At SBNation’s Viva El Birdos, the effectiveness of Troy Glaus will be something to closely watch throughout the playoffs:
What it does do is leave the Cardinals—Cardinals fans, really, since there seems to be no real internal debate about it—with an odd positional controversy. How healthy is Troy Glaus?
I don’t know if I had any logical reason to be as surprised as I have been, but Glaus’s brief comeback has been as spotty as I expected but in a totally different way than I’d anticipated. Some combination of his long, unexpected layoff, his size and shape, and the shoulder problems that were apparently keeping him from throwing three months ago had me expecting a loping slugger, our homegrown version of the PH-only Jim Thome the Dodgers acquired from the White Sox. While his usage did sometimes shake out that way, the results—as with Thome, but not Jason Giambi—were not there.