all the right things at the shortstop position, especially when it comes to fundamentals. To be honest, what more could you ask for.
If he has a good spring training, I can see him probably making it out of single-A and into double-A or triple-A. If he plays as good as predicted , he might make that push into the majors toward the end of the season if the Cardinals are in need of a playoff push.
– John Thomas
The game is already in the 4th inning, and Kyle Lohse gave up 4 runs in 2 innings pitched…
Only for Ian Ostlund to give up 3 more runs in 1 inning pitched.
Yadier Molina hit a 2-RBI double in the first to knock out Danys Baez in just one inning, but the Orioles have had rock solid pitching since.
This will likely be the story of the game, barring a Cardinals comeback.
I’m headed out, but the Cardinals are batting in the top of the 5th right now.
Expect a blog or video post later today.
Orioles 7 – Cardinals 2