St. Louis Cardinals: While it would be nice, no firings likely

Jun 6, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny watches from the dugout during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 6, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny watches from the dugout during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports /

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to lose. Lose. Lose. Fans are tired of it but don’t look to the organization to be so quick to pull the trigger.

Let me jump right to the chase: the St. Louis Cardinals organization should pull the trigger and start firing people. That said, the likelihood of this happening is slim-to-none, in my humble opinion. The Cardinals have not, in their past, been fast to jump ship.

That said, the losing streak is a killer. Boneheaded base running mistakes, errors in the field, waving a man on to third when he is dead-to-rights, all of these things must change. Some of these are the faults of the players while others are squarely on coaching.

I wrote recently that I deeply wanted John Mabry to be the first to get the ax and I still believe that. If you missed my post about Mabry’s inability to serve as an adequate hitting coach, jump here and have a read. And, by the way, that article serves to praise the departed Matt Adams.

Okay, back to the subject at hand. I think we can all agree that changes need to come. And many of us can agree that these changes should involve the coaching staff. That said, let’s take a look at a few names and let me share my opinion of the likelihood of their departure.

First up, Jhonny Peralta. I know, I didn’t open with one of the coaches, but I believe we can all agree that this dude needs to have his bags packed. In fact, for very little money, I would travel to St. Louis and pack his bags for him. My verdict? 90 percent chance that Peralta is gone.

With his lack of desire to learn to play first base, and with the return of Kolten Wong on Friday, there simply isn’t a place for Peralta who is batting .207 currently. That said, Matt Carpenter is batting .209 but that isn’t up for discussion, right?

Back to the coaches. Chris Maloney needs to go, right? I have never, never, never been a fan of Maloney since he was with Memphis. When I would watch games and he would coach third base for the Memphis Redbirds, I found myself yelling often at his ignorant choices. He would send runners (or call them) when it made no sense, as we saw the other night, and would not send them when he should.

My final verdict? I think there is a 56 percent chance that Maloney will have to pack his bags.

Next up, Mabry. I want his percentage to be 90, but I doubt seriously that it will be this high. Why? Last season’s homer numbers, and positive performance by some players will likely save him. Oh, and the years that he spent as assistant hitting coach when players could really hit.

My final verdict? I think there is a 51 percent chance that Mabry finds a new home.

I’ll be extremely brief with Derrick Liliquist. I don’t think he is in danger of being fired unless the organization decides to clean house. Which I don’t think is very likely.

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Let’s go to the stench that originates from the head of this fish– Mike Matheny. The man is not wise enough to manage during a game. He might be nice and he might be one who can carry the Cardinals Way party line but he is NO manager. He should not have been extended but the positive teams he inherited earned him that extension.

Let me jump to verdict here because I don’t want to beat the proverbial horse on Matheny. I believe that Matheny has a 33 percent chance of being fired. DeWitt and Mozeliak should absolutely fire him but I don’t see them doing it.

And speaking of John Mozeliak, should he go? I happen to like Mo but his recent inability to close a deal might indicate that his time with the St. Louis Cardinals have come to an end. He does good work but I’m worried that Matheny has limited him dramatically. Perhaps if Matheny is gone, then Mo is safe.

Final verdict on Mo? 20 percent chance if Matheny is fired, 33 percent chance if Matheny is safe. Why the difference? As I said, I think the organization would choose to cut Matheny and keep Mo. I sure would.

Next: Trade targets

What do I really want? I want to see them all go. Honestly. Let’s clear house. Let’s get a fresh start. That said, I just don’t see it happening. Who would you cut and in what order? Let me know on Twitter. Go Cardinals!