Burleson might. Plummer is building that resume. Depends on what you mean by a good leadoff man. High OBP. Command of the strike zone. Dylan Carlson could be that guy, too.
The Cardinals' winning streak. They won 17 in a row -- something one of the top franchises in baseball history had never done. If you'll permit me to repeat myself. The Padres of September were the Cardinals of June. Same thing happened. Pitching cratered. Bad timing on San Diego's part.
True. Haven't we learned to never bet against Adam Wainwright?
I start the instant gamer in the seventh or eighth inning, depending on the timing of the game. In the early innings, I'm often working on the notebook. The instant gamer starts to get a few sentences going in it by the bottom of the seventh, top of the eighth at the latest.
Yes. Yes, I do. Always follow the pitching.
Numbers support that. Especially since he joined the Cardinals. He's got the fifth-highest WAR among relievers since 2019, and his strikeout rate is top 20 among relievers. He's right up there with some of the best in baseball, so he does rank high for the NL.
Not so much Cruz. They do need to look at bats of all types because the DH opens that possibility. They can add a transformative bat in this market, and if it's a lefthanded bat all the better.
I'm not sure. But kudos for the details.
Something like calling in Lance Lynn from the bullpen!
I do, yes. As of now there is no reason to think otherwise.
To me: The 17-game winning streak pulled a team up to its expectations and the best possible baseball it could play. The lack of moves in June kept a team from contending for the division crown.
The Cardinals have already spoken. Sosa started Sunday. Shildt indicated that was the lineup he's likely to take into Wednesday's game, if health remains the same.
Agreed. And they need to improve the conditions for the minors, for sure. This is a big thing for reporters like me, too, to make sure that promises are kept, that the money pledged to improve the situation in the minors was used that way. I know there was frustration in the first half and there were statements made that the team had to be more proactive in making improvements were put in place. We all need to see that. The Cardinals, who have the invention of the modern minor leagues as part of their history, should be leading in this area of the industry, for sure.
No. I don't get that sense. I wouldn't read into the results of games that didn't matter to either team, one of which was called after the seventh inning. If the Cardinals had rallied in the final two innings of that game would that have been some tell that they were more ready for Wednesday? If not, then neither does that loss.
It is not fair to say, no. The Cardinals' brain trust stuck with Sosa year after year after year when he was climbing up the system and there were times to be impatient, and they believed the glove was ready for the majors and the bat had the potential to get there, so they showed patience. Kept protecting him. Kept getting him priority playing time. Kept seeing him progress. Was he going to leapfrog DeJong when DeJong was setting team records for home runs from a Cardinals shortstop? Or when he was an All-Star? Um, no. But Sosa's steady rise was forecast by the front office while others -- including prospect rankings -- moved on from him.
The team votes on that to determine it. Usually the Cardinals give some prorated amount to players based on the days they were on the roster, or specific contributions.
Yepez is righthanded as a hitter. So you're talking about replacing Rondon, who plays more positions. Keep that in mind. He could yet play a role before he heads to the Arizona Fall League.