Unless DeJong picks it up before then, it will be interesting to see what Mike Shildt does at shortstop when a return of Bader would return Edman to second base. DeJong actually is better than average on defense but has been mostly home run or nothing so far this year.
Signing Waino seems to make sense now but let's see how it plays out toward the end of the year. The Cardinals don't have many untouchables on their roster and I'm sure DeJong isn't one of them but the Cardinals have been burned lately as far as trading young players. Do we have to recite all the names of ones they've dealt?
One of the Martes would be excellent. As far as the starting pitchers you named, they would not be an instant fix because most of them haven't been pitching competitively. It would take time and the Cardinals don't want to take that time.
I do not like them. Maybe the Cardinals would have worn down the Braves in the later innings last night had there been two more innings. I refuse to believe that a key part of any game is the fourth or fifth inning.
When it is time. He has much to offer as a pitcher, it appears, right now.
That is an interesting question. Analytics, and the reliance on same, still be will be involved as the game marches on. How they would be implemented, I guess would be the key. Would the system be scrapped? I don't think so, but it could be modified.
Josh Harrison would help many clubs but I don't see the Nationals falling out of contention in a not very good division.
Now, really, who would you rather have catching here now? Molina? Or Kelly? Or Knizner? You cite Kelly's offensive numbers. But his team hasn't won a game in about three weeks. A catcher certainly has something to do with that.
That wouldn't be the worst idea, but you would have to convince him it would be a good idea. I suspect he has an option left.
What you say very well could happen, especially if the Cardinals can go 9-4 in these next 13 games against sub-par clubs. That would put them five games over .500 in less than two weeks.
DeJong still could be here. Carp, Miller, Martinez, Dean, Webb, probably Thomas gone.
That game with the Cubs had nothing to do with the Cardinals' current plight. There are too many games in the course of a season to lament the ones that got away--at least until you review the season after it is over.
That's the $64,000 Question if you are familiar with that long-running television show. I don't know other than he doesn't seem to be catching up with the fastball. And he always could hit the fastball.
Mike has had a lengthy recovery from the COVID which nearly took his life last fall. I haven't had a chance to listen to the broadcasts much but I hope he's doing well. I'll report back.
There will be a lot of things that come into play besides "sticky substance" legislation before a new labor contract is signed but some players (pitchers, at least) can't be too wild about this one.
The front office is responsible for what players are on the roster at any point. Injuries dictate many of those decisions but the roster decisions still are made at the top of the chain.
Lynn a good example. Kyle Lohse did little after leaving here. Every team uses analytics but it is how they are employed with the "eye tests" and scouting that can be different. Every team operates a little differently.
The four stolen bases on one pitch--two each by Vince Coleman and Willie McGee--in Wrigley Field in the 1980s still is the one for me. I'd have to think a bit about what comes next.