Mo, I think, was referring to lineup adjustments rather than a roster shakeup. Dean is hurt at Memphis. And Nootbaar has been hurt and probably not ready yet. Thomas needs to be playing at Memphis.
I don't think you can objectively look at the Cardinals until Flaherty, especially, is back, along with Bader, Hicks and Mikolas. And they all will be this year, unless something else goes awry. Then, we can better see what it might take. They are not a World Series contender as currently configured but this isn't really their team.
Maybe. I think he'll go to Triple-A before he would come to St. Louis.
O'Neill has certainly profited from coaching, which includes the analytics, and hasn't been shy about saying so. I saw a little of that from Bader before he got hurt but he had regressed.
We shall find out the answer to that question starting with the next home stand, when the Cardinals should be operating at full capacity.
They need another pitcher who can be at least a spot starter and one bench player who actually can come off that bench and scare somebody. More than ever, they need Flaherty, Bader, Hicks and Mikolas back before it is too late.
Shildt has his players' backs and he isn't apt to roll over them. But he will criticize style of play sometimes, rather than the individual.
Too early to offer up much on the off-season although Scherzer would be out there then, if not before this season is over. Kyle Gibson has had a resurgence at Texas.
A change in the batting order is easier to navigate at this point. Anything out of DeJong might provide more offense although I would like to see Carlson first for a while.
Smyly has been a big leaguer for a long time and he's had his moments. That, clearly, was one of his moments. It happens. He didn't fell behind too many hitters and that didn't help.
I think Oviedo not only has he turned the corner, he's headed for the freeway. This will be interesting to watch.
Molina, no matter what he hits, still is a major force in the pitching staff's success and the Cardinals' ability to control the running game. DeJong is a puzzle. He still is on pace to hit 20 or more homers this season but hitting .160 is not acceptable.
Good points. But some of those players, notably pitchers, wanted more than one-year deals and the Cardinals weren't willing to do that. Morton, by the way hasn't been that good all season for the Braves and Odorizzi has had had some injury issues. Naquin would have been nice to have.
The harm is in putting them on the 40-man roster when they aren't ready, You don't have to put them on yet because they don't have enough time in the minors. The clubs likes to keep its 40-man roster to players it needs to protect. Liberatore and Thompson don't have to be protected now from the draft.
Hold onto the fact that they hardly are buried in the division race, they have a seemingly easier schedule in front of them and that they ultimately will get back their injured players. And that there are 92 games to go, not 12.
You don't know how many innings Porcello can eat because he hasn't been pitching. The Cardinals don't have the luxury of waiting a month for a pitcher to be built up. They need somebody who could step in now.
Edman could hit second or father down the line, which I would prefer.
Goldschmidt and Arenado have certain standards others expect of them and, more so, they expect of themselves. They are being paid as run producers and they haven't been doing much of that until just recently.
Neither will reach .150. But will they reach .200? The Cardinals will not win without DeJong hitting significantly higher than he is hitting now.
The need is for better starting pitching and better offense. The pitching has two significant injuries. The offense is without only Bader, who is the No. 8 hitter so the improvement needs to come more from the side of that ball. For the moment, at least.