Hard to know for sure considering those guys are not showing what they can do elsewhere. But if one does and performs well, yikes.
Can I present a different series against the same team as a potential start point? The Cubs came to Busch on May 21 for a three-game series after the Cards had beaten the Pirates twice to regain their footing after a sweep by the Padres. The Cubs took the first game, the Cards the second and the Cubs won the third in extra innings. Since the start of that series the Cardinals have averaged 3.24 runs per game, lowest in MLB. The second-to-last Pirates (3.48) are averaging more runs per game than the Cardinals over the past 30 or so games. I think that series took some wind out of the sails.
Thomas has been very disappointing, yes. A restart/refresh there is needed, and now he will get it. Every time opportunity came his way, dating back to spring training, he mangled the chance.
Last headline I read about him revolved around the Braves trying to find a way out of getting out of his back-loaded contract due to his arrest.
Thanks for listening! DG always drums up some good conversations. It's possible that pitching might be the most expensive addition while on-base percentage can be just as important but cheaper to acquire. That's why I suggested Josh Harrison. True rental who is relatively cheap but doing exactly the kind of things the Cardinals are not doing this season -- getting on base being number one.
Yep. I had it wrong. Should be fixed now. Thanks for the heads up.
Cards are 13-9 this season when he starts. Hard to read too far into that. They miss his defense, but I don't think the No. 8 hitter is the reason the offense has folded.
Sure. Oviedo doesn't have a ton of experience, but he does have more higher-level experience than Liberatore. Oviedo entered this season having made his MLB debut, and with more than 70 minor league starts beneath his belt, the bulk of which came in Peoria or Springfield. Liberatore had no 2020 season due to the lack of minors, just alternate site stuff. He had only made 24 minor league starts entering this season, none of which came last year and none above high-A ball. In a perfect world, yes, Oviedo would probably not be thrown into the fire. But he's had more seasoning than Liberatore, and the Cardinals' pitching world is not perfect.
Gotta think they'll want to get him in there soon to see what he can do, so that would make sense. Justin Williams is in Memphis. Hit a big moon shot earlier this week. Averaging .280 and slugging .480 there.
Opting out would mean giving up the guarantee of his contract, meaning he would think he would get something close to it on the open market or be OK not getting somethin close to it on the open market with another team. I don't see him walking away from that money, but who knows. If he was going to, it would be better to do it after his age-30 season instead of after his age-31 season. If he doesn't care about the money at all, all bets are off. There's been nothing but insistence that he's going to stay and came here to stay. Would be a massive shift if he changes his tune on that.
It would depend on the individual team and their scouting and projections on DeJong. You all have watched him as close as any other potential trade partner, and some of you think he's not going to get any better, while others would worry if traded he becomes another guy who figures things out elsewhere and should have gotten more time to do so in St. Louis. So, I think teams would be split along similar lines. If he can get back on track offensively, he's an All-Star shortstop. He's been one before. He could play third later in his career if his defense slips; so far it has not. Or he could be a DH down the line. There is a lot of upside there, which would make him an interesting trade chip if the Cardinals think Sosa/Edman are able to handle that and like what they have coming, either in prospects or free agency options.
Especially considering the injury. Ribs and hands are not good things to rush for hitters. He wasn't hitting on the rehab stint. He was barely on the rehab stint long enough to unpack his bag. I think it was a mistake due to the team needing help. And I think it did more harm than good.
As convenient as it is to think of decisions being assigned to one person in the front office, that's not how it works. Yes, Mozeliak is the top boss on the baseball ops side. But others, including Girsch, are involved. They're a pretty unified front. And yes, maybe that's part of the problem at times. Sometimes a rusty nail or a dissenter can be a good thing.
I said it on the radio last week, but I'll repeat it here. Sandy is the least discussed rising star in baseball. Has to be. He's a throwback pitcher in the modern age. He's a workhorse, and a good one. When the 200-inning guys are starting to become hard to find, he's just stacking those kind of seasons in Miami. When the Marlins flip him or he lands with a more prominent team through free agency, look out. I hear a lot more people bemoaning the loss of Randal Grichuk in the chats than I do Alcantara, but that will change when more people start paying attention to what this kid is doing, and has been doing for a while now. The Marlins are not good, but they deserve credit for turning him into an ace.
Dang, this is a good question. And I tend to agree with you. I don't think he would do it. Let's see how it works for the Cubs. How Baez and the team responds. The closest example Shildt would have had this season, I think, would be when Justin Williams pretty clearly forgot how many strikes he had in a count. Shildt didn't bench him.
Cards said before the season started that Thompson and Liberatore could debut in 2021, so neither would surprise me. They still need to add a proven starter at the deadline. Liberatore has had an encouraging season. Thompson not as much. His ERA is up to 8.60 in Memphis.