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Joe Strauss, St Louis Post-Dispatch, Joins Dennis, Callahan and Minihane Live in St. Louis

Oct 26, 2013|

Joe Strauss joins the boys to talk World Series game 3 and give his analysis of what the Cards will bring to the table now that they're in the comfy home of Busch Stadium.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Welcome back it is a rare Saturday edition of Dennis and Callahan we will be on the air live from Busch Stadium. Between now and 3 o'clock 61777. On 793 -- older phone calls just a bit but we hooked up with. Joseph Strauss Joseph Strauss writes baseball is a columnist for the Saint Louis post dispatch he joins us on the AT&T hotline good morning Joseph how aria. Well we're looking out and a beautiful field on a beautiful day it would make cloudless sky and temperatures getting into the mid sixty seems like a perfect day to play baseball unfortunately it and up went Toledo seven tonight. Yeah that's the annual chili Darryl airports at least there's no rain expected and I guess so he played mostly you know. Upper forties lower forties so it should be okay. They are and we know the Cardinals are good team -- -- particularly good here at bush is the area explanation in your mind why are they so good at home. They. They have a lot of you know and a lot of home games late. And at that seemed to be you know they've won nineteen games since September. But think I think it's the quality of their play just coincided with coming home I don't think it was the other way around. You know they they are couple -- you know it just as Boston has a very pervert -- pesos Saint Louis and and these -- -- the appreciate point four bird bird had -- it's the revenue neutral ballpark I don't see it is going to be fired its hitting or pitching. But -- is the there is a comfort level here and -- again he beat these guys seem to play. You know well into the season in coincidentally they have expended our home games the same time. They Allen Craig is the big issue with that with the Cardinals right now. It sounded to me listen in the Phoebe he's not gonna play first -- all about it and and you might seem in the outfield. -- ticket is gonna is gonna be a pinch hitter for these three games -- that's what we expect. That's what I expect that I'd be surprised if they turn him loose in the field had really be surprised. Would expect from him loose in right what you'll note don't suggest there's a problem they'll -- and you know Mike's been there. He's very encouraged by. Beltran -- -- our team two -- in yesterday's press conference so -- -- felons that are played appeals. I still think. It would be. You know perhaps against. You know Lester or something like that as opposed to just jamming -- in any outfielder if you know with with Beltran apparently. OK to go so that's at least are interpreted but I still don't expect to see him. You know in the starting lineup. Today or tomorrow. What's a realistic expectations for Kelly tonight I mean look at 56 innings three runs from the -- Signed for that right now. Yeah I think the -- -- with Kelly is in fifth in ten days that's going to be and his last outing. Was very sketchy against the doctors. And game three at the NLC. I think that this is -- -- all performers spoke for evidence and Jake Peavy. I think what you described would be acceptable quality start. And over you know and in their -- hopefully a lead in -- and run it -- but if Kelly didn't. What was was arguably their best pitcher. About two months this season but he's not a guy who takes a team. You know beyond the seventh inning for there are challenges for complete games or even goes far beyond the -- sitting here is pretty much six and -- -- He's also guys -- you know from red sox' perspective the guy wears -- -- -- -- overpowering they struggle sometimes against these power guys he's not a -- -- gonna strike out 89 batters in 56 innings. Know any you know some -- command can. Waiver bit but he hits it up there pretty good you know he can throw it or 93 or 435 -- -- you can bring -- It's it's just not the same term. He doesn't have the same kind of you know complimentary assortment that a guy like walker or Wainwright is to get people off the passed -- put. Me he's you he's he's done he's done that or he he. He's a fastball pitcher and he'll come back you -- does not scared of the matter whether his. It's commanders there from -- that includes six. A few words it now Mike made Metheny and Q I'm sure you've spent a lot of time around Joseph when you told him the funniest joke Q overheard. We laugh. You polite chuckle he's got to do. At least they're among media you know in part partake in -- -- excesses of you -- release. It's sort of more understated than what you're I've only have. Did you think did you see this coming with with beanie obviously had never met before it was a we were watching closely as Terry Francona was a candidate two years ago they settle for -- with no experience did you think he would be able to do this he's. Obviously got them the post season two years and -- us a chance to win a World Series. Looks like a pretty good manager. I'll I'll be aren't supposed to risk. Especially with people in Saint Louis being used to you know managerial Giants like when it was good in -- in her thought. You're -- I appeared never done it before. He didn't help thinking it's going to be confessed. You know what it's how he would handle -- in and yeah there was there was -- adjustment there or what. And he has a very accelerated learning curve. He's got a lot of help from the front office Ian Thomas they'll look that you have very good relationship. And the records speak for itself they had the best record. Since 05 this year they've won their first division title since owed nine. And it's been won twenty games in May nineteen and September immunity they they played well. For most of the year they -- out there valley in around the trade deadline but I escaped that. And you know I don't know if it's if -- where my experiences in terms of a tactician I think he's. In the middle somewhere trending upwards but I do know these guys play hard inning one through nine mean one who wants 62 in -- Now I'm sure the -- you know I'm sure the culture change in the Red Sox this year and you've seen that as well and and that's that's a big deal and I think it's reflective of the way they're playing right now as well. We're talking with Joseph Strauss columnists and baseball -- for the Saint Louis post dispatch. Back to the Francona and Metheny hiring did you think Francona was the right guy for that spot and out of that -- run off the tracks for Tito -- Are you know what I think mark my theory is and some people walker confirmed that the fix was pretty much in for nothing new -- -- party organization your heart's upper level was elect. I hit serve and you know the special -- capacity in the -- And you know had Eric. And frankly you know I think people are grateful and he's just been dismissed in the C would it would be like if there if there would be. You know it would be magic in a row and there was not it was you know a lot of a lot of stuff -- just amount about. Very thought experience at the end of his days in Boston. He was asked about it. The Cardinals were not impressed with how he answered that and I think it became pretty apparent well for the in his interview. That this was not going to be. A match for him and I'm not so sure he was really. As zealots to. To get back in the dugout at that point as he was when he took the union's job so -- it probably worked out best for everybody that. The vote vote for it went another direction but there was that wasn't easy assumption that -- told be that guy but that was never. That was never. That the the betting favorite in terms of the cardinal front office. Interesting interesting enough to revisit ancient history and I say that with tongue in cheek were you shocked. By the Cardinals walked only game one performance and beyond that how do you think you respond after they yeah after they leave that day. -- you know I guess I'm always surprised with me. World Series being played that poorly and they look like a high school -- out there -- times. Just overwhelmed by the moment and that. But it has been out here for the -- that was not a great defensive team. And they certainly didn't get sucked that night but that lack of composure. This is what really. Stunned me. You know obviously more composed the next night came back. You know the Red Sox had their antics in the end in the infield so. I think it's it's a very compelling evenly balanced series and I do think the Cardinals have an opportunity you're like most people these next night was against perhaps the ball -- it's -- starting pitching. But it's what he's serious work thing is if he's strong arguments from momentum changes made it very. That's because your overall -- -- the scenes I was real important this World Series suffering. For the better the better teams in the competence. I really like that they -- our united that a few years since the in the memorial what what they've done there. It's it is this is what it requests the old school like -- World Series. He's Joseph Strauss Saint Louis post dispatch baseball writer and columnist Joseph thanks very much for taking some time out of the morning of the game three of the World Series thanks for the title talk did on the road. Joseph Strauss the Dennis and Callahan on the AT&T. Hotline. See some runs scored the next couple games yes yeah those are blitzing some runs Edward these upset tendencies to run the first game true they were -- -- Over under on hits for -- Boston Red Sox is ten I just made that up and it seems like a lot. I -- tenets are larger. -- a little over really a goal over and same for the cards -- and it's. And I don't ought to get tougher and -- sorry but you're going to his if you want if you're a little. Feel like you're just a little too cocky as the Red Sox fan right now this will let temper. Your enthusiasm birdie Mikell -- that's -- -- good they're both good they're good baseball guys -- -- columnists. Good midwestern guys there you know polite and considerate and directed preferred players well the first thing they managed bomb loss at all which I don't like -- -- that -- -- guy that bombs -- livid at us they work hard and they tell you think you don't know pitchers are always a good thing here's. Why you should be discouraged. If you're Boston -- experience Boston Red Sox -- they are in that. Busch Stadium -- -- Busch Stadium -- and see -- groups -- -- -- high tech named to -- book I say it is the stadium looks a lot nicer inside and outside. Right it's that attempt at that you know Camden yards old's league kind of sportsman's park -- -- -- -- that's -- its almost like it's its it's and hoping it's this spread out. This is a wild and crazy city you know what you know that because it's known for its accounting firms that you are up. He gets you ready KPMG. And the Lawton. Whatever it's called little it and who should you know who wish to push to a little and Touche and in the hope what to drive round facilities investment in accounting -- yes. Whenever that's going to -- we to all the buildings from here yes. Hilton and just fits the you know decorum that you have a lot of accounting firms at -- wild crazy you right -- -- good lap sheik's other -- yet that is that if it and but they're not crazy than a zone vicious fans -- Yankee Stadium but they do support their team it is a tough place to play and to win if you're visitor. Including the post season the Cardinals are 59. And 28 at Busch this season. That's a 678. Winning percentage. The best by a cardinal team since 1944. Now. I'm pretty sure again I'm no baseball historian of the world we're going to be an issue -- really well -- -- that. That's it we all have goals Jerry they've had some pretty good Cardinals teams right I remember yeah yeah yeah that's it wouldn't that mean that's. In winning percentage at home that they have not matched. In the last seventy years. Thumb. The Cardinals are 26. At six at home since August 11. That's not supposed to happen that's an NBA team that's the Miami Heat the Boston Celtics in 1985. Over the 21 games the current over the 21 games colonels were outscored their opponents one -- nine to 42. They have ever feel comfortable here right dominated. Here at home. In that stretch the start of the Cardinals pitchers ERA one point 62 right they don't just hit -- pitch at home. That is it an amazing. Run at home goes on on by the way as you got -- -- yourself cheap ticket just get one here. And right the Red Sox and I -- -- a way to -- talked about when the series start I agree I think the they would make -- before it on the plane he said 11 -- would state. Now they're taken worse Cardinals and picking up 32. Go back to Australia -- -- I went back to Boston and it's obviously a tough place to play too but they've managed just got a winner take -- game and I think. The I think it's a psychological and when you don't Ortiz played first Napoli on the bench it's not just you -- Napoli that. It's like you planned on rules now you know we get our house and you plan by our rules don't you think that gives a team cycle resolutely. Now Kirk you believe in that -- not enough of psychologically to have it at does that work at a -- Does that -- it at the Red Sox know four of seven and managed to jump over that psychologically to win games and National League parks and can do. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yeah at it -- it's amazing they think nothing of put Ortiz in the field listening to Metheny in other Cardinals. They acted like their asking. Allen Craig. Like play middle linebacker. Who we don't we can interest he sprained his foot on September 4 right on target to. While -- goes that says is weeks seven weeks and they sent who. We took a couple fumbles we really have to be careful. -- -- there like you know it's that the wires all the while also approach here it is it's -- Buchholz this is a good hitter of valuable guy off you've -- hit 454 with runners score and I find that I did I listen in the did you happen -- -- that but that's how I find that a bit. But if -- honest to god is it that big a risk. If he's better and he's more valuable than Matt Adams and they should put him at first did take their chances they're not gonna. Allen -- as a pinch hitter with these at least these two games right I think Joseph Strauss is right if -- -- the face and Lester. They will consider put -- in the line and it didn't in the disadvantage I thought they were gonna have losing Napoli as opposed Napoli burst out of those two back you can lose protecting Napoli prescribes -- to push and I guess they restlessness and Adams left in the face right ladies. But and Craig can pinch hit and he's comfortable with that I should assume he's comfortable that he complaining. Mean I heard questioned him but Colts toughness in the -- sprained his foot seven weeks ago. What -- play for a Mercedes. More similar to the buckled situation that you know do you think there's other stuff blown -- Buchholz over this you know three month. Medical hiatus he took and now yeah I made their second there's a lot of -- I -- exactly Biggio the correction for that and and is it not possible the Cardinals are saying sprained foot but maybe the MRI shows a hairline crack of some sort you know. And I know. Don't I'm not question his heart put. Wouldn't say I need to get out there no matter what we Carlos Beltran to say that to Curt Schilling would say kill what you need to be out there it's. Playing first how -- could play first with some pain to four yes you can't run the bases maybe or maybe protect them fly balls McPhee said. If they can put them they'll feel that that's a possibility. And I guess if Joseph Strauss that may be in game five. He's healed up -- he's comfortable whatever and that maybe that desperate it's Lester maybe they're desperate they -- if if they had gone down 02. That was started Wainwright. 03 they'll start in game four all right so beat tonight would you be. Tomorrow they'll be uncertain starting if they had lost game two with them where it's ultimately gonna win right in game four. So lancet got bumped him by about 61777. Point 79837. A special Saturday edition. Dennis and Callahan broadcasting live from Busch Stadium in Saint Louis game three. Of the 109. World Series being played tonight and we -- here things were fine -- at Foxwoods Resort Casino they are the presenting sponsor for the then -- Callahan show on the road a few like we missed some Kirk we we heard about the -- breakfast your lunch you know whatever then what did you lots of -- -- better. Archer Daniels Saint Louis -- at the Mississippi River lobster yes it's called Craig called crayfish yeah all crawfish -- -- I don't know I used to -- we -- their way to the museum. Yeah I -- the up right the botanical garden art gallery botanical -- second highest rated and I don't know how they rate them in the world I believe only Harris has a -- botanical garden -- -- odds and work well yeah I know your stuff yes indeed so -- that's -- -- -- -- -- took a it was a flower on Friday if you go to the -- Yes that's later. Most of you have done this and that we finish one of the best teams in the country we're broadcasting curious were broadcasting your 2:3 o'clock awesome time that right -- rip -- and correct. 305 about the short head for the suit yes -- yard argue sounds good. Your comment. Not your favorite animal think about that in the break okay well I -- and by the way I don't rule Jake TDs favorite animal is not favored. Least favorite animal is one guy on this roster -- -- roster he must be careful of more than any other. -- just -- -- -- -- just don't -- them what to say witnesses he saved the reps and the reps which played about as we get back.

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