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07:23 AM ET 10.29 | Are the Cards on the brink partially because of their World Series roster decisions? You didn't give your team its best crack at winning by foolishly constructing a World Series roster that's equipped with luxury accessory items: two pitchers, Shelby Miller and Edward Mujica, that you haven't used for a single inning in the first five games. This nonsensical roster makeup means Tony Cruz is unavailable as a pinch-hitter. He's the only backup to catcher Yadier Molina and must be held in reserve in the event of injury. GM John Mozeliak usually is much smarter than this. The Cardinals wasted two roster spots on Miller and Mujica instead of keeping a third catcher. With a third catcher in the house, the righthanded-hitting Cruz could help in the late innings.

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John Mozeliak, Icon Sports John Mozeliak, Icon Sports
October 29, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Mujica has gone from closer to off the radar screen in September as well as in the post season, if he has a so call dead arm why on the roster? They are holding Miller back because of to many innings pitch this year. My question to you Mr. GM how many opportunities do you think your ball club will have getting back to the Series? You have a obligation to the players and fans to try and win now and worry about next year and years after that when the season is over.

October 29, 2013  08:47 AM ET

I think Tony LaRussa got involved in that decision.

October 29, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Agreed. I haven't understood the roster decisions for the entire pos-season. Matheny is obviously scared to use Mujica, and rightfully so. They show no signs of using Miller in any capacity, for whatever reason. If he has a dead arm or you are worried about the innings he pitched......fine. Just take him off the roster and add someone that can help you win this thing.

October 29, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Lot of media over-thinking here.
Cards are a smart team, they have reasons for their decision-making.
Won't matter after Sox take home the WS!

October 29, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Lot of media over-thinking here.Cards are a smart team, they have reasons for their decision-making.Won't matter after Sox take home the WS!

It's not over-thinking. The Cardinals are definitely a smart organization, but it makes no sense to use two roster spots on pitchers you have no intention of using, and then have Pete Kozma batting for himself in the 8th inning last night because their are no good bench options.

October 29, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It's not over-thinking. The Cardinals are definitely a smart organization, but it makes no sense to use two roster spots on pitchers you have no intention of using, and then have Pete Kozma batting for himself in the 8th inning last night because their are no good bench options.

That's fair criticism.

October 29, 2013  10:14 AM ET

The Cards can't hit. Not the good starters, not the weaker starters. How does that roster move change that? Pitching did not do them in, it was their offense.

October 29, 2013  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The Cards can't hit. Not the good starters, not the weaker starters. How does that roster move change that? Pitching did not do them in, it was their offense.

You are 100% correct. The Cardinal problem has been the inability to generate any offense whatsoever. The pitching has been good enough to win this thing.

The roster moves could help though, by adding some hitting strength to the bench that is simply not there. It would be better for them to have an extra hitter on the bench to pinch hit for guys like Kozma, as opposed to taking roster spots for pitchers that have no chance of seeing the field.

October 29, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You are 100% correct. The Cardinal problem has been the inability to generate any offense whatsoever. The pitching has been good enough to win this thing.The roster moves could help though, by adding some hitting strength to the bench that is simply not there. It would be better for them to have an extra hitter on the bench to pinch hit for guys like Kozma, as opposed to taking roster spots for pitchers that have no chance of seeing the field.

Looks too late now, but you are right.

October 29, 2013  12:18 PM ET

Nothing short of importing a hot bat from another team would help. Cruz is not any better than any of the other weak hitters on the bench. The Cardinals are in this position because the lineup has stopped hitting - period. No roster moves will fix that.

We've gotten a lot of innings from all our starters. No one knew that going into the series. What if one of the starter was blown up in the first innning of a game?

October 29, 2013  12:39 PM ET

2nd guessing is easy but I haven't seen anyone throw out any names yet that the Cards had on their roster all season that would have helped them win this. The Sox have been a magical team all year. They've made the most of their hits and the Cards haven't. Not much a GM or Manager can do about that.

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October 29, 2013  04:17 PM ET

Items 12 to 14 deleted!
Someone must have been angry.

October 29, 2013  04:35 PM ET
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Nothing short of importing a hot bat from another team would help. Cruz is not any better than any of the other weak hitters on the bench. The Cardinals are in this position because the lineup has stopped hitting - period. No roster moves will fix that.We've gotten a lot of innings from all our starters. No one knew that going into the series. What if one of the starter was blown up in the first innning of a game?

Agree to a point, CF2. I can understand one pitcher that you have on the roster for an emergency, but not two.

October 29, 2013  05:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Agree to a point, CF2. I can understand one pitcher that you have on the roster for an emergency, but not two.

TLR always carried a lot extra pitchers too. The bench is weak. We know that. Adding our next best weak hitters isn't going to help much. This is frustrating. The bench is the weakest part of this team. Adams filled that role very well until Craig went down.

October 29, 2013  08:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Looks too late now, but you are right.

The one thing going for us is that the two pitchers for games 6 and 7 have beaten the Sox once each. One of them did it in Boston. There's at least one and maybe two more games to play before we give Boston the trophy.

October 29, 2013  08:43 PM ET

Nobody said a Word not a word after game 3, now everybody wants to point the finger, the writer of this article is a Johnny come lately and should have written this after the rosters were announced! This Team The Cards were about to face the best offensive team in Baseball and this clown wants a third string **** catcher! As it turned out the manager did not use them when maybe he should have like Tony did move pitchers on and off the field. Blame him for not using them, but not because they needed three catchers!

 
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