Donaldson has had several injuries this year and probably isn't a good risk. Machado is a world-class player and, as long as you didn't have to mortgage all your pitching to get him, you should at least inquire about him.
I don't know that allowing two runs in four innings is getting "rocked." He said he was working on all his pitches. Yes, he allowed a couple of home runs, but he said his arm felt fine so it's 'go' time. Besides, Alex Reyes isn't an option right now.
There has been nothing wrong with Ozuna since spring training other than a sore throwing arm, which is a lot better. He appears to have conquered whatever mechanical issues he might have had although we're talking two games, now.
Gyorko hasn't gone anywhere. But if the rest of the lineup can do its part _ and Molina is rejoining it now _ you can carry Wong. He does, however, have to hit better than .180 to make this work. But he is easily their best defender in an infield which doesn't have a lot of top-shelf defenders.
Gomber, after one outing, probably has jumped to the top of the class when you're talking about lefthanded relievers. He'll be here for quite a while, I surmise.
The Cardinals didn't really acquire Tyler O'Neill to trade him _ not just yet anyway. Yes, I'm sure the Cardinals and other teams expected to see Carson Kelly hit something but he hasn't for the last year or so, albeit here he barely has played. Catchers who can catch and throw _ and Kelly can do that _ will always have value but his may have dropped a tick or two.
No real innings issues for Weaver or Flaherty. Weaver hasn't won in his last four starts but in three of them he was good enough to win. If there's need for another starter, Dakota Hudson is at Memphis. Gomber could also start. Perhaps in September, you might have Reyes. And Gant has been serviceable.
There's room for Munoz, Garcia and Gyorko but you have to have a five-man bench to do it and that means only one outfielder (Bader?) would be on it. Munoz also could play outfield and Martinez is a distant third choice.
I thought about that. But you can't tell them to make outs either. I'm sure he wanted to get right back out there because the game had sailed along on both sides after the Cardinals' four-run first.
I think the most prudent approach to judge the Cardinals' offense is . . . to have the Cardinals' offense. Molina is rejoining it. DeJong should be back in three weeks. Ozuna is starting to hit. And the Cardinals are playing the three weak sisters of the league in their next three series. Let's hold off a couple of weeks before we fire anybody.
At this stage, until you have more details on the second opinion, you don't rule anybody out for the season. Not even Wainwright. You can expand your roster to as many as 40 on Sept. 1.
I think Gomber might have answered the second part of your question. Bowman will be off the DL in another week or so. And Gregerson and Holland might not be too far behind. So, there's no need for any great purge just yet.
Wong probably would benefit from moving up in the batting order but, for now, you have to have Carpenter first. And Wong really doesn't fit anywhere else but seventh or eighth.
I loved the bullpen carts. But then relievers began to think they were athletes, too, with the possible exception of Lee Smith, and began racing in from the bullpen. "Tell me," said Smith one time. "Have you ever seen anybody running in to face Mike Schmidt?" .
The Matt Adams swap for a minor league infielder might be one they'd want to re-visit, especially as short as they are on lefthanded power hitters.
In most cases, you don't DFA players with 2 2/3 years left on their contracts. Not to say that wouldn't happen with Cecil, but we're talking giving up on $20 million. No need to do that yet. They have brought up a lefthander from the minors. Let's see whether he can be the Siegrist of a few years back or not.
I'm not high on Facebook games. As for the rescheduling and Sunday night games, the players are getting four more days off this season and very rarely does the schedule even can close to having them playing 20 days in a row as it used to. I feel bad for the writers who have to make the adjustment. They don't have a charter plane. .
Wacha not only has turned the corner but he has become a No. 1 starter. Soon, the Cardinals will have to decide if they will pay him like one. He can be a free agent after next season. And, yes, I think many of his struggles early were related to the mysterious stress reaction in his shoulder.
The Cubs will make the biggest difference. They have a superior team to the Brewers and know they can beat them, as they already did in a sweep this year. The Milwaukee rotation, very weak until they get Jimmy Nelson back, will be the biggest determinant because they're going to wear out their crackerjack bullpen if they have to use it too much.
Mayers and Brebbia could share it. It's a rare day that both are on the roster at the same time but one of them will have to go on Tuesday when Martinez comes off.