There have been staffs that have had more injuries than the Cardinals. That was quite a jump from 60 games in last year's coronavirus-mandated short season to the 162 we have this year. Position players were affected, too, but I think more so the pitchers.
I think Texas was the only team to interview Stubby, who would make a good manager, I think. But the Cardinals already have a good manager, if you talk to astute baseball people like Whitey Herzog, Tony La Russa and Mike Shannon, to name a few.
Good luck on that dangle. Mikolas is signed for two more years. The Cardinals will have to hope he rounds back into form and he is showing some signs of that--except for those multi-run innings.
Even O'Neill for Marco Gonzales has worked out all right. But it's too easy to take shots when some things don't work out, rather than remembering the ones that actually did. Mo, I'm sure, is fully aware that the Cardinals needed to have more depth this season to withstand injury. Yet, they still have a chance to be playing after Oct. 3.
Lester will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. He is owed some deferred money from his previous contract with the Cubs.
Shortstop is the glamour position for free agents but the Cardinals can get more offense by promoting Gorman and having Carlson develop in his second full season. Also, DeJong wouldn't hit .200 again if he is here. But a veteran hitter of some ilk will be brought in, with the DH on the horizon. The biggest need, though, still--and always--is starting pitching.
The hitting coach(es) approach will come under consideration as will the pitching coach(es). Sonny Gray pitched a fine game for the Reds on Sunday. They have scholarship players, too.
I don't know about "many" games being cost. I can recall two in a row that he won earlier in the season. Take a breath. He will not be here after next season and he isn't likely to see too much time the remainder of this season. And then you won't have Carpenter to kick around anymore. But he will finish the season with the club unless he is injured.
That was good scheduling, you'd have to admit, especially with all the drama between the two teams even amongst themselves.
I have little doubt that Arenado will not be here next year. He likes it.
That could be. But he will be here next year. I don't care about 2023 now. I don't even care about 2022 now. This season isn't over yet. '
The Cardinals' record indicates they are slightly better than a .500 team. But three weeks from now, if they squeeze in, that record won't matter. They could be winning 95 games this year and still be no better than the second wild-card. There will be plenty of time to talk about how to fix the ship for next year.
I would contend that the Cardinals got Ozuna to get to the playoffs. And in his second year here he was on a team that played for the league championship, albeit losing in four games. Giving up those pitchers was a risk, though, especially in Alcatara's case.
Yes Gant's walks are down but his ERA is up to 4.85 so hitters don't appear to have waited to walk. Happ has been more reliable, I would say, anyway.
Jim wouldn't want to travel all the time nor work the brutal hours that a coach puts in. But he has some good ideas about hitting.
You make a good point. The Brewers should have the division nailed down in a week or so and they'll be sure to give Burnes, Woodford and Peralta enough rest so that they're ready for the playoffs. The only change would be if the Brewers have a chance to be the top-seeded club. Then they might they push it a little in the last couple of weeks.
Because he thought Carpenter, a better defender, could do the same offensively as Miller, who is better suited to be a DH, which is what the NL had last year but not this year. Miller clearly has been the better hitter this year.
DeJong's contract isn't nearly as big per year as Fowler's or Leake's so they wouldn't have to pay anybody to take him. He's only making $6 million and $9 million the next to years. He would not be a bench player here though. They would move him.