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The Cardinals ship Kolten Wong off to Memphis

Apr 28, 2014, 8:54 AM EST

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With David Freese gone and Matt Carpenter shifting to third base, Kolten Wong was handed the Cardinals’ second base job this spring. He just lost it: after hitting a mere .225/.276/.268 with five RBI in his first 20 games, the Cardinals have sent him down to Triple-A Memphis.

The Cardinals sent Shane Robinson down too and, to take his and Wong’s places on the roster, called up outfielder Randal Grichuk and infielder Greg Garcia. Grichuk has been raking in the minors and can play all three outfield positions. Garcia will provide depth, with Mark Ellis presumably now getting all the time at second base.

  1. paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Matheny is just not a good manager. I wish he was, but he’s just not smart. His lineup choices, lineup construction, and bullpen management have left a lot to be desired. It doesn’t look like he’s learned anything in 2+ years of managing. Sadly, the Cardinals will probably have to lose for a couple of years before they get rid of him and find someone capable.

    Wong was doing fine, as soon as Ellis came back, he started playing Ellis and Descalso all the time. Those two have been so bad, they’d have to hit over .500 for a week just to match Wong’s production…and that ignores the fact that Wong is better than either of those guys on the bases and in the field.

    Wong has produced at every level since he was drafted. A smart organization would just give him the job and let him work it out, trusting in his skill and talent. A dumb organization makes decisions based on meaningless small sample sizes.

    The only silver lining is that the called up Garcia, who is likely superior to Descalso in every way, perhaps paving the way for him to be the future utility player and Descalso to be DFAed.

    • icanspeel - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      I’m no Cardinals fan, but with their history you can hardly call them a dumb organization.

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        I didn’t. I said that this is the type of decision that a dumb organization makes, which it is.

        There is ample evidence that Matheny is not a smart manager. He could be given some slack given his inexperience, but he hasn’t improved in his in-game managing or decision making at all.

        Adams, Molina, and Peralta are the only guys on the team that are hitting. This move won’t increase the team’s chances of winning. It really is as easy as putting the best guys on the field as much as possible and letting them play, but they have a manager that doesn’t seem to understand that.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Again I cannot concur. As stated above, the Wong implementation is puzzling. But rotating him against lefties, keeping others sharp, platooning Jay and Bourjos, and giving the older guys days off is prudent.

        I was hoping for a better start, but the starting pitching has been nothing short of superb. Remember the St. Louis squad has faced a lot of tough pitchers, faced the toughest in their oppositions rotations, been primarily on the road, and aren’t the only team to see their 2014 numbers pale in comparison to 2013. Runs aren’t going to be as easy to come by anymore with, all the young pitching talent, who seldom miss their spots, and are assisted by the employment of defensive shifts.

    • coookiesdad - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Peralta is NOT hitting – he is under .200 …… Adams is not driving in runs …… the entire offense is lacking at the moment …… too much talent not to wake up at some point …… and they are at .500 ball – no worries.

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        Peralta has been a victim of bad luck. His BABIP on the year is .167 (career is .313), he is hitting just fine, just hitting hard balls right at guys.

      • perryt200 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        you understand that right now Peralta’s average is .195 and Wong this year is .225. heck in 2013 Kozma hit .217

        Peralta is seemingly either an out or a home run. and right now I think the long ball is all that is saving him from Memphis.

      • bolweevils2 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Well, if you are going to look exclusively at batting average Peralta isn’t hitting. But due to the homers he has a .766 OPS, which is more than respectable for a shortstop.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        PL, is most correct about Peralta. He showed some struggles early, but lately has been stinging the ball, and his HRs have been of the timely sort. He will be OK, and never, ever, ever, ever, be sent to Memphis perryt.

        If fact, St. Louis has shown a lot of signs of turnaround. There were an awful lot of well struck balls in the Mets and Pirates series that resulted in putouts. They still have a ways to go, and the OBP could improve, but hits beget hits, and all signs point to the Cards looking like the Cards offensively.

    • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      I dunno PL, most of your comment sounds like frustration. I do not always agree with Matheny, and I concur mostly with your analysis of the Wong handling but, generally I believe his bull pen choices have been pretty solid.

      It makes me believe that the St. Louis brass isn’t satisfied with Wong’s off-field performance. The Garcia exchange is a real slap in the face to Wong, as I believe they were once teammates. There has to be some other explanation for the Wong benching than his 2014 on-field performance. He has been solid defensively. He will muff an occasional ball, but has better than average range, takes charge on pop-ups, a good arm, and a high Baseball IQ. But maybe the latter is the issue. I am only guessing here, and I cannot figure anything else out, but that he hasn’t made the adjustments the Cards instructors were offering.

      Trust me this move is temporary, or else the Cards are preparing to make a significant move, which is possible with their plethora of outfield depth. To me the demotion is more of an attempt to “shake up Wong” that anything else.

      Ellis has been pretty bad offensively, and giving him some opportunity to play as he came off the DL, makes some sense, but mostly against lefties I would argue. And the benching of Wong for Ellis (against a righty), and Descalso, was indeed strange and unwarranted. I agree. Wong had a slow start to Spring then came on like gang-busters, and started the season OK, hit into some tough luck, cooled a bit, but not enough not to garner most of the playing time. But I say Matheny knows that, and I still say sitting Wong had to be due to something other than his 2014 production.

      As to the Descalso/Garcia thing. I disagree totally. Descalso has also hit into some tough luck, and outside of that miserable attempt at second the other day, which followed an equally miserable attempt by Carpenter, has played well defensively, especially at SS.

      I guess the Grichuk call-up is due to his centerfield option, but a lefty hitting guy against Milwaukee might be more valuable.

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Oh, it is definitely frustration. None of it would matter if the team was performing, but they aren’t, and Matheny’s shortcomings are all too obvious (not unlike his horrid showing in the WS last year).

        Matheny has shown no feeling for leverage at all in games. WTF was Carlos doing pitching in a 7-0 game? Reliever innings/appearances are not the same as starter innings…for relievers, the number of appearances contribute to wear far more than innings per se. Matheny does fine when he can just rely on Siegrist, Carlos, and Rosenthal in order…but when things are more complicated he seems to just punt.

        I realize that Wong should be back up soon….but I have little faith that it’ll happen until it does. I mean, Descalso is pretty much the definition of useless, and he’s been able to stick around for years despite not being good at anything.

    • harper461 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Paperlions is just not a smart “fan”. The general manager of a baseball team is the one tasked with player transactions, this includes who to send down and when to do so. While Matheny may have been asked of his opinion, he doesn’t make the decision.

      St.Louis isn’t bad and several successive trips deep into the post season pretty much thwarts any bogus claim that you might have about managerial decisions. Pretend that you have some knowledge of the game. This is a better situation for him than sitting on the bench. There is nothing wrong with exploring options at 2B while getting Wong the AB’s that he’ll need to get better.

      Spew your whimsical dribble elsewhere please. I’m sure the Reds or Pirates could use some bandwagon fans right about now and your lack of optimism will fit right in.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Sorry harper, but PL is a gift to HBT, and St. Louis posts especially. He has a few biases, namely Descalso and Lyons, and his criticism of Matheny warrants argument but the dude is a student-like commentor, who has a vast knowledge of the game, and like all fans occasionally is hyper-critical, yours truly included. You are going to have to show a lot more than you have to date, to play in his league.

      • harper461 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        @spudchukar

        Hyper-critical is one thing, but I could name 25 other organizations that would take Matheny in a heartbeat. Sending down a struggling infielder who has yet to do anything at this level is hardly a reason to jump ship.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        The thing is I don’t agree with the struggling part. He hasn’t been sufficiently bad to get demoted, and it isn’t like anybody else is exactly tearing up the ball to earn more playing time.

        I know ST success can be a chimera, but Wong was really stinging the ball with authority there, and despite a brief cooling off in mid-April, wasn’t looking that “out-classed”, and hit into some tough luck. In my opinion the decision came too quickly, without a worthy replacement, and by a guy who has shown little offensive fire.

        All this makes me wonder if there isn’t more to the demotion than meets the eye, although nothing in Wong’s past, would suggest he has been “difficult”.

      • gibbyfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        ………”Sorry harper, but PL is a gift to HBT”…………Really Spud ? I have nothing against PL or anyone else on here….but I think this may be taking it a bit too far………In reality we are jut rendering opinions here and judging by thumbs up and down above, at least on this point, I think the majority are supporting Harper.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        Gibby you should know by now, that I pay zero attention to the thumbs up/down thing. And I never said I agree with PL, regarding Matheny. It is the vast majority of other posts I was referring to, and Harper is no more accurate than PL when he calls him not smart.

      • thatmac - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        Sorry spud, but there’s nothing insightful about impulsive demands for the head of the young, talented manager of the defending National League champions because they demoted your favorite fantasy player. Why bother defending such juvenile ranting?

        Your comments besides, on the other hand, are exceptionally good. I agree, for instance, that there may be more to the Wong situation behind the scenes.

        In any case, readers can only hope that PL waits a little longer prior to sharing his next spot of “wisdom”.

    • stevequinn - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      I’m not a fan of Matheny either.

    • adowling80 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      It’s funny how Matheny has succeeded in BOTH of his first 2 years as manager. Wong is a rookie. Period. He makes rookie mistakes and isn’t hitting they way they want him too. I have seen Descalso make some pretty unbelievable plays and hit when we depended on him (same for Robinson and I am PISSED they sent him down). How do you just hand over the reigns to a young kid who isn’t doing what you called him up for? You don’t. You make the SMART decision to put him back down and bring someone else up who may be doing a bit better. Wong has done amazing in AAA, however, it is MUCH different in the big leagues. I don’t dislike Wong. I dislike that we can’t count on him. He is good defensively, amazing even. And although he has been decent with his hitting, I wouldn’t call it spectacular. You can see all the slow rollers starting to pick up the pace as the season moves on, but Wong is stuck. I was even worried about Craig for a minute. It’s baseball. There are going to be decisions we don’t like, but all we can do is keep watching the games. Maybe, just maybe, they are seeing something on the inside that we can’t see! For the record, it is only a month into the season. There is a LOT of baseball left and there is a lot of chance for Wong to prove himself (again) and take that spot back!! As for Peralta (I saw someone mention him down below), being a Tigers fan (after a cards fan, always!) I KNOW Peralta can perform. Give him a minute. This is a new division with new fans and new teammates. He will come around. I would bet my life on it! Peralta has some amazing talent, even when he’s NOT on PED’s! :D

    • klukstr - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      thank you finally someone with a brain I have been saying since they hired him that Matheny sucks.He has used a new lineup in practically every game this season.I know the offense isn’t clicking but how can you establish consistency with a different lineup card every night.That guy over thinks himself.Mo let him ride out this contract before you decide to extend it again.

  2. gibbyfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Wong wasn’t hitting. To me it made sense to send him back down to further work things out, especially when other viable options present themselves. He also had a shot at the end of last year and didn’t look that good.Right now, the Crds are not playingup to their potential because of sloppy defense and weak hitting. That will happen from time to time to the best teams but well run organizations generally don’t become dumb overnight

    • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      What are these viable options at 2B of which you speak?

      Descalso is a replacement level player that is below league average at everything.

      Ellis hasn’t shown anything so far this year.

      …and Wong wasn’t given a chance last year either, he got about 4 ABs per week after he was called up and was often a pinch hitter facing a left specialist.

      As disappointing as Wong has been, he’s still be light years better than the other options. Rather than bench him and then claim he is struggling the few times he does play, a smarter manager would keep playing him and let him work it out….just like they are doing for all of the other guys that aren’t hitting.

      • gibbyfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        Well, as you mentioned they can give Garcia a chance and Ellis is offeres stability. I’m not saying they should right Wong off–not at all–but maybe at this young age he needs more at bats at the triple AAA level. It could get him back on track. In my opinion he hasn’t looked that good at teh plate—Unlike Peralta who I would agree has lousy stats but has hit the ball hard, especially lately

      • okwhitefalcon - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Paper, if you think this is all Matheny’s doing I’m not sure you’re aiming your ire in the right direction.

        Mo wields the power and makes roster decisions and he’s been extremely adamant (along with Matheny) about not letting players fail in the major leagues in the name of development.

        It’s obvious they don’t think Wong gives them the best chance to win on a daily basis in the big leagues right now and they think he (and the big club) would be better served with a move – for now.

        If you get a chance, read the Hummel article in the Post Dispatch with quotes from Mo, he (not Matheny) basically said that at bats for Wong would be few and far between in the near future.

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        I saw that….but that doesn’t mean that Mo thinks they should be few, it just means that he realizes that his manager won’t play him, not necessarily that he agrees with it. I’m not sure what they are making the decision based on….Wong hasn’t looked good at the plate, but Ellis and Descalso have similarly looked and been useless with a bat.

      • yahmule - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Wong was getting the bat knocked out of his hands last season. He’s going to be a major league regular some day, but it will take some time.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Yahmule, I cannot agree totally with your assessment of Wong’s 2013 performance. He struggled at times, and most teams do try and crowd him, but the “bat getting knocked out of his hands” isn’t entirely accurate. He isn’t a “punch and Judy” type hitter. He swings the bat with authority, and both his minor league and Spring Training efforts have shown the ability to have gap power.

        In fact, he has a tendency to try and pull the ball too much. A more selective, all fields approach should be employed more often by him. Yes, teams bust him inside and try and tie him up, and he needs to learn to adjust to that, but he isn’t some “wet noodle”, slap the ball the other way guy. He can sting the ball, he just has to get his hands through the ball and wait for better pitches.

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Spud, based on what we’ve seen from Craig and Adams….how likely do you think it is that Craig winds up traded to make room in the OF? I am not of the mind that he won’t start to hit again, but give his age and limited value on the bases in in the field, the Cardinals may have better options for his spot very soon (and they probably already do).

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        The thought certainly has crossed my mind a number of times. What hurts Craig is his deficiencies are magnified by similar ones by Molina, Holliday, and Adams. He really isn’t a bad outfielder, just average. And while no burner he is part of mid order relay team that would be measured by a calendar not a stopwatch.

        Parting with him would sure be tough, but again the shortage of power by the other productive hitters in the line-up pressures his position to provide some thump.

        Hard to say. First they have to know somebody can fill his shoes. I have confidence in Piscotty, who from what I have seen an excellent defender with OK speed.

        Taveras is promising, and most likely a Big League talent, but I could also see him struggling to adjust to Major League pitching. Grichuk, who knows, lots of upside, but not sure about him in center.

        Ramsey might be the biggest sleeper of all. Look for him to get the call up to Memphis now. Butler probably ought to be moved for Franklin if St. Louis really has concerns about Wong and depth at that position isn’t great in the minors. Diaz is still on my radar and his stats are impressive so far.

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        The thing is….if they made Craig available….what would they ask for in return? They really don’t have any obvious holes to try to fill…unless they try to get another late inning reliever or someone that would represent a real backup SS….but none of that seems like good return for a bat like Craig. I guess they are really in a spot where they just have to hope guys start to show their true talent level.

        I guess the thing that pisses me off about the Wong me are 2 fold. First, you have quote saying that Wong has to learn to have confidence in himself and be less hard on him…in the same article where they are sending him down while keeping guys that have been demonstrably WORSE than he has. Yeah, great way to engender confidence in a guy. Second, Matheny says some BS about needing to just wait until players (meaning everyone but Wong, apparently) true talent starts to shine through so that the production matches the talent…again, while apparently singling out Wong for struggling. There are plenty of teams that let guys struggle in MLB until they figure it out….I am not saying you give him an entire year….but they didn’t even give him a month.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        Glad you responded, cause through it all I never said exactly what I think, and that is that Wong wasn’t given a fair shot.

        And yeah, about the confidence thing, he is the youngster. Why the double standard? I do think he can press, and it can show in his decision making at the plate, but how is that going to improve on the bench or with sporadic play. The platoon thing with Ellis seemed ideal to me. Let him sit against tough lefties, maybe not all but most, allow him to understand that is his role, and that benching against lefties wasn’t punitive, just a prudent match up that didn’t mess with his head.

        Plus how does this help St. Louis. We already know Wong can hit in AAA, Garcia isn’t the answer, Descalso isn’t an everyday guy. The move is puzzling. I wouldn’t mind seeing Bourjos sent down to get his offense in order and then bring him back, and allow another outfielder to get some playing time.

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Exactly. That’s the thing. He didn’t get a fair shot…while everyone else seems to be getting really long leashes to figure out their troubles.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        Even to some degree Bourjos has been given a pretty quick hook too. I know he hasn’t looked very good, and his swinging through pitches is a real concern, but I wasn’t ready to give up on him, and nobody is more quick to judge than me. Well maybe somebody, can give me a run for my money.

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Yeah, I would prefer a longer leash on him as well….but I think he lost out to the fact that Jay is a Matheny guy with history and he was hitting better than Bourjos….I really don’t think Matheny would recognize good defense if it kicked him in the crotch, so defensive ability really doesn’t seem to enter into it much at all. Bourjos is probably worth at least 1 base/game and at least 1/4 runner/game on defense…he just gets to balls so much faster and to so many more balls than Jay…and his arm isn’t completely useless either.

        But he’s not hitting at all….the problem is…how does he ever get the chance to turn it around from the bench? IMO, his ceiling is higher than Jay’s because of the defense….but I don’t feel like tilting at that windmill today.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        Yeah, a .265 hitting Bourjos is certainly a better option than a .285 Jay, and a 50-50 split between the two would be preferable to me at least until June to give each a shot at regaining past successes.

      • stevequinn - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        They sent Wong down to get things worked out. He’ll be back. The kid is going to be a great ballplayer at some point in time. Playing time at Memphis will do him some good.

      • okwhitefalcon - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        I think the only Craig is included in a deal would be for big game (insert Tulo shenanigans here) – he has value but as mentioned, there’s no real glaring need that would justify letting go of him.

        Pie in the sky Jr GM types could imagine packaging Craig and a young outfielder and pushing hard for a big boy SS, moving Peralta to 3rd and Carpenter back to second but that’s not going to happen.

        As for Wong’s demotion, I’m a bit indifferent – would have loved to see him take the position over but realize the brain trust knows much more about the player than I do so emotions are out of it for me. The last time they gift wrapped a middle infield position was Tyler Greene and we all know how that turned out so who the hell knows.

        No idea on Garcia although I do recall saying we’d see him long before they ever gave Ryan Jackson another look and that proved to be true. (wink,wink)

        I am excited to see Grichuk and wouldn’t be surprised if they got him in the line up sooner than later.

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        I agree. Any deal of Craig to make room for Piscotty/Taveras would probably be a biggie…maybe including a young pitcher as well to try to land a true stud.

        I think Grichuk could provide some pop off the bench, at least. One issue with the bench is that there was no one on it that was really a viable pinch hitter (unless Jay was on it).

      • yahmule - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        I don’t think sending him down is going to hurt his confidence, Lions. I understand he doesn’t have anything left to prove @ Memphis, but a chance to experience some success and get away from the pressure to perform right now will probably help him.

        Spud, I like the kid, but I watched a good number of his AB’s last year and he looked very overmatched. Clearly we’re talking SSS here, but his OPS was .363 and his OPS+ was 2. I’m pretty sure that was the worst non-pitcher number in a while. He does have a nice compact stroke which will serve him well eventually.

        I don’t see him as the kind of prospect with tools that knock your socks off. I think he’s the kind of hard working kid who will keep getting better. He’s very well liked in the organization because he’s extremely coachable.

        Ultimately, I could go either way on this. They might have been a little hasty, but I think we’ll see him back up very soon.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        To be clear, I am NOT calling for the trading of Craig. I am still a big believer, and like others have noted, what are we going to get in return, and what do we really need. But those thoughts do creep into one’s head, especially when the Cards in general, and Craig in particular are struggling.

        The idea of moving Carpenter back to second and Peralta to third and acquiring a top notch SS, isn’t crazy either though, but a decision like that should be far off to the future.

        When you have 4 guys burning up AA and AAA, who all run and field better than the corner guys you have it isn’t crazy to speculate. I guess it is more fun to play JR. General Manager when you have so many viable options.

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        I agree. I am not advocating a trade….but at some point moves will have to be made with the idea of maximizing the value of assets and product on the field. When guys are ready, they need to play. Their value won’t increase in the minors….but when you don’t have any glaring holes…a big deal for a big stud is really about the only viable option…which could be both terrifying and exciting.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        One final point regarding Wong. I don’t think the St. Louis Cardinals are a better team today with Garcia in the majors, and Ellis getting more playing time, than one with Kolten Wong getting the majority of starts at second base.

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Me either.

        If one were being optimistic, one could figure…”well, if this was going to happen, may as well get to it. The sooner he goes down to “get fixed” and comes back the better”.

        I do think the Cardinals could be a better team with Wong playing 2B and Garcia as the utilitiy player. His MIF defense is better than Descalso’s (who is really a 3B), and his record of hitting (and especially his control of the strike zone) is way better than those of Descalso at similar points in his development….not that he’ll hit in the majors either….but they’ll never find out if they don’t give him a shot.

        Anywho….c’mon Wacha, mow down the Brewers tonight. :-)

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Yep, I’d like to see a return of the Ol’ Wacha command.
        Without Braun and Segura in the line-up time to make up some ground.

      • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        One last comment regarding Wong, or Garcia really. I didn’t do Garcia due diligence. I have been researching the Cards’ minor leaguer progress but obviously not well enough. Garcia has 5 HRs, 2 doubles, and 3 triples in 86 ABs, while committing only one error. He has been thrown out 3 out of 4 times stealing, but his offensive contributions in Memphis, may play a bigger role in the decision to bring him up and send Wong down, than I previously suggested.

        Maybe he deserves a shot. Here’s to hoping he brings in to the Bigs.

  3. sfm073 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    H Wong really wasn’t doing horribly, he should’ve been given another month and plenty of playing time to figure it out.

  4. karlton3 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    When things go Wong, they go really Wong.

    • bcw420bcw420 - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      karlton: Has not the Sterling incident taught you anything? Your racist joke ain’t funny. He might be Wong but it don’t necessary mean he is wrong dumbass.

  5. ud1951 - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Ellis isn’t hitting either. But the team needs an offensive spark, hopefully the new guys get some regular starts and hit well. But my view is Robinson was not all that useful, but Wong was not the problem. The problem is not enough of the established starters on the team are taking good at bats, and the team is not doing a particularly good job on defense.

  6. stlouis1baseball - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Wow. I didn’t see them sending Wong down this early. I suppose they didn’t want to start Ellis for an extended time and NOT send Wong down. I mean…at least he gets his AB’s by going down to Memphis. I don’t know. It just surprise me a bit.

  7. jwbiii - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    By optioning Wong and calling up Garcia, the Cardinals are swapping University of Hawaii teammates. Obeying the Law of Conservation of Hawaiians is important in maintaining clubhouse chemistry. Look what happened to the Mets when they let Sid Fernandez walk.

  8. bcw420bcw420 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Ellis is hitting .100. It is wrong to send Wong down. No wrong in Wong in this move. I have to wonder is race a a factor here? He might be Wong but it does not necessary mean he is wrong. Only racists, which there are a lot out there would think that.

  9. kevinmcg9 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    I don’t get bringing up Grichuk… our offense is slacking and all I hear is Taveras is an immediate top 5 hitter in the league once he enters the MLB.. what are we waiting for?

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