FG on Fox: Moving On Without Yadier Molina

Thursday was a rough day for baseball on the injury front. For Cincinnati, Brandon Phillips was diagnosed with a thumb injury that’ll knock him out a month and a half. For New York, Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with an elbow injury that’ll knock him out at least a month and a half. And for St. Louis, Yadier Molina was diagnosed with a thumb injury that’ll knock him out for 8 to 12 weeks. All of these teams, of course, are trying to make the playoffs, and all of these players, of course, are important.

The commonality: significant injuries. Upon deeper investigation, though, the injuries have different meanings. The Reds should be able to survive without Phillips, who’s no longer a star. The Yankees could be devastated without Tanaka, who’s all but irreplaceable and who might still eventually need Tommy John surgery. And the Cardinals should be able to survive without Molina, even though he is still a star, unlike Phillips. Other than Adam Wainwright, Molina’s the most valuable player on that ballclub, but even still, the Cardinals aren’t in a terrible situation.

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Jeff made Lookout Landing a thing, but he does not still write there about the Mariners. He does write here, sometimes about the Mariners, but usually not.

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Jeff,Yady is our on field piching coach,slash captain.We lose much more than the numbers would indicate.Never have the Brew crew or Pirates had a better chance to make some hay.

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…can’t tell if trolling…

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More concretely, there is also Yadier’s pitch framing, which Jeff is normally a big proponent of. Add at least 1 more lost win for that.
I favored the Cards to win their division before this injury, but now I have some doubts.
The good news is that the Pirates, whom I like, will have a better chance.