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Marmol was hired because he is FO controllable. The very good managers would be less likely to take a job as a puppet.
A playoff run rests on the shoulders of Flaherty, Liberatore or Pallante plus O’Neill returning to form. Having to rely on Matz and Hicks is very iffy. This is a good ball team with or without them. Gorman is doing what most expected of the rookie. Donovan has added a spark but will he keep it up through September?
The “experts” shouldn’t take this team lightly. I think that they are taking notice and are waking up to the Card’s hustle and power. Keeping our guys off the IL… a major factor.
As for Marmol, best not for me to say. Bottom line the team is winning and improving… and most are happy.
667…. I think that the organization will hold on to any outfielders with a pulse. After MEM not much to write home about. Outside of Gomez there’s no other OF having a very good season. The FO must be betting on the current Cardinal OFers being around for a while.
I like today’s starters a lot.
Liberatore has been erratic… he should be on today.
Graceffo… enough said. He’s been the most effective pitcher in the organization… by far.
DRodriguez had a hiccup last time out. He should bounce back nicely.
Baker pitched poorly on June 8 but came back with a great start on the 14th. He’ll be ready.
Lets see if they go 4-0 today.
I was getting Peoria’s 22 y.o. Francisco Hernandez and Palm Beach’s 20 y.o. Brandon Hernandez mixed up in my mind while checking the affiliates. Maybe because they both play 2nd base. Hernandez is a common name but it turns out that they are brothers or perhaps cousins…. both were born in Montreal Que. Knowing that solves my problem.
If the FO deemed it necessary to pick up another pitcher and Woodford was pitching for another team, wouldn’t he be the type of guy that the FO would be looking for? Just saying.
I believe that Burleson has passed Nootbaar on the depth chart. Dickerson is the guy that the FO will force on the roster that will block Burleson. Its the Cardinal way. Burleson needs to be added to the 40-man roster in case there is an injury to one of our outfielders.
Dickerson or Nootbaar playing everyday? Nah. I don’t have a problem with any of our infielders playing in the outfield just as long as they’re hitting…. ala Donovan or Yepes. Edman is still the best option in the OF if needed….. let one of the others play SS.June 16, 2022 at 9:53 am in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 65 thread – Wednesday, June 15 vs. Bucs #188174
Speaking of Donovan… he presently leads the team in BB/PA .136 – BB/K 1.05 – P/PA 4.40 – OBP .448.
Despite having 100 +- less ABs he’s 3rd in 2B hits 13 (1 behind Arenado) and 4th in WAR 1.8. So far his presence on the team has been nothing but positive and fun to watch. Much like Edman… you just have to play him anywhere.
Ya gotta at least think of the possibility of Bader and or Woodford being dealt at the deadline. That’s how things work upstairs.
Marmol sure lets people know how he feels about certain players. He really should keep it in the dugout.June 14, 2022 at 11:40 am in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 63 thread – Tuesday, June 14 vs. Bucs (G1 DH) #187926
I guess the FO wants to allow Pujols to set the record….. and get that over with. 1st game of a DH with the Pirates at home…. good time for ap to play 1st.
Maybe Molina will catch half the game and then go to the mound to finish up.
John Denton in his “Cardinal Beat”….. he was talking with Mozeliak about his C-19 episode…. Mo is OK but was shut in at home for 10 days. They got to the Cards and I found his take on the bullpen interesting.
Go back to the game in [St. Petersburg when the Cardinals lost on a 10th-inning walk-off homer] and people are questioning, ‘Why did [Ryan Helsley] only have one inning? Why did [Marmol pitch Drew VerHagen]?’ But as a manger, you’ve got to have a long view. It’s hard because human nature is to get the win and get out, but you can’t do that at all costs.”
Mozeliak admitted there are pitchers in the Cardinals’ bullpen who will need to improve their performances, or the team will be forced to look for help from outside sources via trades. Mozeliak’s offseason additions — pitchers Steven Matz, Aaron Brooks, Nick Wittgren, Packy Naughton and VerHagen and hitters Albert Pujols and Corey Dickerson — have yet to provide much consistent production, but the team’s architect is taking the patient approach in his evaluations because, as he likes to point out, it’s a long season. He is hopeful that improving health to the starting staff can have a positive effect on the relief corps. The difference between 2021 and ’22, Mozeliak said, is that while last year’s team was beset by injuries at this point — leading to a June swoon — the present-day Cards seem to be trending upward.
It sounds like the fans need to be patient.June 13, 2022 at 10:28 am in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 62 thread – Monday, June 13 vs. Bucs #187801
I see you didn’t include Bader. Do you know something that we don’t know or was it just an oversight?
I think that one could sense that the organization is not sold on Woodford as a rotation piece for the Cards. His three starts for Memphis were only mediocre. IMO, besides his slider he needs to work on his mound presence.
I’ve always have been an Edman fan going back to 2016 when I saw him while he was playing for State College in the NY/PA League. I can remember being the first to place him on the Community’s top prospects list that Fall. I just saw something in the kid…. and he had a very good season that year.
He is involved in the spider web PDJ situation. But he will continue to be in the starting lineup…. somewhere.June 13, 2022 at 10:00 am in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 62 thread – Monday, June 13 vs. Bucs #187795
There is one sentence in Marilyn Greene’s Card notebook today. Conciuse and spot on.
The team cannot continue winning with the pitching in the shape it is in. This is a front office problem. The lack of depth that many saw at the beginning of the season is rearing its ugly head for the second consecutive year.
Will Flaherty’s return be the solution? Apparently the FO is betting on it.
The DeJong situation is very complicated right now. There’s a good piece in today’s VEB that clarifies what can and cannot be done about it.
With the additions of McFarland (2021), Naughton, Wittgren, VanHagen and Brooks… one would think that you would have, just by percentages, a pretty good chance of having at least one having some positive stats. Mo saddled the BP with less than mediocre vet question marks. Who said low hanging fruit? Same old thing…. different season.
Will the return of Matz have better results?June 10, 2022 at 9:14 am in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 59 thread – Friday, June 10 vs. Reds #187515
It would be interesting to know what Gorman’s k/rate is against starting pitchers and what it is against the BP (sans the closer). He can hit AAA types but Ks too often against actual MLB pitchers.June 8, 2022 at 10:14 am in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 56 thread – Tuesday, June 7 at Rays #187347
Are we missing Dickerson, Matz and Hicks? Maybe HIcks a little.June 7, 2022 at 11:44 am in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 56 thread – Tuesday, June 7 at Rays #187241
I found something interesting to me and its somewhat of a mystery. Card pitching has the lowest AVR. against the #3 batter (.210) the #2 batter (.222) and third lowest is #4 batter (.232) than the rest of the #s in opposing batting orders. Strange.June 6, 2022 at 10:05 am in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 55 thread – Sunday, June 5 at Cubs #187193
And I hereby officially subscribe to the Donovan fan club. Where have they been hiding this guy.
Donovan has been doing a lot of things right. He is playing so well they can’t send him down. O’Neill should be back before Carlson. Gorman goes down ahead of Donovan. The decision regarding Sosa will be tough. Lars will floating down the river to Memphis.
Donovan could be more than a flash in the pan (the path of so many others)…. he looks like he belongs in St. Louis.
bcc…. I agree with you about the fillers you mentioned, none of them are doing particularly well this season. I brought up Antico because I kept seeing in the box scores that he was getting walked, stealing bases and scoring runs at a swift clip. I also wondered why he was leading off every game. Its an observation that I wanted to share.
ps…. They may want to push him up to Springfield to test him out against better catchers arms. Who the h… knows.June 6, 2022 at 9:27 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021-2022 #187191
Originally posted on MLB Trade Rumors | By Mark Polishuk | Last updated 6/5/22
McKinney is only 27 years old, but has nine seasons in the minors on his resume, pitching in the Cardinals system from 2013-18 and then joining the Mariners in 2019 following a brief stint in independent ball. The southpaw didn’t reach the Triple-A level until 2021 but the results haven’t been good — McKinney has a 7.22 ERA, 15.86% strikeout rate, and 12.75% walk rate over 76 innings in Tacoma in 2021-22.
I was never thrilled about McKinney but the pitching staff is super thin and he would probably sign for a dozen of Dunkin’ donuts.June 4, 2022 at 12:12 pm in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 53 thread – Saturday, June 4 at Cubs (DH Game 1) #187020
Both O’Neill and Carlson began their rehabs last night.
Just an observation.
In case you don’t follow Peoria Chiefs, Mike Antico is their lead off batter. He has been in the low .200s all season. But check out his other stats that make him the perfect lead-off guy on the team.
Okay he gets on base.
25 SBs -1st in the 12 team MWL.
Peoria is 1st in the league with 88 SBs….. 2nd is at 71. These guys are running every night.
There’s too much CF talent ahead of the 5′-10″ LHB – 8th rd in 21 and is 24 y.o.. He probably won’t ever see the Cards dugout but for now he must be fun to watch for the Chiefs’ fans. There is some CF wiggle room in the Springfield OF…. ut Winn is cemented at the lead-off spot there…. unless the 20 y.o. jumps to Memphis. That’s a realistic move BTW.