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Drew talks NL Central, Pujols free agency, and poor iPhone reception on the Pitchers Hit 8th Podcast

May 15, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT


You’ll have to excuse the self-promotion here, but it’s Sunday morning and I’m sure you’ve heard enough about Jorge Posada at this point.

I spent about 45 minutes chatting with a couple of Cardinals bloggers this past Wednesday for the first episode of their new Pitchers Hit 8th Podcast. We discussed the different teams in the National League Central, Ryan Theriot‘s shaky defense at shortstop, Albert Pujols‘ contract situation, poor iPhone service, Chris Carpenter‘s early struggles, and more.

If you can handle listening to my voice, which is more Pauly Shore than Sam Elliot unfortunately, you might get some good Cardinals chatter.

Pitchers Hit 8th Podcast

Thanks to Josh and Nick for having me. They plan on producing a show every couple of weeks, so subscribe on iTunes if you like what you hear. And check out the Pitchers Hit 8th blog for all sorts of smart analysis.

  1. spudchukar - May 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    It is becoming more and more clear, that Theriot is no longer capable of being a major league shortstop. I’m not even sure a move to 2nd would be advisable. We knew the range was limited, but expected him to catch everything he could get his hands on, and that has not been the case. His offense which was better early, but still OK, just does not offset the defense, plus speed was supposed to be an asset, and I am beginning to question that.

    The Schumaker injury has been a blessing in disguise, if you ask me. Descalso has been brilliant defensively. He is so good at third it will be hard to move him once Freese returns, and that is still a long way off. Punto comes as advertized. We certainly have a dilemma on our hands, but in my humble opinion I feel a lot better with Descalso at third, Punto/Greene at SS and 2nd. Greene is shaky, but at least he has range, some pop, and speed. I fear the Schumaker return. He hurts us defensively, and just does not offer any power or speed and that is when he is hitting for average.

    All these defensive woes, might be overlooked if our outfield didn’t add to the equation.
    Phillips ball on Friday night HAS to be caught. Berkman is pretty bad in right, and Holliday has never been anything special in left, but serviceable. But Rasmus’ lack of take charge as CF is what is most troubling to me. Berkman and Holliday are what they are, only Rasmus can improve and he must. He plays too deep and still cannot get back to the wall, his throwing has improved, but on Saturday returned to his awful old form. I am sure it has been impressed on him but he must assume a more aggresive approach. If it is in the air it is yours.

    At this point we are a flawed team. Best hitting team in baseball, complimented by one of the best starting staffs, and a bull pen that while still shaky has reasons for optimism, but unless the defense improves, it will drag down a team that is not that far from championship quality.

  2. TheNaturalMevs - May 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    We invited you time and again to our Podcast, Drew. But you were too big for it I guess.

    • Drew Silva - May 15, 2011 at 1:28 PM


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