Thank you. I don't know if there's reason to be worried, but I firmly believe they need a No. 4-5 type veteran to buy them time until Reyes, Flaherty, Hudson and Alcantara are ready to shine. Once those kids are ready, the Cardinals' rotation is going to be quite impressive. I don't know that Wainwright's arsenal is suited for a closer role at this point in his career.
They're good enough to make a splash in the NCAA Tournament.
As long as you're a Cardinals' fan you will be fine because John Mozeliak and Bill DeWitt Jr. have a track record of excellence. Keep in mind that last spring training I said that the farm system's strength made me confident that this team would be ready to seriously contend for the NL Central title again in 2018 and beyond.
If you had asked me last week, I would have said Hickey. I don't know if anything changed once Bosio was fired. I've been working on Blues and SLU columns this week, so I haven't put in another call to Mozeliak since earlier in the week.
I haven't heard anything lately.
If John Mozeliak and Michael Girsch called me to ask for my thoughts, I would say they should hire Mike Maddux. I covered Hickey in Houston and think he's a very good pitching coach, though. As I've stated, there are enough quality pitching coaches out on the market right now that you can be certain the Cardinals will hire a very good one.
I apologize. What was your question?
Matheny is much better than his critics care to believe. He'll have better talent at his disposal this year, and I believe the Cardinals will start another run of playoff baseball again.
The Dodgers are in the World Series. They're loaded. Why would they need Stanton?
I assume Nicasio will return. As I stated earlier, I haven't spoken with Mozeliak since early in the week. With our beat writers and other columnists, I try not to make calls that duplicate what they're working on.
I really think Carpenter played through more pain than any fans understand. That guy is the ultimate gamer.
I grew up cheering for the Lakers and Cowboys, but I can sincerely tell you that the Dodgers are the only team that I still root for when I sit down as a fan. I've covered professional sports my whole career, so my interest lies in professional sports.
I had a discussion yesterday with an esteemed hockey expert in St. Louis yesterday while trying to look up Vince Dunn's time on the ice average. The key, he reminded me, is development time. Is it better for the Blues to have Tage Thompson or Blais in San Antonio getting consistent quality minutes or in St. Louis on the bench? At some point, it's best to have those kids playing consistently in San Antonio until they are ready to play consistently up with the Blues.
There's always a chance, but it's probably unrealistic to expect all of those moves to happen.
I like the way you think. The way Maddon rode Davis down the stretch would give me concern about his health moving forward. Yelich or Donaldson are realistic possibilities, but I have to believe that if the Cardinals make those two moves they're probably not going to do much more. That lineup would win the Central if the Cardinals' rotation of Martinez, Wacha, Weaver, Wainwright and perhaps Gant early on can hold up until Reyes, Flaherty, Alcantara and Hudson are ready perhaps as early is mid April. Once Reyes is locked and loaded, the Cardinals' rotation should improve dramatically. I bet Flaherty and Alcantara will be ready to thrive in the majors after a month or two of more Class AAA seasoning.
Mike Maddux would be at the top of my list.
Thanks for your thoughts. I disagree, though.
Archer would help, but I think the Cardinals will have young high-end pitchers under control for many years. Why give up your pitching depth for one guy?
Cash will help lure Machado. The recruiting angle is overblown.
That is a very good question. When healthy, Fowler definitely helped the Cardinals. His departure also weakened the Cubs. I would say it was about even.
Your trade proposal might be far fetched.