Tough series with the Cardinals, but the Cubs were breaking in a new catcher, a new CF and two new relievers. The Cubs are in a strong position for the postseason this year, but they won’t stand pat. I don’t know if Concepcion and Patton are the answer to what is wrong with Richard and Grimm, but at least we caught a glimpse of what has been working for Patton at Iowa.
By the way, why are Cardinal hitters allowed to get in an ump’s face after a called-third strike, like Matt Carpenter did in the eighth inning yesterday? I thought hitters got tossed for that. Or does the rule apply to every team except one? Against the Cubs last week, the Nats’ Anthony Rendon was ejected just for showing anger/frustration, without having said a word to the ump.
The plate umpire yesterday (Quinn Wolcott) is on the young side, just turned thirty and in his second full season as a full-timer. I guess the Cardinals are still grooming him.
Matheny displays the harshest glare and fiercest scowl since La Russa. The Cards generally do a few things well, but umpire-intimidation is right at the top.
Remember this classic Cardinal moment from last July? Watch Molina in the video, beginning at 45 seconds in. The game is less important than the head game.