At this point, Paul DeJong is the Cardinals' shortstop. It is his job to lose. Neither is a Gold Glove shortstop, but DeJong has taken control of that spot. Diaz is talented enough to be a super utility guy if he can regain the stroke that abandoned him this season.
Luke Weaver is currently ahead of Flaherty for a rotation spot if a starter is needed in the majors. The Cardinals have been very fortunate this season in terms of health in the starting rotation. Flaherty has finally settled in at Class AAA Memphis with four consecutive solid starts and three victories in that span, but it's important to remember that he stumbled a bit from June 14 to July 16 at Memphis before this current four-game run. He has allowed only four earned runs in 25 innings over his last four starts while posting a 3-0 record and 1.44 ERA in that span to lower his Class AAA Memphis ERA from 3.82 to 2.83. If he continues to pitch this well, I bet they'll find room on the 40-man roster if another starter is needed.
I haven't looked into the Kaepernick situation closely, so I don't know what all the issues are with that situation.
You have to assume that he'll be back for at least another year with the Cardinals.
I don't know. Wasn't Voit one of those prospects?
John Mozeliak would tell you that he doesn't tell Matheny how to make out his lineup.
I would say that you couldn't pin their problems on just one thing. I bet there are numerous factors involved.
The Cardinals are definitely still in the NL Central race.
Manny Machado would be the perfect piece for the Cardinals. He would be exactly what they are missing.
I envision next year's rotation to be Martinez, Wacha, Wainwright, Leake and Weaver if they don't somehow make a trade for another front-line starter.
Here's an example of what today would be like for me if I weren't doing my live chat. The clubhouse will open from 4 p.m. to 4:45, so I would head to the ballpark around 3 to arrive there at 3:30. I'd check in at the security desk and then drop off my bag and computer in the press box. Then I'd go to the clubhouse from 4 to 4:45. Then I would go to the dugout and wait for Mike Matheny to give his daily briefing at around 5. If I had written something critical about Matheny, I would have walked straight to his office at 4 a.m. I'd knock on his door, say hi and then walk away. It would be my way of saying I'm here in case you want to tell me to go fly a kite. Then I would go upstairs for a while before going down to eat dinner. I usually eat dinner with the Cardinals' PR folks or USA Today national baseball columnist Bob Nightengale if he's in town. Depending on the type of column I'm writing, I will write some of it before or during the game or immediately after.
I agree with you to an extent. I would say that he would still be employed by an NFL team if he were one of the top 10 quarterbacks instead of among the top backup quarterback options.
I assume one of them will be traded in the offseason, but I'm completely just speculating.
There is some truth to what you've said.
The Cardinals have a much better chance of catching the Cubs than the Rockies, especially because they still have seven games remaining against the Cubs and five against the Brewers.
They are both different. I'm still growing into the columnist role. As a beat writer, I loved following the team on a daily basis and being the foremost authority on my beat. As a columnist, you have to try to be an expert on multiple subjects. It's hard to be an expert on hockey when you haven't covered the Blues or hockey. It's difficult to give opinions on Mizzou when you haven't covered the Tigers very much. But I have been studying my market the entire time I've been here. The best thing about this opportunity is that I know I will continue to get better as I continue to build working relationships in St. Louis. I enjoy trying to share my opinion and I enjoyed being a beat writer for almost two decades. Both are challenging. The challenges are just different.
I would assume some of the outfield depth will be cleaned up. If they want to get a major piece to upgrade the offense or the rotation, I bet they'll have to unload a guy like Piscotty or Grichuk or even a Wong. They will definitely move to clear up some of the excess outfield depth.
I don't think I wrote that the Cardinals didn't know what to do. I pretty much wrote that this team wasn't good enough to justify throwing good money after bad for a short-term asset. They weren't going to do a tear down, so this was the best option at the time. Now that they're over .500 and starting to show some signs of life they had a chance to justify an addition before Aug. 31 if they're still in contention.
I would agree with you on this. Pham has been valuable on the field and in the clubhouse. He's the fire this lukewarm team has needed in the outfield and the clubhouse.
Are you serious? Granderson is having a terrible season. Why would you play him over any of the young players who are options? Jay Bruce might make more sense, but I wouldn't give up too much for him as a rental.