I've not heard a thing about MLS2STL. I assume it's dead.
Once Luke Weaver is healthy and Jack Flaherty is ready, I wouldn't be against pushing Wainwright to the bullpen if he continues to struggle.
It's not likely at all. There are several position players in the farm system that can contribute. Have you heard of Magneuris Sierra or Harrison Bader or Carson Kelly?
I don't know how that happened.
There is no problem with having two leadoff-type hitters in Carpenter and Fowler because when they're playing well they're on-base guys. The bigger knock on Carpenter is his defensive shortcomings.
The base running on this team is unacceptable. If I managed this team, I would be embarrassed.
I haven't been here long enough to make a strong case in Mabry's favor. I won't dispute your argument.
I disagree. If you don't think the Cardinals can contend this year, you owe it to the organization to maximize your assets. I'd send Lynn to a contender and then try to re-sign him if he wants to play in St. Louis.
I said often last winter that scouts told me the Cardinals knew Carpenter's arm wasn't strong enough for him to play third. It would be a huge gamble to trade Carpenter, especially with no first baseman ready to take over. If they want to compete next year, they might need Carpenter to help carry the offensive load.
You are right. But the first step is having the prospects in the system. You need depth to overcome the attrition that surely follows, but the Cardinals do have that quality depth. That's the best and most important first step.
The point is that they need that middle-of-the-order bat opponents fear. That's the point that is not up for debate.
I wouldn't expect big changes with Matheny and his coaching staff this year, but I do expect some trade deadline moves to bolster for a run next year.
I wouldn't mind using up some of that depth, but I would wait until the offseason to take a full inventory on what is needed to contend.
That was one of the smartest most clutch goals I've seen in recent qualifying history. I don't know how it rates in USMNT history, but it was a Golazo. I don't think fans realize just how difficult it is to lob the keeper the way he did with such brilliant touch.
There is plenty of blame to go around. The manager is responsible for getting the best out of his players and for playing good, fundamental baseball. In that regard, Matheny has failed because the base running, defense and instincts are quite embarrassing on this club. I stated often that DeWitt Jr. needed to open up the wallet and spend more last offseason. Turns out, I was right.
That is not going to happen. Ever. But it would be great to see. Would you do Alex Reyes for Schwarber straight up?
The Cardinals needed to upgrade their outfield defense, and I pushed for Fowler since last August, at least. Mozeliak would have been crucified if they had told us last winter that they would stand pat and not upgrade the outfield. Wainwright earned his contract based on his previous years. I'd need to double check, but I'm pretty sure he was an All-Star soon after the deal was signed. I would have done the Molina deal as well. I've disagreed with plenty of what Mozeliak has done, but I was on board with Fowler and Molina and I would have been on board with the Wainwright deal if I were here at the time. To keep those types of free agents, you have to risk what is happening now.
I would keep Kelly in Memphis until he would get regular playing time in the majors. I would let Yadier Molina play as often as he deems OK.
The Cardinals should be sellers, as I wrote this morning.
The Cardinals need to build for the future. Mauer is not the type of guy you acquire with an eye on the future.