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Monday, August 25, 2014

Gleeman: Oscar Taveras is hitting and Mike Matheny is happy

Trading veterans because your dumbo manager refuses to stop playing them? John Mabry?? I’ve seen this movie before!!

Oscar Taveras is playing and playing well lately, easing Cardinals fans’ concerns about manager Mike Matheny frequently benching the 22-year-old rookie for lesser talents, and now Matheny is full of praise for the work Taveras has put in to get better.

Matheny told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Taveras has made “huge adjustments” since a slow start to his MLB career, adding:

He’s really worked hard in the cage with [hitting coaches John Mabry and David Bell] on his approach and shortening his swing a bit. Even his outs were pretty loud. He’s definitely taking steps in the right direction.

It’s too small of a sample size to get truly excited yet, but Taveras is in a 9-for-22 stretch right now and has hit a combined .280 with just 13 strikeouts in his last 100 plate appearances.

The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:23 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. cardsfanboy Posted: August 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM (#4779115)
One of the stupidest controversies this year has been Bernie Mikalsz running campaign to play Oscar, if he didn't play or was in the majors, he would ask why, and pretty much bad mouthed the manager every chance he got. The thing is, that this is a team that was projected to be a contender and was struggling offensively, you had Holliday, and Adams producing, but not Bourjos, Craig or Taveras, so the only sensible thing was to try and find playing time for those three with the hope that they can find their stroke, while limiting the number of lineup spots being used by non-productive at bats. Sure in some people world, projections is all that matters and ignoring the reality of a player not performing should just be tossed aside as 'sample size' issues.

Taveras playing time wasn't about Matheny not liking Taveras, it was about putting the team on the field that was producing. In theory both Taveras and Craig are probably right now about equal quality hitters, and both were hitting like a defense first shortstop.
   2. greenback needs muscle Posted: August 26, 2014 at 01:35 AM (#4779130)
projections is all that matters

The thing is ZiPS RoS has him at 274/318/414; PECOTA RoS is a little more friendly at 283/322/442, but that's not particularly impressive for a corner OF. It's not the projection so much as the silly "Best Hitting Prospect Since Pujols" label. Cardinals fans should be more cynical about this nonsense after the "Next Edmonds" was wisely dropped for a generic guy like Jon Jay.
   3. Spahn Insane: once again (still?) a filthy whore. Posted: August 26, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4779280)
Cardinals fans should be more cynical about this nonsense after the "Next Edmonds" was wisely dropped for a generic guy like Jon Jay.

Remind me--who was the "Next Edmonds"?
   4. cardsfanboy Posted: August 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4779294)
Remind me--who was the "Next Edmonds"?

Colby Rasmus, who has 12.9 career war at age 27(782 games), when Edmonds had 14.9 (500 games)at relatively the same age, although Edmonds had two 5+ war seasons by that point, and Colby's best has been 4.6.
   5. Spahn Insane: once again (still?) a filthy whore. Posted: August 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4779327)
Oh right. He was actually good for a while there, wasn't he?
   6. DCA Posted: August 26, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4779390)
Rasmus has had two very good seasons (2010 and 2013) and four mediocre ones. This year might be his first with an OPS+ between 90 and 126.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: August 26, 2014 at 04:34 PM (#4779512)
Yeah, the young Edmonds wasn't Edmonds! and, as if by magic, he started hitting LHP when he got to StL.
   8. Sleepy Self-Identifies as a Flying Monkey Posted: August 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM (#4779973)
Yeah, the young Edmonds wasn't Edmonds! and, as if by magic, he started hitting LHP when he got to StL.

True about hitting LHB, but in his five seasons before arriving in STL his OPS was .888, .946, .868, .874, and then a .766 in an injury-shortened season (129, 137, 123, 123, 95 OPS+). That may not merit an exclamation point, but he was pretty darn good.

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