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That was painful to watch … tie game.
I think Shildt made the right call, looked like Wacha missed the target badly and left the ball over the plate.
Could not agree more. You win as a team and lose as a team. However, I thought Bader had a rough day in particular.
Not liking the way this series has started.
That was deflating … two run homer after scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Could have been worse, The season starting trend by starting pitchers is worrisome … team needs to start getting six innings out of starters. I am worried the bull pen will run out of steam sooner rather than later.
Wainwright has thrown 76 pitches through three innings. Of these, 44 have been strikes. Yikes!
Thank you Michael Wacha!!! I applaud the job Wacha did today. The team really needed him to go at least six full innings and he did. I also thought he was very effective against a good line up.
The kid got a hit! Rally starter?
I agree Brian … Why do they even pitch to Yellich in that situation? You are throwing a guy who just arrived from AAA and you have him throw to the reincarnation of Babe Ruth.
Maddox needs to burn whatever book he has on Yelich and start anew. What are the Cardinals doing that others are not? Geez, you think they would have had someone doing some research after the first series.April 13, 2019 at 9:16 pm in reply to: StL Game 14 thread (2nd version): Sat 4/13 at Reds (Mexico) #87259
Can you say rally?April 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm in reply to: StL Game 14 thread (2nd version): Sat 4/13 at Reds (Mexico) #87251
Ouch!April 13, 2019 at 7:55 pm in reply to: StL Game 14 thread (2nd version): Sat 4/13 at Reds (Mexico) #87215
Looks like the home plate umpire is calling a lot of low pitches as strikes.
Dexter gets a key hit … he needed that!
The post steroid era or the era of stricter testing for performance enhancing substances has resulted in age-based performance curves returning to historic norms (e.g. no Roger Clemens miracles). Players reaching their early thirties are most likely past their prime … you can get good seasons, but not career level years. Contracts or offers are starting to reflect this reality.
Having said this:
– Cecil multi- year contract started at age 30 season
– Gregerson multi-year contract started at age 34 season
– Miller multi-year contract started at age 34 season
– Holland one-year deal started at age 32 season
It seems as if the front office is going against the performance curve trend. They are willing to pay for past performance and expect similar perfoance … almost ignoring the aging issue.
Tough start to season … all us not lost though. It is hard to win when the offense strikes out so much, creates almost zero sustained rallies and the pitchers walk so many hitters. The club is beating itself.
A couple of thoughts to consider:
– The investment required to buy a major league team has increased dramatically over the past 40 years
– This increased investment requirement has changed who owns teams – more investors or groups of investors – owners who expect a return on their investment (very few Gussie Busch’s now days)
– Focus of ownership has changed as to how rosters are constructed … the George Steinbrenner days are gone … Data shows that signing older players to long-term deals does not always work (e.g. Pujols) and signing younger players to long-term deals does not always work
– I am convinced that a significant reason for the delay in signings the past two off seasons can be attributed to the negotiation tactics of Scott Boras. Other players and agents hold out to see what Boras clients sign for.
Not sure what the answer is for the MLBPA.
Defining a Successful Season … TLR once said “You play 162 games to make the playoffs. Once there, it boils down to who gets hot.” I got upset when I heard him say that. Then I reflected a bit and came around to his way of thinking.
The objective of the club is to win the WS. However, you need to make the playoffs to have a chance. You then need to enter the playoffs with your better players healthy and in a positive frame of mind. It is not easy.
Making the playoffs is success. Going deep into the playoffs is better. Winning the WS is best!January 20, 2019 at 6:05 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019-2020 #80374
Oops … I misread! Thanks Carioca!
Any interest in Freddy Galvis? Good glove that can play second, third and short. Average bat, some power, but swings from the right side. Made $6.8m last year, but should go for less …January 20, 2019 at 4:42 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019-2020 #80371
What is the downside to pursuing Cody Allen?January 2, 2019 at 4:34 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019-2020 #79106
Any chance the Cardinals would pursue Adam Ottavino? I feel adding him would really strengthen the bull pen. I am just not sure his asking price is within the team’s budget.
What about Brebbia? He has to be a lock to be a member of the bull pen at the start of the season.