May 21: Cardinals (28-16) @ Padres (21-23)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

David Freese is out of the lineup for a second straight day, presumably still because of that cut he sustained when he was spiked by Norichika Aoki on Sunday. Freese told me yesterday that he felt fine hitting, fielding and throwing — but there was clearly some swelling around his right thumb. He was available off the bench last night but was not used.

Also, earlier today the Cubs claimed Minor League right-hander Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the Cardinals. The organization needed to open a 40-man roster spot for Tyler Lyons (who will make his Major League debut on Wednesday) and in order to outright someone off that roster, the player had to first clear waivers. There is always the risk of losing that player when going through that process.

I have already had some readers email to ask why Sanchez instead of just moving to Jaime Garcia to the 60-day DL (which would take him off the 40-man roster)? Keep in mind that Garcia won’t be seeing Dr. James Andrews until Wednesday. There was no assurance that the Cardinals would know in time tomorrow exactly what the plan is for Garcia and whether he’s certain to miss at least 60 days.

Jake Westbrook just wrapped up throwing on flat ground for about 15 minutes. He did not throw off the mound as he said he had hoped to. That shouldn’t be considered a setback, however, as the fact that he threw at all today means that his elbow continues to respond well to the throwing program.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (3B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. Jon Jay (CF)
  7. Daniel Descalso (2B)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Adam Wainwright (RHP)

PADRES LINEUP:

  1. Everth Cabrera (SS)
  2. Will Venable (RF)
  3. Chase Headley (3B)
  4. Yonder Alonso (1B)
  5. Jedd Gyorko (2B)
  6. Chris Denorfia (LF)
  7. Alexi Amarista (CF)
  8. John Baker (C)
  9. Edinson Volquez (RHP)

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4 Comments

Jaime Garcia should have been sent to the 60 day DL. He won’t be back and if he does come back you won’t like what you see.

I don’t know why Jenifer is picking on Shelby Miller lately. He pitches a great game against Colorado, his next start she says he is too slow to the plate with runners on, last night he turns in a gritty performance and the bullpen lets him down and she says his pitch count is too high. He is not Justin Verlander yet, but his era is under 2 (is Verlander’s??) Darvish?? Strasburg??

Two comments. One, she’s reporting what Matheny is saying. Two, Matheny (and Jenifer) is right. These are two significant weaknesses in the game of an otherwise tremendous young pitcher, and he does need to get them fixed if he is to reach his full potential. The pitch-count issue is particularly important. You don’t want him running up 130-pitch starts at his age; remember Bud Smith? But unless he can get guys out more quickly, that sharply limits how deep into games he can go, which puts things in the hands of a bullpen whose performance can reasonably be called “erratic.” Get to the 8th with a lead, and things are in good shape because of Rosenthal and Mujica. But before the 8th come the 6th and the 7th, and until Miller can get to and through those innings, somebody else has to pitch them. That’s … worrisome.

In a perfect world for Cardinal fans, he would retire the side in 10 pitches or less, complete games left and right, ROY winner and Cy Young candidate, but the truth is he is an over-achieving rookie who is pitching better than almost everybody else at the major league level. I guess for some people that’s not good enough. I believe Matheny should go to great lengths to make him feel like his efforts are appreciated and should also give him the best opportunities for success and not try to heap too much responsibility on his shoulders. I guess my opinion is Matheny should not use the media to tell the world Miller is using “smoke and mirrors” and has a long way to go to make it in this league.

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