Mike Shildt throws his lid on umpire Jeff Nelson for a terrible strike call (video)

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt goes after umpire Jeff Nelson for making a bad call at the plate.

The St. Louis Cardinals have work to do as the MLB enters its second half. They are 7.5 games back from the last wildcard spot in NL, meaning they need to rack up some wins to make up for ground. They have started 3-2 since the break and their three game run with the Chicago Cubs is important for the Wild Card race. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt appears to be already in playoff mode, even though it’s only July.

During Wednesday’s game against the Cubs, Cardinals manager Jeff Nelson exploded for a bad strike call. Shidt’s response to the call will tell you exactly how he feels.

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt explodes on umpire Jeff Nelson after a strike call.

In the bottom of the fifth, Dylan Carlson was called up for a strike on a pitch that was well outside the strike zone. Shildt wasn’t happy with the call and continued to scold umpire Jeff Nelson between the innings. The manager’s explosion put him out of the game. Before leaving the field, Shidt made sure that Nelson and the other official gave some peace of mind to the missed call.

In a tight 1-0 game, that may have been the fire Shildt’s team needed to wake up. Nevertheless, the manager was rightly upset at what was a clear ball.

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