I know it’s the job of the pitcher to fool the batter, but a lot of these pitches they are swinging at are terrible.Some of the Cardinals swings tonight are so far off from the ball that it is hard to believe this is the same team that went 22-7 in August...........
40 innings without an earned run scored and counting......................I'm starting to be concerned about the division race ......( not really , but I remember the phillies collapse in 1964 allowing the Cardinals to close out and win the pennant and a WS ).......................
Wasting a great outing by Mikolas..................................
If I'm the pitcher and Soto does that "" Soto Shuffle "" while at bat , I put the next ball pitched in his ear......Really would.......Old school in me....
So glad the Cardinals didn't trade for him.........
It's funny how StL has had issues with the entire team not being able to hit for several years. And yet it is not the hitting coach's mistake.In a pitching duel dominated by Padres' lefty Snell, Cardinals are shut out for third consecutive game. They've gone 43 innings since their last RBI.www.stltoday.com
SAN DIEGO – With a chance to change the game, change the week and help haul his teammates out of the quicksand he’s encountered before, Paul DeJong – not a pinch-hitter for Paul DeJong – came to the plate in the seventh inning Wednesday.
Albert Pujols snapped Blake Snell’s no-hit bid with a two-out single in the seventh. Rookie Juan Yepez followed with a single to get Pujols where so few Cardinals have been – into scoring position. The inning, the game, the moment found DeJong with a chance to deliver the Cardinals’ first RBI in nearly 45 innings, their first run of their visit to Petco Park.
He chased the first pitch, a 97.7-mph fastball up and out of the zone.
“Big situation in the game, just tried to do some damage, and got out of my zone,” said DeJong, one of the last Cardinals to leave the clubhouse Wednesday night. “I was maybe a little too aggressive. First pitch. Chased the high fastball. I was just trying to time up the heater. He beat me a few times. I expanded the zone a couple of times.
“A little too aggressive in that situation.”
The Cardinals’ only at-bat with a runner in scoring position ended with DeJong swinging at two more 97-mph fastballs from a pitcher at his best for a strikeout to end the inning. Let the questioning resume.
Dominated by Snell for seven innings, the Cardinals withered in pitchers’ duel, 1-0, to San Diego and were shut out for the third consecutive game and NL-worst 16th time this season.
One of the reasons I have not been a fan of trading a lot of prospects and or players while getting one "phenom" in return.The New York Yankees hoped to assemble a stronger starting rotation for the playoffs. Instead, they could end up with something worse.www.stltoday.com
Starting pitcher Frankie Montas was one of the hottest trade commodities ahead of the deadline. The Oakland A’s held out for a premium acquisition price, one the Cardinals declined to meet.
The Yankees spent young pitchers JP Sears, Ken Waldichuk and Luis Medina, plus second baseman Cooper Bowman, to get Montas and reliever Lou Trevino.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman would love to get at least a partial refund on that purchase. And the Cardinals are glad they took a pass on Montas and acquired Jordan Montgomery and Jose Quintana instead.
Montas never fully recovered from the shoulder soreness he suffered before the trade -- and now he’s back on the injured list as the postseason nears.
In eight starts for the Yankees, Montas is 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA. He landed back on the 15-day IL after getting another cortisone shot in his shoulder.
The Yankees have shut him down for 10 days and manager Aaron Boone isn’t sure what role, if any, Montas will have with the team once the playoffs start.
“It might be hard to get his pitch count back up, but I think it’s certainly possible he can be in play for us,” Boone said. “Hopefully this next week or 10 days goes well and we can start ramping him up, but we’ve got to get there.”
Montas, who admitted that he “rushed a little bit” during his previous comeback, doesn’t believe his season is over.
Soto needs to get drilled.lol........................Cardinals get hits from Goldie and Arenado for 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs and Dickerson hits the first pitch for a 6-3 groundout..
First padres batter in bottom of the first hits 2nd pitch from Flaherty for a home run........can't make this stuff up.........................