I was looking for him to get a start somewhere but they decided to go with switch-hitting Edman hitting lefthanded as their right fielder for a while. Thomas will be on this team next year and maybe as a regular. He would seem likely to get a start or two against lefthanded pitching in the future. He's a very solid player. .
The attendance is tickets sold. I'm sure there weren't that many in the park. Pittsburgh isn't the strong draw that it once was. And maybe some people were just wrapping up summer vacations. The proof in the pudding is what the club attracts in September. That's when you can really see what the interest level and excitement are.
They will have to decide if he can hit, even if he can't throw. He wasn't going to be in the outfield anyway but was going to be the DH. If he and they aren't sure if he can hit without pain, they should put him on the IL and bring up Arozarena, which they might do anyway, and/or Bader.
Like you, I would have more confidence if the Cardinals had a better record against contending teams but other than two series with the Brewers before the end of the month, we're going to have to wait to find out. The final 16 will be the acid test _ Chicago seven, Washington three, Milwaukee three, Arizona three. Until then, the adage of "beat up on the weaker clubs" applies, continuing tomorrow night.
Arozarena excites me the most because we've seen him the least, other than the past couple of years in spring training. Thomas is next and then O'Neill after that. We have a pretty good read on Edman and Bader so far although surely there is more to see in Bader than we've seen this year.
I don't know if any young player is bunking with a regular, but the team puts these players in hotels until there is some surety they might be around for a while and they then help the players find apartments. I'm not sure where Adalberto Mejia lived. He was only here a couple of days before he went back to the Angels.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if Arozarena is in KC tomorrow night. Williams is starting to hit at Memphis and he's a lefthanded batter, so I think he'll stay on the 40. Not sure about Robinson, who has been hurt.
Tommy Edman would be classified as a utility player only because he plays so many positions _ three in the infield and maybe three in the outfield. He would get plenty of time, no matter if he had a regular spot or not. But I do think he has surprised some by his ability to handle the big-league scene so quickly.
Injuries have been the big thing although he did win 17 games a few years ago. Wacha can reach the mid-90s, and the high 90s once in a while, but he hasn't recaptured the consistency he had even last year when he was 8-2 and headed to the All-Star Game before he suffered a torn oblique muscle that effectively ended his season. He will get another chance in Cincinnati this weekend and after that, I don't know. He will be allowed to be a free agent and somebody will sign him before next year but the Cardinals don't feel they can make him a qualifying offer of $17 million or so, because he would accept that. But maybe he has something left to give. We'll see.
All the teams have their easier parts of the schedule. But, for now, the Cubs have to go to Philadelphia for three games while the Cardinals are in Kansas City and Cincinnati and Milwaukee has to play Minnesota and then Washington. The Cubs, however, have Pittsburgh on the weekend.
The Reds were a handful before but now they have Trevor Bauer and Aquino although they don't have Puig and Scooter Gennett, who used to scald the Cardinals. One more pitcher and the Reds are contenders next year.
I think it has to do with how they finish the season, as in how many games they've won and how closely they played to their potential. A playoff berth probably would be enough, though, that there wouldn't be too many major changes.
The past couple of years haven't looked too good with Mercado and Pham going and not much, so far, arriving from the other end. But don't overlook Gallegos, who has been the Cardinals' best pitcher, for Voit, who now is hurt and out for several weeks. That wasn't a one-sided deal, at all.
I thought the Cardinals were "all in" already. They can't afford to do a quality rebuild in this city because the fans wouldn't accept it. It's different to tank in cities like Houston, Pittsburgh, Miami, Cincinnati, Detroit, Arlington, Kansas City, Seattle. Not as many people notice because they all have pro football teams that start camp in July. We don't have that diversion. It's Cardinals or nothing until the Blues play.
He says he's all right and he's found his swing. The final 46 games will tell us.
There was a lefthanded pitcher starting for the Pirates on Sunday but Wong really never gets a day off. He finished that game, too, Shildt wanted to load the lineup with nine righthanded batters aganinst Brault, who was being tagged at .286 by righhanders but only .194 by lefthanders.
Wong should be a clear favorite now that LeMaheiu, last year's winner, is out of the league, and Baez is playing shortstop. Goldschmidt has terrific competition from Freeman, Votto and Rizzo, among others so that will be tough. I think MLB wanted to put a stop to any chicanery that sometimes has gone on with August waiver deals.
Carpenter will say the same thing in tomorrow morning's paper _ that it is on the offense to be more consistent and that everything else has been fine.
I don't see how they can't put up a fight to maintain Ozuna, who says he really likes playing here. Martinez is signed for a next year as a valuable reserve/sometime starter. Depending on how the "kids" progress, Fowler's job could be tenuous but he has no-trade protection and he's liable to hit 20 home runs this season. His year hasn't been bad, despite a low batting average.
Front offices these days take much more advantage of the option rules and the disabled list than they did 30 years ago. A young player really has to impress right away to stay around for a whole season without having to go back for a while.