Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
As far as the farm system goes, Dylan Carlson and especially Nolan Gorman are the keepers. Andrew Knizner is the next catcher, so I don't imagine he moves. Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson look like long-term building blocks as well. Same with Paul DeJong. I imagine most everybody else is up for discussion.
I do think Harrison Bader is due to a stint in Memphis once Matt Carpenter returns. That would make sense with Yairo Munoz getting more time in the outfield. Bader needs to get his swagger back offensively. He is getting eaten up right now and getting an at bat here or there is not helping.
Probably, but who closes then? I don't see that trade making the Cardinals better. Martinez's ability to answer the bell again and again and again helped keep the Cardinals during on this run.
I know one guy in the Ozarks that's with you on that. But Brad's levity has grown on me. And he work in some brutally honest assessments from time to time, which is always refreshing.
Molina is hitting .308 with runners in scoring position this season. Until he tried to play hurt, he was one of the few consistent hitters on this team. So, no, I don't see Molina relegated to platoon duty when healthy.
Theo is just trying to get a flagging team into the playoffs, as Mozeliak is. Manager Joe Maddon is trying to save his job. I see the Cubs doing more because they have some assets to move. The whole tank-and-rebuild thing allowed them to build a nice core group. The Cards would love to make a big move, but the organization spent a lot of chips in the blockbuster trades for Goldschmidt and Ozuna.
How the home team plays is always big big factor in roster construction. You need guys to fit the place they play half of their games. The analytics departments have tons of data on player/ballpark matching.
Those guys seem to have a lot of fun in their broadcasts. Maybe they get too silly for some, but with some of these games during into 3 1/2 slogs of swinging and missing, can you blame them?
The Cardinals haven't changed their hitting approach at all. They are just hitting better. Several key hitters were in a weeks-long slump at the same time. They were failing to make consistent hard contact. Now several guys are heating up at the same time.
So how many total games did La Russa sit Scott Rolen? Not many. When Scott was healthy, he played. There was that 2006 playoff kerfuffle when TLR sat Rolen in favor of Scott Spiezio, but Rolen was clearly playing hurt and not being honest about it.
If the Indians are dying to get their hands on Tyler O'Neill, Yairo Munoz or Harrison Bader, I suppose there could be a discussion there.I imagine the Indians will aim much higher if they deal a very good pitcher while they are still in the playoff hunt.
Mozeliak would love to add a lefty reliever and perhaps an inning-eating starter as well. But, again, he lacks great trade capital thanks to his earlier trades and also some prospect injuries.
Perhaps the over, but barely. This is a different team when Goldschmidt is hitting. The Cards will take some beatings in that stretch -- but if Shildt has enough relief pitching left to protect leads when the Cardinals get them, they could six of those games.
With Michael Wacha on his way out, Adam Wainwright in the twilight and Jordan Hicks a huge long-term question mark after surgery, the Cardinals will need to get pitching reinforcements. And I suspect they will.
How many big-salary players did Craig Berube sit for any length of time? None. As far as Carpenter goes, the team needs to give him a shot when he returns. He is getting paid, yes, and he is also key part of the team. The hard part will be how long to ride him if he struggles. And remember that Tommy Edman hit a 7-for-44 rut not long ago and Yairo Munoz is capable of stacking 0-for-4s. It's not like the Cardinals have plugged Vladimir Guerrero Jr. into the lineup while Carpenter has been down. If you bury Carpenter psychologically and then Edman and Munoz suffer reality checks, then what?
Who knows. The more Jim Edmonds they give us the better, but Jim is also putting his insights to use while working with the team.
Yeah, the Small Bears were supposed to become a dynasty. But they didn't. And, yes, the lack of pitching has cost them. Had they created a pipeline as the Cardinals did, kept those young power hitters in place and kept Addison Russell out of trouble, they could have won multiple World Championships. Did they hang on to Kyle Schwarber too long? Can they salvage Russell? Is Bryant headed out the door? These are all good questions.
They passed the test to become buyers are the trade deadline. Obviously they haven't been graded on trades made because they haven't made any.
Edmonds offers more than bragging about his own exploits. He dishes a fair amount of pointed analysis when stuff goes wrong. Maybe he focuses a bit too much on outfield positioning based on his own experience, but then again fielder placement is a big story in the sport today.