Mike Matheny Has The Cardinals Coming On Strong
When 41 year old Mike Matheny was chosen as the successor for the St. Louis Cardinals beloved veteran Tony LaRussa, many people were shocked. Previously, Mike had just been an instructor for the minor leagues and a team leader for LaRussa. Tony LaRussa had managed over 2,500 games for the Cardinals, in and out of Busch Stadium.
It is true that while Mike was a catcher for the Cardinals he won three Golden Gloves. Still, choosing Mike over Terry Francona, or second base Hall of Famer, Ryan Sandberg, or long time Cardinal coach Jose Oquendo , seemed like a big risk.
So far, Mike has proven the neigh-sayers wrong. Right now the Cardinals have the number one record in all of baseball. With much of his bull pen being shut down, Mike is managing to push forward. Lefty pitcher Jamie Garcia, relief pitcher Jason Mott, and starter Jake Westbrook are all on the Disabled List.
It’s not surprising that 6’7”, right handed starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, is coming on strong. The Cardinals seem to have aces up their sleeve. Starting pitcher Lance Lynn has turned out to be a gem.
Matt Carpenter at second base is having a break-out year, and first baseman Allen Craig is dependable and solid. It doesn’t seem that the decision to let Albert Pujols go to the Angels has been detrimental.
We’ll check in again with the Cardinals at All-Star break and keep you posted.
Posted on June 4, 2013, in 2013, Cardinals and tagged Busch Stadium, Buster Posey, Cardinals, Jake Westbrook, Lance Lynn, Matt Carpenter, St. Louis, Tony LaRussa. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.