I liked him as the closer because his "focus," as he likes to say, was better pitching just one inning.
This, I believe, is Albert's last year on his current contract, so I suspect that situation will be reviewed in the off-season, if the current trend continues.
I would bring back Wainwright to start. He easily will lead the staff in innings pitched this season. And maybe wins, too. Molina, I would hope, would be back, too. They don't have a catcher ready to step in for him yet, and he's still valuable as a starter.
I do, but I understand your concerns. There are no guarantees there, I guess.
DeJong is one of the few trade chips the Cardinals might have but I don't think they're willing to toss that one into the pile yet. You're correct. He doesn't look right. I would sit him out for a few days if I had that luxury and see if he can find something out without having to find it out during games.
Carlos probably could deal with one or two fewer pitchers. What he doesn't need to do is tinker with his mechanics, a tactic which he said messed up his previous start.
Gorman is pretty much an untouchable now. The Cardinals have no lefthanded hitting of any consequence on their club, other than the switch-hitters.
I wouldn't make it a long extension but I'd take the chance on a two-year deal.
Thomas, as stated, needs to play somewhere regularly. The Cardinals could do that here, I guess, but he hasn't deserved it. I wondered how long it would take for someone to blame, even subtly, Carpenter for anything when he hasn't even been playing.
I think organizations always have such a plan in mind but it is only a plan and not one etched in stone. But they would be wise, too, to look elsewhere for some of these potential replacements.
I think you may have overestimated the trade value of Knizner and Thomas, neither of whom has had any long-term success at this level.
Lance Lynn would help any team, including this one, with his ability to go deep into games. And to stay healthy while doing so. The Cardinals thought they had enough pitching on the rise rather than to give Lynn a long-term deal and, that year, nobody did that for him, really, as he didn't sign until well into spring training.
I can't see Jim Edmonds wanting to travel that much all season or putting that many hours into coaching. But he can help on a short-term basis.
Mikolas is signed for two more years, so you have to find out. Bader is better than Carlson in center. Carlson can go to right, where he is good, and Edman can go to second, where he is good, and his lack of a strong, outfield arm doesn't come into play.
When that deal for Arenado was made, I'm sure the Cardinals thought DeJong would be a productive, middle-of-the-order hitter behind Arenado and that hasn't happened. Arenado hasn't exactly been lighting it up lately either, so there's room for improvement there too. I'd like to see Carlson lead off and Goldschmidt and Arenado hit second and third to find out how that dynamic works.
Gorman at second is a possibility but he isn't big league caliber at that position yet. Story would be nice to have but he would be a rental this year. That's the kind of player you more likely would want to get in free agency unless you saw you wouldn't have to give up much to obtain him. Colorado needs pitching and more pitching and may take anything of that ilk for Story before he becomes a free agent. The Cardinals gave up one promising pitcher in Gomber to the Rockies in the Arenado trade. And, besides, I don't see the Rockies wanting to do business with the Cardinals again, so soon after the Arenado deal.
We're already involved in the evolvement, as it were. I see starting pitchers expected to go no longer than five innings with a raft of relievers to come in afterward. I wish it weren't so, but I am concerned.
Is the season over? It still is June 21, right? A little early for scarlet letters to be handed out. Not to say that they couldn't be later.
You rarely see trades made within the division although Frazier would help a lot of teams. I would expect the Pirates to ask for a lot in return because Frazier doesn't make much money and they easily could keep him. .