Salutations. Heard this was quite a weekend in St. Louis, and how it sets the stage for a buzz as the spotlight shifts to Busch Stadium for Cardinals. The team that’s coming home is not the one that left. The standings are kinder, the offense crisper, and Patrick Wisdom is on the roster. Opened up an email this morning and the first word was Shildtmania. Winning does wonders. Let’s see what it does for the chat. Got a few hours before first pitch. Away we go ...
Tyler O’Neill is set to be in STL this afternoon for evaluation and likely activation during Washington series. Bader has taken over CF, for sure, and that does put O’Neill in the RF mix with Jose Martinez, who I believe you’re describing. He will sit at times, yep. Commitment remains to see what O’Neill can do.
Can’t imagine he’d clear waivers at this point. Teams, plural, would claim him. So, say, in the winter — similar to what Gyorko did, unless it was trade meant simply to shed a player from the roster or shed a salary and clear a spot on roster/lineup and, as a result, Cardinals wanted to get two minor-League players with control, so then you’re talking a deal similar to Pham with fewer pieces in return or not as close to the majors.
Inevitably he will start again, yes. Plan is still to have Weaver on Friday vs Milwaukee at this point. That is up for a discussion internally over the next few days.
More of the same, really. A vast majority of the players eligible for September have already been here and contributed and will return or stick around. Yes, the race will dictate who and how many, but it’s more likely they will use the standings to dictate playing time, not just presence. Again, so many of the callups have already been called up.
No. We are about to see him deployed in the coming series against lefties in high leverage spots, eighth inning or earlier. That’s where this is headed with Harper, Yelich, et. al. coming for visits.
Sure. A real slim possibility, but things will change between Today and November and between November and when he signs, and if they’re going to be used as a mystery team anyway they might as well engage in conversations with Harper/Boras and they will.
He does not. He has earned the uniform he wears.
Ozuna-Pham-Bader a few weeks ago.
Jordan Hicks, closer. That’s it.
Threw a bullpen session Saturday. Not sure of the intensity. He recovered well. He’s set to do that again as early as tomorrow. Will ramp up pitch count at that point, and could be within a week of the rehabs assignment. Calendar plays out that he would leave for minor-League starts when Cardinals leave town for LA.
Let’s consider free agent pursuit like an Apple pie. The Cardinals have one pie to offer and want to get the most in return from it. I am of a mind that pushing all of the pie toward one free agent isn’t the way to improve the team the most. So, while Machado clearly moves the left side of the infield up and changes the lineup and Harper would solve RF and the lefthanded hitter search, is getting one for the whole pie the way to improve the team the most — or does slicing the pie and gathering multiple free agents a better play. Sure seems that way. Scan the free agent list and look at the talent available. Corbin. Pollock. A play to have Ross come back makes a lot of sense. There are ways to split that Apple Pie and come out better than just putting all those apples in one shiny, talented, costly basket.
And I stand by my answer.
Optimistic is the better word.
Only in part. The 30 voters aren’t all swayed by the standings. Some only use that as a guide, a nudge, not the bulk of their decision.
Simple: He’s no longer eligible for the rankings as a result of time spent in the majors. He didn’t fall, he graduated.
He has been playing catch, increased the distance and intensity of said catch, and this afternoon it should be clear when he advances to throwing a bullpen. Could come soon.
Not unseemly at all. It’s a pick ‘em at this point because of how well Molina has been playing. A year ago the timetable played into Kelly being the heir apparent, a year from now, if all is as it is today still, then the calendar plays to Knizner being the heir, and Kelly being a part of a trade. Kelly is the superior defensive catcher right now and that is where the Cardinals lean. Knizner is improving. If Kelly isn’t in the majors next year as the backup, it would seem wise to trade him, free Knizner to be the starter at Class AAA and the replacement when needed, if needed. What Molina is doing right now is very impressive, and while he says he will retire after 2020, he had friends urging him to be open to return if he’s playing as well.
A) There are plenty of candidates to go around.
B) I would be surprised if the top choice(s) for these two teams would be the same, though given a Yankees influence out west o could see one or two spots of overlap off the top of my head. I just don’t think that would be prohibitive for the Cardinals to get their preference. That could be Shildt, after all.
We have and this is an entirely fair point. The question comes down to these two, for me: What makes the Cardinals a better team at the end of the moves? And, what are the most realistic moves to make that inprove the team? It’s where those questions overlap that the Cardinals have to strike.
Just recorded it this morning. Editing it after this chat. Posting tonight.