The front office should be held as accountable as the players and the manager/staff. I would prefer to take a bigger picture view of this when the season is over and not after two losses in Oakland. Those don't bother me. The better team won.
From what I know of Bill DeWitt Jr., he would not hesitate to take on money. They have plenty and they spent plenty in the spring with Goldschmidt, Mikolas and Carpenter. Greinke was the only real salary that was dealt last week and the Cardinals apparently never were in that one.
The struggles, I think, correspond with not having the offense. Now, Ozuna is back. Carpenter is back. Molina will be back next weekend. Then, let's see what they have, granted that it will take Ozuna and Molina, particularly, more time to find their stroke because they were both out so long. You'll also note that much of their hitting was piled up against mediocre Pittsburgh and Cincinnati pitching. They're playing some better teams now.
Perhaps you're assuming that. Why wouldn't they be a contender for a title? If the playoffs started today, they would be in. At that point, only 10 teams are contending for a title. No, they do not aspire to be the wild-card team. But there will be 20 teams who won't even achieve that.
This was a good roster this spring before all the pitching injuries occurred. Their current club isn't as good as that one. The roster wasn't so much constructed poorly as it wasn't able to handle all the injuries. Yet, they're 1 1/2 games out of first place and 1/2 game to the good in the wild-card race. Many other teams have bigger problems than that.
Who's to say they didn't go after him? The Blue Jays don't have to take your proposal if they like somebody else's better. You're welcome to subscribe to whatever conspiracy theory you want but last week is over.
The front office could afford to trade many different positions. But, perhaps, just perhaps, the other side didn't like what they were offering. Or the Cardinals didn't like what they would get back. This isn't like trading baseball cards or playing fantasy baseball. Making a good trade is harder than you think. Should they have done something? Probably. But it's over. And some of the other outfielders you ticked off didn't exactly overwhelm me, especially considering that most of them were in the minor leagues at one point or another this year.
They did do well against him. And they had their chances yesterday. But they didn't hit Roark as well as they hit Homer Bailey, whom the A''s weren't going to subject to the Cardinals.
I didn't hear much of the broadcast but Danny Mac is one of the best.
You cannot, in good conscience, tell me Gyorko is more valuable than Munoz, who can play six positions and hit .275 to 280. Gyorko was hitting .196 and seemingly always hurt. And I love Jedd Gyorko.
You're welcome. I wouldn't want any of those three. If I couldn't get a starting pitcher better than most of the ones I had, I don't deal.
Arozarena is hitting .381 at Memphis. I think he's worth a look. Is he for real? Who knows?
Currently, it's the torn pectoral muscle from which he is healing. He is working his way back, but it's getting late.
I don't have much to add to that. I suspect you're stating what many are feeling. But, again, the situation is not exactly bleak. They lost two games _ that they deserved to lose. And it had little to do with bringing in any new starting pitcher. Hudson has been their best most of the year. And they didn't lose because of their starting pitching yesterday. They lost because they couldn't score. And, as you may have perceived, there was very little offensive firepower that changed hands other than Puig, who is a powder-keg in and of himself/ .
Did you not watch the Cardinals pound Pomeranz last month in San Francisco? And I can imagine the uproar if the Cardinals had traded for a pitcher who had lost 14 games although I do like Sanchez.
I do not see a real fit for Fowler here next year but he has to agree to any deal.