Yes, but you can't say "if he wasn't injured," because he was. He's an excellent player _ when he is able to play.
I trust you'll give him another game or two.
I'm not quite sure what the front office's failure to acquire a starting pitcher has had to do with the play of the last week or so. By my calculations, in their past seven games, the Cardinals scored three or fewer runs in six of them and two or fewer in five of them. Bob Gibson and Walter Johnson would have had a hard time with that. Perhaps we're missing a salient point here. The offense is farther away from being what it should be than the starting pitching. Now, let that digest a little and let's go from there.
They're all realistic right now. Nobody's filed yet.
You are correct, to some degree. I also do not think it is a slam dunk they will miss the playoffs this year.
The Cardinals' starting pitching probably is average. But is it average if Carlos Martinez, their best for a few years, was able to be back in the rotation next year? Wacha will not be here as a free agent. Waino has pitched better than you think. He easily could be a fifth starter. But, yes, they do need one more. Flaherty should be their best. And Mikolas should be better. Hudson will be more durable. That leaves room for one more.
I don't have the figures in front of me although I'll endeavor to run them down. The offense should be better.
I know you want some of these answers now, but there's nothing we can do about it until the end of the season and you see how this one turns out. I can't predict that. It looks as if there will have to be some philosophical change but it's way too early to identify that.
Waino was not exempt. But in this day and age, three runs allowed in nearly six innings is not a bad start. Two runs for nine innings, however, is not good, and it has been happening far too often lately.
in Garrett's case, it is not a winning attitude to charge another team's bench. Or a very good idea. Puig has had his moments, both good and bad. Lance Lynn has a winning attitude. And I wish he still was here.
I have not heard that Syndergaard was made available to the Cardinals.
Bader did for one year. And then he didn't. O'Neill has been in the .270 to .280 range since coming back and looks more disciplined at bat. But he keeps getting hurt when you want to see more of him.
They need a dependable veteran starting pitcher and they need to re-sign Ozuna. As it appears now. Again, a lot of baseball to be played yet. This isn't the NFL, where one bad weekend can define a season.
Sometimes, it's not how hard you throw, it's where you throw it and when. John Tudor did that 30-plus years ago. And it's kind of fun to see that it still can work today, even if the person in question does pitch for the Cubs.
A little early for Gorman to come up. He's just having a modest season at Class A Palm Beach. Those other players got to Class AA and, in some cases, Class AAA before reaching the majors.
You may throw scorn in my direction all you want but, in my vast experience, I have have never seen a season end on July 31.