St Louis Cardinals

Time to be "Walking In Memphis" for Thurston

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 20  Joe Thurston #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals sprints down the baseline on a dropped third strike as catcher Miguel Olivo #21 of the Kansas City Royals tags him out during the game on June 20, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Curtis PittmanContributor IJune 29, 2009

Playing unsmart baseball never gets you anywhere. Don't believe me? Just ask Joe Thurston when he tries to get around the bases to score.

Unlike the good, smart baseball we know we are going to see every night from Albert Pujols, Thurston seems to bring the opposite to the table every time he plays. Maybe Cardinal fans are finally seeing why the utility man has seen limited action with any big club until now.

The mental mistakes that Thurston makes have cost the Cardinals at bats, runs, and even games.

When Thurston manages to get on base, which we haven't seen much of since April, it isn't even a surprise anymore when he make's a base-running blunder. The latest of which came Sunday against the Twins when the Cardinals happened to be rallying from a ninth inning deficit in route to a 6-2 loss.

With the acquisition of Mark DeRosa, a player that plays the same positions as Thurston and is a much better all around player, is there really a need to keep the light-hitting, mental error waiting to happen around? There doesn't seem to be a reason to.

A move to Memphis would seem to be the right choice for both parties in this situation. Joe could get more at bats, and the Cardinals could cut down on the base-running errors.

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