You make a good point, but who are the Chapmans and Millers of the Cardinals you want to move for prospects? They don't have that kind of glue. And, you'll note the Yankees immediately re-signed Chapman after the season. '
It's been hard to watch sometimes but on Sunday, he had decent swings in every at-bat, perhaps a harbinger. Or not.
Anybody who wins three games in succession in the NL Central seems poised to pull away. But have you checked the Cubs' road record lately? They are 18-27, second worst in the league, and not exactly championship caliber stuff. No question the Cubs are better now, with the players they have on the field. The Cardinals will be getting a couple of former All-Stars back in a couple of weeks. Can they hang on until then? But John Mozeliak will be as equally interested as Theo in trying to make a deal with a division title in mind, rather than just a wild-card. The Cubs were that wild card last year and that didn't go over too well.
They won't make Wacha a qualifying offer because a team that signed him wouldn't have to give up a high pick for him, given his performance. They won't pay him $17 to $18 million to be back here for one more year. If offrered that, Wacha would take it.
They've got a closer in Carlos Martinez. Will Smith would help but the bullpen is one of their best areas. They will get over the top if their offense becomes more offensive _ in a good way, not pungently.
A few more well-placed bunts wouldn't hurt although I am not in favor of potentially forfeiting the at-bat with two strikes. He is not a pitcher. Carpenter hit the ball in all directions Sunday, which was a good sign. Now, for some repetition.
How about physical? There hasn't been one player who's been any good at it this year and the Cardinals have tried more than a half dozen. Mental could be a part of it with Carpenter. Bad luck? No.
No, this deal hasn't worked out to the Cardinals' satisfaction. They certainly may have to re-evaluate it at the end of the season, but we aren't there yet. I don't see a clearly better option to Carpenter other than giving Edman and Munoz a bit more time.
This will be O'Neill's best chance. But, at the end of the year, you take a hard look at it, because what happens if Ozuna doesn't come back?
Molina was having a good year until he suffered the thumb strain. He hasn't been able to swing the bat with any authority since them but he still may have two good months in him.
You've nailed this one. These 11 games, in large degree, will determine whether the Cardinals will be selling or buying. They must be on the plus-side of this ledger, preferably at seven wins or above.
Hard to believe you would place Molina in the "one-way player." category I won't argue with you on a couple of the others but there are very few teams these days who have a lot of "complete" players. That said, a few of the fellows need to change their status by contributing more offensively. Or they will not be here next year.
Derrick and I thank you. I believe Nunez has had some injury problems and he didn't hit well at Class A level either.
It seems that he certainly had tried to pull too much but in the last 10 days, I see a different player. And the one you expected to see. Let's see where the next couple of weeks go.
This has always mystified me. In days gone by, pitchers would love to have black marks, or scuffs on the ball, and the only ones asking that the balls be thrown out were the hitters. I think the pitchers are doing the hitters a service now.
Point taken. But Giovanny Gallegos, one of the pitchers acquired from the Yankees for Voit, has been one of the best relievers in the majors this season, with 60 strikeouts and seven walks and 27 hits allowed in 42 1/3 innings.
You only notice this more when the only player they had who was putting the ball over the fence consistently in Ozuna has been hurt for a couple of weeks. They did seem to do better. i.e., in April, with more home runs being hit and perhaps that trend will resurface.
Good observations. Free-agent signings, notably relief pitchers, haven't worked out. And system hasn't produced much regular talent lately. They don't have a lot they can do now in this area now because their top prospects aren't ready for another year or two. So, this will have to be a veteran-driven train for a while longer. Perhaps some different veterans could help, though.
Or, more likely, they already have had their career years. But something closer to "career" years would be acceptable now.