I hope you all had a great week. Thanks for joining us this week. Please fire away any of your questions.
That's a great question. We don't know what this team is, as I noted in my column today. Are they the team they were when they started 3-9 and then went 3-10 or are they the team that went on a great 18-6. Quite simply, I think the Cardinals are going to be good enough to crush bad teams and bad enough to struggle against good teams until they regain the offense. They are a sloppy defensive team, and I don't think they'll be able to improve those aspects much. The bullpen should be better because there are some options available in the farm system. I still think they'll make the playoffs, but they need to make some additions soon.
I think they're committed to Wong and Piscotty. They'd really like Grichuk to work out, and they're probably stuck with him because you would essentially have to give him away if you wanted to move him at a point when his trade value is quite low.
As I wrote in today's column, the Cardinals need a legit middle-of-the-order bat. As you may remember, I pounded that drum beat quite a bit in the offseason. I still believe that. I think the Cardinals definitely have enough talent in the system to make a deal, but they must ask themselves if this team is good enough to deserve a huge trade addition. You don't want to sacrifice the future for what may not be a promising roster this season.
I think he can be a solid major leaguer if he can remain healthy. I don't think we can make an accurate projection at this point because we have to wait until he's in the majors for at least half a season. He has hit everywhere he's been, though, so I think his bat plays in the majors.
To be clear, Bill DeWitt Jr. and John Mozeliak were among the big spenders in baseball this offseason. I wouldn't call them cheap even if I was imploring for them to spend much more.
If I could make additions, I would rent J.D. Martinez from the Tigers and see if anybody would take Randal Grichuk. I think Grichuk might benefit greatly from the trite change of scenery. I would probably make a more or two with the bullpen as well.
Ben Fred made a great argument. I think that move is likely to come soon.
If I were running the Cardinals, I would be patient this winter and then go gang busters the next by handing Machado the pen and tell him to write his own figure. I'd go all in on him.
It's a 162-game season. There will be days like this in every ballpark. I've watched many of these types of games. It was horrible baseball, but every team has a few nights like this.
Randal Grichuk will not increase his value in the minors. Sooner or later, he must prove himself in the majors for him to increase his value if you want to trade him.
This season is not a wash. It's not even a third of the way over. Moreover, the NL Central is proving to be quite weak. Only one team is above .500 at this point. The mighty Cubs have lost five in a row. The Cardinals are in the hunt.
There's a lot of blame to go around. Somebody I respect also pointed out that not all of the players making these mistakes came up through the Cardinals' system. They didn't necessarily spend all their development learning the Cardinal Way. I'm not making excuses, but it was interesting to hear that and realize that person was right. Food for thought.
It's a bland lineup with no true slugger that terrorizes opposing pitchers. With that said, I do think that the numbers will start to rise as the players find their traditional level of success.
The Cardinals are well aware of his defensive shortcomings. Why do you think they were so adamant about moving him away from third? Remember, I told you opposing scouts told me his arm was just not good enough for third anymore.
The rules are there to be exploited. I wonder if it would have made sense to put Wacha on the 10-day DL with a cold when they had him go 12 days between starts. I would have done it.
I spoke to a former major leaguer who told me he would have cursed out Posey in the clubhouse if he were a teammate. Posey did the smart thing, but his actions surely lost him some respect from teammates. There's no way in hell Yadier Molina would have done the same thing.
I haven't seen any releases yet today.
Mozeliak has been one of the best general managers in baseball. I don't think fans realize just how hard it is to have sustained success in the major leagues. I predicted this would be a rough season all winter, and I think it will be. But I also believe that Mozeliak 100 percent has this organization heading in the right direction and primed to be a contender for a while. Meet me at the NLCS in 2019.
I think Matheny will finish his contract. This team is what we thought it would be. He's doing the best he can with this roster. Is he perfect? No. Can he get better? Yes. But some of this mess isn't his fault.
I wouldn't have re-signed Matt Holliday, and I'm sure as heck not going to rip the Cardinals for doing what I thought was the right thing to do. With all that said, I thought they needed another bat. If you're going to err, it's best to err on the side of improving the pitching and defense. The Cardinals did that this winter. At least they tried.
I don't it would work with established veterans.
It has worked in the past.
The Cardinals have rewarded their fans with consistent winners. Cardinals fans are quite spoiled and perhaps don't realize this is part of being a baseball fan in most cities. They are in contention in the NL Central yet some fans act as though they are the worst team in baseball.
Folks, I have to speak to a group of students at Mizzou now .If you want, we can extend this live chat throughout tonight's game from Busch Stadium.