As “card” carrying members of Cardinal Nation, I think we can all agree to dislike the Cubs in some way, shape or form. A loss to the Cubs is a little more heart-wrenching than most. In a season that has started by having the best record in the majors, to sitting in the best division in the majors (record-wise), a loss to the Cubs is even harder. If it is a close game, maybe it would be a little more hurtful, but with the mini-blowout today, it was disheartening.
With the call up of Kolten Wong from AAA, the Cardinal faithful were in excitement mode. Wong made the start today at second, which confused me, but hey, it’s the position he was used to playing. I mean, it’s not like we have a second baseman that is playing out his wazoo, and has been consistent throughout the season. It’s not like he was a first time All-Star, and proves to be a major force in scoring some runs. Wait a minute….Carpenter does all those things! I’m so confused.
Don’t get me wrong, I was completely excited last night when I got a text from my bro-in-law telling me that Wong was getting the call up. I’ve heard nothing but positive things about this kid. I don’t think that he SHOULDN’T have been called up. I think he’s earned it. Unfortunately, I don’t agree with the placement of him at second base in today’s game.
Why don’t I agree? Because Matt Carpenter is a beast. I think he’s earned his place on the field where he is comfortable. Starting today at 3rd base, he was 0-3 at the plate, with a walk. I don’t want to question Matheny’s motives, but jeez La-weez, Mike, why oh why can’t we have some consistency? It is my own personal opinion, which you may choose to agree or disagree with, that players thrive on consistency. Batting orders, placement in the field, catcher/pitcher match ups, all of these things rely on consistency. What comes with consistency? Success. Wins. You get my drift?
Going back to Wong, who was 0-3 today, here’s my proposal–try him out at short. I mean, come on, let’s recognize the fact that Kozma is just not doing it on the offensive side of things. In August he is hitting .097. In the last week, he is hitting .063. I could use a break from Kozma in the lineup. Sure, I’m a big Descalso fan, but if we’re going to keep switching this stuff up, let’s try Wong at shortstop. And, I don’t mean for one game. Yes, he’s a second baseman, but short and second are as close in positions as you can get on the diamond. Matheny, if you’re listening (reading), and I know you are, here’s your line up for tomorrow:
Carpenter 2B, Beltran RF, Holliday LF, Craig 1B, Molina C, Jay CF, Freese 3B, Wong SS, Kelly P
There. Tomorrow’s work is done for you. You’re welcome. Let’s get out of the tie in the standings with the Reds, huh?