Holland thought late last night that he was being activated today.
I heard that he is selling his house.
The idea to is to get to the playoffs. Once there, every team is a World Series contender. Two pieces sounds about right. One more reliever, one more hitter.
I do not think the Braves are better than the Cardinals. And I'm not sure all of the other ones are either. Don't we generally base these assessments on what the records are?. They're all within three or four games of each other.
The Matt Holliday seven-year deal worked out well, for the most part. But their track record with other long-term signings, whether free-agent or not, is reason for pause and all teams, just not the Cardinals, might consider the recent track record and try to build more from within.
First, I think Cecil, who is a stand-up guy, would agree with Mo that he hasn't been the player they/he expected. It's all about production but eventually Matheny and Maddux will have to bite the bullet and use Cecil in a situation fraught with at least some peril.
In today's game, you never can have too many relievers. Gregerson, Holland and Leone all could help. Baltimore's Zach Britton, now that is back after his Achilles' tendon tear, will garner some interest, as well as Brad Hand in San Diego.
I don't think anybody is really off limits although I'm not willing to abandon Martinez after three so-so starts. There aren't many pitchers with arms like his out there.
The Cardinals' free-agent history lately has been pockmarked. But you can't really say "if it weren't for Mikolas and Norris, it would be awful." They are here and which team signed two pitchers better than those guys?
The Cardinals are hoping that others in the lineup can provide enough offense so that they can play Wong. And then hope he hits. This is an issue, make no mistake about it.
I trust at some point the commentators mentioned the fine young pitching the Cardinals have. They are one of the few teams not in need of a starter. Could they play better fundamentally? You bet.
Fowler seems comfortable in the clubhouse. He is not comfortable hitting .170 or not playing every day. But he probably won't be here next year.
Good question. But I think every other team could say the same. Michael Conforto is hitting .213 in New York. And, just for the record, even with two homers Sunday in Toronto, Grichuk is hitting .196 and Diaz .226.
We note that the team went after sluggers for two of their top three picks, so maybe there is a philosophical change there. It is hard picking at the end of the pack or no closer than the middle every year. But, despite what some of you might feel, this is not a place where you tear down and rebuild. You will not like that. And nobody else will either.
The only solution so that is don't sell your tickets to Cubs fans. The ball park was full. It was lively. It was fun. I have no problem with it. It's roughly the same in Wrigley.
Carpenter is not a bench player. The others? Debatable. Value depends on what the other team needs and what it thinks of your players. None of these by himself would bring much. Other teams always want young pitching, so you can do the math there.
I do wish Matt Adams was here but he wouldn't get much time as a backup player and he is not as good a hitter as Jose Martinez, no matter how you spin it. Trade deadline moves will be dictated by whether you think one or two players can make you a playoff team. There are four injured pitchers the Cardinals need to decide about in the next month _ Holland, Gregerson, Lyons, Leone. Once they see what they have, if anything, they proceed.
All those fellows are possibilities to go somewhere although Minnesota, which has Dozier, has the best chance to contend among the teams that have the players you mentioned and might be less likely to move him. I do believe the Cardinals will bring in a hitter but we're a long way from the trade deadline.
Bowman could be an 'x' factor. He threw very well the other night. I have hopes for Gregerson, too. Not as much for Holland.
I think both are accountable. You had better define "mediocre," though. The last two seasons have produced winning seasons and this one, so far, too. Now, should you expect more? Yes.