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Cardinals may face Brewers without Molina

Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:15 pm
Yadier MolinaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cardinals may be without one of their most important players when they host the division-leading Brewers for three games starting on Monday, as catcher Yadier Molina is out of the team's lineup for the second straight day on Sunday and may not be ready to face Milwaukee.

"Hopeful is the best way to put it," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of Molina's availability for the Brewers series (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

Molina was suffering from soreness in his left calf muscle and told his teammates Saturday that he wouldn't miss Sunday's game. But when La Russa filled out the lineup for the last game of the series against the Reds, Gerald Laird was penciled in to catch Edwin Jackson.

The Cardinals also said they wouldn't promote Tony Cruz from Triple-A Memphis before the Redbirds' season ends on Monday because of the moves that would have to be made throughout the rest of the organization to make sure every team had a catcher.

Molina's hitting .294/.333/.451 with 12 homers, but his worth isn't best measured by any of those numbers or even WAR or any advanced stats, instead, it's best shown by 111 -- the number of games he's started behind the plate in the Cardinals' 139 games. Only Florida's John Buck (113) and Arizona's Miguel Montero (112) have started more games behind the plate this season than the three-time Gold Glover. Molina also has the reputation as one of the best catchers in the majors at handling pitchers.

Laird, 31, is hitting .235/.305/.365 with one homer this season and has started 20 games for the Cardinals this season behind the plate, including Saturday's victory. 

St. Louis enters Sunday's game 8 1/2 behind the Brewers in the National League Central and with 23 games remaining, would likely need another sweep of the Brewers to keep any hopes at the playoffs alive. The Cardinals swept the Brewers in Milwaukee last week.

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Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 10:24 pm

But, I like the Cards

I have alot of respect for LaRussa, and I could not always say that.  I get what he is doing, and cannot blame him. You play the head game trick, and it CAN work; so why not?    --Do you remeber Mark Fidrich, back in the '70s, and how he would do all kinds of wacky things to psych-out the hitters?  THAT was entertaining!  Pete Vuckovich would do that with Milwaukee, back in the early '80s --and it worked!  He'd take off his shoe, and pretend that he had rocks in there...Cy Young award winner!

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 9:08 pm

Cardinals may face Brewers without Molina

The Cards don't have all the pieces to make a run at the Brewers when the Brewers are playing the way they are.  Braun is hitting everything in sight, Greinke is finding his old form and that is just too much for the Cardinals to catch up to.  Molina is tough and will be playing on Monday.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:58 pm

It will take more than just beating the Brewers..

As the Cards demonstrated, this weekend, beating Milwaukee is just a small part of the puzzle.  If they cannot beat these other central division foes, then they have very little chance at a tiltle.  They gained 3 games on the Brewers in Milwaukee; then pissed away two of them against the Reds.  LaRussa has made the Cards the Yankees of the NL Central --everyone wants to beat them, because of the scenes he makes, and the things he says and does.  Hitting opposing players, after his own players were punked (even accidentally), and all of these other circus techniques --he is considered a a big whiner.  I know that what he does is largely due to motivational techniques; but those things come back to bite you..., and that is what is happeneing right now.   Even though they are out of the race, these other teams ENJOY beating the Cards.  Paybacks are hell. 

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