Allow me to offer a window into what I think is a classic conflict between teams -- Cardinals included -- and their fans:
-- Teams make decisions based on what a player has done and what they think a player is yet to do. A good example of this is Tommy Edman. There was a time this season when Edman and Carpenter were about the same player with the same production, and yet Edman was getting the starts ahead of Carpenter. Shildt made the point it was because of what he felt Edman was about to do and the rut he saw Carpenter stuck in. Manager was right. Edman took off, soared toward a .300 average, rescued that OBP and played well.
-- Fans want players who have yet to fail because they think they won't.
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the Cardinals' backup quarterback Randy Arozarena. That's what this is. That's why people what prospects like Gorman to get a shot at 3B in the majors or want Carlson on the postseason roster instead of Ozuna -- yeah, remember when that was a thing? -- and it's all because ... they ... have ... not ... failed ... yet.
And they will. They will fail. This is a game of failure.
And then we all see how the fans lurch toward the next new thing who hasn't failed yet, because we can all list the Arozarena's from the past few months. It was O'Neill. Then it was Lane Thomas (who never really got the chance he deserved), and 12 months ago it was this guy named Harrison Bader, who fans wanted and wanted and wanted and the Cardinals traded Tommy Pham to get more playing time for -- and now you want him replaced. Because, you know, baseball is hard and he had his failure.
Teams that choose to operate like that are fickle teams and losing teams.