There is little question that no area of the club is good enough right now, even the starting pitching without Wacha. That is the strongest area, with Gant showing well. But Weaver is not and Martinez isn't quite there yet. Yes, one more hitter is needed and Martinez probably needs to be in right field, at least some of the time. DeJong will make a difference. A healthy Wacha would, too, but we're not sure when that will be. This next trip will tell us a lot.
Another couple of weeks like the last one and the Cardinals, indeed, will be sellers, come July 31. We're not quite there yet because in the National League, virtually everybody but Mets, Reds, Marlins and Padres are contending for something. But the Cardinals do need some better players, whether they come off the injured list or from another team. .
Virtually everything is in play but if you trade Wong, you've abandoned all hope of having a representative team defensively. Somebody has to catch the ball and throw it straight.
I don't think these players are viewed as cancers in the clubhouse and Pham really has no issues other than sometimes he says things that ruffle feathers. But both of those players could go in the right deals. Not many players except Molina, Flaherty, DeJong and Hicks largely are unavailable.
Certainly, the 'Cardinal Way' defensively has taken a hit. The Cardinals have been boring in a lot of games recently because they aren't putting any consistent offense together. They've scored in just one inning in each of the last four games. As pointed out earlier, this current trip will tell us a lot about where the team goes by July 31. One thing to keep in mind. There really are no strong teams in the National League, certainly nothing like Boston, Yankees, Houston, Seattle in AL, so virtually anything can happen.
Your way certainly would represent some shock therapy. But, just think back to this time last week when the Cardinals were in the midst of a winning streak that had reached four games by beating division leaders Milwaukee and Cleveland. They can be that good. And, as you've seen, they can be that bad. Not quite time for the truck to back up yet, but the motor is running for some of these chaps.
The Braves showed that there still is room for athleticism in baseball. And the weekend showed that Freddie Freeman is a big-time star, which he always has been, but he's played on bad clubs.
"Clown show" is a little strong. The Cardinals, at the worst, are mediocre. But Gussie wouldn't have been happy _ or very patient.
I would say he's either managing the Cardinals or not at all next year.
I suspect O'Neill will get one start in right field, against a lefthanded pitcher. And then he'll be back in Memphis Thursday. I, for one, would like to see more.
The Cardinals are not going to rebuild, no matter what happens the rest of the season. They have enough pitching that they will try to retool with some better offense. Besides, the fan base here doesn't want to hear the "r" word, when it is rebuild.
The only coaches really are in trouble are the hitting coaches. But that happens almost every year with every team when it's not hitting. Oquendo and McGee aren't going anywhere yet. It is incumbent, however, for the Cardinals to bring in some more athletic players _ and that does not include Moustakas, ,
I can't say that I disagree _ at least not right now.
Yes, what about that? Holland was rushed into service but that was his call, relative to the contract he signed.
You've hit upon the big issue. If the Cardinals aren't close enough to contend even after trading for Machado, there is no use doing so, because he would be a rental. And you would have lost two or three players you'd probably still like to have. We do,, however, have 29 days till the deadline and in this jumbled league, that isn't a long enough time for a lot of these teams to be eliminated.
I'm glad you were able to find something productive to do with your time. Some of us had to watch every inning.
Kelly probably has more value because he plays a more specialized position. Bader could play for any team because he adds a different dimension but he is better for your own team. He wouldn't bring much in barter. He is an exciting .260 hitter.
Agreeing with "Slick" Van Slyke, I, too, have doubts that C. Martinez has the maturity to match his talent to be a No. 1 starter. As for J. Martinez, American League teams rarely offer up much for a designated hitter and most of the good teams already have them _ Stanton, J.D. Martinez, Cruz, Gattis, etc.