July 13, 2019 at 12:54 pm #97782Brian WaltonKeymasterPaid - AnnualJuly 13, 2019 at 5:10 pm #97797gscottarParticipantPaid - Annual
Always go with production over pedigree, especially big league production. Ponce could be the poster child for guys like Woodford, Fagalde, Parsons, and others who have had low expectations.
Meanwhile the can’t miss superstar Reyes has produced nothing but heartache and headaches.July 13, 2019 at 9:34 pm #97835bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
Agree. Put him out there for the remainder of the season and lets see what he does. He seems to have solved some of the command issues he was having at AAA.July 13, 2019 at 9:51 pm #97843stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
Ponce has earned it, no doubt. I really hope they show some urgency and play the best players from here on.July 15, 2019 at 8:26 pm #980591982 willieParticipantFree
I too think he has earned it. wacha had his chance. I think it does mean its possible wacha will not be with the team next year or could even be traded this year if someone thinks they could get some magic from him. I like ponce though im not sure hes ever really gonna be much more than a five hundred pitcher longterm but you never know.July 15, 2019 at 8:45 pm #98065Brian WaltonKeymasterPaid - Annual
I get what you mean, but here is another reminder of why won-loss record is not the best measure – the only two Cardinals starters with an above-.500 record this season are Hudson and… Wacha.
P.S. The only relievers above .500 are Gant and Martinez. Then, there is Ponce at 1-0, joining one group or the other…July 15, 2019 at 9:04 pm #980671982 willieParticipantFree
yes but wacha has a terrible era which is a better indicator of performance. baseball at almost every level outside of the youngest is about giving guys that have shown they are hungry to compete the chance to do that while guys that have slipped are given a chance to reflect and work on things to get them back to where they were.July 16, 2019 at 3:45 am #98094forsch31ParticipantPaid - Annual
I think Ponce deserves to start. However, I wish Wacha had the opportunity to start 2 more times. I was hoping to increase his trade value. Since June 1, Wacha’s ERA is 3.77. If you take out what he did in May, Wacha has a 4.25 ERA. With a couple more decent starts, Wacha might have been able to be a key piece in a trade for some young talent.
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