The Cardinals have two more years of control over Flaherty. If there are long-term discussions, they probably would have to start by next spring.
Both are splendid third baseman, with Arenado perhaps capable of more spectacular plays. They both have (had) great first steps and the ability to come in quickly on balls. Overall, Rolen was the better average hitter and Arenado probably the more power-conscious. The biggest difference is in their base running. Rolen could run and steal a base. Arenado is an average runner, at best.
I might have seen 6-31 before but not 14 over the other split.
I could see Molina playing 100 or more games, but he might need 120 or so next year to move into second place. That might be a stretch but something to shoot for. And he likes targets.
I suspect you could see that in most clubs. Lance Lynn is missed by the Cardinals. Everybody had a shot at Adolis Garcia, including the Rangers, who waived him and brought him back.
I am very proud. And thank you.
We have to let the rest of the season play out, I think. Both DeJong and Bader have something to offer. But is it enough? Both have missed a month or more with cracked ribs this year so it's hard to pass final muster yet.
Thanks for your kind words. I don't think you'll see two coaching changes in-season because there isn't much time for anybody else to come in and make great changes. The Cardinals probably will try to deal Martinez but neither he nor Carpenter is apt to be back next year. The next couple of weeks--13 games against Giants and Cubs--should give us a better idea of whether you ride this one out or make some bold moves, risking prospects in the process.
Walker probably is two years away. His position is third base but I could see him in left field, too, or even at first base.
I, too, believe the offense is more at fault. The pitching is where most of the injuries have occurred and it was only moderately good, rotation-wise, when it was healthy. It is not so easy to add "one or two bats" during the season, without great expense of prospects, but the offense has to be upgraded for next year, as well as the pitching.
The easiest explanation is that only O'Neill, among the pre-existing Cardinals, is really having a good year offensively and he's missed a month with injuries. Everyone else is slightly below, or well below, par.
He played some. I like him as the only young player on the bench who can come off that bench and get something done.
We're not in the clubhouse again this year, so it's hard to address the first question although I believe the "chemistry" is good. The training staff always answers to the front office but I don't know if the Cardinals have had many more injuries than most. Two cracked ribs (DeJong, Bader) are not normal nor is O'Neill injuring both hands--one on a slide and the other on a pitch.
Flaherty will be ready to pitch by Aug. 1 or so and I don't see why he shouldn't. He's being paid to pitch and he can help the Cardinals be a better team, whatever that turns out to be. Mikolas needs to pitch, for his own peace of mind. If he gets hurt again, so be it.
If you would check your statistics, the Cardinals' best hitter may be their left fielder, Tyler O'Neill, who has 15 homers in 220 at-bats and a team-high batting average. Dylan Carlson has one of the top on-base percentages on the club and Harrison Bader, though hurt, has six homers in 93 at-bats. It isn't the outfield's fault, necessary. It has been a team effort, to be sure.
Such changes normally make more sense in the off-season. Very little is accomplished making such changes now. These matters will be addressed.
I think he can help the team but he surely misses his family. Unless they can join him for future years here, I can see him going back to South Korea.
Thank you very much. You're talking about giving up prospects in any such deals. I don't think the sixth or seventh inning has to be addressed, necessarily. The Cardinals have more coverage than most teams. Their front office history, however is dealing for players they can have for multiple seasons. Bringing in Gibson and Gallo now would help, but how do you get them? The Cardinals aren't swimming in prospects and, given the recent past, aren't anxious to give them up, only to be burned by such prospects becoming stars elsewhere.