As we've discussed again and again in this chat, the Cardinals do need to take a long look at their messaging.
Just read the skeptical comments of some chatters. Fans want to believe in the team they support. They have questions about how this team is being run. The Cardinals enjoyed a tremendous image in this market and in the greater industry for being a model operation. The way Shildt was let go did not scream "model operation."
That is a stupid idea. This franchise has suffered a litany of pitching injuries and the opener concept is a great way to ruin a bunch more. The Dodgers lost of a bunch of starting pitching, so they must go this way in the playoffs. I'd be shocked if they went this way for 162 games, given the money they traditionally invest in starting pitching. The Rays use it because they churn a bunch of low-cost players without remorse.
You'll have to ask Berube that. On one hand he will want to get Husso in a game at some point. On the other, if Binnington is playing well (and he is) and there are days between games (and there are), then why change? Every point is precious in this division.
Can't help you there. Lars Nootbaar will have an inside track on the fourth outfielder job hitting from the left side. Nolan Gorman is helping his case with a strong showing so far in Arizona. The Cardinals will also have Alec Burleson and Nick Plummer getting spring looks. Given that depth, how much would the Cardinals spend on a left-handed bat? I can envision them waiting out the market and signing a low-cost veteran as insurance.
Edman was right. The Cardinals needed to improve their approach. They finally did and won as a result. I would be surprised if the low-cost Edman is moved for pointing out the obvious in one Zoom session.
It's the food chain. The ability to build equity depends on where you fit on the food chain.
I believe with the DH next year and switch-hitters like Edman and Carlson who could use more days off, the Cardinals would meet my proposed goal of having nothing but starting-caliber position players on the roster. That means adding a better-hitting catcher, having four outfielders playing regularly and using the DH slot as a pure matchup opportunity. While Arenado and Goldschmidt should play all the time and O'Neill should play a lot unless he falters, I can see a 2022 team that would spread at bats if there were better options on the roster than we saw this year.
I gave a shoutout to the head butt in the Net Front Presence podcast. It is an under-utilized weapon on hand-to-hand combat -- not that I endorse the widespread use of head butts to resolve conflicts.
At worst he would have hit a ton of homers. Every week in this chat fans mourn the premature departure of Randy Arozarena and Adolis Garcia. They worship those two. Oscar was better than those two at a much younger age.
He did not make the Arozarena trade. Management thought the other outfielders were better prospects and this season showed that assessment might be right. Given what we know of the management/field manager dynamic here, if Mozeliak wanted Arozarena to play he would have played.
The DH will be part of the new CBA (or not) and that may not be resolved for some time.
I already addressed the free-agent pitching question.
Not necessarily. The winning and losing will dictate whether or not DeWitt makes big upper management changes.
The Cardinals spent big money on Goldschmidt and Arenado and reached the playoffs for the third straight season. That's pretty convincing.
I have no insight into the Angels' hiring plans.
I believe that outcome is wishful thinking, since St. Louis didn't make much of an effort to live up to its end of the stadium lease when it had the Rams.
Sure, the team always does long-term projections -- including which players will be due big bumps via arbitration in 2023.
That was likely not the worst in the history of baseball.
Well, the 14 consecutive winning seasons and eight postseason trips in 11 years sent a pretty clear message. Teams can say a lot of things, but no team in this-sized wins like that.
Actually, I expect him to go back on waivers at some point before the Cardinals bury him on the 60-day IL for a year.
That's it for this time. See you next Friday.