Wait, what, a positive post?
All you do is get blamed when stuff goes bad. And the pay is not all that great, especially when you are an easy scapegoat when guys with eight-digit salaries fail.
Lots of teams have suspect fifth starters. Any team that can assemble five good starters -- and the Cards have done that from time to time -- can have a huge edge.
And now he can put that skill to work.
He's a fine player, but just not a priority for this team. A few years ago, sure. but then the team spent the assets to get Ozuna.
I guess he's the next new thing. And then there will be another one after him . . . and on and on it goes. Certainly Arozarena can play at this level, but can he make an impact?
Again, how many teams in the NL have more victories? Fewer than you would think. But, sure, you can't play the Pirates every week. This homestand will be quite a test. Can the Astros get out of Busch without getting their laptops infected with malware?
Sure, some of those guys would be of interest. But is now the time to trade O'Neill, for instance? Are you sure he has reached his ceiling? If not, then hang on and see what happens. The team knows the market for J. Martinez is not great because it tested that over the winter. Moving Bader now would be a big sell low. Wieters? Maybe, but what does he fetch?
I don't know about that. Team managements seem to be going away from high-profile managers these days. The days of the high-profile skipper could be gone, at least for a while.
The only younger guy you can make a big case for is Kyrou and he's coming off surgery. Armstrong can't bring everybody back, but bringing back most of the Cup-winning team that has great chemistry is not a terrible idea. More roster change will come in 2020 with the cap crunch and 2021 with the expansion draft. For now, go with won it all.
Well, I know what that feels like because I did Rams chats every Sunday during their long decent into utter futility.
Of course this team wants to win the division and avoid the play-in game. That is always the goal. But again, don't judge what they do or don't based on their level of want-to. This team just doesn't have a lot to deal this July. You can't want to add better pitching, but if other teams can offer more, then you're stuck.
The Cardinals have enjoyed 11 straight winning season. The Reds and Pirates? Not so much.
Shildt has moved Carpenter down in the order before and I'm sure he will do it again as needed.
OK, that's it for now. See you in two weeks. Got a vacation week coming. Be safe folks and enjoy the weekend.