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fowler has had a decent year by his standards. im still not a fan but that’s the facts. the cardinals way overpaid for him in my opinion but that’s that. hes also a veteran player and coaches lean on those guys in a playoff push. im sure the money they are paying him is one factor though.
kind of surprised he got moved up with those numbers. in the majors those are nice numbers, in the minor not so much.
id rather see arozarena at dh than carpenter myself. it kind of sucks that apparently arozarena is only about the same in the outfield as fowler far as defense goes which I equate to average to below average. but hes better than Martinez so that’s good.
well as usual, blame has to come home somewhere. seems to me there could have been some friction but who knows. the guys at the top are usually the last to take a fall.
well I guess we will see how he does up here.
nothing wrong with rebuilding, gamecard. just adding this, subtracting that to an old aging lineup is just treading water and praying for a miracle. you can add players and subtract when you have a some great players at the top of their game. we don’t have that at the moment.
well great pitching tonight, offense still not too great. its a nice win but its the pirates. they are probably the worst team in baseball since the break so im not getting too excited yet
my main problem with shildt is that he doesn’t really manage in my view. he doesn’t bunt at all with runners at third and less than two outs. I mean I understand if you don’t believe in that approach, then don’t do it a lot. but to just never do it at all is just bad strategy. maybe if he did a squeeze here and there or something similar, just maybe the other teams would have to at least entertain the ideal the cardinals might do it. right now they can just basically figure not to have to worry about that which makes it a lot easier for them. theres other things but that’s my biggest gripe.
yea I think we should have an actual outfielder in the outfield instead of edman. edman should be starting at third or coming in for carpenter if you start him and he struggles like usual. its not like edman has been really hitting well lately. we just lost five games mainly because of our offensive woes though not totally.
rebuilding isn’t tanking. you can still have a somewhat competitive team while rebuilding. first you have to have a plan far as who you are definitely keeping, who you are definitely getting rid of, and those who you might keep but you might trade if you can get what you want in return. plus you have to decide priorities far as getting new players, do you want to prioritize pitching or offense. for me we need to get a solid five starters then look at other options. you can still compete day to day with that but your competing with the knowledge that things will improve and you can build a team that can go on a five year run or more and be a perennial favorite. right now from top to bottom, I feel we are just reading water.
to be honest, I don’t think most of the people on this board would be ok with an actual rebuild. an actual rebuild would require us to go through some years where we have no shot of making the playoffs from opening day pitch. I went through the seventies and early nineties, so im fine with losing if there is a light up ahead. lots of people including ownership think we are just one hot streak or one hot bat from being there. if being there means being a middling team with a shot to make the playoffs then maybe at best. but that shouldn’t be our goal. the dodgers and the astros, that’s the kind of team we should be striving for and we are a ways from that.
well great game by Flaherty. hes been great most of this year, outstanding the last month and so. hes the only guy who is a definite lock to keep on this team. there are some guys like brebbia, gant, and mikolas that I wouldn’t part with but I wouldn’t consider them locks. just about anybody else could be moved or dropped and I wouldn’t be bothered.
the problem I see with defensive statistics is they don’t take into account how few errors are called in todays game. I remember quite a number of years ago I used to go watch this local college team play. almost any ball that was hit and the guy got on base was called a hit. I was a lot harder on the young kids I coached. no matter how poorly the ball was played, they gave a hit. its almost like that now in the major leagues. plus a lot of balls get down or go for extra bases that shouldn’t with our guys. by statistics, our team is better this year defensively. but that doesn’t mean we are actually that good either.
I would keep some of the younger guys like bader, oneil, and edman. I would keep dejong and knizner. if we are gonna try to actually rebuild, I would dangle goldy and wong to see what we could get. I would keep yadi just because I believe in loyalty. fowler, carpenter, Martinez ozuna would be gone. far as pitchers go, definitely keep Flaherty. after that far as starters go, I might keep mikolas. hes pretty consistent. im not sold on Hudson yet but he could be beneficial in getting a great prospect. I would also keep gant, really like him. brebbia is great so I would hang on to him as well. there are some other pretty good guys but im not against trading them if it helps us develop a stronger long term pitching staff.
well like some have said, we generally handle Kershaw well. gonna have to have a better pitching effort tonight. of course we got to hit better to.
well my son told me Flaherty was more aggressive tonight. maybe a harbinger of things to come. great all around game tonight.
losing gyorko wasn’t a big deal though we gave up too much to make it happen. we have younger talent that can put up the same or better numbers than gyorko. personally I think we could have should have gotten stroman before the mets got him. as usual the cardinals punt on free agency just to hold onto some guys that history has shown may not pan out and/or be traded later at some point. the astros are operating on the basis of winning the world series. the cardinals front office just wants to hope for miracles, be satisfied with just being a team that sneaks into the playoffs. be the wait til next year guys.
well its nice to see its still tied up. though here we have an error and a walk. not a good combination.July 31, 2019 at 6:12 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #100245
well I take my hat off to the astros. they went for a championship, it might not work out but their fans will respect their effort. the cardinals do what they do, just sit back and hope. I don’t know if there was any chance for anything major but we will never know I guess. getting rid of gyorko was just a simple baseball move, its obvious they were done with him. it would be nice to see the cardinals be one of those teams that goes out and tries to get things done for once. hanging onto guys doesnt work out a lot of the time. but making a deal just to make a deal isn’t good either. for a team that’s worth a lot of money, kit just seems to becoming a trend.
I am a big bader fan but its clear from watching him at the plate that he is lost there. he has really seemed to start trying to guess hit which im not a fan of especially with two strikes. I don’t know if its bad coaching or he just lost all confidence. one thing ill say it never affected his defense and effort which is more than I can say about a few of the cardinals still on the roster. its why I wouldn’t have sent him down unless its just short term to get him back on track and more confident. hopefully he gets his mojo back. with his speed, effort and defense, he just needs to be a decent hitter to get back with the club. most of the other outfielders are just that barely decent but without all those tangibles.
well hopefully the home dominance will continue this series. as usual I wont be watching the cards paly the cubs but ill keep up on the score. in other news, seems like that’s it for gyorko in a cards uniform. he obviously isn’t injured at least enough to put on a long disabled list. it is sad. I do think its time for him to go but still sad.
yea I think the cards have played a lot better with him out of the lineup. id rather he not start but I figure he will.
well giving him another shot is another way of saying they aren’t going to try to get anyone in free agency. of course with stroman off the market, there aren’t that many great choices left. hopefully wacha can turn it around.
some pretty shoddy defense today. that’s an error on Martinez. I don’t care what the scorer says. itzs why I don’t trust all these statistics especially fielding and pitching. you get a glove on the ball, the play should almost always be made.
two errors in the inning, not too good.