Not if the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 starters are mediocre or worse. Also, you need a bullpen full of high-leverage guys to win consistently.
Binnington could win the Vezina if he plays like he did for a full season. Why not?
Also, he makes more than Edman. And the Cardinals are still paying Carpenter.
But you are not going to spend crazy money on a position while also paying big money at the position while also burying a decent young player at that position who basically plays for free.
Agreed. It';s a 40-year-old take. Lou Hudson fans need to give it up.
The Cardinals have no idea how good O'Neill can really be, so trading him now would be stupid.
Why would the Rangers want Matt Carpenter? And why would they trade a good pitcher on a team-friendly deal?
That Washington signed Scherzer to that contract was a big risk for that sized market. Like I said, usually markets that size don't do it. Arizona did the same with Greinke. But that's not the norm.
People shouldn't be fooled on this front by now. This baseball operation has been pretty consistent with its approach to the top of the free-agent pitching market. It dug deeper than normal for Price and still got dusted.
Is Mizzou ever going to give somebody a Jimbo Fisher contract? Not in our lifetime. There is no way to make that work with this fan base. The best Mizzou will ever on the football coaching front is catch a guy on the way up, which the school did with Pinkel, or give somebody a second chance, as it did with Larry Smith.
Carlos has suggested that his command improves with more regular usage. That has been the case lately. But . . . the Cards can't use him more regularly if he runs high pitch counts due to wildness. So there is a chicken/egg thing going on. Right now he's in a good place.
DeWitt could not be more clear about his philosophy. He wants to build from within, then trade from the surplus to upgrade or fill needs. Free agency is seen as a supplemental tactic, not a primary strategy.
Let's put it this way: If the Cardinals could undo that deal today, would they? I bet they would.
Goldschmidt is way off of his career norm and he's heading deeper into this 30s. I don't see this contract ending well for the Cardinals. Paul is a pro's pro and he will work his butt off, but it's hard to imagine him regaining his old form for three or four years.
Also, the Cubs play really well there. And they are getting their team back and their act together at the right time.
Wacha was pitching on three days rest. The idea was to get him a limited number of pitches, then use Webb against the lefties, then get some innings out of Helsley. Obviously Webb did not hold up his end of it.
I still get the feeling this team will end up in the wild card game. After this weekend, the games get tougher.
Yeah, if it's all on the line that week will be a lot of fun. Just a few months ago it seemed unlikely that we would have that sort of drama this season.
It will take more than than that. Is Ozuna going to resume hitting? And what will the Cardinals get from starters not named Flaherty and Hudson? Many issues in play here.
Hudson. He has been terrific.
The pitchers are lined up in order right now. For the most part they are likely to stay that way, perhaps with Ponce de Leon could stepping in as needed with guys gassed or struggling. The Cards have a couple of off-days, so that should help keep things lined up.
Bader is 0 for 10 in his last three games, so I don't see how he's a lock to play every game. He has yet to reestablish himself as a consistent hitter at this level. His fielding is great and that will always been a factor late in games.
That is about the level of pitcher the Cardinals could reasonably target for insurance, since Austin Gomber and Alex Reyes remain questionable going forward due to their injuries. And there just isn't much else on the pitching horizon.
OK, that's it for this week. Have a great weekend!