The trade deadline is nearly two months away and not all in my sightline yet. Too early to target players from other teams. But help is needed in all areas, including the bench, which isn't very strong if you have to run up Lane Thomas with a chance to get back into the game in the ninth inning.
Liberatore won't be coming up just now. He will be pitching for the Olympic team. The last game Carp played he ripped two doubles on Sunday. He's had woes, as you put it, but his most recent appearance wasn't one of them.
I hope that it's not the number of throws to first by a pitcher although I wouldn't mind seeing a rash of stolen base attempts to take my mind off hitters swinging for the fences. The running game can be very exciting if teams give it a chance.
I would offer that Cabrera has been much more good than bad this year but bad is most recently in your memory. Miller will be back soon and I contend Hicks will pitch the final couple of months, too. But you're always on the lookout for help. I do not know what kind of pitching shape Samardzjia is in.
It gets fixed by the starting pitchers going deeper into games, for one thing. Cabrera notably seems ready for a couple of days off, so the return of a healthy and productive Miller could be a help here. I like relief pitchers who make hitters who look bad and Reyes, Gallegos, Cabrera and Helsley all can do that. But they are all relatively inexperienced, so there are going to be blips on the radar. A healthy Hicks would have been the best antidote for the bullpen inconsistency.
It may be that both Woodford and Oviedo will be starting in the near future, if Flaherty is out a start or more. I hope Woodford gets that start on Thursday.
You must not be as old as I because I've seen a lot worse middle relief than this bunch. Having Hicks, Miller and Whitley hurt doesn't make it any easier. And having Mikolas out ensures that Gant isn't going back to the bullpen where he would be a help but not as much as he is when he's starting. I grant you that strike one might be a good idea. Strike two, for that matter, also.
Ah, but when was the last time you saw all three Cardinals outfielders homer in the same game? I refer you to last night's game, in case you dozed off.
Three to five years is a long time. Prospects are big leaguers by then and there's no telling how good Liberatore, Thompson, Gorman, Herrera, Walker, will be. It wasn't that long ago this year that the Cardinals had one of the top one or two records in the league. They lost three out of four to the White Sox and Dodgers--two good teams--on the road. That happens.
It was listed as 545 feet off Livan Hernandez. Oviedo or Woodford probably would take Flaherty's spot in the short term. Long-term, TBD.
Pitching always is the No. 1 priority. But O'Neill and Carlson should be just fine and the lineup will be a nice one when DeJong and Bader to provide pop at Nos. 7 and 8.
We can't assume anything but those thoughts haven't crossed my mind. We've lost some good umpires recently and some of the replacements don't measure up. As for your theory. . . I just can't buy it. Baseball umpiring rarely, if ever, has been linked with gambling, especially with the replay system in place to correct errors. This isn't like calling traveling or an offensive foul or holding, which are not reviewable offenses in basketball and football.
Reyes doesn't always throw strikes either but he does get people out. Maybe some of these pitchers can ease off the throttle a little and make sure they just get it in the strike zone.
I'm always appalled to see such stories and Marcell did seem to be a jovial sort here. I am rarely shocked, however, by anything. This could be a career-ender for Ozuna and there is a lot of money ($65 million) at stake because he just signed a big deal with the Braves.
I am presuming that when the ball park is fuller and more children are on hand, Fredbird will reappear.
It's all about "velo" readings now, except for a few exceptions like Wainwright and he probably had to learn how to pitch, too. Taking a little off would seem to add a lot if you could throw a strike and trust your defense.
I believe that when both teams had their best pitchers in the game the Cardinals were ahead and then Flaherty got hurt. This is the first game the Dodgers and Cardinals have played. What else do I have to go on? Let's take a little more of a sample size maybe.
Let's let Lars play a little more than a month in Triple-A before we decide to bring him up. The outfield currently is not the Cardinals' biggest problem. They haven't walked anybody lately.
I don't think Thomas will be around when Bader comes back. He needs regular time in Triple-A to try to get his confidence back.