The pitching coach can't throw the ball over the plate for the pitchers but he does bear responsibility for the staff, as a whole. Until Sunday, the starters had been much better about avoiding walks in their past few starts.
The Cardinals have acquired a bevy of relievers and a spot starter like Wade LeBlanc. They haven't acquired a pitcher on a major scale but really nobody else has either, suggesting that it's not all that easy.
Very unlikely that any of the above will be here next season.
Both tremendous fielders. Hernandez generally the better average hitter. Goldy generally with more power, but also with more strikeouts. So, they are about equal. It depends on what you're looking for.
Slim. He will be 42 next year and he's hit .233 and .224 the past two seasons. Teams, for the most part, want their DHs to be able to play a position, too, and Pujols plays only first base, which Paul Goldschmidt plays nearly every day.
I could see Liberatore being called up more quickly because there is more immediate there. Edman is all right at second base, for now.
I'm afraid Andrew Miller wouldn't bring that much that you could throw into another deal immediately.
As we speak, the Cardinals are 1 1/2 games behind Cincinnati, hardly insurmountable, with a better bullpen. Trevor Story will be interesting but the club hasn't given up on DeJong yet.
Perhaps. But there is no great rush to throw a pitch if nobody is on base, unlike the football team rushing to the line to get a play off before a potentially unfavorable review. I'm not comfortable with all these replays anyway. If the umpires say it took too long according to the rules, then they're allowed to go that way although yesterday's situation could have been avoided with a tad more patience.
I would think Carpenter would have something to add next year but at a much lower salary. Ironically, he has been quite good in the field this year, especially at second base. He can't be your top bench player but he could be on the bench. He still knows how to work a walk and that's not a bad trait for a bench player.
Yes, but right now, Scherzer is ailing and can you sign him for next year? I'm not sure he is enough to guarantee you a division title this year. And the Cardinals have been burned too often lately by giving up prospects, who have shined elsewhere. A healthy Scherzer would look good on this staff, though, I can't deny.
Perez probably needs another year of minor league ball but he might be an answer in another year or so to a problematic position for the Cardinals.
You may be right but the outfield, long a concern for the Cardinals, seems to be producing well offensively, to go with power at first and third and even at shortstop, even if DeJong's average is poor. That sounds like a better offense than we've seen for much of the year here. I want to see how this plays out the rest of this season before I make any drastic changes.
Kim wants to come back here and play next year. If you trade him I don't see that happening. He's the best starter the Cardinals have right now and they haven't thrown in the towel yet.
Eighty-seven wins, or 37-25 the rest of the way, is about the best you could hope for. The Brewers would have to stumble a bit, but if they stumbled in the 13 against the Cardinals (say 4-9) that might do it. A longshot, though.
Good question but Edman actually had some good lefthanded at-bats in the series after facing Mahle. He was three for nine. And asking somebody to give up switch-hitting this late in the season isn't a very good idea. That's a conversation to be had in the spring when said player can have a whole spring training batting righthanded against righthanded pitching. I'm sure this was a one-time deal this year.
Good coaching should be an issue of taking a player's strengths and maximizing those and helping with weaknesses rather than making radical changes. But there is no tried and true answer here. Players need coaching, but they need creativity, too.
This is a hard call because the Cardinals still think they have a shot although the math is not in their favor. If he has a couple of more good starts, I would consider bringing him up and not worry about the "clock."
I don't know about "strong" push but I would push. Nobody's depth is that good that you can pass on a shot at Scherzer if the teams are reasonable and his interest in playing here is keen. He is a future Hall of Famer, after all.
Probably 2 to 2 1/2 years. He is only in Class A now.