Tag:Brendan Ryan
Posted on: October 31, 2010 2:18 pm

Cardinals have eye on Tejada

Miguel Tejada As the St. Louis Cardinals eye the approaching season as perhaps Albert Pujols' last, finding complementary players to surround Pujols on a quest for a World Series is paramount.

The club intends to improve two of the three infield spots of second, short and third and are eyeing Miguel Tejada as a possible solution as the Chicago Tribune reports.

Tejada, who split 2010 between the Orioles as a third baseman and Padres as a shortstop, could fill either position for St. Louis. If he was to go to the Gateway City, the Cards would be able to put third baseman David Freese and shortstop Brendan Ryan in a spring training battle on who wins their respective position and slot Tejada in the other.

Tejada had his problems in Baltimore, struggling to a .269/.308/.362 line in 401 at-bats and strugglng in an adjustment to third. However, for the Pads and a severe pitcher's park, he was able to hit .268/.317/.413 in 235 AB and showing he can still pick it at short.

While Tejada playing third would allow the Cardinals to go with defensive guru Brendan Ryan at short, Ryan struggled to a pathetic .223/.279/.294 line 496 plate appearances. A combined OPS under .600 with that many trips to the plate can't be handed a starting job, even if coming off a .292/.340/.400 line in 2009.

St. Louis does have David Freese, who was a 27-year-old rookie and looked like he could be a big part of the team in 2010 by going .296/.361/.404 in 270 plate appearances, but an injury cut his season short. He appears better suited to come off the bench, so the club will have to speak to Tejada before signing him and determine if the 2002 MVP would be willing to play at third again.

St. Louis will have competition for Tejada, as it is known the Padres are interested in bringing him back to the team. It may have seemed unfathomable at the trade deadline, but Miggy is back in demand.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 11:15 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 11:17 am

Down in the dumps in St. Louis

Brendan Ryan
The Cardinals aren't eliminated yet, but at least one player sounds resigned to their fate.

"I don’t even care really," shortstop Brendan Ryan told FOXSportsMidwest.com on Monday after St. Louis lost 5-1 to the Cubs. "I’m speaking for myself. I don't even care. I’m just trying to do my job ... I’m not even worrying about [the standings] right now."

The Reds beat Arizona to extend their lead in the National League Central to seven games. The Cardinals' chance of winning the division is at about 3.6 percent.

"Forget it, you know? Just win as many as we can and wherever we’re at, we’re at. I still feel like I’m new to the whole thing but living and dying with every inning, checking the scoreboard and all that, I don’t even look anymore. Just forget it. Just assume [the Reds] are going to win."

Sounds like someone needs a hug.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 1:59 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 2:17 pm

Carpenter dresses down Ryan

Chris Carpenter Chris Carpenter is one of the most intense pitchers one will find on the mound, as a national audience found out Monday night.

In the opener of a crucial three-game set with the Reds that has first place in the NL Central hanging in the balance, Carpenter found himself at odds not with Brandon Phillips (who called the Cardinals "little bitches") but with teammate Brendan Ryan.

Ryan was taking hacks in the dugout cage and was late getting out on the field for the bottom of the first, grabbing the wrong glove as he went. This caused Carpenter to fume as he was ready to pitch even prior to Ryan taking the field. Already jacked up, Carpenter wasn't in the mood to take an extra moment of preparation.

After giving up just a single and escaping the first inning unscathed, Carpenter asked Ryan to accompany him to the dugout tunnel, forcing Ryan to tag along like a lackey as they made their way down the dugout. Carpenter then had a few choice words for Ryan, who maintained a poker face and did not say anything in response.

That was bad enough, but if it had ended there the incident likely would have blown over. Carpenter was too rough on Ryan -- on showing him up in the field and the dugout discussion -- but Ryan also didn't show focus by ensuring he was ready to start the bottom of the first. Ryan already has trouble with a label of being flaky and zoning out, and these incidents were representative of that.

"It was just a little miscommunication on my part or misunderstanding on my part," Carpenter told MLB.com. What the misunderstanding is, no one knows.

That might have been the end of it, but in the bottom of the seventh, Ryan couldn't get to a Juan Francisco RBI single after already shading up the middle. Carpenter was furious and made it clear to everyone in attendance that he was not happy with the defensive wizard -- which is slightly odd, as Carpenter has requested Ryan patrol shortstop while he's pitching, given his superb defense. That was going too far. Ryan simply couldn't get to the ball because of his positioning, which was likely set by the coaches. In addition, it was a 7-1 game in favor of St. Louis. No, the game wasn't over, but it wasn't close either.

Carpenter did say that he wasn't mad at Ryan, simply upset with himself over the RBI single, although all evidence points to the contrary.

It's one thing to be highly competitive on the mound, which is an admirable trait. It is, however, another thing entirely to publicly show up Ryan not once, not twice, but three times in a nationally-televised game. Ryan, who is reportedly normally one of the most media-accessible Cardinals, left the locker room without speaking to reporters. That tells you all you need to know about how he's feeling.
Carpenter will have to do some apologizing for his actions to Ryan. Again, Carpenter was justified in being upset Ryan wasn't prepared to begin the game. But the public forum and the seventh-inning dressing down was not the proper avenue to display Carp's frustrations.

In the end, however, winning cures all -- and St. Louis won 7-3, pulling within one game of Cincy for first place.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 9:55 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:57 am

Cardinals not optimistic they can get Oswalt

Roy Oswalt If you take most trade market musings from general managers with a grain of salt, this week keep a salt lick ready, because there's more bluffing this week than ever.

In that vein, here's a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Joe Strauss that says the Cardinals are bowing out of the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes.

"At this point, it's entirely possible that there may not be a deal out there," Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said. "We're continuing to explore avenues, but as we speak I can't say I'm encouraged."

What may have been left out is Mozeliak starting that sentence with "awww shucks" while pawing at the ground with his foot, before finishing it by pushing up his hat and adding another offer.

As it stands, Mozeliak would be more encouraged if the Astros had any interest in taking Brendan Ryan off his hands in return for Oswalt, but for now, the Astros seem to think they can get more than a nice hosiery model for the three-time All-Star.

Oswalt, for his part, reportedly wants to be a Cardinal and the Cardinals want him. He'd certainly be better than Jeff Suppan or the wildly inconsistent Kyle Lohse. The Cardinals may believe Lohse is just as good of a gamble as any of the other starters on the market, such as Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly or Jeremy Guthrie.

Lohse is scheduled to pitch tonight at Triple-A Memphis and hopes to join the team next month. Brad Penny, on the other hand, may not be able to return this season, Mozeliak said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 12:32 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 12:45 pm

Ryan losing shortstop gig to Greene

Tyler Greene Something Brendan Ryan may want to take note of is that a .198 batting average in 238 plate appearances isn't very conducive to keeping a starting job.

The defensive whiz who broke out in 2009 with a .292/.340/.400 line for the Cardinals is floundering this season and has begun losing playing time to Tyler Greene. Greene was recalled to the bigs on July 2 and has since been in the lineup in all three games.

Greene started the first two games against left-handers in place of Skip Schumaker then shifted over to shortstop to displace Ryan against Yovani Gallardo. Greene hit .291/.362/.465 over 289 plate appearances for Triple-A and has a major-league line of .257/.316/.514 in 38 plate appearances which also includes a brief stint in the bigs earlier in the season.

Greene blasted an impressive home run on Friday and then cranked a single and triple Saturday. Although he went hitless Sunday, manager Tony La Russa plans to ride the hot hand of Greene, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch .

"We'll run him out there for a little while," La Russa said. "Whoever plays the best plays the most."

Ryan admitted he feels lost at the plate and La Russa feels he needs a few days off to adjust his approach. The last few days, according to La Russa, Ryan has been hitting the ball in the air inadvertently instead of putting the ball on the ground. That's a signal to the veteran manager that Ryan needs a break.

The Cardinals are second in the NL Central just behind the Reds with a 45-37 record. The success of St. Louis is due to the pitching, which is second in the MLB with a 3.28 ERA, but is only 19th with 340 runs batted in. With Ryan Ludwick on the disabled list and only Albert Pujols contributing with the stick in the infield, the Cards need anything they can get.

St. Louis hasn't really been bandied about as a potential trade destination for several infielders -- most notably Ty Wigginton and Dan Uggla -- but it wouldn't be surprising if the Cards struck for a quality bat who could fill in short term. They can't take on any significant long-term commitments to ensure they have the money to resign Pujols after 2011.

-- Evan Brunell

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