As I noted earlier in this chat, I would trade Carpenter, Rosenthal and Lance Lynn to replenish the system and sell high at the trade deadline. I would trade Lynn at the deadline and then try to re-sign him in the winter.
The Astros tanked for three consecutive seasons to build their roster with high draft picks. That's why they have such a stacked team. I don't think St. Louis fans would tolerate that type of tanking, and I honestly don't think it's fair to fans to do it.
That is a good question. I don't know what took the NCAA so long to dig up dirty at Ole Miss.
I don't think so unless he is injured.
The offense is what I'm more concerned about. Wainwright had been on a great run, and I know he'll be fine the rest of the year. The offense, however, has been stuck in a serious rut for way too long now.
If the base was open, he wasn't going to walk Gennett. Nothing in Gennett's season led you to believe the Cardinals should be pitching around him. Did you know his four home runs last night accounted for more than 10 percent of his previous career total of 38 since 2013.
DeJong has been very impressive. Part of the reason he has started over Garcia is that you don't call a young guy up to sit. At this stage in his development, DeJong needs to play every day. I assume Wong has done enough this season to deserve to get back into the starting lineup when he returns. Diaz has struggled this year, but he still deserves to play consistently.
If you are continually saying you need to change after losses, the bosses might decide that you're part of the change that is needed. The Cardinals better change real quick or else there will likely
be some major shakeup on that coaching staff by the All-Star break.
They're the best team in baseball right now. I expect them to reach the World Series.
I don't think Bill DeWitt is find with the way the franchise is playing at the major league level right now, but I think he's fine with the way the franchise is trending because I think he realizes that the future is bright with the farm system. This year may be rough, but the Cardinals will be find in 2018 and beyond if they stay the course and don't make a desperate decision.
You make some good points. That is definitely something worth considering.
Pitching beats good hitting every time. They won 100 games with strong pitching in 2015 and I don't blame the Cardinals for trying to return to that formula. Unfortunately, too many players in this lineup are under-performing.
I don't know. The teams I've covered usually have one set of broadcasters.
I think he means business. He's a serious guy, but I think he has a good personality.
I couldn't break down his swing for you. I'm sorry.
I predicted that they would win 84-86. That's only two games above .500. With this pitching, it's reasonable to expect them to easily surpass the .500 mark. But I don't think anybody predicted the offense would be so bad.
I would see if I can insert Carpenter into the leadoff spot again to try to get him out of his funk. I would move Fowler to the No. 2 spot. There's still a big hole at No. 3 and 4 in the lineup, and that's a serious problem. For the record, I constantly said this winter that they needed another bat.
There is a language barrier, but it's not an issue in the clubhouse. The players tend to be able to communicate with each other much better than most of the media communicate with players who don't speak English. As Eduardo Perez of ESPN noted today on MLB Radio, history is full of journalists who didn't speak to Latino players because they assumed their lack of English skills were a sign of lack of intelligence. That is why folks like Perez speak up. That is why I am obligated to speak up when I see Latino ballplayers are treated unfairly. My parents paid the price so that I can speak up, and I sure as hell will.
Did you see Adam Wainwright's body language after he gave up a home run yesterday? Did anybody discuss his temperament. I realize Carlos is full of life, but it's not as though he has been arrested for driving under the influence or committing any crimes. Moreover, it's important to speak to him to understand where he's coming from. When things are going poorly, the body language is going to be bad for most players.
I assume you mean to acquire better pieces. If that's the case, I think Carlos Martinez and Alex Reyes are really the only guys who can truly get you an elite major leaguer back, and I wouldn't give up either one of those. If you are asking which veterans could draw some good prospects in return, I would say Carpenter, Rosenthal and Lynn at this point.