Adams had the same part-time role in Washington, getting at bats in part because others were injured. Had Gyorko stayed healthy, Adams would have had a more limited role here. So his spot starts here aren't a sign of franchise trouble. And as for the Nationals, most teams regarded that team as more talented than the Cardinals coming into the season. Adams did a nice job of helping that injury-depleted team stay in the hunt as long as it did.
As only a corner infielder, I don't see Wisdom offering enough to be more than a fill-in at this level. He became a nice Triple-A player and it's great to see him earn some ABs at the highest level, but I'd be surprised if he stuck next season. Carson Kelly is younger, put up numbers at Triple-A and play the corner infield as well as catch. There is real value in multi-positional ability given the likelihood of the Cardinals going with 12 or even 13 pitchers next season.
Valid point. Fowler needs to get that '19 look because I don't see the Cards eating that contract, nor do I see another team eating much of it either in a trade. So DeJong's pop at shortstop would have value in that scenario and the team would need third base production as well. I do feel more optimistic about the '19 outlook given the RBI production of Ozuna and DeJong down the stretch and Wong's second-half performance when healthy.
Yes, that contract hovers over all the outfield decisions. While Wisdom is athletic enough to play in the outfield, this team still has a surplus with O'Neill, Adolis Garcia (who still has upside) and the increasingly intriguing Lane Thomas.
Long term, there are still hopes for Alex Reyes and Carlos Martinez. Wacha is more iffy, given all of his injuries and his free agency after next season. Dakota Hudson also has a high ceiling. So there is quality to go with the quantity. This team had to dig deeper than expected with Gomber and Poncedelon. Weaver disappointed, but there is still plenty of time to retool him.
No, I don't see enough countries playing those sports at a high level to make it work. While the Olympics is all about the dollars, I really don't see football as a fit.
I don't see this team rolling him out to hit .180 for three months again. But I do see the team giving him a month-long look anyway, for all the reasons described earlier.
I don't know how to compare it just by eyeballing it, but I would say we this summer started earlier and stayed long. There have been a lot of uncomfortable days out there. And playing .500-level ball for a big chunk of the season was not good marketing.
It would take a catastrophic series of events to get the Cardinals out of town. That is one of the top sports brands this country as ever seen. This would be like the Packers leaving Wisconsin. As for downtown, the next five to 10 years will be interesting. On one hand the ongoing renovations of older buildings are creating more apartments and condos. And the continuing Ballpark Village development adds some years to the stadium and its location. But if the city can't get crime under control . . .
Blaming that ability/inability on a particular manager is silly. Joe Maddon is begging his guys to put more balls in play. Dave Roberts is imploring guys to build innings and quit swinging for the fences. That has been an emphasis here under both managers here and managers everywhere. It's not like Matheny and Mabry said, "Hey, just hack away. Whatever." Either the players perform or they don't. Shildt has put more guys in motion . . . and he's started to get more guys thrown out when the hitters don't do their job. Perhaps hit-and-run plays make some hitters more focused on making content. But then again, that's their job. To make contact. I find it humorous the degree that managers are blamed when players fail to do their job.
The bright side of your geography: Much nice summers. It's been nasty down here on the banks of the Missouri River.
That could be a interesting guy bridging the Cardinals to Nolan Gorman or Elehuris Montero. That money is not over the top, if Seattle is looking to spend money elsewhere. And these teams have been able to make trades before. Ah, but would he be on the block after one tough season.
He has taken some infield at Memphis. He could have the tools to do it. I would rather see that than the Cards move on from Kelly simply because there may not be enough ABs as the back-up catcher.
They just scored seven runs with Kershaw pitching. I would be more concerned about the demise of Wacha, and the heavy reliance on young pitchers who may be running low on fuel.
Sure, he's been pretty good in his first real big league tour. He isn't overpowering, so he has to mix pitches and hit spots. It's apparent he knows how to pitch. He is still another guy making the case for drafting college pitchers. With just a bit more polish, you could see him settle into a Jaime Garcia-like role here.
How willing would DeWitt be to eat a $50 million contract? I'm guessing that's a last resort. I'm also guessing that no team will want to help the Cards out this summer. So that's an impediment, since the easy solution would be parking Martinez in right field for season and let him have at it. Problem solved!
No, I can't tell you what the Milwaukee GM was thinking. I don't spend much time mulling that. Moustakas has been pretty helpful, anyway, and his big game experience could help that group the next few weeks.
He's hit a rut with his comfort at the plate and his pitch recognition. This happens. The timing is not great. Shildt raves about Martinez's ability to make adjustments and that ability is getting tested now. He has chased some sliders that were balls coming out of the pitcher's hand.
We'll see. The Dodgers have been a different team at the plate the last few games. If that carries through the weekend, look out.