(BaseballStL) — As the trade deadline approaches, the Cardinals continue to be mentioned in whispers around the league as potential candidates for David Price.
With so much speculation in the media as to who will go where and when, late July can be a tough time to be in a clubhouse.
Mike Matheny acknowledged this time of year can be hard on players because of the approach of the trade deadline. He said it could have a real impact on high profile players whose names are tossed around as trade potential because they don’t know if they will be with the team much longer, an experience not relevant to the current Cardinal club.
But he said some teams who want help “wait around for something to happen,” while others just continue to play and let the front office improve the club if possible.
He also said he is in constant contact with General Manager John Mozeliak about any moves the team might make, pointing out that has been their relationship for his three-year tenure. “That’s what we do. We talk about the team and how we can get the most out of everyone.”
The Cardinals have hit 14 homers in 15 games in July, and Kolten Wong has five of them. The second baseman is riding an eight game hit streak, while sporting extra-base hits in seven of his last 10.
He’s also riding back-to-back multi hit games on his way to a .500 average against the Dodgers this season.
Rosenthal Over All
Even though he has 30 saves already this season, Trevor Rosenthal tends to get overlooked in the discussion of the game’s most effective closers, Matheny said Sunday night.
“When (closer) Doug Jones got 40 saves, we were just in awe,” Matheny said of his playing days. “I think with the years (other pitchers) are having, they’re getting the attention.”
He credited Rosenthal’s success to having a short memory, but also a resilient confidence in himself. “You have to see the good and truly believe when you have a bad night that it won’t happen again. You either have that or you don’t. You see a lot of guys with the stuff to close,” he said, noting they don’t handle the mental aspect well.
Rosenthal is tied with Craig Kimbrel for the most saves in baseball and is chasing the franchise record of 47.
One More Lefty
Kevin Siegrist’s return to the big club won’t be much longer in coming. Matheny said his pitching lines in his rehab stint have been impressive and as soon as they get him some multiple inning games he will return to the big club.
He has been on the DL since May 24 and has missed 51 games.