I'm sorry to see that you've written off the season. Apparently the Cardinals are supposed to go 20-10 every month. They then would win 110 games _ which might satisfy some. I concur that this month hasn't been very pretty and we are in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately? mode. Baseball changes every day, every week, every month. That's the charm of the game.
I trust the Cardinals' bullpen. But I also think that Flaherty could handle a seventh inning and would feel better about it if he was allowed to go longer.
I went to all the ones you mentioned in your first paragraph. I didn't make Crosley Field or old Forbes Field. I did make Sportsman's Park and the old Municipal stadia in both Kansas City and Cleveland. I figure I have 54, not counting the three games the Cardinals played in Hawaii in 1997.
I suspect the Baltimore Orioles wouldn't be your single team.
Wong made two plays on Sunday night that most second basemen don't make. He does have to hit something but the eighth-place spot in the National League isn't an offensive spot.
He had some great moments here but he was here only from 1926-29 and for the veterans' side of the ballot, most of the voters have sided with players who were outstanding Cardinals for a longer period of time. For instance, Orlando Cepeda, who was here for three seasons or so, isn't in.
Unless I've missed something, Hicks has 10 saves in 11 opportunities although Sunday's collapse should have been a blown save on his record. Opponents are hitting .217. It's not like he's being belted around. And big-league hitters are capable of hitting 102 mph fastballs once in a while. That's why they're in the big leagues. No need to trade him. He's 22.
Waino has been better than Wacha but, no, his spot in the rotation isn't guaranteed if he has a stretch of bad starts.
Way too early for that discussion. Come back in a month. But they won't sell unless they're out of the race and in a balanced Central, they'll be in it for a long time this year.
Mike Shildt has shown considerable patience with his team because he insists he still likes his team. Pitching moves have been made _ Cabrera is starting tomorrow night. This isn't like the Cardinals have been a .500 team all season. They were a .667 team for the first month. Having seen that team, Shildt believes it can be close to that club again, right or wrong.
You'll not see another team like the 1985 or 1987 Cardinals because they don't have AstroTurf any more and hitters are taught to swing up, rather than to chop down and try to beat out grounders. I'm not saying I wouldn't want to see some more speed, though. .
Mr. Goold likely will have some information for you before the end of the week.
He actually does wear the high socks more often than not although his legs look something like pipe stems.
I started seeing this last year or even the year before. There is so much analytical information available that it is just as easy to catalog it on an index card rather than have some coach in the dugout frantically waving on every pitch.
There aren't apt to be any changes made in this team until the end of the season and only if that season doesn't result in a playoff-worthy club. A .500 season, however, would stir some action.
You don't have to have '"career" years from every player. But you can't afford to have several players nowhere close to their career averages. That's what gets you beaten. If Goldschmidt, Ozuna, Carpenter approach their norms, everything will look much better.
Carlos Martinez could take over as the closer if Hicks struggles for a significant period of time. I don't think we've reached that moment yet.
It depends on whether MLB can figure out what to do with the Rays in Tampa Bay. Las Vegas would be a candidate if they moved. Otherwise, I would say no.
Somebody will. I haven't heard that talk here. Teams still are wary of the condition of his arm or he already would have been signed by now.