Did you not see how atrocious that Nick Stavinoha looked last night? And while we're on the subject of mediocre Cardinals outfielders, I don't get the love affair with Joe Mather. He's Chris Duncan with a different last name. Mather is batting .247 with a god-awful .312 OBP. Duncan was batting .248 with a .346 OBP. By no means do I think that Duncan is a great player, but he'd be more valuable to our bench than either one of these two.
So when will the Cardinals ever see if rookies can play in the bigs. Good games have to be taken with bad games. That's how rookies learn. Yes, Stavinoha and Mather got beat by a quality closer last night. That doesn't change how much Mather has improved since getting regular playing time.
Mather's last 7 games - .290 avg/.323 OBP/.645 SLG. No, Mather isn't a good OBP guy, yet, but he is a better power bat as evidenced by the improved SLG recently. Once Mather gets around the league and learns the pitching and acquires more patience, he will likely be better than Duncan. There is evidence to support this as Mather's first year at AAA - .241/.326/.443. This year at AAA - .303/.409/.630 All Mather needs is time, which he won't get with impatience and knee-jerk reactions to one bad night. He sure as hell plays better defense and has better wheels.
Stavinoha has only had 24 major league at bats and you want to throw him under the bus already? He's similar to Mather. First year facing pitchers at AAA level - .261/.308/.373. This season at AAA - .345/.371/.533. So we'll just decide he sucks after only facing 24 major league pitchers. Nice patience.
Many have complained LaRussa didn't have patience with younger players. Now he's giving them a chance to actually develop because they aren't improving any more at the AAA level and "they are atrocious??" Who isn't giving the rooks a fair opportunity now?