The Cardinals need to make a significant move at this trade deadline to be the team they promised the fans they would be. Period. The deadline sets up in their favor. They have the ability to make that move. And they have reason. They should buy. They should buy like 2019 is the year that matters. It does. I find the response to the headline we had on the special section interesting. That was the Post-Dispatch's headline for the season, not some phrase from the Cardinals, not some mantra within the clubhouse walls. That was the headline because that's all that mattered for 2019. Enough talk. Enough moves. Enough absence from October. Win now. It wasn't their credo, it was an articulation of the fans' demand.
That's too bad. Pham would welcome the fans in the crowd.
I blame social media. It invites anger. It speeds it up. It doesn't filter it.
It is. Shildt has considered it.
Feeling the frustration, yep. Putting in the hours, yep. Feeling that his job is threatened? Not if he stays of Twitter and listens to the people who actually make that decision.
That is certainly the Cardinals fear.
No. That was a different time. This division is a-jumble for sure. But 85 feels light.
I understand the power of well-chosen words, and I know how words can land like hammers when used correctly. If you feel passionately and personally about something, then speak that way. Those are not the words I would have chosen, but that's because I'm not him. There was no doubt that he was making a personal statement and his anger came through because of the words he chose. That has power. That is powerful. That is a good use of words.
How exactly does one "feel the heat," in this equation? Should he be on probation? Like, a member of the front office has to be with him at all times, his every move questioned, his time with hitters monitored, charted, and then the stats kept on whether there is immediate improvement or not? Should he be dragged before a panel of his peers? Testify before congress? Hold a press conference or an ask me anything on Reddit? He's feeling the heat because the standings say .500 team, the stats say the offense is a big reason why, and he was hired to help create an offense strategy. Period. But also keep in mind that the Cardinals hired him to revamp the ethos for the whole organization. So, he'll be judged on that. That was something that the Cardinals wanted -- an outside voice, as someone demanded earlier in the chat, to rethink how they handle hitting and implement a system-wide program.
I cannot tell you how delighted I am to surprise you. Underscores the confidence I have in my opinion.
Someone say there isn't? Sure seems like the Cardinals haven't adjusted as quickly as needed to the game that is there before them. Higher velocities. More off-speed/breaking pitches. Elevated fastballs. Young players getting breaking ball after breaking ball after breaking ball. We're watching the same games. Lots of hard hit balls on the ground. You suggest there's only one "underlying fundamental issue". Why only one?
I don't. I think it's serious. It's a serious issue. Molina used serious language. What could drive him to do so? Maybe we should give it the gravity it deserves. A player was hurt. Severely. And if it takes language to get attention, then so be it. Enough's enough.
No clue. He was here and gone and didn't get a run.
Probably not. There's not a tanking team to get fat on.
Mozeliak has said that was been a concern -- the trade for trade's sake. It puts an emphasis on making the right trade, and if that right trade is the biggest trade, a significant trade, then the Cardinals need to find a way to make that leap. Identify the best move, not just any move.
Don't feel too bad about it. Someone hit the snooze on the Cubs Dynasty, too.
Thanks for the kind words. Truly. There's a lot to what you suggest, and it makes sense. The baserunning is better. The defense is better. The bullpen has been strength. These are all important facets to any team, but they aren't the cornerstones of a contender. They improve a contender, they polish a contender, they can vault a contender to a favorite. And really that's what the case is. A strong bullpen can take a good team and make it a titan. Good baserunning and good defense can take a strong team and turn it into a 100-win team -- a run-prevention machine. What the Cardinals need is the tent-pole. The bat that raises the whole thing up. That could be Goldschmidt. That could be a concert of Goldschmidt, Ozuna, and Carpenter. They need that agent of change for the lineup. And they need a pitcher who brings consistency to the rotation, just an every fifth day certainty. If that's Goldschmidt and Flaherty then the Cardinals can augment with an addition. If not them, then someone from somewhere. You're right on what they need.