In truth, this will be a trade that is likely to help neither side. When Kike Hernandez and David Freese come off the injured list for the Dodgers, Gyorko may be expendable. I do not believe they have big plans for him although there are teams he can help _ if you can keep him on the field. There's nothing that hamstrings a team more than a player on which it would like to count not being able to play because he is injury-prone.
Wong, for the most part, is playing Gold Glove caliber defense this year and if he can keep his average in the .260s with 20-plus steals, he's a keeper.
They're a real challenger _ in this league. That's all you have to be, for now. Worry about the other league in late October.
As stated, you have to be careful about giving up too much for a player you're only going to have for two months before he heads to free agency. Almost every move the Cardinals have made in recent years at this deadline involves players they will have control over for at least one more year.
One hundred 62 games is the sample size for every player. How would it be if you had limited Goldschmidt's sample size to about 95 games this year? You would have an entirely different opinion than you would have now.
Molina is likely to come back as a No. 7 hitter or even lower if the club is unsure how solid his right thumb will be. He will not hit ahead of Wong. And Carpenter does not have a lifetime exemption at leadoff. The reaction some of you make to one game or two games, good or bad, is staggering for such a knowledgeable fan base.
These cause-and-effect items will come into play after the season, no matter how it comes out. You're not going to see anybody fired now. But believe me, the FO already knows its backside is to the burner.
I don't think it hurt the Cardinals. They weren't going to use Gyorko.
Maybe so. But there is no shame in losing to them. They're good and have spent their limited resources wisely. I can't imagine, though, that the A's didn't promote themselves as wanting to win the division this year. They had 97 wins last year and were in the playoffs.
Interesting, but with the added days on the schedule and interleague play, plus out-of-the-country trips, you find more or them. For instance, Cardinals were off on Friday before they played the Reds in Monterrey, Mexico, in April.
Hard to have much trade value when nobody sees you pitch.
The players look at it as only they should They're 1 1/2 games out of first place and ahead in the wild card. They're trying to get to the dance, whether by limousine or pickup truck. That is incentive enough. No meetings needed.
On what slope is Goldschmidt skiing? He has a chance for 40 homers. Some of the issues you cite are legitimate. But, for the most part, you worry about next year when this one is over. And this one is far from over.
I suspect management felt the same way. It's a lonely limb to be on, isn't it?
This is all relative. The Cardinals aren't gong to finish with the same record as the Dodgers. Or the Yankees. Or the Astros. Or the Braves. All they have to do is finish with a better record than the Cubs or everybody else in the National League. And they can do that. I'm not saying they will. But I'm not saying they can't. I don't know about your house, but not many places have sirloin every night.
Helsley is here for long relief and perhaps as a starting candidate for next year. You will see him tonight, if Wacha falters.
I do not agree. I want to see some progress. And so do they.