Well said. I'd just add I think it's OK to be both fired up about the streak and disappointed in the season if the Cardinals are one-and-done in the playoffs. If the Cardinals had acquired and snapped the pieces together a bit sooner, they could have had a division championship and a playoff series to forge their destiny instead of a one-game showdown. I also think everyone got used to the brevity of the sprint that was the shortened 2020 season and forgot just how long a season is. The Cardinals' story is unfinished, as you remind us. It doesn't have to be graded yet. And it shouldn't.
They'll examine the whole season when building their offseason plans. They always do. And where the season ends -- it has not yet -- is going to play a factor in that, sure. Always does. But the notion of simply bringing back the team isn't realistic, considering the contracts coming off the books and the players who are departing.
Pointing to Mozeliak's mistakes carries a lot more credibility when you don't describe every success he's had as "luck." It's bad logic, and it happens often in The Chat. He made some really nice in-season adjustments with Lester, Happ, McFarland and Garcia, and they didn't cost much. Those are the kind of shrewd moves that have worked out great for the Cardinals for a long time, the kind of ones we wondered not too long ago if they could still pull off. Some credit is due. And the success the front office had in stabilizing the pitching only helps the argument that they should have moved to do it sooner than they did. The NL Central might have been in reach if so.
How many homers has Paul D hit between now and then, and how is Sosa swinging the bat? Hand injuries can really foul up swings -- even after a player returns. Those would be the two biggest factors to sort out, for me.
He was battling something, yes. Did not clear up what specifically it was and managed to talk Shildt into letting him finish when there was a conversation about if he should be lifted. That's gonna be a topic today pregame -- how is he feeling? He's old and it's late in the season. Everything hurts, but there is at least a little concern this could be more than that. He's gonna pitch through just about anything he can at this point in his career.
Yes, it's better. At least it should be based on the information we have available. Max Scherzer has been damn near unhittable for the Cardinals in his last three starts against them dating back to the 2019 NLCS with the Nats. Cardinals have scored eight runs in 10 innings against Buehler in his last two starts.
I don't think a lineup that has been this blistering hot should start taking a bunch of days off. If a guy is feeling bad or can benefit from a game, give it to him. But you would like to see the offensive momentum keep going because it can he hard to turn back on -- or impossible -- if it skips a beat. I'm curious to see how the Cardinals come out after an off day knowing the clinch is more or less wrapped up. The winning streak, if it holds, should be a good motivating factor to keep things sharp. The good news is a lot of guys are playing well. Knizner starting for Yadier Molina doesn't pull a plug. Rondon getting a start wouldn't. You can balance both, but if the starters want to keep starting to protect a good thing going offensively, I would let them.
A deal for Adam Wainwright was inevitable the second Wainwright decided he was coming back next season. It was just a matter of when and for how much. Lester's a different situation. I've suggested the Cardinals should pursue him as rotation depth if he's up to pitch again in 2022. I don't expect that to be ironed out one way or another before the season ends.
They're about to get a chance to really compete against those teams you just mentioned, in this postseason. Maybe see how it goes first?
He should have ample leverage for recruiting those positions based on the first four games. "See kid, I need you. Now!" Jethro Franklin, the new defensive line coach, is going to be on the hot seat before people even figure out his name if this keeps up. Marquis Gracial is committed to the 2022 class. Big D-lineman out of St. Charles. Legit top-tier SEC interest including Bama. Will be a fight to keep him from getting flipped.
The Cardinals could have some tricks up their sleeves in the NLDS if they get there. And they know it's possible to be bounced from the playoffs in a bullpen game. They lived it against the Padres. Mikolas has been moving in right direction. Flaherty, Hudson, Reyes, Woodford are ready without set roles. Kim has been really good against the Giants this season. Throw the kitchen sink at it, with nothing to lose.
He's turned a corner. I'm a Bro-liever. As long as he stays healthy. That's been a challenge for him.
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Show-Me some defense!? What did Nick Bolton do to deserve this?! He deserves better. I will give the Chiefs some credit for finally trying to get an offensive line that might help protect Mahomes a little bit better, but you have to occasionally tackle someone, too.