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TALKIN’ BASEBALL on September 25, 2017!

WHAT HAPPENED @ PIT YESTERDAY? L 4-1 PITImage result for mad peanuts gifCLICK OUT CARDINALS.COM WRITE-UP – MY WRITE-UP’S BELOW 4 U 2!

MISS THE GAME? CLICK OUT THE MLB.COM RECAP. YOU’LL SEE IT’S ALMOST LIKE YOU CAUGHT IT, OKAY?

PREGAME MONDAY! STL 81-74 VS CHC 87-68 GAME  1 OF 4 (SERIES #50 OF 51) CHC LHP JON LESTER 11-8 5.56 ERA FACES STL BB RHP LUKE WEAVER 7-1 2.05 ERA– 7:15 pm CDT — CATCH IT ON TV: FS-M RADIO: 1120 AM

STL RECORD 81-74 PCT. 523 GB 6.0 WCGB 2.5 CARDS THIRD PLACE CLICK OUT MLB.COM STANDINGS 

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Ask God in daily prayer to give you strength ~

My Dearest Lord, I pray that I may be ready and willing for change. I pray that I may fully trust my Higher Power when I seek His help.

 

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  ROAD TRIP/9: 4-5. HOMESTAND/7

HOLD ON CARDINALS NATION! 🙁 F-F-F-FINAL HOMESTAND/7 1) VS CHC/4 (BEGINS 9/25/17) MONDAY 7:15 pm CDT, TUESDAY 7:15 pm CDT, WEDNESDAY 6:08 pm CDT, THURSDAY 6:15 pm CDT 2) VS MIL/3 (BEGINS 9/29/17) FRIDAY 7:15 pm CDT, SATURDAY 3:15 pm CDT, SUNDAY 2:15 pm CDT CLICK OUT 2017 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

SUNDAY @ PIT – MATT CARPENTER HR #22!

 

NUMBERS TELL THE STORY FIRST —

 BB=BASES ON BALL & BABY BIRD/ROOKIE, BUT YOU KNEW THAT DIDN’T YOU?

SUN MLB.COM BOX SCORE    SUN MLB.COM WRAP

9/24/17 CARDINALS FINAL   R  H  E

CARDS                                        1 4 1

PIRATES                                     4 8 0

WP:  PIT TALLION 8-7

LP:   STL OH 1-6

SV: RIVERO 16

STL TEAM LOB: 8  PIT: 7    STL RUNNERS LEFT IN SCORING POSITION, 2-OUT:  PHAM 3, DEJONG    STL TEAM RISP: 0-FOR-6

STL KD  9 TIMES BB 5   STL PITCHING KD 8 PIT (GANT-0)  TEAM BB 2 (GANT-2)

HOUSEKEEPING:  1) YADI OUT TO SAVE FOR HOMESTAND. BB CARSON KELLY BEHIND THE PLATE

ERROR? GYORKO 10, FIELDING

1 RBI FRIDAY: CARPENTER (68) 

6 STL HURLERS FRIDAY: STARTER STL RHP JOHN GANT PITCHED 3 INNINGS/RHP BOWMAN 4TH/RHP OH 5TH/LHP CECIL 6TH/RHP BREBBIA 7TH/LHP LYONS 8TH/PIT USED 6 PITCHERS

SECOND INNING – LOSE BALL BUT GET OUT!

THIRD INNING – CARP2 BELTS SOLO SHOT FOR EARLY LEAD

THIRD INNING – CARDS CATCH MCCUTCHIN IN RUNDOWN

EIGHTH INNING – LHP LYONS KS SIDE

TALKIN’ POSTSEASON NUMBERS FIRST: Sunday’s loss leaves us with little chance to make a charge up the division standings over the season’s last week, even with four remaining matchups against the Cubs. St. Louis trails Chicago by six games and would be eliminated from the NL Central race with one loss in the upcoming head-to-head series. The Brewers sit a half-game ahead of the Cardinals, while the Rockies, who currently hold the second Wild Card spot, have a 2 1/2-game advantage over St. Louis. BELIEVE – THERE’S TIME.

PITTSBURGH — “Relentless,” that’s how Matheny described our club recently. Play that kind of baseball again, guys. You have it in you! We’re not done! Beat Chicago four games. 

“We just have to keep playing until mathematically you’re out of it. That’s how you have to look at it,” Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham said. “It’s a very tough situation. We need some luck.”

We just had our last road trip of the season — nine games. Lost first three in Chicago (that series still hurts), we swept CIN, and then we took Game One Friday of the PIT series in ninth-inning comeback style. Exhilarating! We felt like we could do anything and we were ready for these Buccos! The problem was: that they were ready for us too. They wanted to spoil our chances — at anything.  🙁

“It’s fun, at this point, to play spoiler. We’re still playing for pride. We’re all professionals,” Pirates starter Jameson Taillon said. “We want to go out there and put our best on the line. It’s fun playing against a team that’s playing for something. It kind of raises the stakes a little bit.”

Sunday was a Bullpen game and the Bucs’ ‘pen outplayed ours. They shut down our offense (we got only four hits and Kd nine times).

We. . . .allowed homers. RHP Oh (2-run in 5th) & LHP Cecil (solo shot in 6th ). That’s all they needed. Five gift walks didn’t come around to score. That hurt bad. Rats!

RHP John Gant made his first start for our Cards this season. “We’re just gonna see how long he can go,” is what Manager Mike said. He did a pretty good job – he had a short leash (three innings). He allowed just three hits — no homers.  Whew!

RHP JOHN GANT  3 IP/48 PITCHES, 30 FOR STRIKES, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0K, 2BB, 0HR. CLICK OUT BOX SCORE LINK ABOVE FOR MORE PITCHER NUMBERS

Woo hoo! Matt Carpenter earned $30,000 for Texas hurricane victims and hit another home run (his 22nd). Carp2 seems to be finding his swing again. no jinx!  That’s a five-game hitting streak! You know what we say, “When Carp2 hits, we win.” “Well, we’re waiting!” Click out Ted Knight in Caddyshack! Remember the FUN!

Our pinch hitters lead baseball with a .311 average. Nice!

We have seven games left of this season. All at Busch.

Get in a roll! Concentrate, keep your confidence level up and just play good baseball. That’s really all we can do.

Until we’re mathematically out. . .we’re in.

“Nothing different. We go out to win every game every day. You’re never going to get me to buy anything different. That would be a slap in the face to these guys to say they have something more than what they’ve already shown. It’s not going to happen. We go out [and] play the game we’ve got every single day. Yeah, we understand the urgency and we understand all the numbers, just don’t spend too much time on them because they are irrelevant to what we have to do, which is go play good baseball. That’s it. Keep it simple, all the way through. Until they take the ball from us, that’s what we’re going to keep doing” —Manager Mike, on the urgency with which the Cardinals will approach their upcoming homestand.

 

 

 

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BOB GIBSON AKA GIBBY!

BUSCH STADIUM STATUE OF THE GREAT BOB GIBSON!

What an amazing athlete was Bob Gibson (even on the Harlem Globetrotters in ’57 & ’58!)

1965 – Gibson broke a team record when he K over 250 batters (270)  

1968 – Gibson had 13 shutouts, 28 complete games and set a season ERA record of 1.12 that still stands today (pitchers have come close but no one has topped it). Can you believe that stuff? Whoa!

One of the things Gibson was known to do was sending “message” or throwback pitches to batters who might have been crowding the plate diving to get out of the way.

Cooperstown Bound – Number 45 was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. First Ballot! Would you tell him no? lol

CLICK OUT THIS BOB GIBSON HIGHLIGHT VIDEO. GET TO KNOW GIBBY. WOW!

 

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TALKIN’ BASEBALL on September 23, 2017!

WHAT HAPPENED @ PIT LAST NIGHT? W 4-3Image result for peanuts, happy, gifCLICK OUT THE CARDINALS.COM WRITE-UP – MY WRITE-UP’S BELOW 4 U 2!

MISS THE GAME? CLICK OUT THE MLB.COM RECAP. YOU’LL SEE IT’S ALMOST LIKE YOU CAUGHT IT, OKAY?

PREGAME SATURDAY! STL 81-72 @ PIT 69-85 GAME  2 OF 3 (SERIES #49 OF 51) STL RHP LANCE LYNN 11-7 3.09 ERA FACES PIT RHP GERRIT COLE11-11 4.13 ERA — 6:10 pm CDT — CATCH IT ON TV: FS-M RADIO: 1120 AM

STL RECORD 81-72 PCT. 529 GB 5.0 WCGB 1.5 NEW! CARDS SECOND PLACE CLICK OUT MLB.COM STANDINGS 

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The moment an individual can accept and forgive himself, even a little, is the moment in which he becomes to some degree lovable.  —Eugene Kennedy

My Dearest Lord, help me have the courage to learn and grow from my mistakes. I need to remember I can love me for just being me!

 

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  ‘17 FINAL ROAD TRIP/9 – RECORD: 4-3

3) @ PIT/3 (BEGINS 9/22/17) FRIDAY 6:05 pm CDT, SATURDAY 6:05 pm CDT, SUNDAY 12:35 pm CDT. HOLD ON CARDINALS NATION! 🙁 F-F-F-FINAL HOMESTAND/7 1) VS CHC/4 (BEGINS 9/25/17) MONDAY 7:15 pm CDT, TUESDAY 7:15 pm CDT, WEDNESDAY 6:08 pm CDT, THURSDAY 6:15 pm CDT 2) VS MIL/3 (BEGINS 9/29/17) FRIDAY 7:15 pm CDT, SATURDAY 3:15 pm CDT, SUNDAY 2:15 pm CDT CLICK OUT 2017 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

FRIDAY @ PIT – DEXTER FOWLER – “WHEN YOU GO WE GO!”

 

NUMBERS TELL THE STORY FIRST —

 BB=BASES ON BALL & BABY BIRD/ROOKIE, BUT YOU KNEW THAT DIDN’T YOU?

FRI MLB.COM BOX SCORE    FRI MLB.COM WRAP

9/22/17 CARDINALS FINAL   R  H  E

CARDS                                      4 11  1

PIRATES                                   3  5  2

WP:  STL RHP NICASIO 5-5

LP:   PIT RHP RIVERO 5-3

STL TEAM LOB: 10  PIT: 5    STL RUNNERS LEFT IN SCORING POSITION, 2-OUT:  PHAM 2, WONG, CARPENTER, NICASIO 2    STL TEAM RISP: 12-FOR-15

STL KD 3 TIMES BB 6  STL PITCHING KD 7 PIT (WACHA!-4)  TEAM BB 2 (WACHA!-1)

HOUSEKEEPING: Jose Martinez left game w/thumb injury 

ERROR? DeJong, 12, throw

3 RBIs FRIDAY: FOWLER 2 (63) GYORKO (45)

5 STL HURLERS FRIDAY: STARTER STL RHP MICHAEL WACHA! PITCHED 5 INNINGS/RHP BREBBIA 6TH/LHP SHERRIFF 1/3 7TH/RHP BOWMAN 2/3 7TH/RHP NICASIO 8TH, 9TH/PIT USED 5 PITCHERS

MORE STORY! FRIDAY INNING-BY-INNING & TALKIN’ BASEBALL W/MARY!

CLICK OUT THE 2018 SCHEDULE!

POSTSEASON 2017 – TICKETS ON SALE!

DYNAMIC DEAL OF THE WEEK VS CUBS!

MANAGER MIKE – TALKIN’ 4-3 WIN!

YADIER MOLINA – MOLINA AND HIS WIFE WORK TO RAISE MONEY FOR PUERTO RICO

JOSE MARTINEZ – LEAVES GAME WITH THUMBNAIL INJURY

FIRST INNING – FOWLER’S RBI SINGLE!

SECOND INNING – DEJONG SCORES ON ERROR

SIXTH INNING – WONG’S HEADS-UP SLIDE!

NINTH INNING – GYORKO TIES GAME WITH HIS RBI-SINGLE!

NINTH INNING – FOWLER DRIVES IN GO-AHEAD RUN!

NINTH INNING – RHP NICASIO LOCKS DOWN THE SAVE!

TALKIN’ POSTSEASON NUMBERS FIRST: The Cubs won an extra-innings affair to ensure they’d maintain a five-game division lead over the Cardinals (they played MIL) The Cards, though, no longer have to look up at the Brewers. Milwaukee fell a half-game back of St. Louis in both in the NL Central and Wild Card races. The Cardinals will enter the weekend trailing the Rockies by 1 1/2 games for the second Wild Card spot after Colorado beat San Diego       BELIEVE -THERE IS TIME!

PITTSBURGH — Friday was the first day of Fall. It was also Manager Mike’s 47th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DUDE! You asked for a Playoff Push for your birthday and guess what you got?!

What a comeback win in the Series Opener! We came back and preserved our lead. . .again. The Buccos kept coming back to try to take this match-up. DO NOT count us out! We just don’t give up!

“It was amazing, all the way around,” Manager Mike said. “A lot of guys contributing. Just one of those [wins] that you put a mark next to that showed a lot of grit.

NINTH INNING – First – Jedd Gyorko ties the game with his pinch-hit single. Then – Dexter Fowler drives in the clutch go-ahead run!

Bottom of the frame: RHP Niscasio locks down the save and shuts the door tight! He’s got some amazing stuff! 

“Just an experienced arm with great stuff (on Nicasio),” Manager Mike said. “I know he’s anxious to pitch and anxious to be a part of a team that’s doing what we’re doing right now.”

“You know what type of guy he is, what type of stuff he’s got and his demeanor. He’s having a heck of a year all the way through,” said Mercer, Nicasio’s former teammate. “He’s going to go out there and compete, give everything he’s got. His stuff speaks for itself. It’s a tough at-bat. You’ve got to grind it out, hope he makes a mistake and leaves something over, get on base and start a rally. You’re not looking to do too much right there.”

Our offense started early on RHP Nova. The pitcher that doesn’t normally allow walks, allowed FOUR BB Friday. He’s only allowed 31 BB all season long. Good eye, guys! Being patient pays off!

Fowler has hit in six straight games!

Tommy Pham! .343 road batting average is #1 in the National League!

“It’s a fun stretch right now,” Cardinals starter Michael Wacha said. “It seems like this team never gives up, and we’re always in it. We’ve been playing some hard games on this road trip. It’s been a lot of fun.” 

RHP MICHAEL WACHA! 5 IP/73 PITCHES, 47 FOR STRIKES, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 4K, 1BB, 0HR. CLICK OUT BOX SCORE LINK ABOVE FOR MORE PITCHER NUMBERS

“The win today, when you’re trailing in the ninth and facing one of the best closers in the National League, to go out there and make something happen is pretty big,” Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez said. “Every game is important to us. No doubt about it.”

 

 

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GEORGE KISSELL – A BASEBALL MENTOR!

KISSELL TEACHING MARK MCGWIRE BASEBALL

Cardinals Nation hears his name a lot! George Kissell (1940-2008) was a STL Cardinals legendary instructor who was well known for simplifying the game. STL Baseball and his name just (still) go together.  

Last week, Ricky Horton shared one of his tricks of the trade:”When a pitcher dropped the ball during a game, instead of rushing the play which could make it into something huge, Kissell told pitchers to just push the ball into the ground so they could steady themselves. Then pick up the non-moving ball and continue the game.”

Just too Simple!

1999 KISSELL INTERVIEW IN THE CARDINALS’ DUGOUT. A GEM!

 

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