If I were the GM, I would try to acquire another front-line starter and a middle-of-the-order bat.
I've been bugging the Cardinals to call up Flaherty for about a month now.
Rosenthal got paid $6.4 million this year so that Mike Matheny could use him. He was rewarded as a closer even though he couldn't nail down the closer's role all year. Guys get hurt, but there's no denying the Cardinals were quite careful with Rosenthal over the first three months of the season. I mentioned often in May, June and July that they should sell high on Rosenthal and trade him because he seemed to fragile. They kept him and he broke down, as I predicted unfortunately.
You have to go to the Louligan's tailgate. You
Bill DeWitt Jr. doesn't believe in tanking because he doesn't want to put the loyal Cardinals' fans through that. I covered the Astros when they tanked, and it was an awful experience to see loyal Astros fans pay major league prices to see Triple-A baseball. I commend DeWitt for not putting his fans through that.
The minors are loaded with talent, and the players are learning how to win there. I expect the 2018 and 2019 Cardinals to contend.
I expect Mizzou to go 6-6 and finished in the lower half of the SEC East Division. Anywhere between fifth and last in the East is a fair prediction until the defense proves to be strong.
It will be interesting to see what happens. I would go with Flaherty. I won't be surprised if they pick Gant, but I think they should go with Flaherty if they're committed to making a run this year.
The standards have not slipped. I keep saying this, but it's clear some fans feel entitled to playoff baseball each year here in St. Louis. That isn't realistic. Sorry.
I think he's definitely worthy of being a Cardinals Hall of Fame member, but a good argument can be made for or against him as being worthy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
They need to make some adjustments.
If Leake starts Saturday, I will rip the holy dog poop out of the Cardinals. I promise.
Guys on the 40-man roster are called up or optioned down. Guys who aren't on the 40-man roster have their contracts purchased and then added to the 40-man roster.
I do think they will make some much needed moves to fix the roster, which isn't far off, by the way.
I'll tell Mozeliak you said that.
I don't think the Cardinals can get the value they would want in return for Carpenter.
I agree 100 percent. Next season's pitching should be pretty good.
If Piscotty finishes the season on a strong note, the outfield will look good heading into next season.
I don't know. I haven't been here long enough to truly answer that question. For instance, you cannot judge the Leake signing without trying to understand the pressures of the market.
Let's hope your blasphemous question won't cost you. I'll pray for you.
I need to look into the schedule coming up, but also you should consider that the team is keeping their guys in rotation. At this point in the season, an extra day between starts can be useful. Don't know if you've noticed, but the last thing the Cardinals need is another injured starter.
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