Just the kind they've been making for three weeks--fleshing out the underbelly of their pitching staff.
I don't know if there's been any particular delay other than to determine that his troublesome back won't be a major problem. Before the season is over, that conversation at least will have to take place.
The shock waves should come from looking at the standings and seeing 50-50--the most absolute of mediocrity. There are a number of hitters who are starting to get hot now, though, and the schedule isn't that foreboding for the next several weeks. The mission should be to get as far as you can over .500 and then see where that leads you, until you play Milwaukee for the first three of those 13 games in mid-August.
Gorman has been hot. So is Lane Thomas, who probably is not a Class AAA player and also Juan Yepez, who has been hitting for power, and Conner Capel, who has just been hitting. The starting pitching--Liberatore, Thompson, Rondon, etc, has been better--and the bullpen consists of some guys who spent much time here this year, including Elledge, Webb and Fernandez. Yepez, you may recall, was the Class A first baseman/third baseman the Cardinals got from the Braves for Matt Adams some four years ago.
You're welcome. The umpires have a union, too, and they may have some objections to which you propose. There is an evaluation process at MLB for the umpires, though, and that does play into postseason assignments to a degree. It was a rough series of umpiring this weekend in Cincinnati. But that's the first series I can really say that about all season.
I do not think there is one outside "major" move that you could be sure would make an eight-game difference between now and Oct. 1, without forfeiting part of your future. Haven't the Cardinals done enough of the latter already in recent years?
Because not only chicks dig the long ball. That's the way the game is played until somebody wins a title who plays it differently.
There are enough wise veterans on this team who realize it is the players' lack of consistent play that got the Cardinals into this mess and that they shouldn't expect the front office to conduct an all-out bailout to rescue them. My theory is to improve where you can but see how the rest of the season plays out when you have most of your team on the field. If it means no division title, so be it. And hold on to your prospects. Those three contracts coming off the books amount to some $40 million.
Ramirez might more sense if you think you want him as a second baseman. The outfield appears to be fine, for the moment, at least although Gallo's lefthanded bat would provide a different look.
I'm not saying they wouldn't but it depends on what the cost is in players. Those other teams expect a return. It appears Washington might be in a selling mood, though. Scherzer would have the right to name his new club, if he is moved. Veteran utilityman Josh Harrison could help a team although he wouldn't put the Cardinals over the top. The Cardinals already have sampled some of the Nationals' relievers, signing Justin Miller and T.J. McFarland, who were let go by the club.
I agree that there has to be some reasonable doubt about Mikolas after two missing seasons. But the team has him under contract for two more seasons so it is time to start finding out.
It has become apparent that there wasn't enough depth in either the pitching staff or the offense this year.
It bothers me, I know that.
Ponce will be a long to middle reliever when he returns. He did have two saves by the way so he could finish a game once in a while, too, if his control is right.
La Russa has the ability to blend what he sees with his eyes and what he is given with the numbers, which he does use to an extent. Teams like the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees seem to be heavily reliant on analytics and it has worked out fine for the first two. Not so much with Aaron Boone and the Yankees.
In no particular order, there are Calderon Club in Milwaukee, Jacks Stacks Bar-b-que in Kansas City, Soho in Pittsburgh, Nicoletta's in Cooperstown and Capital Grille anywhere. Some of my favorites have closed over the years and some of the places I don't travel to anymore.
I'm not quite sure what this means but everyone realizes the team has to be better than it is right now. Bill DeWitt likes being a contender and usually the Cardinals are. I know you're saying they haven't won anything big since their NL title in 2013 and that is eight years--a long time here but not in some places.
I'm with you for the most part, but I do see the value in some numbers. Which ones to value the most is a team-by-team decision, I guess. But my favorite type of offensive team is one that doesn't strike out much, has speed and at least a modicum of power. If you put the ball in play often enough, the other side might miss it or throw it away if you give it a chance. I, like you, wish more managers operated by the seat of their pants--or at least intuition-- sometimes rather than a spread sheet.
I would never say never. But I doubt we'll see him again this year. The Dodgers probably didn't even need him.