Carlos is not definitively done for the season, but could be. Seems likely. Shildt hasn't completely closed the book. If it's indeed over I think he will be remembered as a Cardinal who pitched his way to the edge of great, then lost it. His body betrayed him multiple times. His focus got fuzzy. The All-Star seasons that hinted at a Cy Young contender turned out to be as good as it got. Which isn't bad, but not as high as hopes led many to believe. I still think the Cardinals whiffed by not moving him into the bullpen after he proved to be a valuable closer.
I think you will see some notable changes if the team has a losing record for the first time since 2007 in the same season it landed one of the best third baseman and hitters in the game. And you should. That said, it's up to DeWitt, not me. I think fans are looking for signs that this kind of performance is not acceptable to him. And that's fair. But so far, no signs.
I'm sad to say I didn't get a chance to watch it last night. Was writing on the Rams stuff. If it was not an enjoyable viewing experience for TV, it's gotta be improved. It's a TV event, more than anything. MLB needs to figure out its planning better during this week. I felt like the draft was completely overshadowed. I know it doesn't have the juice of some of the other drafts, but it's like MLB works against its own draft. Should not be playing games on the day of, or risk it getting buried by All-Star coverage.
I don't think Shildt is in over his head. I think his roster is under water.
If Army can't swing something better in a trade before he has to decide who's protected and who's not, I say yes as well. He would offer Seattle some (fading) star power and a name brand. That's valuable when launching a team. It's not like the Blues have to worry about protecting Tarasenko's feelings anymore. It's out that he requested a trade and threw the team docs under the bus. No more touchy feely stuff required.
He's reiterated recently that he's not planning on going anywhere. I think we can trust him more than Demoff. He has that kind of leverage and he should use it. He can apply pressure without dangling the opt-out.
There's a difference between a one-year surprise DH with an uncertain future (2020) and that being the plan moving forward on a team that has been lagging in offense for too long. The DH (2022 and beyond) is a chance for the Cardinals to add instant offense, literally, in a place that responds well to big bats (McGwire, anyone). I think the fit for the Cardinals and a true power DH are perfect, and if the Cards ignore that potential fit to cycle through average at best bats into the lineup, that would be an opportunity missed. It could also be a chance for hitters without positions to flourish. Luke Voit. John Nogowski. Looking forward, maybe a Luken Baker.
No thanks. He's not a free agent until 2024. The Cardinals went through the hard part. Now that he's back on track, I'd like to see where he goes. Could be better than one All-Star game.
I've heard a lot of theories about the 2021 Cards, but the team being bad because of Yadier Molina was not one of them. I've gotta disagree with that take. His offense has slumped some as he's been playing through the foot injury, but his numbers are still significantly better than back-up Andrew Knizner in Knizner's 90 at-bats this season. I wouldn't rush to turn the page so soon.
Perhaps. A case can be made. Kolten's been a two-ish WAR player for Milwaukee this season, per FanGraphs. He's hitting better as expected, averaging .291 with a .346 on-base percentage and a .485 slugging percentage. That's a career-high .830 OPS. He's leading off when he's in the lineup, but he's missed some games due to various ailments. He's played 53 games and missed 39. That's not ideal. What's funny is, I thought he would hit a heck of a lot better at Miller Park because he had hit well there in the past. And he is hitting good there, but he's been even better on the road. He has a .867 road OPS this season. Crazy.
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Try to move him, and leave in unprotected if you can't before that deadline arrives. If Seattle takes the salary, say thank you very much.
I think he's more interested in joining a team he likes compared to the media makeup of the destination. The league is covered everywhere. Tarasenko doesn't talk if he doesn't feel like it. That won't change wherever he goes.
I hear you. But I think it's just a matter of time. It's so hard as a voter -- I'm not one yet -- to figure out where to stand on who did what and when, and what can be proven as fact versus assuming. Most are simply going to stop trying, and the seal is already leaking. Their punishment was their wait. I do think those who were caught and/or admitted use should have that marked on their plaque in the hall.
Nobody circles up the homers like the Berman.
I picked Story. He let me down. Honest, I didn't see it. Was writing Rams stuff until late last night.