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