Adam Wainwright give brilliant explanation for one of the worst pitches ever thrown

Legitimate explanation or convenient way to avoid further embarrassment?

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The St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, but starting pitcher Adam Wainwright still provided a light-hearted moment for Cardinal fans.

While facing his counterpart, Jake Arrieta, in the fourth inning, he delivered one of the worst pitches you’ll ever witness, chucking the ball into the ground nowhere near home plate, as you can see in the video below: Continue reading “Adam Wainwright give brilliant explanation for one of the worst pitches ever thrown”

One player who needs to step up for each NL Central squad in 2017

These five players need to improve upon their 2016 stats if their teams are going to be successful.

Now that spring training is underway, teams are finally starting to get a sense of what their rosters will look like heading into the 2017 season.

As strengths and weaknesses start to appear and players suffer through the various aches and pains associated with playing baseball every day again, it’s important for teams to use this time to come up with backup plans in case of injury or ineffectiveness.

As teams in the NL Central chase the defending World Series-champion Chicago Cubs, they’ll need some players who struggled last year to step up in a big way.

On the flip side, the Cubs have areas where they need to get more production, too, if they want to have a chance to repeat. Continue reading “One player who needs to step up for each NL Central squad in 2017”

The perfect team for Jose Bautista and three other free-agent sluggers

Teams looking to add power to their batting orders are in luck this offseason.

There are a surprising number of sluggers still available on the free-agent market, including former Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista.

However, Joey Bats isn’t the only power hitter looking for work as we approach mid-January — Mark Trumbo, Brandon Moss and Mike Napoli, among others, are searching for a new team. Continue reading “The perfect team for Jose Bautista and three other free-agent sluggers”

Why the St. Louis Cardinals must re-sign Brandon Moss

Versatile slugger would be a big boost to the Cardinals’ batting order in 2017.

As the calendar turns to 2017, the St. Louis Cardinals currently plan on using an infield that consists of Matt Carpenter at first base, Kolten Wong at second, Aledmys Diaz at shortstop and Jhonny Peralta at third base.

Matt Adams will serve as the backup first baseman and Jedd Gyorko will be the primary backup at the other three infield positions.

That leaves free agent Brandon Moss as the odd man out. However, as he is still currently a free agent, the Cardinals should consider bringing him back.

Wong is no sure thing at second base, which means Carpenter could be forced to move back to the position. Also, Peralta battled injuries last season and can’t be relied on to stay healthy for a full year as he gets older.

For those reasons, and a few more below, GM John Mozeliak should entertain the idea of bringing Moss back to St. Louis for a second full season:

He’s versatile: Moss can play first base and both corner outfield spots, and he’s actually not a bad defender.

That versatility will give him plenty of chances to crack the St. Louis lineup if the Cardinals decide they want to re-sign him for the 2017 season.

Dexter Fowler, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty will be the regular starters in the outfield and Tommy Pham figures to be the fourth man in the rotation, but Grichuk, Piscotty and Pham are all right-handed hitters.

Moss would be a good play against tough righties to give the Cardinals’ batting order some balance.

He provides some pop: Though Moss only hit .225 last season, he slugged 28 home runs and picked up 67 RBI.

The 28 homers were good for second on the team, behind only Jedd Gyorko, who hit 30. For a team that has struggled to hit for power in recent years (though the Cardinals mashed plenty in 2016), keeping Moss around isn’t the worst idea.

He’s a good pinch hitter: In 21 pinch-hit at-bats in 2016, Moss hit .286, with six hits, three home runs and seven RBI.

Yes, Matt Adams provides similar pop off the bench, but Moss’s versatility and ability to play the outfield make him a valuable potential piece for what’s expected to be a playoff squad in 2017.

If Moss will accept a one- or two-year deal that doesn’t break the bank, he should be welcomed back to St. Louis with open arms.