I completely agree. If they achieve some traction now, they will have Ozuna and Molina back at the end of the stretch and that is like trading for two players. Of course, this could go the other way, too. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are not pushovers.
If their starting pitching continues in the most recent vein, any sort of offense should be enough for them to at least run off a number of four- or five-win streaks the rest of the year. But we have been saying that for a while. This group, when intact, could. It is not intact now.
You won't see Gyorko or Wacha or probably Wieters, for starters. Wieters might still be a regular somewhere and Wacha, too. Bullpens always take on change, with the likes of Leone and Mayers being vulnerable. At a different level, Ozuna is a free agent, potentially. And they can't carry Bader if he's going to hit .205.
They wanted to see what Wacha could do. One of the issues for Ponce de Leon was his control, which is much better now.
Anything is possible. Fowler may be here the rest of the season because he can help them win, if they can stay close enough. Next year, depending on the rest of their outfield, they may move him, with his permission.
A lot of times I think you'll find players rewarded with such contracts try to be even better than their records had stated and they wind up receding. Goldschmidt could be in that category this year. In the second year, or even later in the first year, they perhaps can relax more and play to what their abilities truly are. Plus, the money can be so huge. Is anybody really that good?
I would like to see him stay in the bullpen, at least until Hicks is back. But he signed this contract as a starting pitcher and he deserves that chance, if his arm is strong enough to allow that.
It is hard to believe they are only three games out as inconsistent as their play has been. Some of these players will be play better. Some will have to play a lot better. But it could happen.
He'll be back before then but I think he has interest in re-signing here and I would hope the Cardinals would feel the same. He's not on the market yet.
I think all teams are guilty of doing that in baseball which often pays players for what they already have done, more so than what they might do. Many times, you'll see a player have a good year or two in a multi-year deal and then when he turns the wrong side of the calendar _ into his mid-30s., the production drops off for the remaining years.
Yes, perhaps some more vigilance at the factories might be in order, although I don't hear anybody complaining about the ball when strikeouts are at record levels again.
If they're 49-53, they won't be buying anything.
I think Ozuna has to come back. In a day when exit velocity is everything, no one hits the ball harder than he does. And he's under 30 years old.
Bader might well benefit from a week or two of regular at-bats at Memphis. But, without Ozuna and an offense at peak efficiency, Bader's defense still plays in the late innings if the Cardinals are ahead. That is the issue. Getting ahead and staying ahead.
Well-stated. The best way the Cardinals can improve is from within. Hitters hitting and pitchers like Mikolas and Flaherty being more consistent. At its optimum, this is a good team. But will it reach optimum. One or two outside players might help, but it is the "inside" players who have to pull this off. If not. . . sharpen your pencils.
If I read this correctly, Pollack homered after there were two outs. If Bogaerts hadn't made the error, Pollack wouldn't have batted. Thee would have been three outs before his at-bat. Thus, all runs unearned, in that inning.
I'm not excited about the outfield you propose. It looks like Memphis' outfield. I have hopes for Carlos yet, now that his arm is sound and, presumably, head, too. They won't score enough without Ozuna and Brebbia, while valuable, doesn't have closer stuff. This may look different two months from now, but that's the way I see it.
A Lackey type is what I would be hopeful of acquiring.
Young pitching primarily and maybe a Bader-type who might figure into the outfield of a team that is rebuilding rather than challenging.