I can see not using certain guys for two innings, especially if they have had arm/shoulder trouble, but that seemed like a great time to get another inning out of him, assuming the cool-down between innings didn't disqualify him.
The philosophy hasn't really changed. This team wants to build from within, trade from their surplus from time to time and use free agency to fill needs here and there. The Heyward trade was a panic move, IMO, and the Cardinals are lucky that he bolted. Leake, Fowler and Cecil were mid-priced addition with lower risk and lower reward. The Price bid was a definite deviation, given DeWitt aversion to long contracts for pitchers. Again, the Cards are lucky they whiffed because Price could go down at any moment with that elbow. As for Luhnow, there is no denying the Cards were somewhat better at making late-round scores on his watch. These days most teams are using analytics the way fewer teams (like the Cardinals) were back then.
I would expect more SLU chit-chat this year when the Billikens star their climb up the A-10 ladder under Ford.
Matheny runs through a LOT of relievers, so he makes his own case for an extra guy. Just as he hit the Seth Maness button over and over, he is hitting the Matt Bowman button again and again. Also, with this team, Wainwright doesn't work deep and guys like Wacha and Leake fell into ruts.
I see many TDs. I am drinking the Lock/Heupel Kool Aid. Lots of speed, nice line, lots of RBs. I can see a minor bowl game and something more exciting to recruit upon.
The Reds are already loaded in the minors. They can sell of Cozart, keep Votto and roll on. Once Joey starts showing age, then the Reds may make that move. Teams are going to want Carlos Martinez as a starting point for a hitter like that.
Matt has bit more left than Allen did . . .
Perhaps some day. The Cardinals have all these starters lined up and some will have to move to the pen.
Major changes doesn't mean tanking. Major changes could be altering a nucleus that has grown stale and creating a more dynamic product that keeps fans coming.
Well, who else should hit fifth? That's the issue with the team.
I agree that if the Cardinals can't or won't extend Lynn then moving him for offensive upside is the way to go. Reyes is coming back next year, Weaver will be ready for some role, Flaherty seems destined to make it, Dakota Hudson isn't far off . . . there is leverage there.
Armstrong worked that one for a while, just couldn't get it done.
If some legitimate hitter become available I expect the Cardinals will be active. I do expect Mozeliak to be careful with older guys, since he just had to pay off Peralta and he has Molina and Fowler raking coin for several years. If only somebody would offer him the sort of deal the Cubs made to get Anthony Rizzo.
A lefty for lefty's sake, no. Would love to see Gonzales make it to add that element? Absolutely.
The Peralta deal was a big gamble, widely panned, and it worked fairly well. But yes, most players that hit free agency these days are past their prime and inevitably overpaid at the back end of their deal. The Cardinals have not found much value in that market. That is why generally speaking the Cards want to rely on player development.
Montreal traded a former No. 9 overall pick D-man who put up crazy major junior numbers. I'm guessing Armstrong tried to land him with Walman, the team's top young D-man prospect. The other issue for Armstrong was paying Drouin when he also has to pay Parayko and he still has Lehtera's money on the books.
Real power hitter? Probably not, although DeJong has some pop and Sierra should add some life once he harnesses that speed.
I don't see a stopgap move unless this team enjoys wholesale improvement and gets right into the middle of the division title race, And what are the odds of that?
If they are that far back in July, I would expect Mozeliak to sell off a few veterans. He has made it clear he would do that.
The argument for that is giving guys defined roles and consistent usage, but it's maddening to watch when it doesn't work. Also, it's a good way to burn up relievers and that has happened here.