The St. Louis Cardinals have started the young season miserably having shown only two games in which they exhibited life. #FireMikeMatheny is a very real thing on Twitter and should be heeded.
I am not shy about my disapproval of St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. I have written a few pieces questioning his moves, I have voiced my complaints (just a few times) on Twitter, and I have officially joined the #FireMikeMatheny hashtag movement.
Yes, the season is young. Yes, the St. Louis Cardinals could well turn things around. But, no, I am not a believer that these things will occur under the current coaching helm. That said, I’m not down on all the coaches in the MLB staff.
Before going into this, let me share some of my frustrated tweets from the weekend…
Starting on Friday, I voiced serious frustration with Kolten Wong during an at-bat in which he swung at three straight pitches after the previous two batters had just been walked. REALLY!? Why swing at anything until you have one-to-two strikes?
I also commented on Friday (after Amir Garrett was making fools of Cardinals batters) that any opposing team should simply trot out any pitcher the St. Louis Cardinals had never seen as this seems to be Kryptonite to our hitters. It also didn’t help matters that Garrett was left-handed and the current lineup simply cannot hit left-handed pitching.
I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised by this when our illustrious hitting coach- John Mabry- held a career slash against starting LHPs of .227/.292/.335. Should we expect him to be able to coach against LHPs when he (a left-handed batter) couldn’t figure them out himself?
Back to my ranting tweets. Speaking of Mabry, my frustration with him was so great on Friday that I added my own hashtag: #FireMabry. Moreover, I voiced my frustration at losing on Friday by saying:
These are harsh, I know, but I can tell you that I am not alone. Misery (at least St. Louis Cardinals-related) loves company it seems.
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Fast-forward to yesterday when I caught FSMW showing GM Mozeliak texting using only his index finger. I commented that perhaps this is why Matt Adams is allowed to repeatedly appear in left field.
This was quickly followed by my assertion that if I were Kolten Wong that I would ask to be traded from this team. I tweeted this for two reasons: (1) because I would be frustrated to play for such a lackluster team, and (2) because I would be frustrated that I’m not allowed to play for said team.
Finally, and this is the one that I really want to talk about, I retweeted and added a comment to the following tweet:
I find myself revisiting this idea. What I said in my retweet was that perhaps Mozeliak is doing his best Machiavelli impression and I’m beginning to believe my own joking tweet. What if Mozeliak is just standing aside and letting the team falter so that he has an excuse to #FireMikeMatheny?
What if Mozeliak has aligned players with speed, players who command defense, players who have contributed to a better clubhouse, oh and a Quality Control Coach all to allow Matheny to continue to fail? I wonder if the ax will finally come…
If it does come, will the Quality Control Coach become the interim for the remainder of the year? Will the organization actually look elsewhere? Could we all be so lucky?
What do you think? I’m sure many of you are mad at me but before you attack me, take a few minutes and contemplate this scenario. Is it really that far-fetched? Really think about it… Thanks for reading!