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5 runs now. Ok, I’m spooked.
That’s why you don’t play Martinez in the OF.
Also, I’m pretty freaked out that Rats apparently knew what was going to happen before it actually happened. 3-0 Nats with a shot for 5.
Well, what a great start. Three strikeouts in the top of the 1st by the Cardinals and then the Nationals plate five runs on us in the last of the 1st. Sayonara 2019.
Uh, you know this how? Watching the game live and the Cards just finished the top of the first with 3 Ks. If the Nats score 5, I will wonder if you aren’t some kind of strange future dweller.
St25, Ray wouldn’t be awful of course, but Boyd could be a true #2 and a lefty which the Cards need both badly. Mikolas, Waino and Hudson are great in the 3, 4, or 5 spots, but neither can be the “second ace”.
I know you like him, but what exactly about Boyd makes you see him as a #2 starter? Is it the “hope he takes off when he gets out of bad team purgatory” syndrome? Because his numbers haven’t been that great in his career and it’s certainly possible that his big K numbers this year are an anomaly. The cost to get him makes me very leery.
What about Robbie Ray from Arizona? He’s going to come cheaper than Boyd and has some great stats career on the road (3.53 ERA). I think if you got him in St Louis with their defense he could really flourish. I also think that if you get something from Cmart or Reyes in the rotation, Ray could be a huge weapon from the pen in the postseason.
I don’t see Cole becoming the game’s highest paid pitcher. He will get a large salary though, somewhere in the $30-32M per year for 7-8 years. Who’d you rather have, Cole or Odorizzi for half the price? I wouldn’t hate having Jake, but we’d then have Mikolas and Odorizzi making a combined $30+M and if you throw Cmart in that’s over $40M for a lot of potential downside.
Corbin dominated us a few weeks back. It’s often pretty hard to shut the same team down twice in a short span. I have a sense that the offense can score a few tonight, so it will depend on Hudson and the pen to hold the fort down. If…if we get by this one we get Sanchez again for the shot to go back to St Louis. Obviously any elimination game is huge but this one gives us a puncher’s chance to take it back home with Waino and Flaherty waiting. So…it would be a nice time for the bats to show up.
Big stuff really plays in the postseason. That’s why it’s important to have guys who have the potential to dominate, especially in today’s game of inflated bullpens. Having a guy like Reyes step forward without being hurt next year or a trade for a Robbie Ray would make our rotation look pretty darn nice.
Certainly the Cards have not had the bats going at all this series, but apart from Sanchez, the Cards faced two of the top 5 starters in the NL. They’ll face another top 10ish guy tonight.October 15, 2019 at 2:59 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #111713
In arbitration, you have Dominic Leone, John Gant and Alex Reyes.
One minor point to note…Reyes is not arb eligible. As his injury this year came while he was in the minors, he didn’t accumulate the service time to lose his minimum salary status, so they will have him there for another year before arb. One lucky break, I guess. No pun intended.
A Cub fan weighing in, lots of negativity here, I would be thrilled if my team was playing in the NLCS. The ’27 Yankees wouldn’t have hit Strassburg last night. The playoffs are all about who is hot at the end of the season, that team is the Nats. They way they’re playing I could see them beating the Yankees or Astros. Yes, you have a couple of overpaid non-producers, so does my team and most others. Some good young pitching on your team.
Thanks for the perspective, Paul. I know we’ve had a frustrating time with the offense this year but it’s not like this team lacks talent. The Cards’ young pitching in Flaherty and Hudson (even Cmart is finishing up his age 27 season, lest we forget) should give them a shot to be very competitive in the future. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Goldy, Carp and Dejong all add 20+ points to their wRC+ next year and make this offense at least league average. A couple of other minor tweaks like O’Neill, Arozarena or the like finally coming into their own with Dylan Carlson waiting in the wings and we could see them back atop the Central again.
The Cards have lost multiple 3-1 series leads (4 times, with no other team having more than two. Blech) and lost a World Series to the only team to come back from a 3-0 deficit. If any team is due for a return favor, it’s St Louis. It will be tough, but obviously it must start tonight.
51. Patrick Romeri
52. Lars Nootbar
53. Austin Warner
54. Diowill Burgos
55. Logan Gragg
47. Francisco Justo. He seems like a mature kid (remember, he took some time off to care for his family and ended up at a CC before the Cards drafted him) and has good stuff. I think he could take off next year.
48. Patrick Romeri. Young and with a solid plate approach (11.7% BB), he will need to cut down the Ks a bit but could be a big get for the Cards in that post 10th round slot. Plus he comes from IMG Academy so he shares that in common with one of my new favorite Penn State players, Noah Cain.
49. Brady Whalen. He’s a fringe guy at this point but for a while he and Gorman were the Peoria Bash Brothers. He was more interesting coming out of HS as a potential SS/3B guy but Luke Voit has taught us to never doubt the 1B guys.
50. Lars Nootbar. An excellent name to round out the top 50. The stats weren’t wowing, but he had a solid season and should start at Springfield next year. He has so many OF in the hopper ahead of him that it’s hard to imagine he ever gets a shot, but I hope he at least makes the bigs someday for the pleasure of hearing “batting 9th and pinch hitting, Lars Nootbar” over the PA.
The Cards have had a good season. Not a great one, and I’d argue an underachieving one…but a good season. It would stink to get swept out but sometimes you go cold at the wrong time. Given the way things looked at the All Star break, I think most of us would have taken an NLCS berth happily. It is frustrating to watch the team not show up though.
One of the things that always gets me is a manager going to a player to ask if he thinks he should be taken out of the lineup. Of course the guy is going to say no! Professional athletes are arrogant by nature (not that this is always a bad thing) and think they are one minor thing from catching fire again. Anyone can see that Dexter is shot. Shildt should have stepped up, talked to Dexter and said that he’s either benched or moving down to 7th/8th. I hope the Buddy System goes away here soon and our manager starts making tough decisions in key spots with his veterans.
742 year old Howie Kendrick somehow is immune to age related decline.
Game over. At least I can get some sleep now.
Nice to see the ump calling the same zone for both pitchers. Not.
Soto is a punk. Plain and simple.
Now Rendon flubs one that Ozuna can’t get to. People still want this guy back? Defense now killing us.
Not great positioning for the Cards. Normal positioning makes that an easy out. Instead it’s 1-0 Nats. Insurmountable??
Dejong looks bad out there. Is the book completely out on him? He’s just about the definition of a poor hitting glove guy right now. He has a little power and that’s it.
Jack rears back and throws one 97 past Suzuki to end the 2nd. Hopefully the offense can show some life soon.
What a bad baserunning play by Ozuna. Awful
Nice leadoff double by Ozuna. Now let’s drive him in.
Nice work by Jack to get out of the mini jam there with a 3-0 count on Soto after walking Rendon.