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That's an interesting observation. I just looked it up on Brooksbaseball.com, and Wacha's breakdown last night was 49.68 percent four-seam fastballs, 16.99 percent changeups, 10.58 curveballs and 22.76 cutters. That's the most he has thrown his cutter this year actually.
Considering how weak the NL Central is, I think it is possible to still contend this year if they sell a little and buy as well. If Luke Weaver can step in for Lance Lynn without much of a drop off and if Wacha, Wainwright, Leake and Martinez continue pitching well, you have to believe the Cardinals can be fine if they make a bullpen addition.
That's a very good question. Messi on the men's side and every major women's U.S. national team player of our lifetime.
The Cardinals are only two games behind the Cubs, so I wouldn't say the Cubs are pulling away with anything. If the Cardinals can take care of the Mets, they'll enter the series against the Cubs with a chance to leave Chicago in second place in the Central. Starting pitching is the key to winning championships, and that just happens to be the Cardinals' strength.
The Cardinals' top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America, are Alex Reyes, Luke Weaver, Delvin Perez, Carson Kelly, Magneuris Sierra, Sandy Alcantara, Harrison Bader, Edmundo Sosa, Dakota Hudson and Elezier Alvarez. I would say that Perez, the shortstop the Cardinals picked in the first round last year, has probably tumbled down the ranking while RHP Jack Flaherty deserves to be considered among the top 7 prospects on the team. I would say Reyes is the top one even though he's still recovering from Tommy John surgery. I'd rank Hudson a tad higher, and I would probably drop Alcantara closer to 10 or 11 now. Kelly and Bader and Sierra would be among my top 5 Cardinals prospects.
I would not be surprised if Lance Lynn is traded. Among the club's short-term assets, he's likely the one with the highest value.
I don't think there should be a concern, especially because those guys aren't situational lefthanders. They can get righthanders out just as well as lefthanders, for the most part. Siegrist has faced more righties than lefties this year. Heck, lefties are hitting .286 against him, which is higher than the .258 batting average against righties.
I've had some long conversations with John Mozeliak recently about this subject. The majority of his energy is devoted to this subject. Although we shouldn't be shocked if they don't make a move, I fully expect the Cardinals to make a trade or two. They see plenty of depth in starting pitching and the outfield, and they're likely to use it to set the team up for future success. I don't think they'll let the standings decide as much as they will base their decisions on what they think of this club's chances of success. By that I mean, the key is to foster the organization's overall prospects beyond just the next two months.
I think your instincts are correct. I'd bet the Cardinals realize the NL West leading Dodgers and Diamondbacks are on one level and the rest of the NL is on the other. The NL Central is still somewhat wide open, and the Cardinals know that. But Cardinals officials also realize they need to fortify the organization beyond this year. As trite as this sounds, the Cardinals assure me that everything is still on the table.
That's a very good question. No doubt that Diaz had a magical rookie season last year, and he struggled to regain that magic this year. It will be a matter of how DeJong adjusts to the league after pitchers make their adjustments to him. Seung Hwan Oh and Diaz have struggled to make their adjustments to the adjustments the league made to them.
Fowler started to show some positive signs in June, when he hit .286/.390/.600. He is off to a slow start in July after his DL stint. He's here to stay, and he'll likely turn his season around. He has just been plagued by injuries in his first season in St. Louis.
Actually, I would say the Cardinals are in a good position. They are just good enough to likely sneak into the playoffs without having to make drastic, expensive moves at the trade deadline. Yet, they also are just bad enough to justify unloading a short-term asset to strengthen what should be a good club in 2018 and 2019.
I would assume the Cardinals will make a trade for a reliever and perhaps wait until after the season to make the significant move that reshapes the roster. Piscotty is expected to be out only 10 to 14 days. Grichuk is likely back this weekend.
I would envision Lance Lynn pitching elsewhere. I assume Oh's value is toast, and the Cardinals aren't likely to get the value they see in Rosenthal. Long story short, I expect them to keep Rosenthal and Oh and perhaps trade Lynn.
I would not give up Alex Reyes. I would trade Carson Kelly if I could get a good return. At this point, Molina isn't slowing down. But I wouldn't give up Kelly unless it was in a blockbuster deal for a superstar.
I have tremendous empathy for Stephen Piscotty. He's a great player who is having a down year. You cannot underestimate off-the-field concerns. Nobody knows how his mother's diagnosis has impacted his season. All I know is that he deserves a mulligan this season.
The Cardinals realize they must make upgrades again this offseason. If they fail to reach the playoffs again this year, they're probably going to be under more pressure to make the playoffs this year. Pitching is the key to success, and the Cardinals have plenty of quality arms ready to lead this team into the future.
The Orioles might be a trading partner for a reliever. The Marlins may have the outfielders the Cardinals covet. The Blue Jays have Josh Donaldson.
You have to understand that no team that is a seller is going to want a short-term asset such as Lynn. Grichuk's value could hardly be any lower now. I would say no.