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I am never surprised at fan behavior. Unfortunately, we live in an instant-gratification society. Just three weeks ago, fans chat were asking me if the Cardinals should trade Michael Wacha because they were desperate to see Jack Flaherty in the majors. As Luke Weaver has shown over his last five starts, including three disastrous ones, it's not easy to have consistent success in the majors. With all that said, I assume that the great majority of true Cardinals fans appreciate what Adam Wainwright has meant for the organization and want him to exit on his own terms. Don't put too much weight on the loud, angry mob on social media.
With very rare exceptions, most batters will go through slumps during the season. If you look around this year, many players are hitting well below their career averages. I bet if we looked at every major league club we'd find that each team has a "star" or two who have slumped early this season.
The Cardinals are trying to put players in the best position to success. Carson Kelly is young, but catching still takes a toll on the body. Although I'm not there, I assume the Cardinals considered the day game after a night game as a reason to start Pena a day after Kelly started a night game.
The minors or loaded with outfielders - Tyler O'Neill, Adolis Garcia, Randy Arozarena, Yairo Munoz and Oscar Mercado. Don't forget catcher Andrew Knizner. Shortstop Edmundo Sosa could be ready by 2019 if not sooner.
Wainwright's injury wasn't quite so surprising because he was actually coming off the disabled list. As far as Luke Gregerson is concerned, I don't know that situation and thus cannot speculate.
This theory isn't completely unrealistic, considering that the Mariners and Cardinals have made trades involving players who need changes of scenery. Remember Mike Leake was shipped to Seattle last year.
The Cardinals will be buyers at the trade deadline. They're a good team that hasn't played up to expectations yet. They'll find answers to correct the offense, even if that means firing a coach or two.
That is a good idea, but it's also important to remember that the players union agreed to this system in the collective bargaining agreement.
I hadn't thought about that theory. Ozuna hasn't been bad. He just hasn't lived up to his and the team's expectations yet. Fowler, Cecil and Leak truly struggled.
I'm 100 percent sure he didn't refer to Fowler when he said icons. I assume he meant Adam Wainwright. He qualifies as a team icon. I don't know that Carpenter qualifies for that title quite yet even though he has definitely been a quality veteran.
Yes, they have a strength and conditioning coach.
Lynn has not had a very good season so far.
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The Cardinals have Jedd Gyorko, so they do have some flexibility.
Umpires are evaluated after each game.
They're not exactly getting the little hits to stack hits together either.
I would be shocked if he isn't wearing purple and gold with the Lakers.
I wouldn't write a column like that if my baseball sources didn't tell me it was a realistic possibility. Remember that the last time I wrote a similar column on June 9, 2017, the Cardinals altered their coaching staff later that day. Without boasting, I can promise you that I don't write those types of columns without some good background. Take that for what it's worth.