Let's just say Lane Thomas and Justin Williams are not helping their long-term future. Their fielding range has come in handy, but the Cardinals will need more. Right now they look like Class 4A guys, good enough to fill in at this level but not good enough to stick. As noted earlier, Paul DeJong's return would allow Edmundo Sosa to play some second base and allow Tommy Edman to fill one of the outfield slots.
Right now he is using a golf grip on the bat as a workaround for his broken finger. He hit a homer that way Thursday, but it will be interesting to see if trying to hit while still injured messes up his swing.
I believe you can credit the improvement to using Mike Hoffman on the first unit as well as Torey Krug getting more comfortable with the reconfigured group. Chemistry is a big part of power-play success and the Blues belated developed some.
And some answer the bell in other organizations, to the irritation of fans here in the STL.
That lineup will need some help. And, yes, I'd expect the Brewers to keep making additions. The interesting team will be the Cubs, who could slide into a sell-off if they fall into a midseason slump.
In Tarasenko's case repeated shoulder injuries knocked him out of action, so there is not a great comparison to Carpenter there other than their contracts. Matt has no such excuse for his erosion. The fact Vladimir has a contract means the Blues will keep give him at least one more chance, since the buyout would be steep. And if he ends up back on long-term injured reserve, the team can spend his salary cap dollars on somebody else.
Did the Colorado Rockies fleece the Cardinals in the Nolan Arenado trade? Other teams marveled that the Cardinals got Arenado without giving up the top prospects.
True, but at the moment offense is the bigger issue. And, again, at the moment the team is not positioned to spend big on a rental player.
Moroff is not a prospect. He is another Class 4A guy. The Cardinals hoped he could carry his hot hitting in Memphis to the majors. He could not.
This team is always willing to trade young talent for veterans, which is why they have Goldschmidt and Arenado. But, again, I don't see the team trading many of its remaining high-ceiling guys for short-term help because they will need these top prospects to replace Molina, Wainwright, Goldschmidt, et al, down the road.
Right now the team hopes that further rest and rehabilitation will get Colton Parayko over the hump. Right now there are no plans for surgery. Needless the say, the team would hate to see the latter option becoming necessary.
The front office has make mistakes. But it has also made enough good moves to get the team right back in the playoff hunt this year despite taking some big injury hits. The Nolan Arenado trade gave them a fighting chance this season. Prior to that, I believed their main goal in 2021 was to get to 2022 in one piece while cycling out the Fowler and Carpenter money.
Not that I am aware of. He was to get a second look at the issue from Dr. James Andrews. At first blush it appeared that surgery wasn't needed, but we'll see.
If I had to guess, I'd say yes, he'll try it again later this season. But that guess is based on the fact there hasn't been any worse news on him in the last few days.
The major signing the team needs to make is to secure Jack Flaherty into his free agency years. Beyond that, I do not see the Cardinals shopping the high end of the free-agent marketplace because they seldom go there. Like you say, the Arenado dollars fill up the Carpenter/Fowler payroll slots.
No. That is the sort of risk better taken by a New York team. Max has felt the effects of wear and tear and that will only intensify.
It might explain how he was able to transport Nolan Arenado to St. Louis AND get Colorado to underwrite the trade financially. That phenomenon was hard to explain.