I have been pushing for a six-man rotation, hence the need for a proven starter to add to that mix. Will they pay Max Scherzer $40 million or $50 million a year so they can outbid the Dodgers? That seems unlikely.
He is another good college hitter (South Alabama) that the Cardinals drafted (seventh round, 2018) to add organizational depth. Like outfielder Alec Burleson, he hit for power in college -- so the challenge was to translate that to the pros with wood bats. So far, so good. He jumped three levels this year, like Burleson, so keep an eye on him.
I covered that earlier: Cliff Notes (old-timey reference): Acquired relievers to stabilize bullpen, acquired starters to stabilize rotation, Sosa replaced DeJong, top hitters hit like top hitters and O'Neill arrived.
I am not sure Lester wants to keep going. Can't speak for Happ either. The Cardinals will have to weigh both guys against what the market could bear with either a trade or free agency. I believe the Cardinals need to aim pretty to upgrade both the rotation and bullpen.
Goldschmidt bombs away again, two-run shot. Cardinals up 2-0.
You are his one remaining fan, as far as coaching goes. But he should be fun on TV.
The Blues will play it straight. No. 91 is a valuable trade chip.
He has done OK at the Double-A level (.265, 24 steals), but that .661 OPS suggests he won't be pushing Sosa for the shortstop gig any time soon. And ideally a utility guy will have more pop than that. But Perez since his first three seasons.
I figured this season was a wash as well. Who knew that the Padres and Reds would tank so spectacularly?
Stan keeps suffering setbacks, potentially exposing him to way more scrutiny than he can live with. So I keep thinking he will settle.
Often a team trades for a glaring need from what it perceives as a strength. That holds true to the much-lamented Arozarena-Liberatore trade as well, since the Cardinals have a glaring need for long-term pitching depth and Liberatore is one of the top starting pitching prospects in the sport. Next season they may see some payoff from that.
It was a little busy for my taste, since I allowed myself to be distracted by the live commenting stream. But I thought the announcers on the main broadcast did a nice job.
My rebuttal: Phil Cuzzi. The guy is back there guessing wrong again and again, often by several inches.
If it stays healthy, if it keeps Tarasenko, if Tarasenko plays like he can . . . then, yes, this team is more talented. Buchnevich is a big upgrade from Hoffman, Saad is a more consistent scorer than Schwartz and a healthy Parayko is better than a wounded Parayko.
Sure, if Molina stays healthy. But Knizner needs to make more strides as both a catcher and hitter to keep that gig.
OK, that's fair. But this season has been frustrating. Some of these guys are terrible and the TV strike zone box exposes that.
Jose Rondon says, "Thanks Wrigley Field!" His two-run pinch homer just into the basket makes it 4-0.
Tyler O'Neill sends No. 30 off into the Wrigleyville neighborhood. Hopefully he didn't hit any pedestrians while making it 6-0.
Nah, either you are in with robot umps or out. Can't do a hybrid -- although the public shaming in mid-game would be fun. Maybe the home team mascot could come over and tell the ump to put away his clicker.