The proliferation of young relievers _ Gallegos, Helsley, Fernandez _ has added to a bullpen which has been able to survive the loss of its best in Hicks. When he returns next year, the bullpen could be even better.
I don't know if I've really been a mentor other than to answer some questions. But we have an outstanding one in Derrick Goold and I'm proud of former Hummel intern Ben Frederickson, a terrific columnist as two whom I've been around a lot.
He'll be the closer again when he shows his arm is up to it.
More power to him. I just don't want to see him fall below .300 for his career average and he's right at it now, with two-plus years at an advanced age to go.
Hard to tell until you see how many and whom they bring up. Roster expansion is more important than the schedule because the schedule has been out there for a year. The roster expansion is different because teams view the process differently. This is the last year teams can go as high as 40 in September. Twenty-eight for all next September.
I suspect both Cardinals and Cubs fans will be filling the stands. The Brits might not have as much interest in those teams as they would in the colonists of New York and Boston,
That is one of the reasons why they pulled Flaherty out of the game when he had only 88 pitches last Friday, to save some bullets.
It started with those exciting Whitey Herzog teams in the 1980s. Everybody just started wearing red. And there seemed to be a World Series every other year.
Only if you add someone to the 40-man roster like Carlson or Woodford, who then likely would have to be optioned next spring when he wouldn't have to be, if sent to the minors. .
Tyler O'Neill likely is a trade candidate. But the Cardinals still are intrigued by what he can do. He was hitting fourth for them for a while this year, you know. And he has one of their fastest sprint speeds.
I would say neither. His first rehab outing after missing more than two months with arm issues lasted just 1/3 inning last week and he gave up three runs. He does not figure on next year's staff, just yet, but may show differently in the spring.
He had a strong game yesterday. Shildt likes to bring back a player after a good game.
It depends on what else they have in the rotation. But could he start? Yes.
I don't know how available Wheeler was. And I wouldn't trade a possible regular outfielder for a two-month-rental pitcher anyway.
Edman will be a fixture here because he plays several positions, not just second base like Bo Hart, and he can switch-hit and steal bases, also unlike Hart.
It has been a bumpy ride but he has more saves than anybody since the All-Star break. Molina will stay on him late in games.
Paul DeJong would be that potential cleanup hitter, so far.
He has bunted successfully last year and this. But I think now he is more engrossed in figuring out his stroke, so bunting has moved to the back burner.
All are potentials, I guess. But it's almost September and the Cardinals have a chance to win something. Next year is not uppermost on my mind right now.