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April 11, 2021 at 4:27 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157822
Say what you will about the offense, but the pitching has been the real let down for the most part this year. Against the teams not named the Marlins, the staff has given up 6, 9, 12, 1, 9 and 9 runs in the other 6 games. The pitching staff really needs to pick it up or it won’t matter if the offense ever gets it into gear.April 11, 2021 at 3:45 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157814
8 walks and counting for the Cards pitchers. You won’t win a lot of games with that kind of wildness.April 11, 2021 at 3:42 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157812
I saw some mention earlier of Oviedo not pitching much this spring. I saw it mentioned by someone in another thread that he DID get normal work , but it was on back fields or “B” games. So he should be plenty stretched out.
Correct, that was me. What I meant was that it was odd that we didn’t see him in the main games. Some guys seemed to play almost entirely in the B games, for whatever reason.April 11, 2021 at 3:19 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157802
Marp with the warning track power once again. It’s pretty sad to see him trying and just not able to muscle the ball anymore. I hope he gets a few in the hotter months to go over the fence, but it doesn’t look promising.April 11, 2021 at 3:18 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157800
Dean now TOOTBLAN. That double play is a killer. Simply can’t do that.April 11, 2021 at 3:15 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157799
Dean with the two run double down the 1b line! 7-3 now.April 11, 2021 at 3:14 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157798
Austin Dean with a chance to do some damage here. Bases juiced and no one out.April 11, 2021 at 3:08 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157793
I’d love 8-7 but with Williams and Hader in their back pocket, the Brewers are sitting pretty. I will say that Oviedo is saving our pitching staff for the Washington series.April 11, 2021 at 2:57 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157786
Arenado is striping the ball, but everything is finding a glove. In fact, the Brewers are flashing a lot of leather today or the Cards would be in a lot better position to have a shot in this game.April 11, 2021 at 2:52 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157783
Nice double play to end the inning as Yadi fields the bunt, fires to 2nd and on to first to end the inning.April 11, 2021 at 2:47 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157780
Oviedo hardly pitched in spring training, which was odd. He has looked pretty solid today until this inning, where he’s been a little more wild.April 11, 2021 at 2:28 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157770
Travis Shaw playing like a Gold Glover today instead of a middling 3rd baseman like usual.April 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157765
I don’t know who will be getting the starts going forward, but Oviedo sure is more enjoyable to watch than Ponce or Gant and their glacial pace.April 11, 2021 at 1:42 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157748
Anderson is the exact sort of pitcher the Cards have struggled with…a mediocre junk ball veteran. Two hits in the first three at bats is a good start but the Goldy double play stifled things.April 11, 2021 at 1:32 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157746
Not a good start for Ponce. Three runs in and struggling to get the pitcher with the bases loaded.
I would take either over O’Neill anytime anywhere against any pitcher! I figure it this way! It is the 9th inning, the game is on the line you are the opposing manager and you are about to have to face either Puig Reddick or O’Neill! I would bet that 30 out of 30 would pick to face O’Neill! I may be wrong but I doubt it!
Now, what if there’s a screamer toward the left field gap and you have one of those three racing to try to catch it to win the game? Or you’ve got one of them on 2nd and a single to the outfield, which do you think is most likely to score?
Like I said, some of us believe that the game is more than just at the plate and that all phases are important.
Yes, they do prefer trades. I suppose that could be a possibility this July or next winter but if they go after free agents the two at the top of my wish list are Conforto and Scherzer. I mentioned that in the Trades thread but apparently this thread has basically consumed all other threads except the game threads.
I don’t see any reason to trade perfectly useful players for an upgrade when there are upgrades to be had for only money on the market (and the money is available). Unlike every example that bc listed, the players on the market this winter are not mid tier players who get overpaid due to a good year or two before free agency (Miller excepted, who was clearly past prime). Players like Seager, Correa, Story, Conforto, etc are difference making stars who are capable of boosting any lineup and team and will be paid as such. If the Cards aren’t in on a big upgrade this off-season, I suspect fans will be very angsty.
If you think they are not upgrades over O’Neill and Williams you ain’t been watching!
At worst, O’Neill provides defense that neither of them can even come close to touching. As far as offense, I haven’t given up on Tyler yet but then again, I don’t panic over small samples. As for Williams, he’s not a guy I put any stock in so sure, they’re an upgrade. Neither of them have any place once Bader returns as they wouldn’t be one of the three best outfielders.
Are we talking about Yasiel Puig and Josh Reddick, neither of whom has been worth even 1 win above replacement since 2018…and pretending they are an upgrade?April 10, 2021 at 7:02 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 8 thread – Saturday, April 10 vs. Brewers #157676
Order has been restored, sadly. I was not able to catch today’s game and the team dropped to 1-3 in games I’ve missed. Still 4-0 when I’ve watched. Sounds like Carlos was OK til his last inning, then Webb threw the game away and the offense couldn’t catch up. Still, 11 hits will win you some ball games. Hopefully go win the series tomorrow.
Sorry to rehash this but it irks me to no end. I lost all respect for our GM on that day. This team would be so much better now if we were able to spend the Fowler $$ on some real talent to go along with the youngsters instead of believing that Fowler was the answer after just one season of fame in Chicago.
Looking back, it’s easy to point fingers and say it was a disaster, and some here (Bob Reed and yourself, for sure) were on that wagon from day one. I don’t think that Fowler was ever supposed to be “the answer.” At the time of his signing, the Cards were looking for a leadoff/high OBP man and a CFer. Dexter fit the mold and so they took the chance. It was in that weird period where mid tier free agents could still get the kinds of deals you’d never see today in terms of years and $$. And Dex was pretty good in that first year before quickly falling off. While it happened sooner than we would have predicted, that was sort of baked into the deal (as it will be with Goldy and Arenado in a few years).
That said, I understand your frustration. I think Mo has been playing catch up since about 2014 with Oscar Taveras’ death and has made some good moves and not so good moves. Personally, I think the pickups of Ozuna, Goldy and Arenado were excellent on the process end of things even if they didn’t bring all the best results. In my opinion, those moves have brought Mo back into my good graces. If he finds a star to plug in for 2022 to further deepen the lineup (OF or SS) and some pitching help, I will say that he’s done a pretty good job. That won’t work for you, I know, but I hope you’ll at least consider it objectively.
It is questionable to compare war of a defensive player with an offensive player.
Of course it is when you have one narrative. For those of us who believe that the game in all its phases is important, it’s not. Further, to compare corner OFers…
Marcell Ozuna bWAR/600 PA since 2018: 2.89.
Tyler O’Neill bWAR/600 PA since 2018: 2.76.
I don’t think any of us are turning our noses up at more offense. If the opportunity presented itself, I’d seek a real upgrade as well. Still, I believe that bc and yourself are overrating it. For a team example, take the Mets. They’ve had a wealth of offensive talent for years, a staff with quite a few dynamic arms (including the best in the game, DeGrom), and yet haven’t done anything of note. It’s not all on the lineup, but the team of misfit defensive players has hit the cover off the ball and booted it around the playing field while doing nothing since about 2015 to write home about.
Ozuna from Opening Day 2018 to today: 7.1 WAR
Bader from Opening Day 2018 to today: 6.7 WARApril 9, 2021 at 7:26 am in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 7 thread – Thu, April 8 vs. Brewers (Home Opener) #157514
One has to figure that either Hicks, Reyes or Gallegos will be playing their trade elsewhere before TD (“Trading Deadline”) time arrives. If you had your choice, which one of the Big 3 would you part with? Talk about a tough decision.
None of them. The Cards can have as many dominant relievers as they want and I’ll be fine with that. Lol. Now if someone wanted to offer me, say, Michael Conforto for Gallegos, I’d probably part with him if they wouldn’t take anyone else. Reyes is likely to be a starter next year and Hicks will be the closer long term.April 8, 2021 at 9:04 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 7 thread – Thu, April 8 vs. Brewers (Home Opener) #157506
A trend ended for me today, and I’m glad it did. I have watched the Cards play four games this year, and they are 4-0 in those games. I have missed three games and until today they were 0-2. Today ended the streak. Glad the Cards are 5-2. They faced a pitcher in Burnes who may win Cy Youngs and weathered the storm until they finally broke through.