Matheny’s Quick Hitters – Sunday, August 24

Summarizing St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny’s comments before his club’s series finale in Philadelphia. He talks about Shelby Miller’s sinker, improved with the help of Justin Masterson.

Pre-game remarks

On Matt Adams.

OK so far. (At that point, the players, who were allowed to report late, had not yet arrived. Adams, who “tweaked” his back on a diving stop of an off-the-mark Trevor Rosenthal throw in the 12th inning, is in the Sunday lineup.)

On Matt Holliday.

The outfielder, hit in the arm by a pitch Saturday, also checked out ok. He is in the lineup as usual on Sunday.

On Shelby Miller’s sinker.

Something they have talked about for a long time. Lilliquist always challenging pitchers to improve. Miller hadn’t gotten a great feel for the sinker before. Talked to Masterson, who has a great sinker. Miller good learner, also picked up cutter. Sinker 92-93 with great movement. Good addition. No swing and miss pitch other than elevated 4-seamer. Commendable to be doing this late in the season. Bold step to use the sinker.

On pitchers hitting.

All have power and want to show it sometimes. Need to take short stroke. They are doing that. Miller improved and so is Lynn though numbers don’t always show. Bunting is better.

On Justin Masterson.

His sinker requires feel. No “magical, do this and it is fixed” thing to do. Needs to get in groove and be consistent. Has an overwhelming sinker when he is in the zone.

On Molina playing some first base in September.

“I like my first baseman,” Matheny smiled. He then acknowledged that it is “not out of the question.”

Links to related content

Matheny’s Quick Hitters – Saturday, August 23
Matheny’s Quick Hitters – Friday, August 22
Matheny, Cardinals Thrive on Doubters

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