There is almost always another side to these matters.
Oviedo will be getting a start during the next home stand, the way I see it. Liberatore needs to have a season in the minors. The Cardinals have a lot of money tied up in Mikolas for three more seasons, so they are going to count on him when he's back. As for Reyes, he wouldn't start until later in the year because the Cardinals don't feel his arm is strong enough to handle a starter's load for an entire season just yet.
I go with below-par starting pitching and below average play both offensively and defensively in the outfield. But, in both cases, there have been two players out with injury, so let's see how that looks in a couple of weeks.
Let's see how O'Neill and Williams do before you head to the trade market. O'Neill still has the upper hand because he had a big spring and he is a Gold Glover.
Molina could hit behind those two but just bat fifth, if Shildt wants to move Carlson to second, which I would consider. Then, a lineup could be Edman, Carlson, Goldschmidt, Arenado, Molina, DeJong, O'Neill (later this week), Williams and the pitcher.
You're welcome. May will be a big month for the outfield and the starting pitching. If neither is good enough by the end of that month, moves will have to be considered. I am not a big proponent of how hard a ball is hit although I know that is how many hitters are judged now. I am a proponent of how many balls find grass.
But, you'll have to admit that a time of 2:34 was quite good for Sunday's game. It made the loss less painful, I trust, for some of you.
Perhaps they should have. Yes, the time has come for Carpenter to put more balls into play, no matter how hard they are struck. He is striking out at better than a 40% clip per at-bat.
Yes, I'm still on the payroll. I don't take that many trips any more but I'll be back in action on the next home stand which starts Friday. You are correct. Five innings (or less) a start will kill the bullpen.
I don't have any problem with this, I guess, but I don't see that many situations where it would be necessary. Most catchers would refuse to come out, anyway.
Retrosheet, mlb.com are two sites I would use, to answer the previous question. Carp himself has mentioned how he might use batting gloves although I don't see how that would improve the contact rate.
The Cardinals will wait to see what they have in Kim, Mikolas and Oviedo and that probably will take a month or so. Wainwright hasn't been bad and neither has Martinez really. There is a time to go in another outside direction but the Cardinals don't feel that they have reached that point. I tend to agree. But, at this time in May, I might have a different perspective on this.
Carpenter will play once in a while but he should not be considered a regular player at this point and he shouldn't bat fifth either until he picks it up.
Not really although he's not going to hit .069. When Tyler O'Neill returns to the outfield, Tommy Edman should return to the infield and Carpenter should return to the bench, where he had been projected.
If you do the math, Shildt is 169-135 for 304 games, which is a laudable percentage, for what you term to be a flawed process. If you pro-rated this for two seasons (324) games, Shildt's teams would have won 90 per year. La Russa's last World Series team won 90 games. No rings in 10 years yes. But 90 wins a year sounds pretty good to me and the Cardinals have won more than four times since 2011 and have had no losing seasons.
The Cardinals are better off defensively with Edman at second His arm really isn't a right-field arm although his accuracy is good and he can run down about anything. The club does not have another everyday second baseman in waiting. The changes you are seeking will have to come in the outfield with the return of Bader and O'Neill. The latter should be the first one back from the injured list.
No one is immune. Taking a walk once in a while might help jump-start an inning.
When you have offensive and starting pitching inconsistency, you can't afford to be giving teams extra outs in an inning and in the Philadelphia game, the Cardinals gave the Phils three free ones in the same inning.