I believe he will keep playing the matchup game, but how well guys are pitching will matter as much as the left-right thing. Obviously the Cardinals now have a book on how the Padres can rake and where their own pitchers are right now.
Flaherty scuffing tonight would be less stress-inducing that Dakota Hudson and Miles Mikolas going under the knife and missing entire seasons.
I am not that optimistic.
With a bunch of players hitting at or under the Mendoza Line, there were not a lot options. Ideally this team will have more offensive options next season.
No kidding. Matt even gave a thought to give a bunting to the left side. Breakthrough?
That would be a stupid trade and it would be covered as such.
Given what they went through, I'd give the team a B as a while. The pitching was an A, with all the injuries, and the offense was a D. Then I would give them some love for not tanking in the face of adversity.
Carlos is tradeable. But moving him in a stupid trade would be stupid.
I mentioned the OEL trade possibility because it's possible OEL will get traded. Many teams are talking about him so I threw that out. With Bill Armstrong in Arizona there is the obvious connection there. But I did not write that the Blues needed to make that deal for OEL if Petro left. Also, and I did note in my column that Armstrong could add a mid-level veteran to the group if Pietrangelo left. As I noted in that column, the play of Faulk and Dunn in their own zone would be a concern if Alex left. As I noted, Pietrangelo's steadiness would be missed.
I don't see why the Cardinals would take in Arenado's contract, with no opt out, now that COVID could cost the franchise hundreds of millions over the span of a few years.
It's been a hard road for the fans, suffering through 13 winning seasons and seven postseason trips in 10 years. Fans in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and so forth must wonder how in the world people in the STL bear up under such a horror show.
In theory the Cardinals have a pitching edge, but Slam Diego is feeling it right now. If you don't think hitting is contagious, go back and look at last night's game again.
Working from ahead would be a good idea. Flaherty has not been especially sharp and if they can lay off the slider he could be in for a very long night.
Actually, all games are won. The Padres made enough winning plays -- mostly by crushing homers with supersonic exit velocity -- and the Cardinals didn't. The Padres made plenty of mistakes but they overcame them with good plays.
Well, it's not like we don't see the trolls coming out from under the bridge. I do like to let people vent their spleens here. I am the moderator and I accept well more than 90 percent of the questions. And I must say, it can be fun for me when the chatters get irritated and turn on each other like rabid wolverines. (Although, to be honest, I am not sure of rabid wolverines turn on each other. Maybe the come together in rabid packs and attack hedgehogs.)
The Cardinals clearly wanted to cut Ozuna's big outfield salary and allocate some of that money elsewhere. O'Neill, Carlson and Lane Thomas were the frontrunners for that job. Management wanted to give them a chance. O'Neill got his chance and didn't do enough with it. Thomas was overwhelmed for the little bit we saw of him. It looks like Carlson is going to be fine, but the team is still getting substandard production from right field and center field even if Carlson is legit in left. So this was a budget thing as much as anything.
Well, maybe DeWitt will read this chat and take on all that Arenado money while facing hundreds of millions in lost revenue. Arenado's contract runs until 2026 with four of those years at $35 million. The three most exciting hitting prospects in the low minors all play third base, which is another big consideration.
Yes, they would mostly stand pat as per usual. I would expect them to look for value additions while settling into retrenchment mode for a few years while waiting to see when they can fill a stadium again.
Well, I look at two guys trade for Ozuna -- Zac Gallen and Sandy Alcantara -- and I see potential greatness there. Flaherty is a potential ace whom experts ranked in the Top 10 this year in terms of talent. Dakota Hudson has been at least a good middle-of-the-rotation guy when healthy. Jordan Hicks developed nicely into a power reliever before he got hurt. Alex Reyes has been outstanding in relief this season coming back from injuries and there is a world of potential then, Carlos Martinez has been both an upper-tier starter and reliever when healthy. So clearly the organization has done a nice job locating pitching talent. Oviedo, Liberatore, Thompson -- these are arms that have everybody's attention as well.
Nah, we get a few pranksters typing juvenile sex stuff and the occasional chatter looking to start a political fight. I send that stuff into the great abyss.