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    It wouldn’t surprise me to see Lester get the wild card start.

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    For his last two outings, Andrew Miller has had his signature slider back. He’s been pitching like the guy we paid that big money to. If Shildt keeps bringing him in for relief when we play Milwaukee, and he keeps pitching like he has been, he could make the postseason roster.

    in reply to: Set for 2022? #173579
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    I agree that DeJong and Reyes could be trade bait. DeJong is too good of a player to sit on the bench all season long. Reyes needs to go to an organization that can afford to let him build confidence at the major league level. Reyes was once considered the number one MLB prospect in all of baseball, and that was because of the filthiness of his pitches. It’s just that the Cardinals will be competing for a pennant in the next few years and Reyes still needs time to develop.
    The front office will want something that can definitely help them if they trade Reyes, or DeJong.

    in reply to: Monthly Prospect Re-Ranking #173536
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    Derrick Goold commented that the Cardinals are not very concerned about the shortstop position. Shortstop is Tommy Edman’s natural position. He played shortstop his entire Junior year at Stanford before entering the 2016 draft. Besides that, there’s Edmundo Sosa…..

    in reply to: Affiliate Observations 2021 #173288
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    I’d like to see this ranking extended to 40 games only to see if the voters can pull some under-the-radar guys out of their hats.

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    Anybody who has a chance really should go and see a game at American Family Stadium, formerly Miller Park. It is a fabulous place where games are played in comfort regardless of rain, sleet, or snow. The citizens of Wisconsin paid for it with a sales tax.

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    133,604 people watching on YouTube now.

    Waino and the rest did well to buckle down and keep it a game after that disastrous 1rst inning.

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    Mikolas is controlling everything, and that curveball he’s throwing is the best it’s ever been, IMHO.

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    That’s a sensible way of looking at it. I guess what makes it gutsy is that, if the Cardinals would have lost the game in the 9th because of putting the winning run in scoring position, Shildt would have been criticized to no end.

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    There’s a fascinating piece on Woodford’s development written by Blake Newberry at Viva El Birdos. If Woodford can improve his curveball the way he did his slider, he’ll be around for a long time.

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    I agree that the small sample size for Sosa is worrisome especially given the kind of shortstop talent that will be available this offseason. It would be a shame for the Cardinals to miss out on the opportunity to firm up the shortstop position for years to come. I could see the Cardinals quietly pursuing one of the big names. But as Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch once said, the Cardinals are ‘allergic to auctions’. i.e. They’re not going to overpay.

    With regard to PDJ, I’m thinking that his plus defense combined with the 30 HR’s he hit only two years ago, makes him a very desirable trade candidate. Plus, he has that team friendly contract.

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    Given Sosa’s performance so far, you have to think that PDJ will be made available for trade this offseason. He’s too talented to be a bench player,IMO, and he has what is considered a team friendly contract. (Comment – Just want to say that any contract that pays somebody millions of dollars has to be considered a player friendly contract, also.)If they do trade PDJ, I sure hope they get a helpful bullpen piece or a highly regarded prospect in the trade. Anything less would be a failed trade,IMO.

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    Imagine the kind of things Shildt would have been called if giving an intentional walk to Yellich caused the Cardinals to lose this game. As it turns out, it was a gutsy move that paid off with a win.

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    I don’t think Mikolas had a curveball like that when he first came to St. Louis. I’m guessing that he’s been working with Waino.

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    To think that Jurickson Profar was the number one prospect in all off baseball for one, maybe two, years!

    in reply to: Ted Simmons vs Jim Edmunds stats #172676
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    I have a feeling that Simmons has more contacts around MLB since he also spent time as an MLB executive, and that helped him get into the HOF. Edmunds deserves to be there, too. No doubt about it.

    in reply to: Ted Simmons vs Jim Edmunds stats #172654
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    YES. Without a doubt. Besides the WAR, Edmonds had 36 more HR’s and an OPS that was 118 points higher than Simmons.

    Simmons OPS – .785
    Edmonds OPS – .903

    in reply to: What happens if there is a 3-way tie for WC2? #172642
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    New York, Toronto, and Boston are in a 3-way tie for two WC spots in the AL. There are currently no teams in contention for a WC in the AL Central and the AL West.

    in reply to: Roster Matrix #172628
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    It makes no sense to keep Andrew Miller if they need roster space.

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    If Sosa keeps playing the way he has been, I don’t think there’s much of a chance that the Cardinals would give the shortstop job to another shortstop.

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    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Matt Carpenter sign with another team and hit 30 HR’s thanks to a regular helping of salsa throughput the season. I suspect that the Cardinals told him in no uncertain terms to lay off of the stuff while playing for the Cardinals.

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    Goldschmidt would have caught that ground ball by Lester. I’m not rubbing it in on the Mets. Just feeling good about Goldy.

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    FWIW, the Cardinals drafted Tylor Megill’s brother, Trevor Megill, in the third round of the 2014 draft. He elected not to sign. He got drafted again in 2015 by the Padres and signed with the Padres. He never had much success in the Padres system and wound up playing in a Mexican league. He got claimed off waivers from the Aguilas (Eagles) in Mexico by the Cubs. He’s been bouncing up and down between the Cubs and the Cubs triple a affiliate since. I remember being disappointed that he wouldn’t sign with the Cardinals in 2014.

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    Letting Kim pitch with Andrew Miller in the bullpen tells you what Shildt thinks about Andrew Miller. Just sayin….. if Ponce de Leon was having such an argument with Yadi that the coaches had to separate them, that may very well be the end of Ponce de Leon’s stay with the Cardinals, and rightfully so. It proves that Ponce de Leon only has a half a brain, or maybe less. No unproven punk should get in the face of a veteran who is also a ballclub’s icon and a future HOF’er to boot. Just dumb. Yadi will no doubt make up with him. But I doubt if the Cardinal brass will forget it. Just my opinion.

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    Sosa is making it hard for the Cardinals to spend big bucks on a free agent shortstop this offseason.

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