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The plan all along was to send Sierra down to the minors eventually. He can still benefit from more development. Considering the investment made on Fowler in December and PIscotty in April, the Cardinals have two set starters in the outfield. Randal Grichuk is also set in left field. Magneuris has definitely played well. The Cardinals have not lost when he has played this season, but you have to consider more than just that. He needs to play consistently at this stage in his development, and the Cardinals owe it to him and the organization to put him in the best position to develop if he's not going to play consistently in the majors.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak addressed Poncedeleon's condition yesterday.
"The only update I have there is it’s sort of steady as it goes," Mozeliak said of Poncedeleon. "Certainly still dealing with some head trauma. And in terms of what the doctors are saying it’s really sort of like every day is sort of like a new benchmark, but they’re optimistic that he will come through.
"I would imagine he will be in the hospital for at least another week, and then from there might transition into a more rehab, controlled rehab before he’s even cleared to travel."
Matheny explains his reasoning last night. Siegrist wasn't available. "I didn’t have Siegrist today," Matheny said. "We need a lefty right there. They got two left-handed bats, opportunity to get us out of that and keep it a one-run game, and so yeah we can try and figure out some other roles in other spots to get him in, but we gotta get some help. I have confidence in (Tuisvailala) getting out of it. That’s a great spot for a lefty to come in and get the job done, and I think if he’s around the zone he gets the job done, just one of those nights." Matheny also realizes that it might be time to consider using Cecil in different roles, though.
There's no doubt that Sierra gives the Cardinals a special dimension. With Fowler set at center field and Piscotty close to returning, Sierra is likely headed to Class AA Springfield soon. He has impressed and will surely be back, though.
It all depends what side you are on. The Blues need an affiliate that cares about developing their players. Independent affiliate owners want to put out the best product that will draw the most fans. It's a business, after all.
That would be a huge mistake. I hadn't heard anybody mention such a scenario. The last thing the Cardinals need is a major headache from a struggling pitcher.
I don't know anything about this. I had never heard of such an accusation. I will tell you that we don't have a deal with the Cardinals, as you claim. I learned long ago not to look at the comments, so I'm the last person who could answer this question. Sorry.
I like the lottery system because it decreases some of the incentives for tanking. I don't know what the Celtics, Lakers or Sixers will do with their picks.
You make some incorrect assumptions. Mozeliak isn't planting stories about Robert. Derrick Goold, Ben Badler and many others who know the international market have asked Mozeliak about Robert.
Matheny didn't cost the Cardinals the game last night. Jedd Gyorko, who has been the team's hottest hitter, committed a rare error that led to two unearned runs. Siegrist wasn't available, so he went with Cecil. It might be time to put Cecil in less critical situations. Moreover, Tommy Pham would tell you every major league left fielder expects to make the catch on the ball that he dropped for an error in the eighth. There are days when you have to place the blame on the players instead of the manager. Nobody in their right mind would blame Matheny for starting Gyorko at third base yesterday, so it's best to just concede that Tuesday's loss was on the players, not the manager.
I don't know your friends, and I don't know you, so I cannot possibly say if you're nuts or not. I don't know if he's correct in calling you a nut. With all that said, every player has a price.
That's one way of looking at it.
The Cardinals are a good team. They need to clean up their defense, but the pitching has been good enough to make them legitimate contenders all season as long as the defense doesn't betray them.
I'm assuming that it's dead until further notice. Moreover, it's to the point where I don't think many people in St. Louis care about it anymore. There is a good USL franchise and an indoor franchise here, and perhaps that's more than enough professional soccer in the St. Louis area.
The Cardinals are in first place in the National League Central. Do you mean credit for Mozeliak?
Sierra is all but certain to return to the minors once Piscotty and Peralta are both back, barring injury. He needs to play every day.
This is a very good question. I would say no.
I don't know if Goold or Hummel are in fantasy leagues. I am not in a league.
The Cardinals are atop the NL Central after a dismal 3-9 start. They lost one sloppy game after taking two of three from the World Series champions. The farm system is much deeper than people gave the Cardinals credit for, so I probably wouldn't bash on Mozeliak this week.