Bobo's here and, not suprisingly, many ballplayers are lined up. So let's go!
The grades on position players reflect fielding as well as hitting, so that boosted the grades of many. Also, you had some very low grade players (Knizner, Carpenter, Williams, Thomas) filling in for higher graded starters for lengthy periods.
Yeah, MLB took a beating on that one. Some players were miffed and many fans were aghast. Let them wear their team unis and skip the marketing scheme.
Vladimir may have to expand his wish list if he wants to play next season. I'd be surprised to see a deal get done in the next day, unless it runs through Seattle -- wiht the Kraken getting an asset or two to take No. 91 and his entire cap hit, eat some of that cap hit and send him along to, say, the Rangers.
The Cardinals got a fourth option year on Williams.
I don't see a huge makeover for the Cardinals. They will get a ton of pitching back from the injured list. They will have some money to spend with dead salary coming off the payroll. They will need to spend that money wisely (starting pitcher, proven reliever, proven bench hitter, perhaps a shortstop) and graduate some more offensive pop along the way.
Yeah, that comment drew some quizzical looks for sure. Mike Shildt's expressed exasperation with the hitting approaches was more in line with the public sentiment.
That would make sense,, but can the Cardinals afford to do that? There will be much barrel scraping during the next two to three weeks for starting pitching.
Right now I'm guessing he exposes Tarasenko, Schwartz and Dunn and assumes that he loses Dunn to Seattle. Then he will continue talking with teams that might want No. 91. If he makes a deal with Seattle, I'm guessing it will involve some sort of three-way maneuver to get Tarasenko's cap hit off the books.
Molina has been one of the better clutch hitters on the team this season. And he still controlls the running game. His performance at his age clearly exceeds reasonable expsectations. Blaming him for the widespread loss of control by Cardinals pitchers is a stretch. It's not like he's calling for 55-foot curveballs, fastball behind the hitters and sliders six feet outside.
Bill DeWitt Jr. will assess his front office based on his belief (or lack thereof) in its ability to get the team back on track. Mozeliak's track record of success is impressive, but DeWitt will need to feel good about the plan for 2022 and this group's ability to execute that plan.
I can see the Cardinals getting back above .500 IF they get healthier on the mound. That's a big if, since Miles Mikolas is a big unknown in his latest comeback and Carlos Martinez is gone for the season.
I don't the Giants shaking up their coaching staff while they have the best record in baseball.
I see the Cardinals adding another pitcher or two somehow. They will need to just to do that just to get through the season in one piece.
I am betting on a work stoppage of some kind. I don't see the two sides repairing their awful working relationship without a fight. That's a shame, because the timing for this fight is terrible for both sides.
Is either guy allergic to them?
I'm guessing the team might buy and sell. They will need starting ptiching of some kind just to complete the season, but they may be able to move, say, Andrew Miller for a prospect if another team offers enough. But they don't have a lot to sell. They are committed to most of their starting position players and their pitching staff is crushed by injuries.
I believe the DH will happen. Most of today's pitchers are a liability to themselves and their teammates when they try to hit. There are some great all-around athletes on the mound still, but the hitting tool has been bred out of most pitchers through the sport's developmental process.