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May 14, 2018 at 8:42 am in reply to: What is wrong with Kolten Wong and what should be done? #52291
Schrock is probably all around an inferior player to Wong at this point. That doesn’t mean he’s not worth a shot at some point but it’s fine that he’s contuing to get seasoning at Memphis. After all, he’s running a 109 wRC+ there so it’s not like he’s exactly lighting it up.May 13, 2018 at 7:27 pm in reply to: What is wrong with Kolten Wong and what should be done? #52250
Wong is playing elite level defense this year and is young enough that the bat should come around to around average level. His ability to draw walks in recent seasons has meant he has a better offensive profile than early career and I suspect that will continue.May 13, 2018 at 7:25 pm in reply to: What is wrong with Dexter Fowler and what should be done? #52249
Only way the Cards will be able to trade him is to pay almost all of his salary and accept no return. Given that, a trade isn’t going to happen.
I’m in favor of a platoon with Bader, bat Fowler 7th or 8th in the lineup and see what happens.May 13, 2018 at 7:22 pm in reply to: What is wrong with Carson Kelly and what should be done? #52248
You wonder if he’s pushing so hard defensively that he’s sacrificing at the plate. Seems like that’s what his issue was early in his career and maybe time will sort it out.May 13, 2018 at 7:17 pm in reply to: What is wrong with Matt Bowman and what should be done? #52247
Definitely he should be part of the Memphis shuffle, if not a permanent place at Memphis. If he pitches well there, bring him back up in the rotation of Brebbia, Gant, etc
It’s sad that some freak things like the Achilles injury robbed Adam of the end of his career that we all probably hoped for. I had some hopes that he could be a viable back of the rotation starter this year…but that seems unlikely and the team really probably doesn’t need him to be that with the plethora of young guys ready to step in. The really big question at this point probably becomes whether Reyes or Flaherty should start over Weaver if he keeps on scuffling.
That said, it seems clear that Waino is injured and needs a DL stint. Maybe bring him back for a September start or two if they can afford it and let him go out with the adoration of the fans behind him.
Looks like Carpenter has been benched, now that he’s sat out three games in a row. I can’t blame them, with Gyorko and Martinez hitting much better and Wong being the far superior defender.
Carpenter seems like more of a mental issue at this point. If he can get a week or two of those liners falling in for hits, maybe he becomes the guy we need.
Fowler just may be in massive decline. I still think both guys end up with decent lines at season’s end but the platoon has to be the way to go for now.
Needed one of those homers from last night to be tonight. 9 hits should have netted more than a single run, but sometimes ya just don’t get the breaks. It happens but it still stinks. Hopefully Waino can secure the series win tonight.
Young Mr Carlson is still running a nearly 1-1 K:BB ratio despite his youth relative to the league. He had appeared to take a nice leap forward early in Peoria although he was in a bit of a slump when he got the promotion even. Nice to see him start to take a step ahead in Palm Beach with a nice night. Hopefully he can really get rocking soon.
Jim appears to be right. Waino will get the start Sunday, and Flaherty will come up for the game in Minnesota on Tuesday.
It would be great if Weaver were more efficient…but the Cards definitely have set themselves up to handle shorter starts. They’ll need to, because Wacha, Weaver, Flaherty, Reyes, even Waino are not exactly going to chew up innings in their starts. I wonder if we may not see some “piggyback” games through the summer where two of the bunch (throw Gant in there too) each go 4-5 innings.
Also would like to add…great power show last night! Hope to see the offense get moving by utilizing proper matchups going forward.
Nice string of homers tonight. Very needed to get the bats going. Now let’s hope they can sustain it!
Two Ks and a pop out later and he’s out of the jam. 0-0 after 1.
Weaver allows singles to the first two batters. Bad sign.
Martinez will be fine. He’s had bad stretches before and he’ll get back on track.
Good lineup tonight. I like the smart play with Bader and Gyorko.
Fowler looks something like a slightly below average hitter against RHP this year…92 wRC+. Marp is in a slump any way you put it, with a 78 wRC+ against RHP. Against lefties, Marp is at 30 wRC+ and Fowler…well, let’s not even go there.
I don’t think you have to jettison them to spot duty yet, simply due to their career history (I’d bet on both being above average by seasons end) but the long side of a hard platoon where they *only* face RHP for a while, and probably hit in the #6-7 hole is a good plan IMO.
Pads, I guess I just sort of assumed that Mikolas would be a free agent after 2019. Looks like we would have him under arbitration for 2021 and beyond. That’s crazy, and could be an excellent signing long term.
Reading some of these pieces after I re-upped my TCN membership. I hadn’t been following Lane Thomas much but he’s having a pretty decent season with the bat at Springfield and I enjoyed the Derek Shore piece on him. I am intrigued by Mercado’s upside and it’s interesting to see Thomas compared to him. Great stuff.
My hoped for lineup tonight:
Expect we’ll still see Marp and Fowler in the lineup, maybe with Wong sitting out. This will be very dumb but there will be some random justification they’ll have for it.
Definitely better to get the win than a loss, but this offense needs to get in gear. Matheny has been doing some shuffling but Carpenter, Fowler, Ozuna need to start producing or they should be hitting 6-7-8 until they get going. Fowler should have the day off against the lefty on Friday and so should Marp but we’ll see about that.
With two games against LHP, Bader absolutely needs to be starting those two games. Gyorko of course as well. No reason to have Fowler in the game when he’s hitting this horribly from the right side.
This is the one injury in the pitching staff we definitely can’t overcome. Hopefully this is just a one or two start rest for him and he’s back to 100% very soon.May 10, 2018 at 10:42 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #51636
If I was creating an offer for Machado, I’m front loading as much as possible and giving the now standard 2 opt outs it’s gonna look something like…
This adds up to $342M over ten years. If another year in the mid $20s gets it done then go for it but he gets the big $$ early and middle and probably doesn’t kill you if get doesn’t take the opt out that you hope he would after his age 32 season. (Remember that by 2028 a 2 war guy may be worth $25M a year).
A lot of this is predicated on the idea that the Cardinals have cheap young pitching in droves along with the outfield and catcher situations set up for the next five years or so. Guys like Reyes, Weaver, Flaherty, etc on the pitching end and Pham, Bader, O’Neill, Dejong, Kelly, Knizer on the hitting side being league average to plus would allow for the $$ surplus to be applied to a star with a huge deal.
Having the SS and 3B locked down would be a big boon for this team, even if it’s a stretch to the payroll to go into the $180M+ range. But it’s not my money so I’m happy to spend it. Haha
Just from a quick Google search…
Do you know if [the Cubs’] offer of [Addison Russell], [Mike Montgomery] and [Albert Almora Jr.] for [Manny Machado] was actually made to Orioles? If, so how could they turn that down? Three Major League players.
— Kenny L.
The offer was not only not made, it wasn’t even discussed by the clubs. Multiple sources told MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat that there wasn’t a shred of truth to those names surfacing in Machado trade talks, though if it were true, it would have been a deal worth considering for Baltimore.