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  • in reply to: 2018 Reg Seas Game #109 – vs. Rockies – Thu 8/2 #63715
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    That was a killer on the bad slide by Dejong. Just another example of giving away outs. That’s why this team is solidly average.

    in reply to: 2018 Reg Seas Game #109 – vs. Rockies – Thu 8/2 #63714
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    Three straight looking, right down the gut for O’Neill. Not the start to the inning you’re looking for.

    in reply to: 2018 Reg Seas Game #109 – vs. Rockies – Thu 8/2 #63713
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    O’Neill, Dejong and Gyorko…one of them needs to put one over the wall this inning.

    While a split isn’t a terrible result, it’s a loss because this team can no longer afford splits against key rivals if they want any chance to make the playoffs. They’ve already beaten the Rockies two best pitchers and coughed up a hairball against the two worst.

    in reply to: 2018 Reg Seas Game #109 – vs. Rockies – Thu 8/2 #63705
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    Classic garbage inning for the Cards. Muñoz swings at junk when the Rockies scrub pitcher literally can’t find the plate the entire inning. Then Garcia grounds into a double play and the leadoff walk and complete lack of control are totally forgotten.

    in reply to: 2018 Reg Seas Game #109 – vs. Rockies – Thu 8/2 #63700
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    So far, no tallies or really much to challenge the Rockies’ bad pitcher. Gotta pick it up.

    in reply to: Pitching Surplus #63690
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    To answer the OP’s question, here’s where I would go:

    2019

      Starters

    Martinez
    Mikolas
    Wacha
    Flaherty/Weaver
    Reyes

      Bullpen

    Gomber
    Gant/Hudson
    Ponce
    Hicks

      Memphis

    Helsley
    Ellis

      Trade

    Flaherty/Weaver
    Hudson/Gant
    (For a top quality pitcher)
    Mikolas in season if selling

    2020 feels so far away with so many moving parts but for my money I’d probably resign Wacha if he looks like 2018 Wacha, QO Mikolas if not traded, plan on Cmart, Wacha, Reyes in the rotation and build around that. Ponce and Hicks stay in the bullpen for sure and whichever of Hudson and Gant doesn’t get traded as well. Helsley seems like he could be excellent in the bullpen but he could also be a #3 type starter so I might give him a shot if he comes back hot and tears up Memphis next year.

    in reply to: Pitching Surplus #63689
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    Mo has picked up some intriguing arms from outside in those 4. Plus
    it’s possible that Roberts and Gingery will move quickly through the system and be ready by sometime in 2020.

    We certainly can ascertain that the Cards’ internal numbers are telling them to aim for high strikeout arms, especially relievers, and athletes for the field with power potential. I felt the bullpen could be lights out with just the starters at AA/AAA going forward and I think it well could be anyway.

    in reply to: 2018 Reg Seas Game #109 – vs. Rockies – Thu 8/2 #63685
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    No Fowler today. I instantly like the lineup better. Just a feeling but I think they break out the lumber today with multiple dingers to back up Miles going for win #12.

    in reply to: 2018 Reg Seas Game #109 – vs. Rockies – Thu 8/2 #63684
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    I think Greene, Elledge, Gallegos will also factor into the bullpen as soon as next year and Cabrera may be a bullpen/starter arm by next year or 2020.

    in reply to: Pham Traded #63666
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    How good would Carpenter and Pham have been if they’re production had overlapped?

    The best #1-2 in the league? It certainly would have been a great way to start a lineup.

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    We could also consolidate some of the pitching assets to aim for a clear upgrade in the rotation a la Bumgarner or DeGrom. Either would become the clear ace of the staff and a package starting with Weaver/Flaherty and Hudson/Gant plus an outfielder would have to be enticing to the Mets or Giants who are both in need of a rebuild. The Cards are seen as in a similar boat but the young pitching here is far superior to what those other teams have (although the Mets have a good rotation, just not that young and very injury prone).

    MadBum/DeGrom-Martinez-Mikolas-Wacha-Flaherty/Weaver with Reyes and Gant or Hudson your 6/7 guys would be very good. I think you’d have to look at resigning one of the Bumgarner-Mikolas-Wacha trio after ’19 if you traded with the Giants but even then I think having, say, Martinez, Flaherty, Reyes and Hudson or Gant could be an above average (or way above average) group in 2020 alone if things go right.

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    The Cards are in a decent position with payroll to easily add a Machado/Harper level contract if they so wanted. The estimate is something like $140 million for next year at the moment. They could cut some costs by trading or not offering a contract to Bowman, Shreve or Garcia. BBR lists Lyons but I’d imagine he’ll be gone too. That’s probably another $5 million off. I think if they’re intent on acquiring a guy like Machado (hypothetically) they’d trade Gyorko so that’s another $8 million savings. Maybe they eat half of Fowler’s salary going forward unless he really heats up, which would be another $7 million. Granted, no one likes having dead money on the books but there isn’t much chance that Fowler is a superior player to O’Neill and Bader both after next year at the absolute latest, even with a turnaround.

    So if all that were to happen we’d be looking at a ~$120 million payroll going into 2019. You could easily sign Machado even at $35-40 million, pick up a relief ace at $15-20 million and still have a payroll within line of the normal payroll increase the Cards have had over the last 10 years.

    Even without making trades, Machado or Harper wouldn’t be out of bounds financially for a team that could easily handle a $180-200 million payroll with the type of fan support that they have, assuming they can remain competitive.

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    Johnny certainly likes Lane Thomas. Seems like the Cards are loading up on guys with above average power and athleticism and hoping they hit on one or two plus defenders that can hit 20+ HRs at the big league level (in the Dejong-O’Neill mold).

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    Indeed, Pugs. It’d be interesting to hear of him in about 15 years making his big league debut and look back on the video. Ha!

    Also of note…Dominic Leone is in Memphis on rehab. He stuck out two in his inning of work last night. I’d enjoy seeing him back in the pen, perhaps at the expense of Brebbia or one of the lefties.

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    Dan talked on the broadcast last night about Pham’s involvement in the community and how even on the road he’d take time to visit Boys and Girls Clubs to offer encouragement to the youth. It’s really a shame that he wasn’t able to follow up his stellar year from May-May. His slump, IMO, was probably the biggest single factor in the free fall in the standings from early June til now.

    in reply to: 2018 Reg Seas Game #109 – vs. Rockies – Thu 8/2 #63639
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    I must admit that I like the day games, and the earlier the start, the better.

    Anyway, big chance to complete a solid home stand if they can win this one. Will Peña get a start to give Yadi a rest? Should be fun to see Mikolas deal against this Rockies lineup that is known for working counts and taking pitches. Against Miles that can have a tendency to burn ya!

    Hoping for the offense to push around Senzatela and head to the road happy.

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    in reply to: 2018 Reg Seas Game #108 – vs. Rockies – Wed 8/1 #63637
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    This is the kind of game that felt like it would have gotten out of hand in the past and that the Cards would have lost 8-3. Good to get a W. I really like the young guys in the bullpen; they’re pitching quite well and there’s a lot of flexibility as lots of them can go multiple innings if needed.

    I agree with booyah…today’s game means a lot and so will the weekend trip to Pittsburgh. They can make up some ground on two of their WC rivals, fast.

    in reply to: 2018 Reg Seas Game #108 – vs. Rockies – Wed 8/1 #63616
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    Weaver with the nibbly approach again. It costs hin in the 3rd. He’ll be lucky to make it through 4.

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    It’s hard to say because people are throwing crazy numbers out there that seem basically unrealistic. I don’t think anyone is getting $400 million this offseason. 350 may not happen, but if someone goes nuts it potentially could. I’m certain any deal would have multiple opt outs and maybe if it was front loaded a team could convince Manny to opt out after 3 years and save themselves an albatross of a deal when he’s a 36 year old on bad knees hitting .240 with a .270 OBP.

    in reply to: MLB Trade Deadline #63544
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    Scott, I think that’s the plan for the rest of the year…see what you’ve got with the young guys and adjust from there. With Pham gone, that’s $4-6 million less in Arb money that can be spent this offseason. If the team doesn’t use some of that dry powder this or next offseason, I dunno when they ever would. The payroll will be around $140 million as is and the tax cutoff will be $207 million or so.

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    How is Tommy Edman viewed by scouts/the Cards? He’s hitting pretty well at Springfield and with his switch hitting and defensive versatility, maybe he could be the next Greg Garcia type utility player, if the Cards think more highly of Muñoz than that.

    in reply to: 2018 Reg Seas Game #107 – vs. Rockies – Tue 7/31 #63516
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    It could have been worse, I guess. The Mets lost 25-4. Yikes

    Still, they’re going to have to win the next two to keep the dimming playoff hopes alive.

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    Gray getting calls 4″ off the plate now after Flaherty gets squeezed. This seems like a ridiculous pattern that never changes, or maybe I just watch all the games where it happens.

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