You can always get pitching. The Cardinals always have pitching on the vine to pluck. Right now the rotation candidates for next season include: Flaherty, Mikolas, Martinez, Reyes, Wacha, Gant, Gomber, Ponce, Weaver, Hudson and the youngsters I have not mentioned. I'm done crying for the Cardinals to add pitching. I've done it in the past. They always prove me wrong. They don't have a Harper. That much we know.
I haven't yet read the latest news on this, so I'm reluctant to jump in. I'll try to catch up as I chat. Have had a few questions on this and don't want people to think I'm dodging. I need to read more on it.
I'm voting for NL rookie of the year this year. It'll be the first time I vote for anything. Excited about it.
They're 17-11 at Busch since Shildt took over. That's pretty good. The offense is better on the road, but their home winning percentage (.607) since Shildt took over is third-best in the National League. The Rockies are 19-10 at home during that span. The Cubs are 19-12. Then the Cardinals. I wouldn't sweat that too much.
Bold. I like it. You heard it here first, folks. Robert Lewis is calling his shot.
Interesting argument. Highly doubt it gets much traction. Baseball can't even admit it's time to play by the same rules in both leagues. I can't imagine it will want to drastically change the schedule. I do wonder, sometimes, if baseball is hurting itself by having some of its biggest faces continually talk about what is wrong with the game. You see this nowhere else. When one of the biggest talking points in your game is what is wrong with your game, it seems like something is off.
I agree. Like in right field. With a left-handed masher.
Hoping Flaherty has the game of his life but not letting him linger if he starts to wobble.
I imagine they will watch him pitch at his showcase, but I would not guess a reunion is in the cards. The Cardinals have Hicks lined up to be the closer of the future, and he's making the minimum. Rosenthal has the agent, Scott Boras, and the track record that suggests he's going to seek a closer's contract. Now, if the market for him does not exist, maybe. He's well-liked and seemed to burn no bridges with the Birds.
No. DG's stance is the right one, and it's not unique -- at least it shouldn't be. I can give a personal example. I grew up as a Mizzou fan. Parents went there. Sister went there. I went there. It changed for me when I started covering the team in college. You see behind the curtain. You see how the sausage is made. It's not different in a bad way, but it is different. It becomes work. And I love what I do. But you can't be your best at your job unless you turn the fan aspect off. Some scoff at this but it really is the truth. You wind up becoming fans of people more than the brand, if that makes sense.
You are going to sit your MVP candidate in the postseason push? Nope. Cardinals are here in large part because of Carp. If he's the reason they go down, down they will go. Adams and Martinez are not exactly killing it, perhaps you've noticed. Gyorko is slugging .350 since he returned from the DL. Wisdom keeps coming through when given an opportunity, but if he was going to replace Carpenter at the most pivotal time in the season we would have seen him in the majors long before now. It's Carp or bust. Someone refresh the salsa.
Ha! Doubt you see Norris in there. Maybe. The chat has elevated Rosenthal and Ankiel to HOF levels since the news of their hopeful returns. I am glad you mentioned Brebbia. The Beard needs more credit, and a better role. He's only striking out 11 per nine innings pitched. Pretty, pretty good, folks.
I'm not saying the Cardinals will sign him. My opinion is that they should. There's a difference. Vegas odds in late September mean nothing. It did think it was somewhat interesting the Cardinals were not mentioned at all. They have a Harper-sized hole, more than many of the teams listed on that latest rounds of odds.
Eleven isn't much of a sample size this season. But zero hits in 11 at-bats is ... awful. He's only had 19 at-bats with the bases loaded in his career. He's hitting .211 and slugging .368 in that setting. I certainly would not use him as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded, not right now. His swing in general is off. Gotta get him and/or Carpenter going, and soon. Two of the team's best hitters this season are scraping at an important time.
News: MLB has announced Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is on administrative leave. League is investigating after blog post alleging abuse was published by his ex-wife. So, there's the answer to what happens since the post.
Yes. Pass on that and go to Harpo's for the party.