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Then again I was hoping the cards would throw decent money (5-7m) at Tepera, McHugh, or Melancon rather than scattering it to the wind on the reclamation projects. The first 2 are having ok seasons (3.5-4 ERA) but Melancon looks like toast in the desert.
I’ve seen a few posts offering up decent prospects for Lopez of Baltimore. He is having a great year but his career stats are awful and he is 29. Anyone buying right now is going to overpay. When his streak of not giving up a home run ends or his 4bb/9 rate he has this year finally bites him it isn’t going to be pretty. Sure, I might float Nootbaar or Rondon over there but I hope we don’t offer anyone like McGreevy, Hence, or Paniagua. Yes, I know Baltimore will probably get a better offer and I hope they take it. I’d wager Lopez comes back to Earth after a bad game or 2 and we end up being glad for the pitching we Didn’t give up.June 23, 2022 at 10:46 pm in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 73 thread – Friday, June 24 vs. Cubs #189014
Haven’t had a chance to see any games since Harrera has been up. How is his game-calling/framing going? Many shakeoffs? And pitches in the dirt–how is looking?June 23, 2022 at 10:38 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021-2022 #188957
I don’t think we will ever sign a healthy free agent ace. Had my hopes dashed too many times. I gave up after lots of prognosticators had us for Kevin Brown and I bought it hook, line, and sinker. Nope, more like Chris Carpenter injury comebacks and getting lucky on Colorado giving up on Kile.June 23, 2022 at 10:28 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021-2022 #188956
The Jaime Garcia comp is a good one. Garcia’s last 2 years with Cardinals when he was healthy-ish is almost exactly what I expect from Matz. And Garcia was paid almost exactly the same. Matz had been durable the last 5 years, something Garcia could never claim. Matz #’s this year are inflated by HR rate. His k/bb rate is better than last year and his FIP is in low 4 range. Let him get a few more starts under his belt before dismissing him as Cecil 2.0.June 23, 2022 at 10:13 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021-2022 #188953
The cost is precisely why I favored the Matz deal. If Matz can put up 2021 numbers for 4 years then he would prob be worth 15-20m per year. He is paid 11m per year. I was betting on 2 years like 2021, 1 middling year (.500 record and 4.5 era) and 1 year totally lost to injury as anymore that is pretty certain for the Cardinals. Looks like we are getting either option 3 or 4 this year. I guess we will see.June 22, 2022 at 10:36 pm in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 71 thread – Wednesday, June 22 at Brewers #188926
I only got to follow this in spurts at work and see some video but the slow mo of Arenedo after his homer, Cabrera after the save….tonight might have been worth about 3 wins.June 22, 2022 at 7:42 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021-2022 #188889
I still think Matz is going to be a valuable asset in the rotation for years but those pen signings were head scratchers. McFarland can at least be defended as he was successful last year but signing a bunch of nobodies because you believe they won’t walk in batters with bases loaded was an overreaction to frustration at last year problems.June 22, 2022 at 12:41 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021-2022 #188844
Todd Zeile Mike Morgan?June 21, 2022 at 10:15 pm in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 70 thread – Tuesday, June 21 at Brewers #188794
J Mack is just a Pirate fan troll. He tried to start crap in Flaherty’s first start. Just ignore him. Guess he has to come here because he can’t find any other Pirates fans. Aside from Baders hair, which some of us consider flowing while others liken to a darn hippee, we do a pretty decent job keeping politics out. Get lost J MackJune 21, 2022 at 9:08 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021-2022 #188700
Maybe, MAYBE, this would encourage Ollie to play Pujols vs righty less by putting Gallo in the field and DHing Yepez, Carlson (hammy), or Donovan.June 21, 2022 at 8:32 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021-2022 #188697
Yanks have injuries in their bullpen but including VanHagen and McFarland more to even salary up and save face for front office on moves that didn’t work out. Gallo gets out of the New York limelight and performs better? Still draws walks and 2 time gold glove winner. DeJong gives them infield defence, seems like they always need. Include Nootbar as incentive to Yanks to trade as a LH power possibility that is being passed up by Burly on our side. We clear 40 man spots and dump our trash. Yanks take a look at the bp arms and keep or dump. Alternatively the Yanks could send cash to even out the deal but I like this idea. Gallo gone after this year.
As I have stated before, I am against robot umpires as I appreciate the ability of someone like Wainwright working a zone that isn’t exactly textbook. Or last night for example, with Mikolos pitching in the 9th. I almost expect a pitcher pitching a no-no to get the close calls. Yet pitch track showed 2 pitches in the final at bat that were close, but obviously outside the strike zone, go against Mikolos. Who knows, maybe if he gets those calls he completes it. But I like the idea of pitchers adapting to situations rather than a precise cut and dried zone. G Maddux prob would have had an ERA a half a run higher with the robots but he was my favorite pitcher to watch (unless against Cardinals) as he could consistently hit a spot 2 inches off the plate and almost force the ump to call it.
I watched the video of Carlson’s bomb and investigated to see if the “Blair” on the back of the victim was our old friend Seth. Sure enough, he is not faring well at all this year after looking ok last year. Interestingly, the starter for Durham was Kevin Herget, 31, former Cards farmhand who is acquitting himself quite well for the Bulls in a handful of starts.
I hadn’t heard anything about Matheny’s “religious indoctrination”. I’m not skeptical but I wasn’t able to keep up as much for a couple years. Can someone elaborate? And which 3 players are the ones who thought their name was more important than the one on the back?
He is a beneficiary of the idea right now that ex-catchers who are cerebral should be great managers, especially if they are fairly young. Hinch, Matheny, Ausmus, Soscia, David Ross….etc. Some just aren’t made out for it.June 1, 2022 at 6:16 pm in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 50 thread – Wednesday, June 1 vs. Padres #186819
Read elsewhere that RP Parker down at AAA has an opt out today (or maybe it was last night). Wouldn’t mind switching him out for Whitley right now to see if he has anything left.May 31, 2022 at 8:52 pm in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 49 thread – Tuesday, May 31 vs. Padres #186719
Looking at the gameday chart, Profar had a couple close pitches go against him in the 6th but Machado stuck out looking on a pitch in the zone.May 24, 2022 at 8:02 pm in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 43 thread – Tuesday, May 24 vs. Blue Jays #186143
Two things about the elder Bichette, Puggs. He had surprisingly bad bb/k for the #’s he put up, and don’t let him around your daughters alone.May 24, 2022 at 7:03 pm in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 43 thread – Tuesday, May 24 vs. Blue Jays #186127
I’m just seeing gameday. In Jays 1st inning there was a force at 2nd, then an infield hit to SS. Anyone with eyes on the diamond able to say if there may have been double play on force out play or if Paul would have made the play on the hit if we had our former infield setup?
Edit: Ok, by Pugs account it looks like the defence didn’t play a part
The way I see it is he is so young he can party too much this year, then try to learn the game all next year and having growing pains. Then take 3 years to go A-AAA and he is still only 23-24 if he really has the MLB tools.May 15, 2022 at 4:20 pm in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 34 thread – Sunday, May 15 vs. Giants #185265
Rat–I’m proud to say I actually remembered the year and final score of a truly remarkable game. 1990 New York Yankees win 4-0 despite being no hit
I’m still confidant Matz will get on track. Maybe crazy.
Looks like the farm returning to last year’s form. I check in here hoping for .500 daily win percentage and we haven’t even had that for seems like a week. We need to do an Angels draft–all pitchers. Being in lopsided games can be detrimental to our hitters’ discipline as they just swing for fences for stats.May 11, 2022 at 9:48 pm in reply to: 2022 Cardinals MLB Game 30 thread – Wednesday, May 11 vs. Orioles #185010
Great win. I was really surprised to see Whitley optioned out myself despite his really bad outing a few days ago. Maybe attitude or not 100% healthy?