Grichuk is likely to be activated from the disabled list this weekend. He'll be in the majors unless somehow something unexpected happens.
That's the thing. This team doesn't just have one glaring need if you want to be a World Series contender. If you want to be a wild-card contender, I would fortify the back end of the bullpen at the trade deadline and then make the necessary upgrades in the offseason to built a legit contender.
I'm very impressed with DeJong's bat. I don't think he has the range to be a Gold Glove shortstop, but his bat is more than good enough to play at this level.
At this point, I would expect the Cardinals to upgrade the bullpen and then wait until the offseason to make other moves.
I wouldn't say I'm an admirer of Mike Matheny. I respect him and think he's not nearly as bad as some of his critics claim. He has been a straight shooter with me, and he hasn't bristled when I've asked him to explain some moves that didn't make sense to me. With all that said, I promise you every pitcher on the staff can appreciate why a manager would let a pitcher go after a shutout. This wasn't about Brebbia or Tuivailala or anybody else. This was about Wacha being fresh and on the verge of setting a career first. We can debate whether it made sense to have Wacha throw 119 pitches, but I don't disagree with Matheny's willingness to stick with Wacha over anybody else in the bullpen. The guy was nails!
The last thing I will do is question the broadcasting in this town. Mr. McCarver is a legend, and I respect him greatly. Broadcasters and columnists have detractors. You know what they say about different strokes for different folks, but I like Mr. McCarver.
You never know how prospects will pan out. History is littered with prospects who failed to live up to the hype, but the Astros have the best record in baseball with a roster full of homegrown players.
Holy smokes. Wow. I would disagree with your assessment. I've covered lots dozens of front office executives all over the country in 20 years in this business, and Mozeliak has been among the ones I respect and trust the most. Is he a pushover? No. But I wouldn't call him a bully.
The Cardinals have a chance to make a statement this weekend at Wrigley Field. There's no doubt about that.
I'm all in on Stanton. I think the Cardinals should try to acquire him.
I had a long talk with Magneuris Sierra today. If you're asking how he sees things, I can tell you that Sierra is hungry to learn and improve. He's not going to be a hot dog just because Fowler dropped a fly ball. Sierra had his own mistakes and is learning from them. Moreover, I wouldn't judge Fowler off one play.
I would say that we have some good discussions in the press box when subjects come up, especially when Rick Hummel is around. You should have heard us during the Marlins series as we tried to determine whether it made sense to even go after Christian Yelich with Tommy Pham playing as well as he's playing. We agree more often than not, but it's always fun to debate and discuss these issues.
I assume that Sierra would likely be the first man back down once Grichuk returns, considering that Grichuk would likely to return to start.
Bro, I'm just giving you the information. I'm not the one making the decisions.
I could see Oh re-signing with the Cardinals this offseason.
What do you consider greatness? I think the Cardinals' farm system is indicative of what is coming up. You have to remember that Mozeliak has two World Series rings. Bill DeWitt Jr.'s ownership group has spoiled Cardinals fans, which is why these last two seasons have been so frustrating for so many fans. As I wrote in March and again today, the team's prospects give me optimism about this team. It likely won't pay off this year, but I think they'll be serious World Series contenders again by 2019. I've stated that belief often since spring training.
Stanton likely won't be on the market until the offseason. Considering his heavy price tag, I would say he will be priced out of the range of most teams. I could definitely envision a package of Piscotty, Flaherty and another prospect would be more than enough.
I think a quality reliever and a legit middle-of-the-order would definitely bolster the Cardinals' chances in the wild-card and NL Central races.