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Goold: Cardinals Should Have ‘Offensive Confidence’ Heading Into Game 4

Brendan Marks, Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:35:00 GMT

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called into The Ryan Kelley Morning After from Chicago on Tuesday to discuss the Cardinals’ Game 3 loss to the Cubs and Wednesday’s Game 4 win-or-go-home match-up.

We typed up some notable excerpts from the segment, which you can listen to in full below:

What did you think of Mike Matheny’s decision to send Michael Wacha out there for the fifth inning?

“I didn’t think it was all that odd. In the previous inning, Wacha had established command of his fastball. You had a guy…starting to piece things together and was settling in. He had his best command at that point. I wasn’t shocked at all. Even though he had given up the lead…that was a stretch he had put things together. But then it went very quickly south. They were fixated on Rizzo and what they would need to have if they got to him. They weren’t prepared for if things went awry before that.”

What’s your impression of Molina’s condition going into Game 4?

“He will play as he can tolerate the pain. John Mozeliak checked around and was told he was fine, but it hurts. It affected his swing. It affected his ability to catch. They’re going to have to check and it’ll all be on what he can tolerate.”

Who do you think pitches for the Cardinals in Game 5 if they win today?

“I think it would be an all-hands-on-deck kind of game. I’m interested to see what the trust level is with Jaime Garcia. There’s a trust element there. He has the ability to start a game five and win the series for the Cardinals. He has that talent. But does he have that intestinal fortitude for it? He’s got to assert himself for this team. Will (the Cardinals) trust him enough to go for it?”

On the Cardinals’ offensive gameplan vs. the Cubs’ bullpen:

“The guy that Wainwright could be for the Cardinals, Trevor Cahill has been. I think it’s really something to watch today. The Cubs are not set up well for pitching today. Their bullpen is strained. The Cardinals have had some success (against starter Jason Hammel). This should be a game the Cardinals should go into with a whole lot of offensive confidence. The Cubs are vulnerable today. That’s the opening they have to get the series back to St. Louis.”

Derrick Goold Talks Cards-Cubs on The Morning After