The Backup Catcher, World Series Edition

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Royals hate abounds in this edition of the Backup Catcher Podcast, but what’s new?! Brain and the Vanimal discuss the World Series, even going so far as to play-by-play game 2, all the while complaining heartily about how bad Moustakas and Hosmer actually are. You’ll get to hear their thoughts on outgoing Padres hitting coach Tasty Plaintain, the DH rule, and get a lovely dose of Which is More. Example: Which is more? The number of true Royals fans or the number of downloads our silly podcast gets? YOU decide (download now)

World Series Edition

The Backup Catcher Podcast, LCS Edition

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Do you bleed Royal blue? Crap Giant brown? Then 2014 postseason baseball is for you! Brian and Van discuss the League Championship Serieseseses, and Brian learns that being harsh on the Royals isn’t actually harsh enough. MIKE MOUSTAKAS SLUGS .360 FOR HIS CAREER. So while mediocrity may fly for the World Series, the Backup Catcher boys strive for marginally better.

LCS Edition

Pat Neshek – Million Dollar Arm

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Ne$hek

Back in February of this year, the Cardinals took a $1MM flyer on free agent reliever Pat Neshek.  Neshek was coming off a couple of injury-plagued years with the A’s and just looking for a job.  He had been extremely effective when healthy, and betting that kind of money didn’t seem like a terrible idea under the circumstances.

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2014 World Series Preview

Months upon months of hard work, excellence, and theatrics have come down to this–the 2014 World Series. Just as we all totally expected, tomorrow night’s game one will be the first of at least four (but hopefully more) pitting the Royals against the Giants in a battle of who slaps a single somewhere first. The Royals haven’t lost a single game in getting to baseball’s biggest stage (they’re an absurd and unprecedented 8-0), while the Giants have been nearly as ridiculous (8-2) in their own trek to glory. Continue reading

Two Redbirds With One Stone

Hold the Mayo

Hold the Mayo against Lefties

Despite reaching the NLCS this year, the Cardinals have plenty of questions to answer and needs to address.  Count an upgrade at backup catcher and depth at first base among them.  Maybe taking care of the former will help with the latter.  Granted, what I propose may seem a little radical, but it could be a way to fix a short-term problem and a looming long-term one as well.  Sign or trade for a really good backstop to reduce Molina’s workload and give him some platoon time at 1B.

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Bochy Plays Chess While Matheny Plays Checkers

rogers-hornsby-quoteThe Cardinals were already out-manned and outgunned going into the NLCS, and then Mike Matheny was outmaneuvered and outdone by Bruce Bochy.  If you really think that baseball moves and countering moves somehow parallel the action in a chess match, then you should know that Mike Matheny probably doesn’t play chess, bro.  Bochy went with the Ponziani Opening while Matheny was trying to figure out how to double jump a bishop while sacrificing red pawns.

Advantage, Bochy and the Giants.

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Double Wild Card Era Alters Competitive Landscape

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Probably Not A Real Quote

For just the second time since the introduction of the Wild Card system, two Wild Card teams will meet in the World Series.  What first appears on the surface to be an anomaly of sorts may actually be representative of things to come.  The current incarnation of the Wild Card system has shifted something difficult to quantify in favor of the Wild Card winners.

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Around the Horn: 10-15-14

We ask the greatest minds in baseball about hot topics from around the league.


Pedro Martinez

“Sometimes, there am a way to go after the ugly goat. You have to pre-order
when the little man offers you a deal. Don’t turn him down! Follow you dreams to always.”

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