LISTEN: Ozzie Smith says Cards hitters need a plan at the plate

"Around the Horn" with Ozzie Smith and Tom Ackerman

Tom Ackerman
October 15, 2019 - 2:31 pm
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WASHINGTON D.C. (KMOX) - It's not over, but it's not going to be easy. Hall of fame shortstop and St. Louis Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith knows the team isn't about to just throw in the towel on this NLCS. Although St. Louis is down three games to none and facing elimination tonight in Washington, he says there's always a chance. 

He joined our Tom Ackerman on Tuesday at 2 p.m. for his daily "Around the Horn" segment that can be heard every weekday on KMOX at that time during the Cardinals playoff run. Click here to listen to the previous episode.

He and Ackerman discussed the relationship between players and the media and the differences between his 1982, ‘85 and ‘87 pennant-winning teams.

Here are some more thoughts from Smith that can be heard in the interview at the top of this page: 

- “I’m not, by any stretch of the imagination, saying that this series is completely over. But mounting a comeback against a staff like that is going to be monumental. If they can win tonight, then you go to the next one and hopefully something good happens. But it’s going to be tough.”

- “I think we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about (the Nationals’) offense. Howie Kendrick is a professional hitter. They played the game the way the game was supposed to be played. They did the things that we’ve become accustomed to what the Cardinals organization has always been. We’ve gone cold at the wrong time.”

- “You have to have a plan going in. You have to pick a pitch. And say, ‘Hey, this is the one I’m going for... and if I get it I’m going to do something with it.’ If you go up there saying ‘I’m just going to see the ball and hit it,” it might create a real problem for you... and I think that’s what we’ve seen. It doesn’t appear they have a real plan. In Atlanta, you could see there was a plan. You’ve got to set that plan and stick to it... and hopefully they can do that tonight.”

Game 4 of the NLCS starts at 7:05 p.m. tonight in Washington. Listen to pregame coverage starting at 6 p.m. on KMOX 1120 AM — the only place to hear Mike Shannon, John Rooney and Ricky Horton.

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