Salutations. Welcome to the weekly Cardinals Chat to be Named Later. This week, as Hall of Famer Rick Hummel makes his way back from Detroit and the Local Nine gear up for the return of No. 50, I'll be at the keyboard to field your questions throughout the day. The chat goes where you take it, and if there are enough questions we'll take it for a ride to the ballpark, bring some multimedia aspects in, and shepherd the day right to the coverage at the ballpark. Cardinals return from a 3-3 road trip and they have a new closer. That's not all that unusual for this time of year. They hold the second NL wild card at this moment but need to keep their eye on the NL West as well as the NL Central standings. Enough prelude, away we go ...
It will create a feedback loop that no one should inflict upon themselves.
A correct. Exhaustion. Any of those things. I think in Bud Norris' case there is definitely some wear coming into play. He talked in Washington about how there was some fatigue, some soreness, and a change to his mechanics that were causing his sinker to rise. That was a new feeling for him -- and no wonder, he's never had this many appearances and he's never held the ninth this long. Body has to adjust. The recent downturn is mostly due to injury. Ozuna gone for 10 days. Wong gone for nearly two weeks. Molina out now. These were key parts of their August surge, and now they've been missing and not appearing together all that much at all in September.
Nope. That would be silly. He should be good to go.
He will be evaluated later today at the ballpark to determine this. The Cardinals returned last night from Detroit, and today they intend to have the medical team meet with Molina, gauge his recovery, test him at the ballpark, and all of those things that they can do at their home after giving him the evening/morning to, you know, get away for a bit. That was the plan at last check, and his situation will be clearer to the team, to him, and then to you once he goes through those exams. No doubt he wants to be behind the plate for Wainwright's start. Not sure the Cardinals left Detroit that optimistic -- but they were hopeful his return would be soon.
One, Every team and fan base is like that. Look at the Houston Astros and their stares, or the Chicago Cubs and their "theme" trips, or anything like that. Two, it's not like the team hasn't embraced these things with t-shirts, giveaways, and actions on Twitter. The Cardinals' Twitter account has 1.2 million followers and drove the Rally Squirrel stuff on social media Sunday.
That's possible. That's the decision the Cardinals are currently in the process of making. A lot like Molina, they want their medical staff to meet with Wacha, get a feel for his situation, and then determine if he can contribute at all. If not, the move is made for them.
I do not agree with this statement, no.
Not really, no. The Cardinals need to play who they think can win now. This isn't about 2019, not anymore. The Cardinals played well enough in August to earn a chance to play for 2018.
Any of those are possible outcomes depending on the means that lead to those ends. If he doesn't have the stuff then is he hurt or does he just not have the stuff. It will be a difficult decision, for sure, but know that Wainwright will likely make it before the team does at that point. He's aware of what's at stake.
They should. They will. That has been clear, yes.
That is correct, and it's why the move would be so streamlined. Also, the 60-day DL vanishes come November as teams have to set their 40-man roster for the coming offseason and Rule 5 draft.
I think he is prepared to go to another team. He wants to convince the Cardinals that he can stay and contribute here, but if this ending goes well for him and the Cardinals don't make an offer ... he'll consider moving to another team, no doubt, like Holliday did. It's not the situation he wants. But he wants to pitch and compete as long as possible.
Stubby Clapp would certainly be one being discussed, for sure. The players would depend on need and the situation the Cardinals are in in the standing. Could see a pitcher coming up, for protection.
Carlos Martinez and the club have both said he'll be a starter next season. They are open to Hicks being in that role. That's the preference.
He does now, yes. Wainwright's importance has grown with the struggles in starts from Weaver and Poncedeleon and the absence at this point of Wacha. The season has bent toward this being a game the Cardinals could give a veteran to get right -- and now the Cardinals need the veteran to be right in these games. List the pitchers on the roster in order of arms that can provide innings and best starts, and do you get to five without listing Wainwright, if he's healthy?