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April 19, 2021 at 9:31 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 16 thread – Mon, April 19 at Nationals #158636
Good to get the win tonight. Hopefully we can get guys like Dejong and Williams going, as that will take a little pressure off Goldy, Arenado, Yadi and Carlson to carry things. Good offenses don’t have everyone clicking all the time, but a couple players able to carry the load for a few games, then another couple step up and you hope your big names stay relatively “on” all year. Need to end the practice of having a big game and then being shut down tomorrow.April 19, 2021 at 8:57 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 16 thread – Mon, April 19 at Nationals #158632
Harrison tried his superhuman stuff against the Cards again but it was to no avail…Goldy gets the run in. We need all the cushion we can get with Ponce coming in.April 19, 2021 at 8:23 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 16 thread – Mon, April 19 at Nationals #158629
Flaherty’s ERA is taking a pounding this inning. Thankfully he’s getting excellent run support.
Edit-On second note, looks like the runs are unearned thanks to the Arenado error. So his stats look ok but he did finally manage to struggle out of the 6th.April 19, 2021 at 8:20 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 16 thread – Mon, April 19 at Nationals #158627
Harrison is just a Cardinal killer. Seems like they can never get him out.April 19, 2021 at 8:17 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 16 thread – Mon, April 19 at Nationals #158626
Justin Williams went from 46 wRC+ to 92 wRC+, nearly average.April 19, 2021 at 8:15 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 16 thread – Mon, April 19 at Nationals #158625
Paul Dejong has raised his OPS from .640 to .818 and his wRC+ from 85 to 126 tonight. Big difference.April 19, 2021 at 8:05 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 16 thread – Mon, April 19 at Nationals #158623
I’ve been on a phone call the last hour or so and just had the game on mute. Heck of an attack tonight by our boys. Hopefully they don’t get too complacent and attack Corbin tomorrow.April 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 16 thread – Mon, April 19 at Nationals #158609
Jack can’t seem to put Turner away until the 10th pitch of the at bat. Went from a decent pitch count to one that will make 5 innings look like the expectation unless he can have a few efficient frames.April 19, 2021 at 6:43 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 16 thread – Mon, April 19 at Nationals #158604
Way to go, Tommy!! 2 run blast to make it 3-0!April 19, 2021 at 5:35 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 16 thread – Mon, April 19 at Nationals #158596
Carlson moving up in the world.
T Edman (S) RF
P Goldschmidt (R) 1B
N Arenado (R) 3B
Y Molina (R) C
D Carlson (S) CF
P DeJong (R) SS
M Carpenter (L) 2B
J Williams (L) LF
J Flaherty (R) P
Excellent point, ZTR. I specifically remember the 2004 team being like a game above .500 around Memorial Day. 2003 was a down year and even though the Cards had some great talent, it was the Cubs, not the Cards who looked to be the class of the Central at that point. Of course the team caught fire and the rest is history. Anything can happen.
Brian, has there been any certain announcement about the start of the minors season or is that still subject to approval before that May 4th date? It will be nice to have some games to follow. Would be tempting to get the MiLB.tv package if it worked on any device other than mobile or PC.April 19, 2021 at 7:19 am in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 15 thread – Sun, April 18 at Phillies #158575
At least the cubbies are getting it handed to them this evening at Wrigley, as they find themselves on the back end of a 13-3 pelting, compliments of Atlanta.
That is last place Cubbies, for what it’s worth. Of course, the upstart Pirates are now nipping at the heels of our Cards for 3rd place as well. The poor (like we’d ever feel sorry for them) Cubbies struggling even more than we are with the bats.
You know, bc, I used to think of you as an intelligent and passionate poster, who rooted for our guys no matter what. Someone who had some sort of connection with the team itself and dropped some interesting insights into the way our owners thought.
For the last year or so, you’ve been on a rampage of negativity. It seems to be blasted at certain players and while no one is saying there’s not room to criticize, when it’s every post in every thread and every day, it gets old. You know this and you keep on poking the beehive because you know it riles people up. There is a name for this… it’s called trolling. That’s not name calling, it’s simply defining what you’ve been doing.
It’s actually ruining the forum for a lot of us and whenever we call you on it, it probably turns off any of the others reading because it looks like a place that is not what TCN has always been known as. Don’t you think we can do better than that?
O’Neill and Bader both peaked around 90. And how high they were ranked as prospects does not matter, it’s how well they perform in the majors.
Hey LA…O’Neill actually got into the 30s on several lists before 2017 and 2019, and I can’t recall which list but I think he was in the 20s on one list in season during 2018. But Bader never got above around 80th. Neither were quite as high as Carlson, although O’Neill was closer.April 18, 2021 at 7:34 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 15 thread – Sun, April 18 at Phillies #158545
Carlos the most efficient… who’d have thunk that? Lol. All of those guys pretty much need to get better, and I think most will. We need a stopper to give the pen a break.April 18, 2021 at 6:46 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 15 thread – Sun, April 18 at Phillies #158536
Gant’s career walk rate is 4.5 per nine, with very little difference between starting and relieving. His Ks drop by a full one per nine as a starter, which is where things start getting a little murkier for him. It’s the sort of question that was hanging around Dakota Hudson…can a guy who doesn’t strike out many and walks a lot make it today, even as an elite groundball guy? Only Hudson sits 94+ as a starter and was making strides before his injury as opposed to Gant, who seems like he is what he is at this point. I’m ok with giving him a few more starts to get the rotation primed for the mid season and later but I think he’s the guy who should go to the pen when Mikolas is ready.April 18, 2021 at 5:15 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 15 thread – Sun, April 18 at Phillies #158526
Gant’s overall numbers make him look like the 2nd best guy right now, but he was averaging 6 walks per nine coming in and then walked 5 in 5 IP today. I think it’s an indicator that he’s just overmatched and trying to nibble the edges at 90-91 because he can’t throw his bullpen 95-97 right by guys. He’s battling and winning for the most part right now, but that won’t last forever.
K/BB right now in the rotation:
Ponce: 0.43 (yuck)
No world beaters there, but we need guys above 2 to have any real shot of working out over a whole season unless they give up just about no hits.April 18, 2021 at 4:25 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 15 thread – Sun, April 18 at Phillies #158519
25 fair enough, but I haven’t been high on Mikolas since he was down here with Texas. I don’t expect too much from him going forward. Kim has a chance to be serviceable but we need to see more to make that determination. the second half of this season will tell the tell. I agree on Ponce and Gant. Gant is however a very valuable bullpen arm. We have to get him back in that role.
I’m hopeful that Mikolas and Kim will at least show the ability to go past 5 innings. Both have been fairly good at that in their time in St Louis, truncated as it may be.
I agree that the Gant we have been able to deploy in relief is a weapon, and he should be there. Hopefully he gets that role back when Miles is pitching again.
Also, CiF, I’ve been a big supporter of Carlos but I’m about 1-2 more bad starts away from giving up as well. After he was pummeled early (somewhat not his fault, the defense did him dirty), he pitched better against the Phillies. He needs to realize that he has only so much time to prove he can start and that each wasted start due to lost focus is putting him that much closer to being out of St Louis this winter, if not before.April 18, 2021 at 3:59 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 15 thread – Sun, April 18 at Phillies #158515
For the record, I very much like the young arms down on the farm hence my comment of a changing of the guard soon that needs to occur.
TC, I agree with this. I also disagree that the starting pitching will automatically be poor. I think Ponce and Gant are poor starters with little to no upside in the rotation in terms of eating innings and providing 0s. Ponce has no control and has used all his starting pitching lives. Gant has pitched about as well as he can as a starter but he’s just not got the arm. It’s like a tightrope act out there with his 90 mph heater. I love bullpen Gant, though.
Kim and Mikolas, despite their shorter MLB history, have at least been solid innings eaters with the ability to be average or better starters. You have a point that they are not guarantees. I just think they are much better bets than Gant and Ponce.April 18, 2021 at 2:44 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 15 thread – Sun, April 18 at Phillies #158508
Completely dominated by a great pitcher on top of his game today. Needed to do more, but Nola made very, very few mistakes and was in total control.April 18, 2021 at 2:28 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 15 thread – Sun, April 18 at Phillies #158504
Carlson and Williams with the young hitter’s mistake of swinging for the game tying rather than trying to keep the process moving.April 18, 2021 at 2:24 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 15 thread – Sun, April 18 at Phillies #158503
That starting pitching won’t improve much even with the two starters coming back off injury.
While it’s not exactly two aces coming back from injury, Kim and Mikolas have been productive starters in recent years. If nothing else, I’d expect to get more innings from the rotation and give the bullpen a bump with either Gant or Carlos going back to the bullpen at some point.
While the pitching is more concerning than it has been in the last several years, I don’t think the team truly has one of the worst pitching staffs in the league. It will get better, and hopefully starts with getting two starters back in the rotation.April 18, 2021 at 1:37 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #158489
You never know, it is the Mets and they could fall off the pace. Lol
But like I said, they could have some sort of need that we could meet and maybe Conforto is a change of scenery guy or Nimmo is back to earth and able to be moved for bullpen help or defense or whatever.
I agree with the teams that could be sellers. I’m not interested in Gallo as a monster K guy or Marte with the PED stink, but Haniger sounds good and the Dipoto will be itching to trade someone. LolApril 18, 2021 at 1:21 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 15 thread – Sun, April 18 at Phillies #158486
Gant is wearing out. He gives up the 2 strike single to Segura, then walks Moniak, and now struggling to put away the pitcher.