Don't forget your bow and arrow. And your license.
Matt Bowman was that crafty _ and in step _ reliever.
Grichuk and Piscotty got much of their time recently when Fowler was injured. Safe to say that you'll be seeing a lot of Harrison Bader down the stretch. And maybe even some Martinez in the outfield if Carpenter returns to first and Gyorko returns to third. Or maybe even Aledmys Diaz goes to third, when the minor league playoff is over. I'm sure Carson Kelly will be catching a couple of games a week during the last two weeks.
It does not appear that Seung Hwan Oh figures in the Cardinals' plans after this year. Whether he figures in anyone else's, stateside, is uncertain. He did have some 40 saves during his two years here but he didn't do well when battling injuries or a balky slider this year. There's a good chance that much of the bullpen you see now will be blown up in the off-season.
Signing Lynn would be about the third priority right now. At No. 1, a top-of-the-line closer would be co-priority with an impact bat. Reyes, coming off Tommy John surgery, may not be strong enough to open the rotation, so he could be a key bullpen option at the start of next season.
Well stated. The Cardinals, indeed, do have a lot of pretty good to good players but very few star players, especially "Don't let him beat you" hitters. We've all been spoiled by the franchise's success. But the three million plus fans who bought tickets this year want more and it will be up to the front office to deliver that. In the end, it will be another winning season, at least according to the record. But by Cardinals' standards, not really.
I'm not sure the outcome of the Cubs' series, while significant, had much to do with the front office thinking. The needs are clear _ closer, bat, perhaps another starting pitcher, better defense. That latter may have to come from within.
Andrelton Simmons would be a nice addition but the Cardinals are satisfied with Paul DeJong at shortstop. What the Cardinals need from the Angels is the Pujols of about three or four years ago when his foot still allowed him to play every day in the field.
I guess surgery could be a possibility for Fowler. But he has had this for much of his career and hasn't seen fit to do it. Maybe in the midst of a long-term deal, this option might be more appealing to him if, indeed, surgery could correct the issue.
I was talking about Dodgers, Nationals, Cubs, Indians, Astros, etc. But think you already knew that.
That's going to happen in about in about seven to eight months, if form holds. A veteran staff leader still would be needed, I think, and perhaps Wainwright could be that pitcher as long as you're not hitched to him having to be the ace of the staff.
And thank you. J.D. Martinez would be a big addition although he never has been that No. 1 hitter. First, he was behind Cabrera in Detroit and now Goldschmidt, another potential Hall of Famer, in Arizona. . He'll be a free agent, so the possibility exists although if Arizona has the money, he might stay there.
The Cardinals are three players away from contending/winning. With Rosenthal hurt, they have to have a closer. They have a lot of 20-homer hitters. They need one who will hit 35 to 40. And Alex Reyes needs to recapture that stuff he showed everyone for two months in 2016. l
I would think the Cardinals would have to at least consider adding Patrick Wisdom, a solid fielder at third base who also plays first and hit 31 homers at Memphis, albeit with a low average. There will be plenty of additions from this year's 40-man roster. Duke and Oh won't be back from the pitching side. Rosario, the third catcher, will come off again. And several more will be traded.
Mike Matheny will be back next year. He has three more years left on his contract and the organization isn't accustomed to eating that much. He still will have put together six straight winning seasons but two without playoffs. If next year starts like this one was for much of the season, then he could be in some trouble. As far as his "favorites," he tries every day to play his best nine. Sometimes, his best nine isn't good enough.
Playing Grichuk and Piscotty as showcases for other teams probably ranks second to the fact that the Cardinals have to decide if they want to keep one or both. But keeping both is highly unlikely with Pham's coming of age and Bader and Sierra not far behind. Grichuk is an automatic 20-homer guy with speed and a good arm. Piscotty is a good outfielder, too, and should be a better hitter. It would be a risk to give up either but the Cardinals need someone with more consistent, big-time production.
That at-bat was just one of a few Sunday. Molina, probably their best clutch hitter this season, hit into a double play with one out and the bases loaded. They have only one hit in nine at-bats with men in scoring position so there were eight others. But, yes, the strikeout might be called a microcosm. They didn't have enough hitting to overcome the defensive mistakes they seem to make far more often than they should.
I'm sure Carpenter will be talked about although if he can get his shoulder fixed, I think he'll be a much better hitter. That .385 on-base mark is hard to trade inasmuch as almost no one else in their lineup has even close to that ability in OBP, other than Fowler. JMart does not strike me as an everyday first baseman just yet. I'm not saying it couldn't happen. I'm saying their infield defense already is sketchy enough although Wong and DeJong seem a good pair up the middle.
I think Wainwright will be tried as a starter in spring training. He no longer has that putaway stuff to be a closer but he could be a back-end starter if healthy and provide much needed leadership to what could otherwise be a young starting staff.
Until Pham becomes arbitration eligible _ he has another year to go _ I don't think the Cardinals will give him a multi-year deal just yet, considering his eyesight issues and his age. Not that he doesn't deserve one. Tommy Pham plays like a Cardinal should play. But next year would be his first full year in the majors.