I would 74 days off hardly was "premature." Pitchers hurt their arms. That's part and parcel of the business.
I have seen the offense produce more lately than just runs off home runs. But I haven't seen an offense that is consistent from the first inning to the ninth. That game on Thursday was a good example. Seven runs in the first three innings. No hits in the last six.
I like that loss column stat, but that usually applies to better teams. I question more whether the Cardinals can win five games more than the Reds, not lose two fewer. The Cardinals have had plenty of opportunity to turn the page lately. Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday. But they have no choice other than to put together another significant winning streak like the six-gamer at Pittsburgh and Kansas City. They do not need to spend on a shortstop at the expense of other needs.
He's been very careful not to criticize the front office but I suspect he had been hoping for a little more depth on his club.
Austin Dean is at Memphis. Yepez and Plummer will find their way onto the 40-man roster this winter but it is hard to do now since you can have only two extra players in September.
I am more than OK with Edman leading off. He's hitting as he did in 2019 and for the first couple of months this year. O'Neill is fine in the middle of the lineup although he still strikes out too much.
I see it as a habit but he is a sweater, too.
They do hit-and-run with him sometimes but that's not necessarily a productive play to pull off with runners at first and second. The lineup needs to be better, though, so he does not have to hit fifth.
You're welcome. Something will have to change in the off-season--whether it's staffing or players. I don't see it that Shildt and Mo are necessarily at odds on many matters although there are things that we don't see. Tony was a strong personality, as was Whitey, but Tony quit because he had been here 16 years. and he was nearing 70. That he is successful now is not surprising. He's got a good team. The Cardinals are not a good team. So far, they're slightly above average.
I suppose you can suspect anything you want but Gallegos' effectivenes hasn't wavered much and Pittsburgh is the only team that has hit Cabrera in more than a month.
Right now, the Cardinals have got DeJong on the bench. For overall play, I would take him over A. Cabrera. But the bench has been weak, albeit better lately with Nootbaar.
Nootbaar is not a better player than Bader and he is not as good as Arozarena. But he has helped, both with his performance and his energy.
I haven't heard about Yepez making a move to second base. He isn't blocked at third until we're sure Arenado is staying, which he probably is.
I think they have to bank on them being ready for the big leagues. They shouldn't be expected to star the first year but they should be able to play here. They will get plenty of looks in camp.
I think everybody expected a healthy Arenado to be hitting more than in the .250s but his average with runners in scoring position has been about 100 points higher than that. He will drive in 100 runs and probably hit 30 homers, plus saving a pot-load of runs at third base. But he knows he can do more offensively.
Bader has regressed to the hitter he was before. But the manager and the pitchers still love his defense, so he's going to play the rest of the way this year.
Shildt makes no bones about being a "players" manager. His team may not perform to his--or your--expectations but it almost always plays with energy and intelligence. I realize Carpenter is a convenient lightning rod but he barely plays these days so he can't be blamed for anything anymore. For whatever reason, this team is not the sum of its parts. And that is one vital consideration to be looked at this winter by the front office.
You're certainly entitled to that opinion. It has been a while since the Cardinals were the King Kong of the league, as you put it. I'm suspecting Mr. DeWitt is not enthralled either. So we will see what the off-season will bring.