Five weeks left and the Cardinals absolutely have to win every three-game series and at least split the four-gamers. There is still hope although I'm sure many of you are nervous that neither Wainwright or Flaherty will face Reds in either series.
I can see them at least coming to spring training as instructors every year. They probably can do almost whatever they want.
They have to go after a reliable starting pitcher first and foremost. Shortstop is not their top priority. They have two. They need to find somebody who, when healthy, can pitch into the seventh inning.
Every pro football player gets hurt.
Oh, they're upset but there are five weeks to go and it's still right there in front of them if they play well enough and especially pitch well enough.
I concur. The starting pitching and the bench must be much better. The outfield has been fragile but pretty good actually. Depth. That is the key word. The Cardinals didn't have it.
First, he walked two of three. You have to face at least three hitters. Second, without Reyes, the Cardinals wouldn't even be close to contention. Whom would you have brought in? They weren't going to use Cabrera any more in that series after what happened on Thursday.
There are a lot of reasons for the attendance dip, some of them obvious from a health and protocol standpoint. But the fans want to see a better team, too. There should be enough money coming off the books next year that the Cardinals could play in the free-agent market--as long as there is no labor dispute.
I see no reason why he couldn't be the shortstop if and when Gorman plays second. That was Edman's position in the first place. Again, shortstop is not the Cardinals' biggest issue.
You can have only 28 players, rather than 26, in September, and one or both spots will go to pitchers. They don't need three catchers because they have one on the taxi squad if something happens. Yepez isn't on the 40-man roster yet but he will have to be in the winter.
He also said there was little margin for error and he didn't mean his defense. He meant too many walks, a bad slider, lack of hitting late in a game.
The Cardinals lost with their best reliever most of the season. Is he their best now? That's what they have to decide. The Cardinals actually got a break yesterday when Bader grounded into a double play to end the sixth inning. That meant that Garcia could start the bottom of that inning, too.
Well-spoken. Too many games left against the teams the Cardinals are chasing. But the Cardinals are going to have to win more than a few of them.
I believe Mo is signed for two more years after this one, so I do not envision a front-office shakeup. It is OK for the players they have to play better.
They will have to examine their philosophy of hitting, as instructed by coach Jeff Albert and his staff. They have to improve the starting pitching, even with Hudson and Flaherty coming back and Reyes probably joining the rotation. They need more veteran presence on the bench.
Interesting, and fair question. But I always will side with the team that has a winning record every year. The Cubs are very far away, perhaps farther than they were the last time they rebuilt because they don't have any young pitching.
The manager's position should be reviewed every year but the Cardinals aren't where they are because of bad managing. Teams almost universally are good or bad because their players play well or poorly.
This is the same miss that Ted Simmons had to endure for a quarter of a century before he finally got in. All I can surmise is that some of Edmonds' cumulative numbers didn't impress some people because he missed time with injuries. I didn't think Votto was a Hall of Famer until this year and I'm still not sure about it. But he's been fabulous for several months.
Bader has stopped driving in runs but he hasn't stopped saving them, as witness yesterday. I feel fairly certain Sosa will start a couple of games against the Reds. He came out in a double switch yesterday because the starting pitcher went only four innings and Shildt needed to use his bullpen in a certain way to get to the finish line. The Cardinals almost got there but, of course, it didn't work.
The Cardinals are not going to release Matt Carpenter in the final month of the season. Case closed. I'm a big Polanco fan, too, but I don't know that he would play enough to help. They've got to have pitching.