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  • in reply to: Girsch lined up to take the fall? #98600
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    You expect him to commit harakiri instead?

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 97 thread: Fri 7/19 at Reds #98589
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    TLR would find a way to get Munoz on the mound, too. He liked nothing better than the scrappy middle infielder who he thought could play anywhere, even with no experience at the position. No matter.

    in reply to: MLB – Facebook Games #98583
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    So, this year MLB signed an exclusive deal with YouTube instead!

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 97 thread: Fri 7/19 at Reds #98575
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    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 97 thread: Fri 7/19 at Reds #98570
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    I feel really badly for those who turned this game off. Martinez’ three-run HR on a fat, full-count pitch caps a 10-run sixth – and the Cards are still batting. GABP is full of fans there for fireworks night.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 97 thread: Fri 7/19 at Reds #98569
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    Fortunately for the Cards, Matt Bowman came in, the Reds defense was snoozing and all of the sudden, it is a 7-5 game in the sixth.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 97 thread: Fri 7/19 at Reds #98568
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    Edmonds was critical of the OF positioning as what looked to be a routine fly to RF dropped in front of Martinez. Interesting.

    in reply to: MLB labor unrest #98560
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    I rarely agree with Jon Heyman, but my sense (albeit from a long distance) was similar to his. The Players Association letting their top lawyer go seems an odd move. Tony Clark was a good player, but I am still amazed he was given an extension as the union leader.

    in reply to: Edman #98557
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    Why would Edman need to be sent down any time soon? Sosa will go when Carpenter is ready. Gyorko is the only other injured infielder and he is nowhere near being ready – and we are already in the latter part of July. If Edman does have to go down, it shouldn’t be long.

    (P.S. When Ozuna is ready, I think Bader could/should draw the short straw, but they could decide to go with five outfielders instead.)

    Carlson does not need to go on the 40-man yet. He isn’t coming – barring a catastrophe of outfield injuries.

    Fernandez was eligible last December in the Rule 5 Draft and was not taken, a reminder of how much he has improved/restored his prospect standing in a short time. If he keeps going, he should be up some point this season.

    in reply to: The Front Office's place in all of this chaos. #98555
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    You can decide if you want to look at this (again?) or not, but in December, I did an fWAR-based analysis of Mo’s trades. My focus was on the deals in which prospects departed.

    Trading Prospects Has Not Hurt the St. Louis Cardinals

    in reply to: Affiliate observations 2019…… #98553
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    Injuries have been an issue, especially at Memphis, but they did not play particularly well out of the gate. They were sort of like St. Louis (without the huge April) – hanging around .500 into mid-May before the losses started piling up.

    Other than Montero at Springfield, there haven’t been many significant injuries down the system and I don’t feel other levels have been hit unusually hard numbers-wise by injuries this season. I am not going to give them a pass. It exposed a drop in overall talent, IMO.

    in reply to: The Front Office's place in all of this chaos. #98551
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    That should be interesting, Sooner. Are you including WAR values or some other way to distinguish player value? Since this is trade specific, it would seem to justify its own thread, but you can place it as you choose as far as I am concerned.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #98549
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    No matter what happens, some segment of the fan base will be upset. Every player traded should have gone to the Cards. If they do nothing, they will be accused of sitting on their hands. If they do trade, it will be the wrong guys. Impossible to please everyone.

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Fri 7/19 #98547
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    in reply to: Minor league thread – Fri 7/19 #98546
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    Something to watch for tomorrow.

    in reply to: Cardinals open to trade CMart, O'Neill, Thomas #98544
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    It has been well-documented that Rickey made what looked like bad trades to save/make money for the team and also make more money for himself. Fortunately, today’s Cardinals are not driven the same way.

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Thu 7/18 #98542
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    Other than helping Memphis win more games in a lost season, why does it matter in what innings Fernandez pitches? How he is being used now is probably closer to how he would be used in St. Louis. He just needs innings. Which ones are far less important in his development, IMO.

    P.S. Elledge is a prospect in his own right, though not moving as fast as Junior. Elledge was bombed in his Triple-A debut, which skew his numbers, but since then has been very good.

    in reply to: Cardinals open to trade CMart, O'Neill, Thomas #98532
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    P.S. For those who think rumors of trading Carlos Martinez are new, this should be worth a chuckle. Our game thread from exactly one year ago today, July 19, 2018, included talk about… Martinez perhaps being on the trade block.

    https://thecardinalnation.com/forums/topic/2018-reg-seas-game-95-at-cubs-thu-719/

    That rumor came from the NY Post. Remember Martinez to the Yankees?

    Cardinals pitcher enters radar as Yankees and more seek help

    in reply to: Cardinals open to trade CMart, O'Neill, Thomas #98531
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    Hard to give this too much credibility when Morosi repeatedly says Martinez is making “ace-level salary”, when in reality it is about half that.

    in reply to: Cardinals open to trade CMart, O'Neill, Thomas #98528
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    Trading guys at low or high value can only be accurately measured after the fact. At the time they are traded, no one knows if they are going up or down ahead.

    The age-old challenge is that no one wants to trade guys at their peak – then they are too valuable. And the risk of holding on for low spot guys waiting for them to improve is that it never happens.

    As Branch Rickey famously advised, “Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.” Easier said than done.

    In Martinez’ case, this is clearly not his peak. The fact is that he hasn’t been one of the best pitchers in the NL for well over a year. He has a somewhat mysterious shoulder issue that did not require surgery. There have also been preparation and commitment questions. He might improve and he might not.

    Personally, I would only move him to get a real difference-maker in return. Not a bunch of so-so prospects. But I would consider trading him and I am guessing this is close to the Cardinals’ logic (if Rosenthal’s rumor is valid).

    P.S. Then again, if their primary motive was just to extract the most value from him, they would have him back in the rotation ASAP and use someone else as closer. Martinez’ greatest appeal is as a healthy and productive starter. The fact that they kept him in relief suggests to me trading him is not an urgent matter currently.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 97 thread: Fri 7/19 at Reds #98520
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    1. Tommy Edman (S) 3B
    2. Jose Martinez (R) RF
    3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
    4. Tyler O’Neill (R) LF
    5. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
    6. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
    7. Paul DeJong (R) SS
    8. Andrew Knizner (R) C
    9. Adam Wainwright (R) P

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 97 thread: Fri 7/19 at Reds #98519
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    The pen had better be ready tonight.

    Wainwright this season:
    Home 9 starts: 5-2, 2.33
    Away 8 starts: 1-5, 6.20

    Career at GABP:
    17 app/15 starts: 6-5, 4.52

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #98517
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    A lot of teams are stuck in the middle and my guess is that the volume of actual trades of difference-maker players will be low across MLB.

    in reply to: 2019 Weekly Team Reports #98516
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    in reply to: Minor league thread – Thu 7/18 #98501
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