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  • in reply to: Minor league thread – Sat Aug 5 #29668
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    If they get a catching injury, they would make room to add Rosario to the 40-man and drop him after the season, just like they did in 2016.

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Sat Aug 5 #29665
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    1. O’Neill should get a look pretty soon. I can’t see Valera’s future in StL, but he is helping Memphis. I’d try to keep him until the off-season vs. risking losing him now.

    2. Gilmartin is already pitching in rehab games so is not a 60 day DL candidate. Could Flaherty help the bullpen? Sure, but would be turn the season around? No. Flaherty does not require Rule 5 protection this winter. Every Flaherty added to the 40-man would risk another Cordoba exposed.

    3. I would try O’Neill before Ravelo or Martini. Sierra will also be back before either of them get a shot, I imagine.

    4. Why burn a 40-man spot with a third catcher when the second one so rarely plays and the first one refuses to sit out? Neither Rosario nor Lino are prospects, but next year, if he keeps it up, Knizner would be an interesting addition.

    (P.S. No idea what keyboard you are using, but whatever your apostrophe is, it messes up your posts. Not sure what you can do about it and I am editing your posts to clean them up. Not seeing this oddity from any other poster. Just an FYI.)

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    in reply to: Minor league team notebooks #29662
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    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29660
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    Strange roster construction and strange usage – not a good combination.

    in reply to: 2017 MLB Game #109: Cards at Reds Fri Aug 4 #29655
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    Seems there are only two extremes in your (unrealistic) view of the world.

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Fri Aug 4 #29652
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    in reply to: Problem at clean up #29650
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    Not ideal with your only 2 LHH batting first and second, but I can’t come up with a better lineup. What changes do you make with Fowler returning? I am not sure I am with booyah’s idea of cleanup. Sad situation when two of your OFs would be batting 7th and 8th, but that is the roster.

    in reply to: Matheny as manager – fired 7/14 #29648
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    Interested in the reply to this fair observation by NJ315.

    in reply to: Player news #29638
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    in reply to: Minor league team notebooks #29598
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    in reply to: Problem at clean up #29590
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    Nobody guessed Friday’s choice with Gyorko sitting – Stephen Piscotty, who is 1-for-8 with a walk and 3 Ks since coming off the DL.

    His last extra-base hit was on July 2, 46 plate appearances ago.

    in reply to: 2017 MLB Game #109: Cards at Reds Fri Aug 4 #29589
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    Not being negative, but even if they sweep the last-place team this weekend, does it really say anything about their ability to pass the Brewers, a team they just lost a series to, or the Cubs?

    in reply to: 2017 MLB Game #109: Cards at Reds Fri Aug 4 #29588
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    It will be interesting to see if Verlander is traded.

    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29580
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    in reply to: Molina rest #29573
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    I already said it appears they did/do not have a good plan for the two catchers to coexist, if that is your question, 14NyquisT. If I missed your point, please clarify. Thanks.

    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29572
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    Putting aside years to come, you gotta wonder why they think nine relievers this weekend is best with the offense struggling. Just three usable position players on the bench plus the reserve catcher.

    in reply to: Molina rest #29565
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    Yes, I remember you saying that, CC. I was among those who hoped it could be worked out somehow, but the recent developments are putting that more and more into question.

    in reply to: Molina rest #29564
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    I was expecting an article like this – focusing on how the coaches are keeping Kelly learning, even though he is not playing.

    The best part is the headline, which proclaims that Molina and Matheny are running the drills, but when you actually read the article, all it says is that “Molina has been there to watch several of them.”

    Note there is no discussion of how and when Kelly will play in games and certainly no talk of other positions. A very here and now view.

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/molina-matheny-run-rookie-kelly-through-catching-drills/article_b4f6fb25-cc7d-56fa-b2f1-23d7fb18fada.html

    in reply to: Molina rest #29559
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    Gotta love this. Columnist Ortiz rips “amateur psychologists” and proceeds to offer his own equally amateur diagnosis – that the team needs MORE complaining like Molina. He completely ignores the fact Molina’s comments were NOT about making the team better, but were about his own playing time and taking what appeared to be a shot at his boss/coaches.

    How in the world could more of that be good for anyone?

    As far as Molina’s comments firing up the team, they are 3-4 since his #misinforming comment.

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/jose-de-jesus-ortiz/ortiz-comfy-cards-need-that-molina-fire/article_9266279e-d70e-5df5-b62f-6b6f2ce64298.html

    in reply to: Affiliate observations #29554
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    Valera does not have enough power for the corner OF and not enough arm to play up the middle. Since StL already has five second base-capable players on the roster (Wong, DeJong, Garcia, Gyorko and Carpenter), there is no place to put Valera. Very difficult to see how that could change.

    As we saw when the Cards needed a SS, they put Mejia on the 40-man out of the blue rather than call up Valera. He has proven to be a solid Triple-A asset, though.

    P.S. You may have noticed that we named Valera July Player of the Month. Even though Valera had better numbers than Bader, the Cards chose Bader as their POM.

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    in reply to: Matheny as manager – fired 7/14 #29552
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    Dave Cameron of ESPN calling for Matheny’s firing.

    in reply to: Molina rest #29550
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    I guess you could say they let Pujols walk since they chose to not try to top the Angels, but they tried very hard to keep him. IMO, it was more luck that Moreno made an irresponsible bid than credit to the Cardinals for having a solid plan. It was good fortune.

    The difference afterward is that they spent the Pujols money on veterans like Beltran and Berkman instead of placing all the pressure on prospects and young unproven players.

    Needless to say, not only do the current Cardinals not have a Pujols, they don’t even have a Beltran or Berkman. They can’t score enough runs to win consistently. To make matters worse, the leader of their team appears to be selfish and is battling with the manager and front office.

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Thu Aug 3 #29545
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    in reply to: Molina rest #29540
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    I believe Fryer is still a free agent.

    The Cardinals have yet to declare their plan for how the two will coexist for the next 3 1/3 years.

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