That is one long name, and also a risky one for your parents, honestly, unless they knew that you would live in Chicago. Hope that has worked out, Mr./Ms. Tired of Standing Up for this Team. In my experience, a team that wonders what it has offensively and has trouble getting a steady offense going usually looks like a sleepy or meandering team. That's not an indictment on the team's effort or its will to win or want to win -- it's just that the perception is a team that cannot score, cannot possibly be "competing." It's optics more than substance. I know some losing teams that have a "burning desire to win" -- but I doubt that's the perception of them by the public because it doesn't show up in the standings or on the field. That said, I get where you're coming from because this Cardinals team doesn't have an edge like you've come to expect. Kolten Wong embraced being the villain against the Cubs and would welcome being the Pat Verbeek of the infield -- but he's not playing all that much at this point as we've discussed often in this chat. There's not a Chris Carpenter-type in the rotation, and really there shouldn't be someone there trying to face it. Bud Norris has an edge. Maybe that will spread through the bullpen. Luke Gregerson does, too, but he's not been healthy and effective and that's what it takes for him to be out there on the mound -- or in the bullpen influencing the younger relievers. What you probably see and what probably exists mostly is a team that isn't completely confidence in it's offense -- and that does mean it's a lineup that lacks swagger, it's a team that wonders how perfect it has to be today to win, and it doesn't bounce into game knowing this just another opponent set to face the lions. The Cardinals don't have that bounce, and it takes one look at the stats to see why.
Since joining the Cardinals beat in 2004, I have scored every game they've played iwth the exception of less than 10. I make a scorebook every year, and I keep those scorebooks from year to year. So I have them going back now 15 seasons.
I have. The Cardinals signed Gregerson rather early in the run for the relievers -- though at the same time some of the other appealing righthanders were getting their riches from Colorado and the Cubs. They saw Gregerson as an appealing add, a Russ Springer type, and even a shepherd that would lead the way to Hicks in the ninth or one of the other young players taking over as closer. Familiarity and past fondness as well as cost led them to the signing. Gregerson also wanted to be close to his home in Chicago. So the feeling was mutual. Addison Reed, to me, always seemed like the play for the Cardinals. Just ahead of Shaw or Swarzak. He would be the closer. He would be less costly than a capitalize-C closer. And he was still there, still available, despite several reported deals. It's that last part that caught my ear: why wasn't one of those deals done. Was there a medical reason that wasn't out in the air? While that never surfaced, what did was the Cardinals hesitance to commit to Reed beause of his recent workload. As I was told: They didn't want to take that risk at that cost that he would miss significant time as a result of recent work. In the same breath I was told that the bet may backfire on them and he may go out and prove to be one of the durable righthanders without issues, but they didn't want to make that bet based on the trend.
Neither. It was mechanical.Let's be real.
There is still plenty of time for this to sort out. A modified rotation is being discussed, one that would involve six starters and create overlapping or piggyback starters. Weaver to the bullpen has not been a topic that's come up, and there's some conversation about which of the starters would really make the most effective reliever. Flaherty, of course, has that slider that would make his a real asset out of the bullpen. Weaver might be better suited for starts in Memphis just to keep his stamina going -- if that's the decision the Cardinals have to make. Don't want to take a starter like him and suddenly shrink down his innings and make it even more difficult for him t come back as a starter later. And, honestly, same is true for Flaherty. Hard to shrink to relief and then be asked to start if there is an injury or falter later.
Herrera makes sense. I'm not in the camp that the Cardinals need to make a move for the bullpen because if the group they have is healthy and used well then it has the makings of a standout, lightsout bullpen.
Depends on the player. A pitcher, you bet. A position player, less so.
They probably will. But someone has to hit. Someone. Someone. Anyone.
Few players aren't available for trade. Those would be two of the players that could be traded, yes, because they are on the roster in a place of depth for the Cardinals.
The Post-Dispatch will have complete coverage of the game. The Post-Dispatch will continue to be the only media outlet in St. Louis to be present at every game for the Cardinals this season, from the first one of spring training through the last one they play.
I did not see him postgame. He is usually one of the first to leave -- and that's not him avoiding the media -- it's just him getting out of the clubhouse and on his way. If we had requested him, the media relations would have done their best to stop him from leaving until we were through with other interviews. Weaver for example went quickly yesterday, and some of us were still talking to Matheny when his press gathering began.
Committing to only five starters would be a bad decision given the need for six, seven, eight starters by a team at any time. Limiting those choices when a team doesn't have to doesn't make sense.
The league office has to approve -- sign off -- on trade when they involve a cash amount greater than $1 million. All trades are going to be subject of review by the league office and the union as well. I'm not sure if review is the same for you as "signing off," but that does happen as both sides are notified of deals and the transaction is logged, or in some cases, as mentioned above, approved.
My answer is this: It's 2018. I have no idea if all of those pitchers will leave 2018 healthy or productive. I do know that limiting a team to five starters is a mistake. And that Wacha should be one of those starters counted on for 2019 and not put in the bullpen, not on May 29, 2018. He's been one of the best pitchers the Cardinals have this season, and his schedule/health definitely appears better suited for the rotation than it does for the bullpen. Putting him in the bullpen, to me, would be an odd choice given his ability.
In the past, the Twins and Royals have had interest in Wong. The Rays, too. Have not heard a whole lot about him recently, but that doesn't mean interest doesn't still exist. Seattle would be a place to expore. Oh, and the Angels have had interest in Wong for awhile.
He's starting tomorrow's game.
The Cardinals are averaging 40,978 tickets-sold per game, down from 42,567 last season. They are third in the majors when it comes to average tickets-sold attendance. They lead the majors when it comes to cpaacity sold (93.2 percent), and that is down from 96.8 percent last season. The Cardinals have had encouraging numbers when it comes to no-shows. They saw an increase in no-shows that bothered them late last year.
Wouldn't be a shock if they did. But they don't have to do that at all, no.