This team hardly has been a work of art. I think I would hold onto Lynn unless he could bring me something in a trade.
Any day that the birds on the bat are blue or pink or brown is a bad day for the Cardinals. I hate anything but the originals.
Mr. Goold has plenty to do today. What the Cardinals need is better players, either the ones they already have, or some new ones. They have some grinders. They have something of everything. But the total package is not enough.
I looked at what Hunter Pence makes next year (and this year) it is staggering $18.5 million. I began to look somewhere else. The Giants do have some pitching issues but probably not the bat the Cardinals would want.
Rizzo is great but I never saw anyone better than Hernandez, who was the first first baseman I saw who would throw to third on a bunt attempt.
I fully concur. If they go 13-7, that puts them at .500 and that's about all they can expect at the All-Star break. And, strangely, they have always beaten Washington here.
Fowler is adequate in center field but he won't be there in a year or two, with Sierra on the rise. Grichuk, I think, also is a better center fielder if he is still here.
Showalter wears his emotions a little more outwardly than Matheny. I don't imagine either skipper has been enchanted with his team nor were they at many times over the weekend. Joe Torre got criticized for not showing much emotion in the Cardinals' dugout when he managed here. And how did that work out in New York when he finally got some pitching?
I am as flummoxed as you as to why the Cardinals aren't a better fundamentals team. They do work on these things in the spring. Apparently, some retain the messages better than others.
Aledmys Diaz has improved markedly at shortstop although this might not be his best position down the line. He is one of the best baserunners on a team that is awful at it and he has some extra-base pop. The pitchers have caught up to him a bit this season and he must adjust by not swinging at everything.
Well stated. And the Cardinals owe many thanks to the Phillies, who beat the Braves three in a row in Atlanta only to then face the Cardinals and lose the division series.
The fan voting luckily picks eight players for the NL team and nine for the AL. Ultimately, the players and the managers make it right with their selections. The Cubs fans apparently are voting a straight ticket, plus the Daleys are involved in the counting process. .
When a team is struggling as the Cardinals were, heads are going to roll. It was easier to replace the third-base coach wo had lost a couple of runners during that stretch and an aging infielder who wasn't producing. But more significant changes await if the trend continues. However, I have not been struck that either Shildt or Warner would be Matheny's replacement, if it came to that.
Piscotty was working on some adjustments during spring training which didn't seem to work and then he kept getting hurt when the season started. Following that, he had his mother's serious health issue with which to deal. Even discounting the home runs, he seems more comfortable now where they can probably hit him third again.
Justin Upton. Corbin Maybin. Both could be targets although the Cardinals might want to reach a little higher. Those guys aren't 3-4-5 hitters for their own teams.
I'll pass along your angst to him. Just keep in mind the Phillies are next. And, like the Reds these days, they don't beat anybody.
I could be. But I will remain neutral until I see how the next two weeks will go. That still leaves us more than half a season.
And where did Baseball Prospectus have the Cubs? I bet it wasn't at .500. And I bet Arizona wasn't projected to win 100 games. But it has been storming a lot here.
The Cardinals could use one or two more elite players. They're fortunate to have Martinez or they would be in last place.
I think you'll find that the front office won't be afraid to make a move if it can help the team this year and, preferably next. The time will be nigh shortly but, keep in mind, only 68 games have been played (some better than others).
And you no doubt spared yourself some considerable aggravation by not going to the park although the Cardinals won the final two games of that series and played quite well. And then they lost seven in a row. Go figure.
They have the money to sign just about anybody they think makes sense. It's a great place to play. You almost never get booed unless you don't hustle. I still think this is a destination rather than a way stop.
I believe that way of thinking is over-rated. Just play.
Folks: Commish's final answer today got lost in a website-gone-wonky moment. Here is what he said in response to the Carpenter comment:"That kind of trade certainly would have a shock value. But generally, you don't trade htter for hitter when you're looking for a hitter."