For a while, they weren't sure how serious Tommy Pham's groin injury was. When it proved not to be severe, it made no sense to keep O'Neill around if he wasn't going to play.
This doesn't strike me as a front office/ownership that would fire a manager in mid-season. They're still 15-12 here, not 7-20.
Carpenter would have to give permission to be sent out. I don't see that as an answer.
Little strong on that Pittsburgh comparison. The Pirates do not have the starting pitching to match the Cardinals unless Kingham is like Iron Man Joe McGinnity and pitches three times a week.
Precisely. Both walks Flaherty issued in the inning scored, even though Polanco was replaced on the base paths by Marte. If Polanco had been throwing out stealing, then that's different.
In theory, perhaps, but the switch hitters are used to seeing most of the breaking balls come in toward them, rather then breaking away if they hit right vs right, etc.
Some day, DeJong will be that third baseman. That type of player to whom you refer isn't there at the top of their farm system. Don't know how good Perez will be or how soon he'll be ready. Most teams don't have that great average, great range shortstop and if they do, they hang onto him.
Good question. Voit is about the only one they could bring up and he just started playing again after an injury. They may stay this way until Waino is activated this weekend.
Excellent question. The answer perhaps is to use that player or pitcher again as soon as possible.
This probably is a better question for the off-season. The Cardinals really don't have anybody ready to step in for Fowler now other than Bader on a platoon basis. Talented Memphis outfielders not quite ready. At the end of the year, if one or more is is deemed ready, Fowler likely would be moved although not sure what teams are acceptable.
You make some good points here but I don't consider 15-12 worthy of the "mediocre" appellation. The three-game set in Pittsburgh was futile but I guarantee you that has little or no bearing on what could happen this week. And, I believe you'll note that the Cardinals are 3-3 against Milwaukee and New York, both contending teams so far.
Two days off (counting Monday) should give Martinez enough time to kick his congestive issue, plus warmer weather, too.
I would agree, if that trend continues. .
Max Schrock has played a month of Triple-A, basically. If you want defense on this team and if you don't like what's happening at first base, third base and maybe even shortstop, then you have to have one strong defender.
At this point, Martinez still qualifies as that second RBI bat other than Ozuna. .
Beating the bad teams and playing even with the good ones is how you win. Keep in mind that Pittsburgh is 5-1 against Detroit and also has played Miami. The Cubs, likewise, have played Miami. The Cardinals are 3-3 vs. Milwaukee and New York and 1-2 against Arizona. Those are the only three good teams I think they've played.
Thank you and yes, the Cardinals did have interest in McWilliams because he always seemed to pitch well against them.
It's up to the manager to determine whether players of that ilk are ready. Most major leaguers worth their salt aren't going to tell the manager they can't _ or shouldn't _ play.
Adams wasn't very good defensively either but better than Martinez, who still is learning the position. Martinez has a much better bat, though, and offense plays in today's game more than defense. At least for the first seven innings. From the eighth on, I would make a change.
Reyes, according to reports, should be ready for a rehab assignment in mid-May. He is eligible to come off the DL on May 28 and he should be here in June.