Tag:Matt Holliday
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:03 am
 

No midafternoon starts for Cards in 2012

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cardinals will have one less thing to complain about next season, as the day after several St. Louis players complained about Monday's 3:15 p.m. start, the team said the will not schedule any midafternoon starts next season.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, general manager John Mozeliak said the team's holiday games will start either in the evening or in the early afternoon.

"I talked to those guys," Mozeliak told the newspaper. "I recognize it as a safety issue and it will be addressed."

Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday complained about the shadows at Busch Stadium following the team's 4-1 loss to the Brewers. According to the report, Pujols, Holliday and player union representative Kyle McClellan addressed the issue after a 7-0 loss to the Pirates on Aug. 27. After that game, Lance Berkman called the start time "a farce."

The Cardinals played 10 games at 3:10 or 3:15 p.m. this season -- seven for national television and three other scheduled by the team.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 7:03 pm
 

RIP Matt Holliday's moth

Matt HollidayBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Costing Matt Holliday a plate appearance cost a moth its life on Monday.

"It died from an overflow of wisdom that he got in my head," Holliday told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before Tuesday's game against the Dodgers.

Goold noted that Holliday said he had no hand in the moth's death. Although he didn't kill it, he did have it on display in his locker in a plastic bag.

Holliday wasn't available to the media after Monday's 2-1 loss to the Dodgers, but spoke about the incident on Tuesday. Holliday said he tried to get the moth out himself for two pitches before he called for a trainer. He said it felt like he had water stuck in his ear.

Of course, I wouldn't be surprised if this weren't all some ploy by Tony La Russa, like in Star Trek II; The Wrath of Khan when Khan puts those mind-controlling worms in Chekov and Captain Terrell's ears and controls them. Perhaps La Russa needed someone to infiltrate the clubhouse and take his side on the Colby Rasmus (and Brendan Ryan) banishment.

Really, I'd just like to see Shatner do the Khan scream with La Russa -- I'm sure plenty of baseball fans can understand -- especially when La Russa makes yet another trip to the mound to change pitchers.


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Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:00 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 12:47 am
 

Holliday leaves game after bug flies in his ear

Matt HollidayBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday abruptly left the team's game against the Dodgers in the eighth inning and as Corey Patterson readied to enter the game in his place, it appeared second baseman Skip Schumaker told the bench a moth flew in Holliday's ear.

Holliday was seen holding his right ear.

"He had a moth fly into his ear, deep into his ear. I don't even know what happened to it," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa told the Associated Press.

According to the team, Holliday was then taken into a dark room and trainers put a light by his ear in an attempt to lure the moth out of his ear. That didn't work, so they used a tool to get the moth -- that was still alive -- out of his ear. 

Holliday was not in the clubhouse for comment after the game, according to the AP. 

It's been a strange year for Holliday, who underwent an emergency appendectomy the first week of the season and has dealt with several other injuries, going on the disabled list once for a quad injury. However, between injuries he's been as good as ever, hitting .306/.406/.542 with 18 homers. He was 0 for 3 on Monday.

The first pitch after Holliday left was hit into left by Matt Kemp, but Patterson made the easy catch.

Patterson was then batting in Holliday's fourth slot in the order and second in the ninth after the Dodgers scored two in the inning to take the lead. With one out, Patterson grounded out for the second out of the inning. The Cardinals lost, 2-1.

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Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Jays closer goes on DL after appendectomy

Jon RauchBy C. Trent Rosecrans

It's beginning to look like 2011 is the year of appendicitis -- Blue Jays reliever Jon Rauch was taken to a Seattle hospital early Tuesday morning where he underwent an emergency appendectomy, Mark Zwolinski of the Star in Toronto reports.

Rauch gave up the eventual going-ahead run in a 6-5 loss to the Mariners on Monday with a solo homer to Casper Wells and was later taken to the hospital.

So far this season the Cardinals' Matt Holliday, White Sox's Adam Dunn and Yankees Ramiro Pena have all undergone emergency appendectomies. Even Rays general manager Andrew Friedman underwent an appendectomy last month.

The Blue Jays put Rauch on the disabled list and also designated left-hander Trever Miller (who also gave up a homer on Monday) for assignment and called up left-handed relievers Will Ledezma and Rommie Lewis.

If you're looking for a closer in fantasy baseball, Jesse Litsch may get the first chance at closing for Toronto, so pick him up before anyone else in your league does.

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Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:46 am
 

Pepper: Giants, Marlins meet again

Buster Posey

By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

Just when we thought we'd heard the end of the Buster Posey injury, the Giants are headed to South Florida.

For the first time since May, the Marlins and Giants will meet. You may remember Scott Cousins ran over Posey and ended the season of the reigning Rookie of the Year. In May, the Giants talked about Cousins, retribution and the rest. Well, that's not going to be a problem.

"We've moved on," Bruce Bochy told reporters, including Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. "We have bigger things to be worried about. That's trying to win and get to the postseason. What happened is behind us."

After a 3-7 home stand, the Giants take to the road as the second-place team in the National League West, a half-game behind the Diamondbacks.

Also, Cousins won't be a target, because he's on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.

The Giants say they've moved on, so maybe we all can as well. Or at least let's hope.

(Also, that's just an awesome picture from Jason O. Watson of US Presswire.) 

Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs: Blue Jays fans had some fun with the report of Toronto stealing signs. The Star in Toronto has a good photo gallery of signs the fans brought to Thursday's game.

Fast company: Justin Verlander recorded his 100th win on Thursday in his 191st career start, making him the 13th fastest to the 100-win mark since 1919. [Baseball-Reference.com]

Holliday break:  St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday missed his second consecutive game with a back injury on Thursday, but may be ready to play Friday. Holliday is unlikely to go on the DL. [MLB.com]

Good Reed: The Cubs may be having another rough season, but outfielder Reed Johnson is having an outstanding year. He's hitting .349/.389/.566 with five homers in 75 games. In five starts since coming back from back stiffness, Johnson has gone 11 for 21 and is making himself part of next season's plans. However, he is a free agent after this season. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Vandy bound: Blue Jays first-rounder Tyler Beede will not sign with the Blue Jays, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports. Beede, a right-handed starter, told teams before the draft that he wasn't going to sign, but the Blue Jays took a chance on him. He will be eligible to be drafted again in 2014.

Real fight: Usually baseball fights are millabouts with some shoving and little else. Not in the independent North American Baseball League. The league infamous for Jose Canseco and the Lake County Fielders, has another claim to shame -- the fight between former big leaguers Mike Marshall (the manager of the Chico Outlaws) and Tony Phillips. From the Los Angeles Times, here's the fight in which the 51-year-old Marshall suffered facial injuries.

Cop unhappy with Rays: The Cop from the Village People isn't happy with the Tampa Bay Rays. Victor Willis said he's planning on suing the Rays "within the next 30 days" for misappropriating his voice and image. The Village People performed after a Rays game last season and used video of the band performing YMCA in 1978 to promote the post-game concert. Problem is, Willis left the band in 1984 and he wasn't performing. Willis wrote the band's hits and doesn't need to perform to earn money, as he earns more than $1 million a year from royalties from YMCA alone, not to mention Macho Man, Go West and In the Navy. [St. Petersburg Times]

No pinch-hitter for Dunn: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he's not going to pinch-hit for Adam Dunn, even though he's thought about it. Guillen said he'll consider sitting Dunn against left-handed starters, but keep him in the games he starts. [Chicago Tribune]

Welcome back: Left-hander Brian Matusz is pitching well in Triple-A Norfolk and could be back on his way to Baltimore in short order, manager Buck Showalter told reporters. [MLB.com]

Progressive Ice: Cleveland's Progressive Field will host the Michigan-Ohio State hockey game this winter. The ballpark started Snow Days last year with a quarter-mile ice skiing track and a tubing hill. Both will be back, but they're also be a hockey rink. [New York Times]

Coming up short: Just about every game you'll hear a fan or radio announcer groan when an outfielder pulls up and lets a ball bounce in front of him. You know why he does that? Because he's not Alfonso Soriano. As soon as I saw the way Alfonso Soriano play Ian Desmond's leadoff double in the top of the eighth inning on Thursday, I thought, "that's why you pull up." Desmond turned Soirano's bad judgement into a double. It wasn't in MLB.com's highlights (or lowlights) but it's just another in the long list of Soriano's fielding mishaps.

Cactus bringing jack: A cactus statue signed by all of this year's All-Stars is being auctioned off on MLB.com with proceeds going to the cancer charities. [MLB.com]

Great news: Finally, a personal note. You may not know Dave Cameron, a writer for FanGraphs and USS Mariner, but Dave's recently been diagnosed with leukemia. Anyway, Dave's completed his first round of chemotherapy and there's no more leukemia in his body. He'll still have to go through more chemo and will be in the hospital for another week or so, but this is great news. [FanGraphs]

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Posted on: August 10, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Holliday out Wednesday after pre-game injury

By Matt Snyder

Cardinals All-Star left fielder Matt Holliday has been scratched from the lineup for Wednesday night's game against NL Central leader Milwaukee. Holliday was slated to hit fourth as usual, but injured his back during pre-game warmups. It's far too early to get any sort of severity on Holliday's injury, but general manager John Mozeliak reportedly said Holliday is day to day (stltoday.com).

Holliday, 31, is hitting .319 with 18 homers, 62 RBI and an NL-best .991 OPS.

With Lance Berkman also sitting due to a horrible career history against Brewers starter Randy Wolf, the middle of the order is a bit lonely for Albert Pujols. His protection from the four and five holes Wednesday night: David Freese and Allen Craig (in his first game since coming off the disabled list). The Cardinals did get catcher Yadier Molina back from suspension, so it's not all bad news.

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Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:49 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Reddick, Red Sox walk-off winners

Josh Reddick

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Josh Reddick, Red Sox: In his first four at-bats of Sunday's game against the Yankees, Reddick went hitless and left six men on base. But he came up big in the 10th inning, singling in the game-winning run, for the first walk-off hit of his career. With the win, Boston moved back into sole possession of first place in the American League East, a game ahead of the Yankees. Reddick got his shot because Carl Crawford had three hits in his first four at-bats of the game, so after David Ortiz doubled with one out in the 10th off of Phil Hughes, the Yankees elected to intentionally walk Crawford and take their chances against Reddick. Reddick swung at Hughes' first offering, lining it the other way and just inside the left-field line, easily scoring pinch-runner Darnell McDonald from second.

Jake Peavy, White Sox: Peavy picked up his first victory since June 25 -- and his first win in a start since June 22 -- with eight shutout innings against the Twins. Peavy scattered three hits and struck out six batters without a walk to improve to 5-5 on the season. The White Sox picked up their first sweep of the Twins in Minnesota in more than seven years.

Johnny Giavotella, Royals: In just his third game in the big leagues, Ned Yost put the rookie second baseman in the No. 3 spot in the lineup. The result? A double and a solo homer. In three games this season, he's 5 for 11 and slugging .909. Giavotella started a rally in the fourth inning, leading the inning off with a double, moving to third on a wild pitch and scoring on Billy Butler's groundout. The Royals scored two more runs in the inning and his homer off of starter Max Scherzer in the next inning gave Kansas City a 4-0 victory, a lead they'd hold on to for a 4-3 victory over the Tigers.


Kevin Correia, Pirates: Correia wasn't awful -- but he needed to be better than that to put the stops to the Pirates' losing streak. He lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs on four walks and three strikeouts. Correia has 10 wins away from PNC Park, but is 2-7 with a 7.71 ERA at home, as the Pirates lost 7-3 to the Padres to drop their 10th in a row. With the loss and Milwaukee's win, the Pirates fell to 10 games out of first place in the National League Central and into fourth place, a half-game behind the Reds. Pittsburgh is now five games under .500 on the season at 54-59.

Rockies resting on the sabbath: Colorado lost its 16th consecutive Sunday game, falling 3-2 to the Nationals at Coors Field. The Rockies won their first two Sunday games of the season and haven't won since. Colorado came back to tie the game in the seventh, but Jayson Werth's RBI single in the eighth gave the Nationals the lead and ultimately the victory.

Marlins defense: Logan Morrison and shortstop Emilio Bonifacio ran into each other trying to catch Corey Patterson's sixth-inning popup, allowing Patterson to reach second. After getting two outs, the Marlins intentionally walked Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday singled to right, where Mike Stanton let the ball bounce off his glove. Patterson would have scored anyway, but it allowed Pujols to go to third and Holliday to advance to third (not to mention tie the game). After an intentional walk to Lance Berkman, Jon Jay singled in two runs on a blooper. After Florida tied the game in the bottom of the inning, Bonifacio's throwing error on a Patterson grounder led to three unearned runs in the seventh and a 8-4 Cardinals victory.

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Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Quade says he's managing for his job

Mike QuadeBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs are 42-65 and aren't looking like they're getting better anytime soon. That has first-year manager Mike Quade looking over his shoulder -- which is probably a good idea.

Asked by reporters before Sunday's game in St. Louis if he was managing for his job, Quade replied in the affirmative. From CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney:

“I feel like that every day,” Quade said before the game. “You come here to solve problems, to teach, to make the best decisions you can make. (I’ve) come from a long line of one-year contracts and the idea of people being day-to-day when they’re hurt – I’ve always thought that was the case.

“I don’t feel any more or less like that. I come here to try and do the best I can every day.”

Much of the Cubs' struggles aren't Quade's fault -- the front office shoulders much of the blame. But the manager certainly isn't blameless. As Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted after Saturday's 13-5 pounding at the hands of the Cardinals, the Cubs have suffered, quoting Miklasz: "a remarkable collection of physical errors, brain freezes, indifference, feral pitching, the obligatory managerial meltdown and other acts of baseball malfeasance."

Miklasz highlighted Saturday's bottom of the fifth inning as what plagued the Cubs. In that fifth inning, St. Louis' Matt Holliday -- who was on first after being walked with the bases loaded -- took out shortstop Starlin Castro with a slide on a double-play ball. As Castro dusted himself off, another run came into score. The Cubs complained about the play, but never fought back. Outfielder Alfonso Soriano loafed after a double in the corner, allowing another run to score and then had a lazy and inaccurate throw allow another run to score and the runner to advance to third. In all, it added up to an eight-run inning and the team's 65th loss of the season.

So, yeah, it's not surprising Quade feels the heat in Chicago. He should. But he shouldn't be alone.

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