Tuesday tidbits, part 2

Some more tidbits as we sit through a rain delay…

See my earlier tidbits post for updates on Kyle Lohse, Joe Mather and Troy Glaus.

* Khalil Greene is in the lineup despite a 3-for-20 career line against Livan Hernandez. Asked TLR about it, given that he sometimes sits a hot hitter against a pitcher who’s been tough on him, in order to avoid cooling the hitter off. Here’s the response:

“I actually talked to Hal about it. We feel like he’s swinging well enough to where we should keep him in the lineup. Right-handers are having some success against him.”

* Colby Rasmus is out tonight, and I notice that one commenter on the lineup is already angry. However, Rasmus is 0-for-11 with 4 Ks and no walks in the last three games, so it’s understandable to want to give the guy a night off. TLR again:

“I think he’s chasing pitches. That’s one of the things he was doing well, getting the ball in the strike zone.”

* Minor League left-hander Dail Villanueva tested positive for “metabolites of Nandrolone” and has been suspended for 50 games. Villanueva pitches for the Cardinals’ Venezuelan Summer League team.

* John Mozeliak on negotiations with Shelby Miller: “Slow process.”

Today’s playlist, all of which came up while I had the iPod on shuffle as I rode the 7 train out here to Flushing today:

Kings of Leon, “Notion”
Jen Trynin, “Washington Hotel”
Erasure, “It Doesn’t Have to Be”
Letters to Cleo, “Awake”
Arcadia, “Election Day”

-M.

2 Comments

More sloppy baserunning tonight with another double pickoff (Pujols, Thurston). Like they didn’t learn much from last week when Molina (of all people) and somebody else did the same thing. You would think the veterans would know better. Maybe Rasmus can use a break once in a while, but he needs to be playing regular. Duncan should be shopped this fall to the AL as a DH.

I mean everyone makes mistakes, and I wouldn’t pound on Pujols to much. He is probably the smartest baserunner on the team, so don’t complain to much about that. I mean there are certain things that you hate to see, but maybe trying to get that extra base and being a little overly aggressive leads to more runs than it takes away… Who knows…

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