But what happens if they make it?. Their record isn't what you want, or they want. But, as of today, they're in.
Carpenter and his contract will be very hard to move, in part, because of his age (he'll be playing at 34) unless the Cardinals pay a lot of it. But, did you expect him to go three for four with two homers in his first game back? Ozuna has had one hit in two games back and nobody is running him out of town. Carpenter has one hit in one game. And it was his idea to go to the minors. He didn't have to do that. Now, does he have to do better than .215? But, of course.
That would be one message to send, if you're unhappy. Don't go.
Zack Wheeler is going to be a free agent in two months and has won the same amount of games as Waino and one more than Wacha. Not enough of an upgrade to send away your regular center fielder _ at least he was _ if, indeed that was even discussed.
Carpenter will get a week or so of games to determine if he is the right man for the leadoff spot. If isn't, there will be a change no matter what their loyalty to him is or his contract.
I see the Cardinals still contending for the division title. That does not seem unrealistic. I didn't say you had to be happy with a winning season. You don't seem very happy anyway.
Somebody would pick him up. But, the Cardinals have to ask themselves, "How long do we wait?" Other players who have been discussed today don't seem to get the benefit of waiting three games for, let alone, three years.
One of my thoughts is that Waino is second on the staff in strikeouts. That tells me he has something left. In making a deal, you always have a choice. And you, apparently would choose to take a No. 5 starter from a second-division team for an outfielder you value., whether that evaluation is right or wrong.
Yes, there were a lot of walks in the Oakland series. Now, if I recall, that awful Cardinals starting staff held the mighty Cubs to one earned run in three games not long ago. And, in one game, if I'm not mistaken, the Cubs had one hit and many of the crowd of over 46,000 seemed pretty excited about that. For the record, the Cardinals are in the first wild-card spot.
There has been that history, hasn't there?
You'll have a hard time convincing me that Gyorko is a regular player. And, I believe it is OK for a team to expect more from the players it already is paying handsomely, rather than trying for some sort of bail-out philosophy.
I'm more than willing to consider change _ when the season is over. There is much be accomplished _ or lost _ before then.
That certainly is a difficult double negative, as you so correctly have pointed out.
Martinez isn't having quite the season we have seen before. But check the morning paper. He has the highest average of the 25 guys who have been here most of the season.
Not as much, but I fear there would be some. And some is merited. I'm not sure I can take too many filibusters, though. Let's seem play him play for a week or so. This can't be inning by inning or we'll all go crazy.
Piscotty is younger, so he has a better future. Neither is exactly lighting it up, both under .250.
My estimate is that neither will pitch here before September, if then, especially Gomber.