St. Louis Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (and The Writers’ Block) came on The Ryan Kelley Morning After to talk about the Cardinals coming off back-to-back losses to open the 2016 season.
Read some excerpts and listen to the segment below:
On Wacha’s performance:
“We saw a guy who looked a lot like the guy we saw in most of spring. A guy who had to operate without his best stuff. When he’s at his best, it’s when he’s got the timing of his delivery down and the angle of the fast ball. Then he can do more with his change-up, more with his cutter. He has a curveball that looked good this spring. But he’s got to have command with his fastball, a pitch that he throws about 50 percent of the time. If he doesn’t, then he has to do other things with his pitches. One of the bigger tells is when hitters lay off his change-up entirely. It concerns Matheny that his change-up is such a plus pitch, but when you see hitters not biting on it…there’s some concern. It’s either not being set up well or it’s always out of the zone, so they take it.”
How does he fix it?
“He can fix it by…getting that timing back with his delivery so that he’s able to wedge and shove that fastball down at a high angle through the strike zone. If he does that, the change-up is really effective. And that’s when he’s at his best.”
On the offense’s high number of strikeouts through two games:
“I don’t think they are explaining the strikeouts. It’s not just two games. David Phelps with the Miami Marlins just tore through them in spring training. You can’t ignore this season is very familiar from last year. They had a record amount of strikeouts last year. Yet they still were in the lower third in home runs and slugging percentage, so they have no trade-off. The Cubs set a record for strike-outs, but had the power trade-off. I’ve asked roughly 372 times about the strikeouts…and there’s just not an explanation.
Here’s the segment: