His foot injury (current) and assorted knee and leg ailments over the years have cut down his side to side movement. But he helps a staff in other ways.
I think the ideal phraseology is pitching to "weak contact." That's what Kim says he tries to do, for instance.
I would concur. Picking up former No. 1 draft picks is rarely a bad idea, if the cost isn't prohibitive, which in this case it wasn't.
I wouldn't agree that the Cardinals have done "everything possible" to alienate their an base. I will say the attendance this year has not been quite what I expected but other ball parks are down, too, after the pandemic and then a potentially new strain of virus. I'm not sure which other teams you are referring to, perhaps the Brewers picking up Adames. But I haven't seen a lot of teams getting better other than Tampa Bay getting a DH, which the Cardinals can't really use this year of the Mets picking up ancient Rich Hill. Until the trade deadline comes and goes, I don't think you can assess activity or inactivity, relative to the Cardinals or anybody else. That's about as honest as I can be. You're making assumptions that may or may not be right.
The team should be looking inward--and I think that the players are indeed blaming themselves rather than the front office. The Cardinals' players thought they had a winner when they left camp and they still believe they have one now. I don't suspect that many of them are demanding the front office bring in somebody else. As for Shildt, he probably would like some more veteran starting pitching. Who wouldn't?
You couldn't have said it better. It is time for the offense to carry the day. Every day (or as many as possible).
That well could happen, either at the start of the season or sometime into it. Edman would play more than Carpenter, though, because he also can play shortstop and outfield.
I think a player would have to be released or claimed on waivers in order to change teams.
The only really appealing aspect of Gibson is that he is under control for another year. He hasn't struck me as a top of the rotation pitcher and his past few starts have been poor. He has dropped three in succession and walked eight in six innings at Houston on Saturday. The former Mizzou star is 75-77 and 4.42 for his career. But he had a terrific first half, for sure.
He is only 19. Next year at Springfield maybe and then at least part of a year at Memphis. Maybe sometime in 2023 when he is 21.
Molina still is the best the Cardinals have. But I am surprised at how many games he has played in succession at some points. These four days off should help and I suspect he'll be back handling Wainwright tomorrow night.
He has been impressive since he didn't play last year and the year before was at Low-A. He's lefthanded and could be a swingman candidate in the near future. Thomas actually has pitched better at Memphis than he did at Class AA Springfield, where he started the season.
Woodford and LeBlanc might both start and relieve, depending on the opponent. I would sent Oviedo out for the rest of the minor league season unless he improves in his next start or two, if he gets that many.
Yes, I never said Shildt was signed for multiple more years but I knew that Mozeliak was beyond Shildt.
I do not think there was a deal in place. It was perhaps a combination of telling the player going down (in this case, Fernandez) that he was going down and they wanted to make sure Oviedo's finger was all right.
The Cardinals' players are very optimistic. It will take a huge August and September and they know they will have to beat the Brewers many more times than not but the opportunity will be there. You don't often get a shot at whom you're chasing with 13 games against them in the final 45.
Since the "sticky stuff" stopped, walks are down, notably with the Cardinals. Balls flying off the backstop seem to be up, though.
Edman has been fairly productive although not as good in the past two months as he was in the first two. He certainly is a player who could get 400 at-bats a season but not one who should have 500 or 550.
Maybe all three. Let's see if it continues for another month or two.
Not sure about this year other than Liberatore and perhaps Connor Thomas. Next year, too early to tell.
The appeal has to come from the bench, which has 10 seconds to alert the umpire, then 20 seconds to file a challenge. The 20 seconds should start from the time the manager notifies the umpires. Not sure but I think the home plate umpire is the one keeping the time.
The rest are either in Memphis--Williams, Thomas--or hurt (Dean). Hurst and Nootbaar also have been up and down between here and Memphis. Thomas may come back this year and possibly Nootbaar.
Not yet. Not ever, hopefully. But the players already know that C.B. can be inconsistent and should be prepared for that.
I have heard that the Twins want to keep Berrios because they feel they have a chance to win a division with him next year. But you always can ask. Liberatore is not one I would sacrifice in the deal, though. You don't know that Berrios would sign here either.
Not unless it is deemed deliberate. That's a hard thing to read for the umpires.
Right now the Cardinals are happy with the offensive players they have. Any improvement is likely to come in their pitching, which has suffered far more attrition this year. Now that the outfield is clicking there isn't much need for a Peralta and second base isn't exactly a black hole offensively.
I would say nine. That means winning every series as in 2-1, 2-1, 2-1 and 3-1. A tall order, yes. And Peralta, Woodruff and Burnes all pitched strongly the last time the teams played in May. But the Cardinals won two of those three games in Milwaukee because the Brewers couldn't hit the Cardinals' starters either.