Well, Tony La Russa had three losing seasons here and several others that barely cleared .500. So he was at the helm of similar teams during his time here. He's had to live with team shortcomings. Also, what is the manager's option here? Hold breath until turning blue? Quitting in protest?
I'd say shortstop is the obvious place to upgrade the offense, which is why some observers detected some Cardinals interest in Trevor Story today. The Cardinals need to upgrade their bench so Tommy Edman and Dylan Carlson can get some relief against tough matchups. Both guys are playing too much and that puts extra stress on those splits.
Poor Luke Voit. He was the toast of New York. And now he's not. He couldn't stay healthy and now he looks like the odd man out. The Brewers made one trade for a first baseman but, yes, they could make another.
Gant has another year of arbitration eligibility, so he could be a relatively low-cost piece to help next year's team. And trading him now would be selling low while also punching another hole in a that is trying to finish well.
Also, those were a lot of dollars and a lot years for Zach Hyman. That contract could age badly.
Of course, the Dodgers and Yankees play in huge markets. While it's no fun paying MLB's luxury tax, but those teams can certain afford to do so if comes to that. They could roll $300 million payrolls if push came to shove. Those teams can outspend their mistakes while the Cardinals can't under Bill DeWitt Jr.'s budget.
The Arizona Coyotes are going to take a merciless beating this season. They are in full take and rebuild mode.
That was probably worth a chuckle to him.
The Dodgers just keep adding players. They are not done today. If they can avoid the wild card game -- a huge if, with the San Francisco Giants having a magical season -- I can see them crushing the competition in October.
How many franchises have been more consistently good than the Cardinals? Again, they have enjoyed 13 consecutive winnings seasons, seven postseason trips in 10 years.
This team needs durable pitching. Quality pitching doesn't mean much when it is sitting on the injured list. Quantity would have worked out well for this team but for the wholesale injuries that erased it. Don't forget, this team was in great shape in the NL Central back in May.
He needs to develop a four-pitch mix if he wants to become a starter. A big fastball a nice, but lots of pitchers have that. He needs to command that fastball and change speeds with a variety of secondary pitches.
Brandon Tanev is a nice role player, but losing him to Seattle was not the end of the world for Sid's kids.
Well, the Nolan Arenado swing was a pretty big swing. His stomach is fine.