Waino might come back as a reliever for the last few weeks. Rosenthal, when he has his off-season workout, will go to the highest bidders, which, given the Cardinals' free-agent follies in signing relievers, won't be them.
Yes, those basically are two different departments. The Cardinals haven't done well in recent excursions out of their organization but that may be cyclical, to some degree, They had a pretty good run with Holliday, Edmonds, Rolen, C. Carpenter, Berkman, Beltran, but that was some time ago, wasn't it?
You are entitled to your opinion _ and probably a better product. That one bungled bunt was kind of a watershed moment in the recent history of the franchise because I think the Cardinals were better than the Cubs that year. But not since.
Fowler isn't likely to be the regular right fielder the rest of the season. But he did need this chance to play _ and he actually has been pretty good lately. At some point, though, those games will go to younger players and the Cardinals would be open to dealing Fowler if the right opportunity came along and if Fowler agreed.
I don't know how they will do it, but the Cardinals have to get a hitter who has star quality. They thought that was Ozuna. I thought so, too. So far, we're both wrong. Having said that, the Cardinals have to go with a more speed/defense approach to help score more runs and prevent others, augmenting their strong starting pitching (when healthy). They have a core of speedy, potentially productive outfielders at Memphis. We're going to see them.
Not Berkman or Beltran, or Freese for that matter, but the rest, you are correct.
I'm also a big fan of taking these seasons one at a time, but the 100-game mark has me thinking a bit differently. Even if external change wouldn't help much, I would like to see internal change now and you might discover you have a team you like more. I can sense a number of you don't like the one you have.
I would be astonished if Wainwright didn't start the last home game, if the Cardinals are out of it.
If you'll do your math, four for 21 is .190, or about 20 points higher than he was hitting. And he has hit a couple of home runs lately. This is all sort of relative, OK. They know what Bader can do. They want to be sure about Fowler and that decision isn't too far down the road.
You are correct on Holliday. Norris and Lohse were excellent. Neshek got away too soon.
I'm sure Bill will have something to say when he decides when/if this is not a playoff team. That determination has not been made yet in his mind, even if many of you already have made up yours. Trust me, he will have a plan. He does not like losing _ or not winning, anyway.
Longoria has been hurt much of the year. I don't see either side benefiting much from that kind of deal, especially the Giants, taking on three more years of a big contract.
Well stated. The death of Taveras probably was a turning point in all this, especially after Pujols left and then, later, Beltran. Also the foot injury suffered by Craig, who never recovered from it. Defense has taken a hit, no question, especially when the offense wasn't good enough to overcome its shortcomings.
It would have to be the right deal for him. He does have some leverage, per the contract. Now, if the Cardinals could just cut him _ which I don't see happening yet _ Fowler could sign with whatever team he wanted, or which wanted him. .
You wouldn't get much for a pitcher who's pitched one big-league game in two years. He has some real value here, though, and his latest injury (the lat) isn't as serious as having elbow surgery. He should be ready next spring. But then you've heard that before.
I like Simmons. Perhaps there is some pitching that would interest the Angels. I can't imagine they wouldn't want pitching. But. . . is Wong capable of playing a whole season, either statistically, or health-wise?
I do agree that they aren't apt to sign free-agent relievers. As much as fans don't like it, because it's not as glitzy, most of their improvements could come from their own system. Yet, they still need another star offensive performer. Third base and right field do appear the open starts, with second base and possibly center field, too.
If there is anything at all bothering him, then he should sit. And, if possible, come back refreshed for the last six to eight weeks because 20 extra-base hits over the first 100 games isn't nearly enough. Carpenter almost had that many in a week.
I've heard that but that seems too much of a copout. For instance, it hasn't bothered Gant or even Mayers, who oddly hasn't pitched as well the longer he has been up with them this last time.
I don't reject anything but you had better be sure before you give up an established top-of-the-rotation starter ( even if he shouldn't be a No. 1) for a hitter, unless that hitter is an established swatsmith. r.
Except that Stanton still would have that no-trade clause and he wouldn't have accepted the trade. If it hadn't been the Yankees or the Dodgers this last off-season he would stayed with the Marlins until it was somebody he liked.