We have asked about his health countless times, and he and the Cardinals continue to say he's healthy. Maybe that tune changes after the season. We'll see.
I would encourage you to read the comments from chairman Bill DeWitt, past and recent, about the outlook of the team. There is a clear goal in mind, and it is a public one. Build a team that can reach the postseason, preferably by winning the division, because a team that can do that can go all the way. By doing that, the Cardinals believe they give themselves the best chance to compete and contend every year. Sustained success. That's the model. Not windows. Not championship or bust. The needle moves a little this way and that, depending on the current circumstances at that time, but the overall direction remains unchanged. Yes, the Cardinals were in a position to add pitching throughout this season, even at the trade deadline. They said they could not square the ask (in some cases dollars, in some cases prospects) with the need. So far, their decision has worked in their favor. We'll see if it does during the final 19 games, and beyond.
He really was. Fun to watch. Smiling, not being consumed by the pressure. He made every play that was hit his way that I saw, before I dozed off (just being honest; it was late!). Nico Hoerner is the name, for those who missed it. He's just 22. Called up due to the injuries to Baez and Russell. He also went three-for-five with four RBIs. Not bad for the first player called up from his draft class (2018). It's not uncommon for a guy to flash upon arrival. The Cardinals have been the benefit of that. Let's see how he settles in.
Simply put, he's not hitting as well as some of the others who are getting chances at the same positions. His OPS since the All-Star break is .598. Cardinals who have a higher OPS since then include Jose Martinez, Harrison Bader, Tommy Edman and Matt Carpenter, and Tyler O'Neill, in that order. Yes, I would not be surprised if Munoz was on the move if the Cardinals can find an advantageous package that asks for him.
First place belongs to the Yankees. This season made 27. No losing seasons since 1992.
Kolten is just a better hitter right now than Carpenter. He's one of the best hitters the Cardinals have right now, in fact.
Let's see how it goes against South Carolina first, but the response against West Virginia was good. No doubt there.
Just one mention of trading Fowler today. Interesting times.
I love the idea of Rendon. Don't see the Cardinals landing him. Would be great if they did. We'll see!
And sometimes, you win a World Series and fire your president of baseball operations 10 months later. Boston's gonna Boston.