Happy heat index to all of you. The Cardinals took a little heat off themselves last night by beating the Cubs. As many of you can see, they have the starting pitching to be a contending team. Do they have the rest? Or will they have the rest when they can clear the disabled list, especially bringing Paul DeJong back either later this month or early next month?
At the trading deadline, the Cardinals aren't likely to be too far out of it to start unloading players. You always bring in pitching help when you're trying to contend. Until DeJong is back and if it can be determined that Fowler and Wong can or cannot help the club offensively, they probably won't make a significant move there. That doesn't mean they wouldn't do it eventually. Just not now.
You may be right about some of the players you mentioned but there is no reason to suspect that DeJong won't be a very good major league player. He has improved greatly in the field and he has some extra-base thunder, even doubles, in his bat.
I have not read Tewks' book (he hasn't sent me a copy), but the Cardinals have enlisted former players Braden Looper and Ryan Ludwick among others to tour the minor leagues and help with any "life" questions or to talk about the mental part of the game.
Certain players have big shoulders and I believe DeJong to be one of them. Molina, you'll note, is starting to swing the bat better now. The 5-7 record of which you speak has nothing to do with Molina being back or not. It has to do worth straightening out the bullpen and improving on offense. You already can see how different the lineup looks without J. Martinez in it. He will be back tonight.
About as often as you see the word "serendipity" in a game story.
You failed to mention that Martinez is outhitting Adams by some 80 points and that Adams, not exactly Joey Votto either, has played far fewer games at first base. Marco had plenty of chances here, so I didn't mind that trade. O'Neill still has a chance to be an impact player. They may not have received enough for Leake, but they saved a bunch of money and made room for other pitchers to be in the rotation. And if you had Leake, you wouldn't have Mikolas. Who would you rather have?
The weekend series demonstrated that the Cubs, indeed, are a good team. I don't think it showed much else. The Cubs had their entire lineup. The Cardinals didn't have J. Martinez or DeJong. That was Wacha's first bad game of the season. But your concern about C. Martinez is shared, although I do believe his arm is at least relatively healthy.
Probably not very good. Hicks has become the new Rosenthal.
Ozuna's fielding has been quite good lately and, yes, the sleeve is something he has work for a couple of years, more by habit than anything else now to protect a once sore arm which he says is no longer sore.
I seriously doubt that you'd see a managerial change during the season unless it appeared that Matheny had lost his players. At the end of the season, if there are no playoffs again, then something might happen.
No. DeJong is better than Munoz at short. The latter will go to the bench when DeJong returns and will move around among different positions as the Cardinals had envisioned him doing.
Can't tell yet. Bullpen pieces usually are easier to acquire. A hitter would require a bigger outlay of talent from the Cardinals' end and the club would have to decide if it is worth it on a short-term fix basis. They probably could use both, though.
Stubby Clapp, the Memphis manager, will be on several teams' short lists, perhaps even Toronto, which might like the popular Canadian to take over.
Whenever somebody comes back, Mayers is almost always out. Brebbia doesn't have a lifetime pass either and Brand Hand would help anybody. The Cardinals have tried to get him before.
He is on hand and ready to play tonight.