If Flaherty had been the only casualty, that might be true. But Kim broke down. Mikolas broke down again. Carlos Martinez broke down. John Gant went off the rails and Johan Oviedo failed to get over the hump. Wainwright and Kim were the only two starting pitchers who made more than 16 starts, which is roughly half a season.
Reds fans have a tough time feeling their pain.
Yeah, Yadier was trying to jump the first-pitch fastballs and he couldn't his his bat through quick enough. He looked pretty beat up at the end. The Cardinals need to give serious thought to acquiring better back up for him next year.
I am OK with the DH now. Pitchers not only can't hit, that are a risk to hurt themselves while trying. Yes to robot umps calling balls and strikes, no to moving the mound back.
Edman had a tremendous impact with his speed and fielding. I don't know why people want to keep moving him back to a utility role.
I am more concerned about pitch execution than pitch calling.
Yeah, Albert almost got ahold of that. He hit it hard, just didn't get the launch angle.
The Blues were kind of that way during their Cup-winning year, although there were never THAT bad.
Barkov is very, very good two-way player and he's in his prime. He is a little better version of Ryan O'Reilly, but the pay difference between the two does make ROR a bargain.
BenHoch has stepped up to the plate with his regular videos, which is another key initiative we have here at the P-D. So he has to get cleaned up every morning while I can go around in sweats and a ballcap except on Thursday during baseball season, when BenFred and I shoot a video.
Yes, I think the Blues should keep him for scoring depth. Berube had this praise for him recently, as Lou Korac noted on Twitter: "He's good at below the tops of the circles. That's his game. He hounds pucks, he's on pucks, he's got a good stick, he's around the net and he gets goals around the net, which is important."
We've made that point many times in this chat. Also, the team went into the season with a terrible team at Memphis. In time they accumulated some better pitching there. but like you saw there wasn't help in June when it needed. Oviedo kept getting sent out there to fail.
Yes, give credit to the Dodgers. That's a nice bullpen, one that will serve them well in the NLDS.
The table was set again and again for the key Cardinals hitters. Given the speed in scoring position, a blooper here and a lob shot there could have produced runs.
The Dodgers won 106 games for reason. Even with all of their injuries and other issues, they clearly had the better team. In a one-game playoff the Cardinals had a chance to catch them, but a five-game series could have gotten ugly.
Not at all. The guy won 10 games this season and saved 29 others with a 3.24 ERA. He could settle in nicely as a starter, where he could have opportunities to settle into games, find a rhythm and use all of his pitchers.