Now that Carpenter is picking it up a bit, I'm sure he would draw a pair of quality prospects close to the majors.
I don't know if Oh wants to test the free agent market. Wainwright has really struggled this month. He has given up 20 runs over his last 10 1/3 innings, including a pair of outings in which he has given up nine runs while failing to go four innings.
I know Lance Berkman quite well. I covered him for a decade, and we've talked about every political issue you can imagine. I will not be here when he addresses the crowd because I plan to be in Cooperstown, N.Y., on vacation that week. I'll leave that subject up to the folks who will be here. I'm only one voice in St. Louis, a town that is new to me. I cannot address the Slaughter situation because I had never even heard of any issues he faced until you asked me. It would wrong and irresponsible for me to share an opinion on something I'm not qualified to address based on a lack of information. As far as Lance Berkman, I might call him to discuss it, but I don't think I'm qualified to discuss that either because I have no idea what he's going to address. St. Louis is a lonely place for a Latino, where we are less than a third of the population, and I think it would be unfair for people to expect me to be a spokesman for every issue on race or perceived discrimination. I won't shy away from it in the future, but I don't plan on jumping into those issues right now. Sorry.
I don't think a contender is going to give you an established middle-of-the-order bat the Cardinals need for Oh, Rosenthal or Lynn. You have to a expect to get a prospect who may prove to be that player in a few years, but I wouldn't expect one who already is in the majors and under team control for a while.
Matheny will survive the season. The Cardinals wouldn't have given him the extension he received last offseason if DeWitt Jr. didn't think he was worthy of surviving another poor season. His seat will be hot next year, though.
St. Louis is viewed nationally as one of the best baseball towns in America. When you think of NFL towns, I don't think anybody ever thought of St. Louis is one of the best in the country. It has lost two teams already. In terms of hockey, I think it's a respected hockey town. I don't think St. Louis is seen as an NBA town. When you think of St. Louis, I think nationally folks really respect and admire it as arguably the best baseball town in the America.
I'm completely biased, but I love Round Rock. Capps is really good. I'm close to the Round Rock Express owners and I've followed that organization since its inaugural season when the Express were a Class AA affiliate. Heck, last year I flew in for one of the Round Rock Express owners ' 80th birthday party. If Capps said that about Memphis, that's pretty high praise because he has seen some tremendous talent come through the Express, whether with the Astros when Oswalt was there or with the Rangers when all those stud prospects were there.
The Cardinals thought Piscotty was ready to step into that role this year. The Cardinals clearly know they must find that bat next offseason.
We will never know what would have happened if Francona, but there were other factors in play when Matheny was hired.
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It would be Straight Outta Compton because I was born in Compton.
I have issues with fans booing opposing national anthems. I hate it when our national anthem is booed, especially at Azteca Stadium. It's just sports. As I've told folks in the past, none of the guys playing for the U.S. national team are actually fighting for their country. They're playing sports. They're not serving in the military. One former U.S. national team player once gave me grief for cheering for El Tri. I told him I'd love to show him my D.D. 214 to see which one of us have served the U.S. more. He laughed and then began calling me Sarge. I won't divulge his name, but he's from St. Louis.
The Cardinals already have too many second basemen. Carpenter might be better as a designated hitter, but that's not a position available in St. Louis.
Bowman is probably going to be a reliever in the majors. The Cardinals have better options in the majors and many more at Class AAA Memphis and Class AA Springfield ready to step up.
The starting pitching is not the problem. If anything, the starting pitching coming up in the minors is what gives me optimism about this team. The defense is bad. The offense has underachieved. But Reyes should be back next year and ready to go. He's a special talent. Jack Flaherty should be in the majors this summer. He's really taken a tremendous step forward this year. Luke Weaver should help if he can avoid all the injuries that keep stalling his progress. Sandy Alcantara will be ready by 2019.
I used to always cheer for El Tri, but now I just cheer for a great game because I've developed a strong friendship over the years with Geoff Cameron. I cheer for both.
Every team overvalues its own players. Grichuk is a player that appears to be running out of chances, but it's unclear whether he'll get his chance this season or with the Cardinals. He doesn't have the value to get much back in return via trade.
It's all about supply and demand. The Nationals appeared desperate. They know they are close to being a World Series contender. With such a weak NL this year, they may be even more willing to go all in at this trade deadline to bolster the roster.
I think it's a combination of talent and coaching. It's one thing to not be athletic enough. It's another thing to compound the problem by having poor baseball instincts. Jeff Bagwell was a tremendous base runner even though he wasn't the fastest runner.