Ponce de Leon was warming up on both occasions. Who would you rather have? He hasn't exactly been lights-out although he was hurt for a while.
St. Louis fans are not used to rooting for their team to secure a second wild-card berth.
Edman a regular--somewhere on the field. Bader probably a regular. Either Sosa or DeJong as a regular. I could even see all being here but the shortstop thing will have to be worked out.
Your next lefthanded hitter of prominence will be Nolan Gorman. He will be up next year and maybe starting at second base. Unless Corey Seager pitches, I don't see him coming here. Gorman will cost many millions less.
There is almost no way to predict what Flaherty is thinking about his future unless it is determined just how far away his pitching future is. The Cardinals, at some point in the next year or so, though, would seem to have to entertain some sort of long-term offer to him.
You're welcome to offer up an alternative. But if it's Gallegos, the Cardinals have tried to give him the ninth inning before and he wasn't very good at it. Some pitchers are just better in the seventh or eighth and he's one of them.
Judging from the correspondence I get, it's not just you. The game is not played the same way, nor is it as exciting. But I haven't given up on it.
Luis Garcia, who throws in the high 90s with control, would be my next choice. But he has been found wanting by a couple of other organizations. Still, I would give it a look.
Not an issue. The Cardinals aren't moving on from Shildt. Now, if the situation is the same a year from now, that's a different consideration.
Sosa could be/has been an excellent utility player. And he could be a regular. It is my opinion that the Cardinals have to improve their starting pitching before they do anything else. The trickle-down effect of having starters go only four or five innings has become a flood.
You haven't seen enough of Oviedo yet? He has been worse at Memphis. There's nothing to concede yet. A week from now, this conversation could be different but I doubt it. The Cardinals will hang around.
Take a look at Reyes' overall numbers. Except for the walks, they're very good. He's had, what? Three or four blown saves all season? He threw a terrible pitch yesterday. He is not "cooked" but the Cardinals could use an alternative for a bit.
I'm sure Reyes is wearing down. He never has pitched this deep into a season. I'm not sure what anything means as to his being a starter next spring but he will get that chance.
Short haul, yes. Long haul, TBD. Let's see how he and Sosa play the rest of the way. DeJong would seem a trade candidate because his contract really isn't expensive, especially compared to what the free-agent shortstops will get. But, given the Cardinals' recent trade history of prospects, they will have to be careful. DeJong is more of a 25- to 30-homer guy than he is a .200 batter.
I would say at least 70 percent that he stays.
I prefer to subscribe to the Yogi Berra line of "It's never over till it's over." But, I'm also not holding my breath. I'm sticking with 87 wins as the number for the second wild-card. The Cardinals need to go 21-12 to make that happen and that will be hard, with their schedule. Wainwright might even lose a game once in a while.
Off what we've seen this year, we should expect nothing. Or anything. I'm saying the Cardinals have to win four out of six from the Reds in the next two weeks.
He will be lucky to get more than a one-year deal, given the fact he has had trouble staying healthy the past few years.
I'm on board with it. But, I don't know at what cost. Happ might be able to make a better deal but he throws strikes and he takes you at least into the sixth inning.
For a few days, yes. Not, for five weeks.