July 29: Reds @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (64-36, +5.5 in NL Central), Reds, (44-54, -19.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (CF), Stephen Piscotty (1B), John Lackey (RHP)

Reds lineup: Brandon Phillips (2B), Joey Votto (1B), Todd Frazier (3B), Jay Bruce (RF), Marlon Byrd (LF), Eugenio Suarez (SS), Brayan Pena (C), Anthony DeSclafani (RHP), Billy Hamilton (CF)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Tuesday’s shutout loss underscores need to look for offensive upgrades before the Trade Deadline (link)
  • Jaime Garcia was stellar for five innings — before slipping in the sixth (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-0 loss to the Reds (link)
  • Jordan Walden moves his rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis (link)
  • Cards send Sam Tuivailala back to Memphis to get regular work and fine-tune his cutter (link)
  • Preview for Wednesday’s series finale against the Reds (link)

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9 Comments

Holiday breaks down again! Maybe its time Mo starts thinking about a replacement.Afterall his numbers aren’t really helping because he’s out of the line up so much.He can’t be dealt now because no one will trade for an injured player, but how valuable is he really to us? Very unpopular idea. but we let Albert go and survied
Maybe its that time again, but this time with Holiday.

We clearly are in trouble now. Only one run scoring play against the Reds in 3 games, a declining force in the division. And several core rivals – Nats, Dodgers, Royals, Pirates – are taking steps to get better. Will see what the next two days brings but nothing good tonight, and a wasted gem from Lackey.

With 62 games left there’s alot of time for the Pirates to catch up.Too much time I think to stand pat. Lind would help, because Renyolds is not a full time guy, too streaky.That said,if Mo goes after a big bat he’s going to have to give up some young talent.That bat better have at least one more year of control AND not be in decline like a Ryan Howard. Lack of power is starting to catch up to us!

Brandon Moss is the direction they decided to go in. Not sure it is enough, as the average and OBP are not great, but at least the pitching prospect from single A was a little more distant. He is a switch hitter who can play first or OF to relieve strains, but batting under .200 like most of the Cardinals lately. Maybe a change of scene will get him going again.

http://m.mlb.com/news/2015/07/30/139689452/cardinals-get-brandon-moss-from-indians

Sorry he is a left handed hitter. Could platoon with Reynolds at first and Piscotty in LF now that Holiday is down again.

Is this a normal pace of injuries or is something off in the training system?

Holiday’s injury plus the teams lack of power forced Mo’s hand. At least he’s more versitile than Lind or Davis. Kaminsky ( 20 ) is single A and who knows if or when he hits the bigs.It will be nteresting where MM will bat him?

The only thing left now is to find out if Haley approves this deal. Hey Haley did Mo call you on this one?

Yeah, kind of a shock…but Holliday’s out so Mo had to do something.
Anyhoo…I read a few articles that said Moss is basically a loaner-deal, as one writer phrased it. He’ll be a free agent in 2016 so no huge investment. (Several articles pointed out that Mo apparently has plans to reinstate Adams at 1B, once he’s fully recovered.)
Another article said it was an even or straight-up trade…our young LHP for their seasoned player. But other articles claim it was a real lopsided deal, the Cards being on the short end of the stick.
Moss throws right, hits left. I never can figure that out frankly, considering most people usually just have the one dominant hand.
Lind was recently sidelined with a back strain, but finally back in the game this past Tuesday, by the way.
Moss should be dressed and ready to play tonite, they’re saying. He’ll likely be put in for Holliday in LF….but who knows. They’ve been shifting the line-up around constantly.
As for Jon Jay? I was thinking how nice it’d be to have him back, batting like he was this past Spring. Geez, his bat was smokin’! But there’s no definitive word on his situation. As it stands? The roster page says both Jay and Holliday are on the 15-day DL.
So many friggin’ variables. Ugh.

It is a typical MO move, not top end but tailored to a specific need. Hope he is at least signed through a season or two. Still would be too bad to lose Miller for Heyward if he doesn’t stick around for awhile.

Meanwhile fans up here are getting excited re the Jays who have made big moves, but at relatively high cost in future. That’s why the Cardinals model keeps them close tot he top, and the Jay rise and fall. Will see if Tulo, Hawkins and Price et al will push them over the top this time.

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