Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Writers’ Block joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Monday to discuss some Cardinals topics following the team dropping two of three to the Seattle Mariners over the weekend.
Do you have any insight into Yadier Molina’s ominous Instagram post yesterday that he later deleted?
“I asked him about it and he said it had nothing to do with baseball. He said it was something personal. He didn’t want to go into it. It was a music lyric. But he didn’t want to elaborate…but he saw the reaction to it and recognized that people thought it had to do with baseball…so he decided to take it down so people wouldn’t misconstrue it…He didn’t want people to take it the wrong way so he deleted it.”
Jaime Garcia had a bit of a rough outing yesterday. What do you think is going on with him?
“I think (he got better as it got later). I think…he’s a guy that has a lot of movement on his pitches…When the Mariners laid off (they had some success). But in the third and fourth inning, he started dialing it in. I actually thought he pitched better the later it got in the game. It just seems like when he has his struggles…it’s because he’s not dialed in for a stretch.”
With T. Rosenthal no longer the every day closer, what do you think is going to happen?
“(Seung Hwan Oh) was going to close yesterday. I’d imagine he gets the first crack at closing. They’ll look at match-ups. It seems to be trending towards Oh getting the first crack…and if he does in the 9th what he’s been doing in the 8th, it’s hard to imagine (Siegrest or Broxton getting the save opportunities unless Oh falters).”
What role will Rosenthal have in the immediate future?
“That is a great question. Matheny said he’s going to have a different role, a different assignment. (And it may not be temporary). Probably middle relief, maybe with a big lead. They may put him in where you’d usually see Zack Bowman. Matheny said he doesn’t want to make a false promise to a guy (and say he’ll get the closer job back when someone else like Oh might end up pitching lights out).”