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Brian Walton's notes from Wednesday, as the St. Louis Cardinals' three-game series against the Mets in New York concludes.

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As the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets complete their three-game midweek series on Wednesday, July 27th, the hot, sunny and steamy weather continues – with no rain anywhere near.

While the Mets continue their homestand on Thursday against Colorado, the Cardinals are undoubtedly hoping for a crisply-played game on Wednesday to enable them to make a timely getaway for Miami, where they open a four-game set starting Thursday evening.

A Day of Reyes

24 hours after noting last week’s high level of speculation about Alex Reyes, the top prospect dominated manager Mike Matheny’s pre-game question and answer session.  The trigger this time was shortening Reyes’ Tuesday start for Memphis to 60 pitches to protect his availability for a start in Miami Saturday night if needed.

On whether he and his MLB coaches are in regular interaction with Reyes

“Not in contact with guys on the rise.” “Let minors manager” and player development staff handle.

On Saturday’s starter

“Every pitcher is an option (to start).”

On Tyler Lyons

“He has developed as an option in higher leverage situations.” (possible implication that Lyons could be needed before Saturday)

There was a “good chance” that Lyons would have started instead of Mike Mayers on Sunday had it not been for the 16-inning game.

“Have known for a long time” that Lyons has the stuff to be a long-term starter. Being out of options meant he could not stretch out as a starter. It has been a “juggling act all year.”

On Reyes hype vs. Oscar Taveras

“Every couple of years we have a guy (who draws attention like that). There is pressure as to why do we not bring him up.”

On Wednesday’s starter Adam Wainwright

“He was trying to find location.” “Movement better” and getting “more break on off-speed pitches.”

On bullpen

“Good to not have to beat up relievers.” Complimentary about pitching of Dean Kiekhefer and Sam Tuivailala in the doubleheader.

On Tuivailala

Threw curveball more Tuesday, not as many cutters. “Controlled zone well.” “Always in conversation” when openings in St. Louis arise. “Numbers did not always show” how he was doing. “Upside still very high.”

On how he monitors Reyes

Matheny depends on reports from manager, player development. Have detailed notes inning by inning. For Reyes, it is “strike zone command.” Checks to see “if stuff is better than stats,” if giving up bloopers or home runs. “With his stuff, if in the zone, he should be successful. If is a matter of efficiency.”

Does not watch video of him. “Can be too many cooks in the kitchen” if MLB coaches saying one thing and minors another. Will work with him when he gets here. “Try not to overload.”

Matheny was able to catch Reyes several times this spring. Can’t have a better vantage point.

On Reyes parallel with Carlos Martinez

Not drawing parallel, but noted that “Carlos is just now getting there.” “Guy with a big arm becoming a pitcher (takes time).” Maturity and pressure.

On Reyes’ learning

Has “handled stuff as far as I can tell.” Will have to be careful (in future with more distractions in majors). The “lessons learned in the last six months were vital.”

On Brandon Moss and Matt Carpenter

Moss will play tomorrow (first rehab game Thursday at Springfield). No dates/plans after that. Carpenter ready for rehab “soon after.”

For more

Link to Tuesday’s New York Minutes.

Link to Monday’s New York Minutes.


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