Foremost is that the Cardinals don't have a lot of prospects to trade. And, yes, they don't want to get burned. Mo has made it clear he wants to improve the club "incrementally" so that by August, when he should have most of his club back for the final two months, including Flaherty, Hicks, Mikolas, Bader, etc., the Cardinals need to improve to keep pace with the other teams in their division. There will be no significant breakup of the current club--yet. But these next two weeks are vital because then come two weeks of games with San Francisco and Chicago, still without most of those injured players previously mentioned.
There is no one at Memphis with equal or better talent. Liberatore and, especially Thompson, are not ready. The Cardinals will have to ride with Carlos at least a little longer unless they can acquire a back-of-the-rotation starter.
I made that prediction in one of the chats--I'm not sure it was the last one. I have to stand by it because I made it but, of course, some doubt has crept in.
We're going to start finding that out this weekend when Pittsburgh is in for four games from Thursday through Sunday. Arizona, the worst team in the league, is next for a mid-week series that won't draw as much. The acid test will be the first seven games after the All-Star break--three against the Giants on the weekend and four with the Cubs on Monday through Thursday nights.
I agree the club deserves to be in fourth place, but it is not far from the others in front of them. You don't upset the cart until the season is over and you see where you stand. The Cardinals in August should be a lot better than they now--but can they get to August as a relevant club?
I would be surprised if Walker didn't make it to Peoria by the end of the season. He has a chance to be a Top 10 prospect by the end of the year.
The starting pitching will stack up as you indicated, with the addition of Mikolas, who is being paid through 2023, so you have to include him. Oviedo is starting to show he belongs, too, and what's wrong with having Wainwright back? He's the best they have right now. Next year's rotation could be a good one. Others of you probably aren't wanting to wait for that.
I guess those would be the top names off the 26-man roster, with the possible addition of Martinez, if anybody wants to take a crack at him. Knizner probably isn't a prime candidate be traded yet because Herrera, at Class AA, isn't quite ready.
It is Jack. And you would think more people would think of that since the next rhyming word is "back."
There would be those, of course, who would say the Cardinals have made the playoffs in each of the past two seasons and not just two of the past five. I'm sure Mo feels heat every day. But they've played 70 games, not 100.
Failing a major improvement from without, I would jockey with the lineup and drop Edman down to No. 6 or 7 and move everybody up one, with Carlson leading off, Goldschmidt hitting second, Arenado third and O'Neill fourth. I kind of like Atlanta's approach, putting its two most dangerous hitters, Acuna Jr., and Freeman, first and second to get that extra at-bat out once in a while. Returning to Edman, his OBP isn't good enough to be leading off now. Carlson's is better.
The mistake being made here is that MLB should have waited until the end of the season, sat down and really discussed this, rather than fire off a knee-jerk reaction in midstream. As I remember, MLB wanted to shorten the games. Well, how are you going to do that with pitchers constantly being inspected? And offense theoretically improving?
All those names sound interesting. Now, who are you willing to give up for them? The Cardinals aren't exactly dealing from strength right now. You are correct, though, that the teams to look are the second-division teams. I still think, however, that Washington fancies itself as a contender. And, even if the Nationals weren't, they aren't trading Soto.
It is a bad bench. But, most of Memphis' outfielders have been hurt recently, too. And there wasn't much there in the beginning. The return of Bader probably would signal the end, at least temporarily, for Thomas, who needs to play everyday in the minors to get his confidence back.
I'm sure this is discussed often. But, unlike pitching, where the pitching coach can go to the mound, to make an instant correction, hitting coaches aren't allowed to go to the batters' box. This is all on the hitters.
Every now and again, I think this could be an option but I think we'll see LeBlanc start ahead of Woodford, if it comes to making a change.
Your first two statements have a lot of merit to them. Everyone in the organization feeds their thoughts to Mo if he needs them although, in fairness, O'Neill, who was acquired from Seattle, is a better player than the two players you mentioned because he is an elite defender. He also is a .273 hitter with men in scoring position, according to my figures, which isn't much different than his overall numbers.
Hicks is on a year-to-year deal. Mikolas' deal is guaranteed for two more seasons after this one. Every penny. Teams to have some insurance on some of their long-term deals but Mikolas is due every cent.
The ideal solution is for the team currently in uniform to play better, especially the offense, which was supposed to be so good. The Cardinals will never be far from contending for a division title this year if they can survive the next month or so with some of their key players out with injury. But a lot of that has to do with mopping up on the weak teams they will play for the next two weeks.