ST. LOUIS – Mike Matheny, the Cardinals Manager, is on the hot seat after returning his team to the playoffs for the third time in his short career. After capturing a second straight National League Division Champs title, fans were stunned when Matheny wasn’t stripped of his managerial duties. “In terms of the success of the team, Matheny is certainly to blame,” responded John Mozeliak after reporters questioned whether an inferior lineup could be at fault for the team’s postseason appearance. The Cardinals ranked 23rd in runs scored and had a pretty abysmal offense. With an underachieving team, the only cause for the Cardinals playoff berth would be the lackluster coaching abilities of Mike Matheny. If the Cardinals are able to upset a superior Dodgers team in the first round of the playoffs, Matheny may be looking for another job during the offseason.
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