He will have two more starts. I don't think there is any way to predict what will happen although I suspect more people are more optimistic than they were a couple of days ago.
As I understand it, the Cardinals went after Ozuna right after Stanton rebuffed them. At that point, the Marlins didn't seem eager to deal Yelich although they obviously changed their minds later. As it turns out, Ozuna, playing with a bad shoulder, has been pretty good. Yelich has been great.
Fowler will be here unless he tells the Cardinals he will waive his no-trade protection. I'd like to see him healthy. He had a good year in his first year here, He still would be a right-field candidate if he is in camp next year.
I've been saying 90 all along. That would take 8-4, a pace they may not be able to pull off.
He didn't throw any of those five homers allowed on Saturday. The manager always will be blamed, even though the players do the winning and losing.
Gyorko looks like one of the Cardinals' best players lately. If his leg holds up, he's in there every day for me.
I like the Cardinals' chances better against Milwaukee because the Brewers don't have a Lester of a Hamels to throw at them. The Cardinals should have any starting pitcher edge. But I don't see the Brewers running down he Cubs because the teams don't play any more and Milwaukee will have very little chance if they don't beat the Cardinals here. If Milwaukee does win that series, you won't have to worry about it because the Cardinals won't be in anyway.
Five years is a long time to look ahead. But I certainly think for the next two or three years they should because their good young pitching should be good older pitching.
Stubby Clapp probably is doing the Cardinals the most good, right where he is, making sure that whoever he has on his club is ready to help the major-league club. I would suspect some other major league clubs might inquire about him and the Cardinals won't stand in their way.
I trust the judgment of scouts from other teams. To a man, they love Flaherty and think he has a huge upside. He is only 22 so this may take another year or so.
They would try, certainly, but they don't have to be in any rush. They do need that type of player, however, and their system doesn't seem to have it.
As much as I like Alex Reyes, I do have to see him pitch more than one game before I anoint him the ace, so, yes, the brakes are being pumped a bit.
I do not foresee Adams starting too much the rest of the season. It will be Gyorko at third and Carpenter. Adams still can be a threat off the bench because he does have 21 homers.
Carlos Martinez wants to be a starter and he will be given that opportunity next spring. I would not trade him just yet, especially if he changes his mind and says he likes the bullpen. He can be a lights-out closer.
My takeaway is that it was a bad time for anybody to be playing the Dodgers. They have firepower. I don't read much more into it than that. And Flaherty did have an excellent start so you're only talking really about Gomber having a bad game. Gant wasn't terrible.
Without Norris being healthy or effective, the Cardinals don't have enough in the bullpen. The playoffs are all about bullpens in recent years.
Part of that is Ozuna not telling them how much he was compromised. But, yes, it probably would have helped to have this done sooner.
More parity in National League certainly. And more bad teams in American League certainly. But I've found few scouts or players who might have been in both leagues recently tell me anything different: Boston, Houston, Cleveland, Yankees and maybe Oakland are better than anybody in NL.
The Mets are on the hook, as I understand it, unless Wright has made some concessions.
It happened in 1963 but at the Polo Grounds against the Phillies when Piersall was with the Mets. Dallas Green was the Phils pitcher. Piersall was cut a couple of days later and manager Stengel, as you suspect, was not pleased.