Two weeks and 12 games left (13 for Colorado). I still think it will come down to Rockies and Cardinals for second wild card although Cardinals still have a shot at Milwaukee with three games here next week. Fire away with Cardinals questions or baseball at large. Commish
There will be many twists and turns in this saga before it is over. The Cardinals may have to win one or several games at Wrigley Field on the last weekend to pull this off.
The Cardinals certainly need one more impact hitter. Position is largely irrelevant because Carpenter can play multiple positions. But outfield or third base would be a good guess. And the bat probably is a lefthanded hitter to balance the lineup. It would make a difference if Gyorko could stay healthy for a full season because I like his defense and he's hitting close to .270 and has been good with men in scoring position.
He's had to carry a lot of the load here for a long time and I'm sure he's wearing down. But there is no time to take a day off although there will be a welcome day-and-a-half break after a noon-ish game in Atlanta on Wednesday and a night game here Friday. You'll just have to ride this out with him because he's not going to come out any more.
Munoz jhas been one of the most consistent hitters the Cardinals have had lately. O'Neill has not. You try to play your hottest guys when you're not scoring too many runs or start the runners, as Mike Shildt did successfully several times last night.
The Cardinals have it set up to be Flaherty unless he is needed to pitch the last game of of the season in Chicago. Then you might have Gant. So far, it looks like Mikolas on the last Saturday and Flaherty on the last Sunday of the season. .
Tough spot to put A. Garcia in right now because he's played so little. They can get by with Munoz but J. Martinez will reappear before the season is over. He's had some time off lately and I might be tempted to run him out there one more time.
Now, I really don't like salsa.
The art of pitching still can be practiced if you have the right people involved. None better than the two who handled it last night. Wainwright was crafty and determined. Molina was brilliant.
DeJong has shown me there is no need to move him to third base _ at least not yet. He does, however, have to find a way to hit better than .230.
About the only player on the 40-man roster is new reliever Gallegos, acquired from the Yankees for Voit, and I don't get the impression they will be bringing him up.
I'd take Turner any time. But I think the Dodgers need him where he is because Machado will be gone, even with Seager back.
First, the Cardinals did have that ace in 2013-24 when Wainwright won 39 games. They could use a top-line veteran starter, though, until Jack Flaherty becomes that ace.
I don't have that particular ballot this year. But deGrom is not to be ignored if he keeps his ERA well under 2.00 as it is now. And Philadelphia's Nola is only one win behind Scherzer. Max leads in many categories but he has stumbled recently. He needs a couple of strong starts down the stretch to nail this down.
With Norris now fighting a blister that could keep him out for a couple of games, it is more important that Dakota Hudson help fill that sixth- or seventh-inning role. It would be nice to have Carlos Martinez in position to pitch earlier but, you're right, without Norris closing effectively, they don't have the ability to do that.
Scouts will tell you that there are at least four teams in the American League that are better than anybody in the National League. But stranger things have happened. Look at what happened to the Cardinals in 1985.
Wisdom has made his mark as a good extra man with power and with the ability to play both third base and first base acceptably. He will not hit for a high average but he has plusses as a bench player.
We only make them because the newspaper makes us for the Special Section that comes out for Opening Day. Just for the record, I picked Washington. I don't like my chances.
Simmons is a top-shelf defender but I think the Cardinals are OK with DeJong's play at shortstop to keep him there.
I wish Diaz were still here as a Munoz type player although he is not nearly as good a defender at shortstop as DeJong has become.