Thursday’s Show Audio – Big Picture Concerns

Willie Springer, Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:59:00 GMT

SEGMENT 1 – Show Open: Early start, Jay will be here soon, let’s bitch, start with Mike Matheny decision-making breaking down the Cardinals 6-4 loss to the Giants putting them down 3-1 in the NLCS, feeling that Matheny was rewarding Randy Choate with early appearance after rough Game 3 outing, looking forward to Game 5 Adam Wainwright vs Madison Bumgarner for short-term yet looking long-term at the managerial position being a real concern, situations in which Matheny dropped the ball especially early in the game when Shelby Miller suddenly did not have his stuff, Giants long reliever Yusmeiro Petit was the key player in the Game 4 win yet Redbirds do not use Michael Wacha when the situation was begging for him, back to wondering why Wacha is on the roster especially when oddly warms up in the ninth inning, very confusing postgame answer from Matheny when asked about using (or not using) Wacha, firm belief the wasted roster spot (Wacha) along with the mismangement of when deciding to use certain players may cost the Cardinals for a second straight postseason, reaction from the phone/text lines & regression and certainly not progression when it comes to postseason roster management.

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SEGMENT 2 – Back to the phone/text lines with plenty of Cardinals reaction, hoping the Redbirds lose in a timely fashion, hello Jennings, the scene of the dugout after Randy Choate got out of the fourth inning & wondering if Mike Matheny has lost his mind.

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SEGMENT 3 – 98 Degrees singing about Michael Wacha, Mike Matheny on Adam Wainwright for Game 5, putting some action on Game 4, still plenty of frustration with the Cardinals, not a personal thing with Matheny but have to analyze what was done, phone/text lines, hello Ellen, discussion of her feet & frustrated in Forest Park.

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SEGMENT 4 – The Cat: Letting out the frustration, hello Cat, seem to be a look of confusion from GM John Mozeliak on the usage of Michael Wacha after Game 4, we do know that Wacha is live since he warmed up during the ninth inning, side sessions are not enough for a pitcher, tough night for Shelby Miller plus Matt Adams, not getting the bullpen going early in the game quick enough, sensing the mood of the ball club after the loss, interesting tell from Adam Wainwright on how he is feeling, the latest on Yadier Molina who did not have a good experience swinging the bat before Game 4, not sure why Wacha has to be stretched out, debate on when Miller was pulled from the game, bullpen obviously going through fatigue at this point, if they can beat Madison Bumgarner & ball club is not freaking out over situation.

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SEGMENT 5 – Derrick Goold: Going back to the sound of Mike Matheny on not using Michael Wacha, more reaction from phone/text lines, hello Derrick, the roster spot going to Wacha when not being used, pulling Shelby Miller in the fourth for Randy Choate, heard from Matheny away from the cameras about his thought process of handling Miller in Game 4, answers on the side still did not add up, managing on hypotheticals rather than the situation, do not have something you never want to use (for whatever reason), hope that Wacha gets back to the 2013 shape, young man says he is fine plus hearing from management that he is live, do not believe they are not that negligent, maybe he is not even at 70% capacity, Cardinals hoping to repay favor to Giants for 2012 when they were up 3-1, getting pass Madison Bumgarner, would not be a shock if the series went seven games & back to the phone/text lines.

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SEGMENT 6 – Email of the Day

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