Don Mattingly questions whether the St. Louis Cardinals stole signs during the NLCS

  • David Whitlock

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly feels like there is evidence that the St. Louis Cardinals were stealing signs during the 2013 National League Championship Series.  In particular, the puzzling rough outing by Clayton Kershaw in the decisive Game 6 in St. Louis.  According to Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

The Dodgers went into that series highly cognizant of the Cardinals’ reputation for stealing a team’s signs, manager Don Mattingly told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday at the winter meetings.

Some Dodgers also felt the Cardinals were relaying catcher A.J. Ellis’ signs once a runner got to second base, helping the hitter determine the location of the next pitch. During the series, the Cardinals batted .190 with nobody on and .259 with runners in scoring position. During the regular season, the Cardinals hit .236 with nobody on and .330 with runners in scoring position.

Mattingly, a finalist for 2013 NL Manager of the Year, was relatively objective during the interview, noting that it was his team and coaching staffs responsibility to change up the signs and use countermeasures, but they didn’t (according to Saxon):

“If you think a guy’s looking from second base, then you have to have a combination of signs,” Mattingly said. “If you think guys are cheating from first base, then you have to have multiple signs even with a guy on first. It’s your job to make sure they can’t do it.”

Mattingly believes the Cards can't be that lucky with RISP (Credit: Creative Commons / Cbl62)

Mattingly believes the Cards can’t be that lucky with RISP
(Credit: Creative Commons / Cbl62)

Kershaw gave up 7 earned runs in 4 IP in Game 6 as the Cardinals advanced to their second World Series in three years.  Kershaw allowed 9 earned runs in the entire month of September on his way to his second Cy Young.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

2 Responses to Don Mattingly questions whether the St. Louis Cardinals stole signs during the NLCS

  • What a cry baby. every team will attempt to steal signs and mattingly even said it was his team’s responsibility to change the signs and they didn’t. The Cardinals had one of the top offense’s in the game last year. Also the Cardinals beat Kershaw all 5 times they faced him so it’s not like this was a fluke win for STL. The dodgers lost and mattingly should just shut up. Plus it didnt help that Puig played like a little league outfielder in game six.

  • hey Mr. Ballgame, what is CK’s career numbers against STL??? Maybe they just have the guys number…

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