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I loved the way Wacha pitched last night, but I am sorry MM is freking STUPID as sin for sending him back out for the 9th with 97 pitches
97 pitches isn’t a lot. He’s been in the 100’s several times this year.
Where does that leave Weaver, Marco G., Flaherty, Gant, Mayers, Pearce, Hudson, Gallen, Gomber, Alcantara, Fernandez, etc.?
Weaver – Bullpen, “7th starter”
Gonzales – bullpen
Flaherty – 2019 arrival (replaces Wainwright)
Gant – bullpen
Mayers – AAAA
Pearce – AAAA
Hudson – 2019 arrival, Flaherty’s backup, potential Weaver replacement as 7th starter/BP guy.
Gallen – Not sure what we have here yet
Gomber – AAA in 2018, no idea
Alcantara – AAA in 2018, bullpen
Fernandez – Ways away
Any idea why Diaz hasn’t played in Memphis since Saturday?
If anything, Aledmys Diaz offers a cautionary tale to not get too worked up over DeJong’s fast start.
I’m more concerned about his 30.2% K-rate vs. a 2.7% BB-rate. Those are both extremely below-average and will kill his value if he ever stops hitting. Diaz was able to keep his K-rate way down, which helped during his slumps, but he just had some of the weakest contact, evident by being among the league leaders in both 2016 and 2017 in infield hits.
Seijas has a 6.75 ERA, but that comes with a .436 BABIP and a 50.0% LOB rate, both extremely high. His 8.83 K/9 rate is pretty solid still.
I really wish they would update his size on the milb.com website. It’s very misleading.
Garcia would have to be the one they are trying to determine his versatility on. The other two are easily able to cover any of the three positions. Maybe Mercado is the next man up in LF if needed in AAA.
Bummer that Piscotty got hurt. I was expecting big things out of him in the second half. Perhaps they could try Carpenter in LF? He played the outfield before.
I guess Sierra would be ideal though. Make or break time for Tommy Pham now.
Not like Huffman sucked when he was up.
Yeah he didn’t, but neither has Martinez.
This is bad news to me. I’m a big Grichuk fan and hope he gets back soon with a more focused approach at the plate. It could happen. As far as Martinez being the one sent up as apposed to JAGarcia or Bader says something about going forward. He’s the fourth outfielder at Memphis
Bader needs a full year at Memphis and a call-up in September. He’ll be in the conversation next year. He has to maintain (like Grichuk) a .350 BABIP to be good. He does hit a lot of line drives though so maybe it will last.
I’d like to see both him and Kelly get ample time in Memphis so that we don’t rush them before they’re ready.
One positive note is that Perez has just one error this year in 124 innings after making 17 in 328 innings last year.
Another thing to note is that this is a small sample of just 62 PAs thus far. Give him some time.July 14, 2017 at 11:49 am in reply to: Cards in July – Buyers, Sellers , neither or both? #27536
Who’s going to step up over time?
Those are the ones that matter.July 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm in reply to: Cards in July – Buyers, Sellers , neither or both? #27473
The Brewers got a guy with 6 career ML innings.
Quintana dealt with the WBC, some blisters, etc. this year. He’s been himself since June.
He has struck out 3 times in three at-bats today for the GCL Cards…not greatJuly 11, 2017 at 11:18 am in reply to: Cards in July – Buyers, Sellers , neither or both? #27297
Here is the trajectory they are on.
NL playoff odds: https://t.co/HfEHeDgBXj
— Baseball Prospectus (@baseballpro
Also per fangraphs: The projections give the Cards a 21.8% chance to win the division and a 10.4% chance of winning a Wild Card. Those along with their projected chances in a potential Wild Card game combine to give the Cards a 27.1% of getting to the NLDS.
My vote for replacing Weaver is Mark Montgomery.
2016 – Memphis – 45 1/3 IP, 30 H, 9 BB, 53 K, 0.86 WHIP, 2.18 ERA
This would let Duke get a few more AAA innings and Siegrist get his velocity back.
Montgomery was once heralded as the next David Robertson when he was in the Yankees organization. He always had control issues there, but seems to have gotten a better grasp on it this year in Memphis. He’s a big slider guy with a 91-92 MPH fastball. His lingering shoulder injuries should give us pause though to ever counting on him long-term (much like Siegrist)
Interestingly, we only picked him up out of necessity when Rosenthal went down at the beginning of the year and Tuivailala got called up. At that time, we needed someone to fill his bullpen spot in AAA.
He’s given up 66 hits in 84 innings and struck out 79. WHIP of 1.10.
That doesn’t seem very egregious to me.
With Weaver getting sent back to AAA, who do the Cardinals promote after the All Star break? Siegrist doesn’t seem ok with Derek’s report of decreased velocity.July 10, 2017 at 5:36 pm in reply to: Cards in July – Buyers, Sellers , neither or both? #27255
B. Noonan, what did you have us at? 1000:1 a few weeks ago?
If Molina ends up falling off a cliff, it sure is nice that we have the top catching prospect in the entire minor leagues ready to fill in for him.
and what different breed would that be? Impervious to human tiredness? That is the most ridiculous thing ever heard “a different breed”. He is human like his teammates and they all get rest. He is a catcher and almost 35. Nobody wants Carson up just a backup that Matheny will play.
In the same vein of players like Cal Ripken and Michael Jordan.
Julio Franco and Bartolo Colon played for a long time and Molina’s own brother Jose carried on for a long time as well.
I’m 34 and run marathons at speeds faster than I did ten years ago. Maybe I will “fall off a cliff”, but most of my friends can’t do anything anymore, which isn’t the case for me.
I think it would be different if he was constantly getting pulling for minor injuries like Fowler or putting up poor production, but he isn’t doing either of those. Plus these ten days in a row are right before he gets a 5-day break.July 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm in reply to: Cards in July – Buyers, Sellers , neither or both? #27214
A couple of years ago I would have thought you were crazy if you had said that. Now I totally agree. I just don’t see what good he is doing. Poor defense, low average, that doesn’t cut it. But then again, everybody has a bad year so maybe he can right the ship either in the 2nd half or 2018.
Carpenter’s defense at 1B is not poor:
Back in May: 1B – Matt Carpenter: 2 DRS and -2.8 UZR/150.
Now: 1B – Matt Carpenter: 626 Innings, 4 DRS, 1.8 UZR/150
He also has a 119 wRC+ and a 118 OPS+. That’s above-average too. Look at more than batting average.July 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #27212
Great breakdown, but I think you greatly underestimate the Dodgers and Rangers. The Dodgers and Angels are his hometown teams so he may only waive the no-trade clause for them. Both the Dodgers and Rangers have prospects and aren’t afraid of the luxury tax ramifications. Also, Stanton only makes $14.5M this year and $25M next year. Plenty of time for teams to get under the cap when his pay gets exorbitant, especially at just $5-6M extra this year.July 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm in reply to: Cards in July – Buyers, Sellers , neither or both? #27211
To me, he looks like he doesn’t have his head in the game most of the time.
Are you referring to Carpenter? I don’t see that at all with him.July 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm in reply to: Cards in July – Buyers, Sellers , neither or both? #27210
What a lousy move the Fowler signing has become. Putting an OF together for the future is greatly effected by having him around and paying him so much. There’s a lot of chatter about acquiring an OF with power to fill the middle of the order. We may need to trade off Piscotty instead. That Fowler money would come in handy in getting us a power bat instead of us doing the usual and winding up with Bourjos. Mozeliak will still be feeling the embarrassment as Fowler’s presence continues to disrupt this team going forward and his skills continue to evaporate.
Fowler very recently was having an offensive season very close to, if not, his career best. In what world does that make his signing lousy? It’s still just $16.5M a year. This group think that he is struggling and his signing will hamstring us reminds me of all the folks bickering about Mike Leake last year. Cost-controlled production certainty is a very valuable attribute.