I believe Carpenter will get a week or so to establish that he is the right man to lead off. If he continues to struggle, then I would move to Arozarena. He's at .381 now and they're not going that well that they can keep him down much longer. But if and when he comes up, he has to play. That means that Fowler or Martinez won't.
I do not think they can afford to let Ozuna walk. Unless he chooses, too. People rail about the Cardinals not acquiring a starting pitcher. That department is an issue but the offense has been more inconsistent. I see Ozuna just a hair off with his timing now. But Carpenter and Molina must regain theirs or this offense may not be good enough.
They got a 19-year-old player who may or may not be a prospect. But they really didn't have any place for Gyorko to play, with Carpenter coming back and both Munoz and Edman performing well as reserve infielders. So they opened up that roster spot now.
They've waited three years for him to pitch. Some of that was back luck. Some of it was a bad decision by Reyes to punch a wall. But how long can you wait? If he doesn't show any signs of progress before the end of the season _ they needed him now, mind you _ you can't tie up a 40-man spot with him.
With two off days coming up on Thursday and Monday, the Cardinals can skip that next Wacha/Ponce de Leon start until a week from Thursday, so this may not be an immediate issue except that one or both has to pitch well to make this work. It looks as if Hudson has hit a wall, too.
That certainly is something to review when the season is over, especially if there is failure involved. For now, they have to make the best of their situation and hope their injured offensive players regain some form. Or bring up Arozarena.
It seems clear the Cardinals didn't have a lot of valuable chips they would push into the center of the table, if they weren't named Gorman or Carlson.
You're entitled to feel that way. They hadn't planned on all the injuries they were going to have at the same time with key position players or that they would get nothing again out of Alex Reyes and lose Hicks for the season. I didn't find a lot of in the trading market that would have guaranteed a division title, not Zack Wheeler, for instance _ but I can understand your disappointment.
You may note that Edman was the only outfielder to get a hit yesterday.
Nobody really pitches eight innings anymore, except Shane Bieber and not many pitch seven. They didn't lose that game because of Waino yesterday. They lost because they scored two runs off a mediocre starter and a cast of relievers.
I truly think we'll better be able to evaluate the non-trades and the seeming lack of tradable prospects when the season is over. The Cardinals lost two games in succession to a good team on their field. That perhaps is not enough to run up a surrender flag.
I certainly think leading off with Wong is an option although they have found him to be most effective down the line in the order and I'm sure, because of that production, they're hesitant to move him. But if Carp doesn't do it and they don't bring up Arozarena, I would try Wong leading off.
Apparently results matter to you, instantly, in this case. The contract can't be undone. Pretend that Carp is making $180,000 rather than $18 million. Judge him by his performance, not his bank account. If he continues to hit .215, they'll make a change. But one game back does not alter my opinion that he still can help this year. And, no, I do not think Mo is willing to admit publicly that it was a mistake. What purpose does that serve anyway?
Of course, that's noticed. But your 18,000 estimate is well off.
Not that I can discern. It had to do with the FO not thinking it was getting equal or more value in a deal. Sometimes, you do make a deal to shake things up. But the Cardinals didn't have internal problems that needed cleansing. Their issues are external, for all to see. What's wrong with the players they have playing better? Now, there's a novel concept.
That's a possible solution although Carpenter hits first, in part, because he works a lot of long counts, as he did yesterday when they got the Oakland starter over 100 pitches in the first five innings. The issue with moving him to second is that nobody has been good at hitting first. They have the worst leadoff production in the league. .
I would have a hard time believing that Bader would be all that would be asked for in terms of acquiring pitching help. And, the FO doesn't verity anything about trade discussions.