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I disagree with you. I actually think that Cardinals fans should find optimism in the last two victories. If Lance Lynn and Mike Leake pitch the way they did in the last two games, I bet you the Cardinals will turn this season around quickly. Pitching is the key, and you have to like what you've seen out of Mike Leake this year. Lance Lynn was pretty impressive on Monday too.
Thank you. I appreciate your kind words.
Jedd Gyorko is in at third base today as Greg Garcia moves to short so that Aledemys Diaz can take a much needed day off. There's no doubt that the Cardinals aren't getting nearly enough production out of Jhonny Peralta at third base. If the Cardinals are in wild-card contention in July and Peralta or Gyorko haven't grabbed control of that spot, it will definitely be a position that might need to be addressed on the trade market.
Your assessment is quite harsh, but it's not completely off. I've been quite adamant that the Cardinals needed to make some significant additions this past offseason to contend with the Cubs. They made a pair of significant moves, but perhaps not enough. I do think they can compete for the wild-card. I also am on record saying that I really like the depth in the system. I think they'll thread water, stay in the wild-card race this season and then come back and really start to be an NL Central threat in 2018 and 2019.
Unfortunately, I didn't catch the interview. After attending Mass in the morning, I spent most of Easter Sunday at Scottrade Center. I focused on my family after I got home, so I was only watching the game in spurts Sunday night. I would say, however, that it's probably not big news because the Cardinals just signed Molina to a three-year extension that keeps him with the team through 2020. Molina would be a great manager, but that's still at least four years away.
With so much money at stake, it's not surprising that athletes cheat. It's not just baseball players. Cheating is wide spread. MLB's testing program is quite strong, but it seems as though Marte tested positive for one of the easiest PEDs to detect.
It's probably a tad too early to DFA Peralta, especially because there doesn't appear to be be anybody at Class AAA Memphis ready to step in. It might be a little early to eat the remaining portion of his $10 million salary this season.
First of all, I'd like to make clear that it's not accurate to insinuate that there is a greater problem with steroids or PEDs in the Dominican. The Mitchell Report was full of guys who weren't born in the Dominican. If you look at the world of sports, it's full of cheaters, whether it's the Olympics or the world of cycling.
Jose Martinez enters the series finale against the Pirates on a six-game hitting streak. He's the hottest Cardinal right now. He enters Wednesday with a .444 batting average. Don't see it as a strike against Grichuk as much as he has earned this start. With Matt Carpenter back at first base, it makes sense to move Martinez to left field to keep him in the lineup.
Gyorko is starting at third base today. Carpenter is at first. Martinez is in left field.
Wainwright knows he must pitch better, but I wouldn't say he's in danger of losing his spot in the starting rotation at this point. Keep in mind that there really isn't a better option currently at Class AAA Memphis for the rotation. Give him at least two months to see if Wainwright can straighten out before the Cardinals consider looking to see if there's somebody ready at Memphis or Class AA Springfield.
I would assume that they came to a mutual understanding after Mo shared his opinion with some semblance of authority at some point last weekend or on Monday. I haven't had that fact verified by Mo, but that's just what I think.
It would be more difficult to uncover a superstar, but history tells us that the Cardinals can still hit on a future star for $300,000 or less, which is the maximum the Cardinals will be able to spend in the next international period.
The group hasn't identified a Plan B, but I'm sure MLS is waiting to see how the other referendums play out in the other cities that hope to land an expansion franchise. I was still quite confident that MLS would land in St. Louis until the lawsuit against the NFL last week. Keep in mind that MLS owners Robert Kraft, Stan Kroenke, Arthur Blank and Clark Hunt have family stakes in NFL teams. Nothing in the MLS is going to happen without Kraft signing off, and now you have to wonder if this lawsuit will ruin St. Louis' hopes.
This isn't a serious question, right?
If you want to go big at third base, you probably are better off waiting another year for Manny Machado.
I think it's a great idea. I was surprised to see Mexico give up the chance to host a semifinal or final. I NAFTA final belongs at Azteca Stadium.
St. Louis will always be seen as a baseball town because it has such rich baseball history and one of the most knowledgeable fan bases in America.