The season is over, at least locally. Give me your take on what happened, what should happen and who might go all the way to the World Series. The lines are open.
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The Cardinals certainly need at least one more player with thump in his bat and that likely is either an outfielder or a third baseman. I'm sure the front office and manager at some point will talk to Carpenter and Fowler about their roles next year. So far, I would classify Carpenter as a utility player/dh and Fowler as the starting right fielder until other arrangements might be made. Until he got sick, Fowler was having a pretty good year.
I already have told Ben what I thought about it but I will relay your praise also.
Free agent signings may take longer than has been customary for the past few years as (a) teams decide what they can afford, given their loss of revenue this year, and (b) the fact that teams will be letting go of high-salaried players to swell the free-agent market by not offering them contracts. But that wouldn't come until December.
First, Wainwright and Molina both want to return, Wainwright for one year and Molina probably for two. But the two likely both will go through the free agency process because the Cardinals aren't likely to offer them at least 80 percent of what they made this year, which the Cardinals would have to if they talked contract now before the free agency period, which begins in November, five days after the World Series. We'll ultimately find out. But probably not as soon as we'd like.
I would say Albert's job will be coming under review because I suspect his contract is up. And, even it isn't, the results haven't been there although I have yet to see a hitting coach go the plate with a bat in his hand. I always blame--or praise--the hitters. The coaches can only suggest.
I wouldn't be surprised when and if the Cardinals play the Padres next season that Jack Flaherty takes Tatis to task for his showmanship. The third game of a best-of-three series wasn't the time for it. But would have Forsch done it at the first opportunity? Of course.
They weren't the only ones who struck out against that nine-sided monster that was the Padres' staff on Friday. But Carpenter's and Fowler's contracts are too big for anyone to take on unless the Cardinals would kick in a lot of the money or agree to take on a similar salary problem from another club. Carp and Fowler are going to be here in some capacity, in all likelihood. People might say, "Release them." But you still have to pay them. This isn't like football. And both might be ale to help in some role, perhaps not as regular players, though.
This sounds about right, although Edman could play third if Wong still was at second as long as you've taken care of left field or right field from outside the organization. Carlson would be my center fielder.
Betts already has signed a lengthy contract to stay with the Dodgers.
I still think DeJong can be a cleanup hitter but manager Mike Shildt needs to get him more days off. He was one of the COVID victims yet he played virtually every day the rest of the season after he came back because the Cardinals didn't have a reliable backup shortstop, especially when Edman was playing a lot at third base. DeJong wore down, just as he did last year. It's hard to play shortstop every day and hit in the middle of the order.
They're still slated for December but there may have to be some "virtual" aspect of them if things don't improve.
I chose Tampa Bay and the Dodgers at the start of the season and I'm sticking with that although the Yankees, if they can get two starts out of Cole this week, might beat Tampa Bay
I could not agree more--and I only pitched only 1/3 inning in my playing career. He was the absolute best Cardinals pitcher and on the short list of the best ever.
They can not-will not--stick with that plan even though it was a much shortened, much COVID-influenced season. Plan B, whatever it is, is next.
I wouldn't anticipate anything publicly from Mo until at least later this month, if not early November. There is a lot for him and his staff to process. And there isn't much he can do anyway right now other than adjusting the coaching staff.