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  • in reply to: StL 2019 Game 66 thread: Tue 6/11 at Marlins #94205
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    I’d like to see them rest Carpenter for a few weeks. Munoz is high energy. When Carpenter is at the plate, it reminds me of the time when TLR called out Ron Gant for ‘looking good striking out’.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 64 thread: Sun 6/9 at Cubs #93965
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    This team lacks intensity, it lacks fierceness, it lacks the killer instinct. There is no one to anchor this team. No Chris Carpenter. No Pujols. No Edmonds. Lights are on, nobody is home. They can’t motivate themselves, and Shildt can’t motivate them. This is a talented roster. I just hope MO doesn’t panic and give away the farm for Bumgarner or Stroman. Neither of them is the answer that this team needs. This team needs a player that will start playing like he means it.

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    Regarding middle infielders for this draft ….
    #32 is an outfielder who was trying to learn 2B
    #34 can’t hit
    #39 is unsignable
    #40 is the 1205th overall selection

    I hope someone asks MO and Girsch and Flores for an explanation. Could it be that they were going for best available pitcher first, then best available on their board with no middle infielders being best available for the whole draft? Or, are they highly optimistic about some of the middle infielders playing for them in the Dominican Republic?

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    I agree. The current team needs to play better. I’m okay with signing Keuchel, but not for more than two or three years. Don’t sign Keuchel for 5 years. Houston already got his best years.

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    in reply to: 2019 draft #93412
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    I was thinking the same thing before I saw your post, stlcard25. Munoz is earning his keep. But besides Edman, and possibly, hopefully, Delvin Perez, there isn’t a middle infielder anywhere on any of the full season teams that stand out. Yet, they didn’t draft any middle infielders. Maybe they forgot…..

    Flores must have been really busy with his camera and his measuring devices getting ready for this draft. We’re getting a boatload of ‘projectable’ pitchers. Even our first two picks are based more on promise than on track record.

    in reply to: Dallas Keuchel free agent thread #93038
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    If Boras has trouble getting the contract he’s been promising his clients, there’s going to be an onslaught of talk about how the owners are colluding. It will be interesting to watch and see which GM is the first to roll over.

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    Tampa Bay is a half game out of first after having won their last 6 games. They don’t sign free agents based on what they have done, and they don’t make trades that are not favorable to them. If last year’s fiasco with Greg Holland didn’t teach MO a lesson about signing a player who hasn’t been through ST, then he needs counseling.

    Also, if we’re expected to give up one, or more, of Gorman, Nunez, Montero, or Carlson for Bumgarner, then I think we should pass.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 52 thread: Sun 5/26 vs. Braves #91828
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    in reply to: Minor league thread – Tue 5/21 #91358
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    This is an interesting list of pitchers for today.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 47 thread: Sun 5/19 at Rangers #91206
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    A lineup that’s as stacked as this Cardinal lineup is, and not getting wins. How can that be?!

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Sun 5/19 #91205
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    I knew you’d be all over this one, Pugs.

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    Mike Maddux is getting exposed.

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    Carson Kelly, last 10 games- .360 BA, 8 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 3 SO

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Fri 5/17 #91046
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    Tommy Parsons – 5 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 0 ER. This performance got me to read Derek’s piece titled ‘Who is Tommy Parsons and Why is He So Good?’ again.

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Thu 5/16 #91003
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    I had high hopes for Sam Tewes. But he seems to have all but disappeared.

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Sat 5/11 #90518
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    I guess Tommy Parson had the the opening night jitters in his first game pitched for Palm Beach. Yesterday, he was back to form, pitching 7 innings with 6 hits, 0 BB, and 1 ER.

    in reply to: Former Cardinals in the News #90443
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    Just for the record …..

    Peter Bourjos is 32 and has banked $8.3M playing baseball

    Tyler Lyons is 30 and has banked $2.2M playing baseball

    Jeremy Hazelbaker is 29 and has banked $1.6M playing baseball

    Whether or not, they get a chance to make more money playing baseball, they all appear to be off to a good start in life, financially, and they’re certainly young enough to start a new career.

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    If no crystal ball available, just sign players to a contract that puts them on Workman’s Comp at the major league minimum if they are disabled. (i.e. 80% X $555K, or $440K prorated for the time that they are on the IL). That way the player still gets plenty of money to pay his living expenses, and the fans aren’t shelling out millions of dollars to a player who probably should be working a desk job.

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    Rick Hummel commented in the St. Louis Post-dispatch that Tyler Webb has allowed only 2 hits to left-handed batters in 22 AB’s (.091). He also mentioned in the same column that batters are hitting .467 off of Gregerson so far in limited action. I hope Mozeliak learned from this Gregerson episode.

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    With Wacha’s health issues over the years, he might not want to take a chance on missing out on a 3 or 4 year contract. OTOH, if he takes the QO, he picks up another $18M, or so, and the following year there’s no draft compensation for him signing with another team. I think our front office gives him a QO if they sincerely want him back for one year, and doesn’t give him one if they don’t want him back. I don’t think they give much weight to draft compensation for a player when deciding what to do.

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    Bumgarner does make the most sense in that he is a bonafide stopper which is something that this teams lacks. I’m not sure Mikolas is that guy is yet. Flaherty and Reyes both have the potential to be to be top of the rotation pitchers, but neither is close to being there for now. The problem with Bumgarner is that he is surely a rental. There’s no way the Cardinals are going to offer him more than 4, or maybe, 5 years, and he surely will want at least 6 years. I don’t like rentals. I’d rather go with players that are committed to the team and the organization and the fan base.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 35 thread: Mon 5/6 vs. Phils #90119
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    It isn’t going to happen. But I’d love to see Mikolas get a chance to pitch another scoreless inning tonight so he could get his ERA under 4.00.

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Sun 5/5 #90073
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    I’m thinking that the reason the Rays fleeced us on Tommy Pham is because no other team wanted anything to do with him. Here was a player that the Cardinals drafted at the age of 18, then nursed along through all his injuries and all his struggles. Then, right after he emerged as a viable contributor at the major league level, he started complaining, and even bad mouthing, the hand that fed him all those years. I’m glad he’s gone from here, although I still want him to get financial independence because of all his trials and tribulations, both professionally and personally. Just don’t want him getting it here.

    in reply to: Derek Shore features #89864
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    Derek – Thank for the piece about Parsons. It gives some more to think about. But what have you done for me lately? And who is 6’3 left handed pitcher Diego Cordero, and why is he so good? (:

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