Your prediction has been noted.
As long as Gyorko is playing the way he has, I don't think there's a need for a thumper. They had a chance to go after one in the off-season, and they decided against it because they wanted to focus on improving the defense and getting more athletic. Pitching is key. If they are serious contenders at the trade deadline, I would think a front-line starter and reliever would be more important.
The affiliate issue is a serious concern.
I would assume he would still be the primary starter in 2019. Perhaps 2020 will be a transition year.
He has pitched well. He's open to re-signing with the Cardinals. I assume the Cardinals want to continue seeing how he bounces back and then perhaps be open to discussing an extension later in the season.
Doug Armstrong said yesterday that the Blues might have to loan out players to multiple affiliates.
It might be better to just build up his confidence in less stressful innings.
I would put the Cardinals among the favorites for Luis Robert, but there is steep competition. I don't think they would be outbid by much if they don't get him, though.
I have not asked him that question, which is quite offensive.
If Robert would take $15 million, I bet that would be a bargain and not an issue for the Cardinals. But I cannot speak for Bill DeWitt, Jr.
I disagree with you. At this point, I don't think there are three NL teams better than the Cardinals.
Lynn is quite candid. These are all big boys. Ultimately, they'll extend him an offer if they think he can help them.
At this point, you have to assume that he is ahead of Bader in terms of being the next man up. I could see him going to Class AA Springfield.
I must now head to Busch Stadium. Thanks for participating in this live chat. I cannot wait to do this again next week. It's the highlight of my week to visit with all the Post-Dispatch readers. God bless you all.