So let’s cover a lot of ground today. I’ve had some very busy days recently professionally as the end of the school year always comes with added stress and workload, so I’m going to just throw a bunch of things against the wall here and see how it goes.
Click the link below to listen:
Okay, well, I did not actually listen to this podcast, that’s the first thing you should know. By the time I had an evening free to listen, Keuchel had already signed as a Brave. We can assume that all of the plusses and minuses were discussed of adding a veteran proven rotation member like Keuchel, and I encourage you to click the link and listen. I will eventually go back and listen, but right now I am just too frustrated to do so. I feel like this front office is stuck in a bad cycle of bad decisions, and then that has them afraid to make other bold decisions so as to not compound their previous poor decisions. I’m willing to wait and see what they ultimately do before passing full judgment. For example, if they were to go out and trade for a Bumgarner, Kluber, or Stroman and Keuchel struggles or is just average, then they will have been validated in their decision not to aggressively sign Keuchel. Still, the rotation sucks, I’m sorry to be so crude and blunt about it, but they do. Dallas Keuchel was available, he’s a proven commodity, and he was relatively cheap for a one year deal. Let’s hope they have a better plan other than running Michael Wacha back out there again and again. Now Wainwright looks like he’s heading to the IL with a hamstring strain. It will be interesting to keep tabs on how Keuchel fares in Atlanta compared to whatever plan the Cardinals ultimately choose to put in place. Final point, and more on this later, is that it’s hard to get too worked up about Keuchel when the team has so many problems right now. Adding Keuchel was not going to magically transform this team into a division contender, so ultimately it feels like there are bigger fish to fry and more things to be concerned about in the bigger picture than getting too worked up about them not going after Keuchel or Kimbrel.
Series Recap STL@CHI Games 61-63
The Cardinals were swept out of Wrigley again in three very largely uninspiring performances over the weekend. Friday and Sunday once again saw very little to no offensive production. Saturday’s game started off with promise with first inning home runs from Marcell Ozuna and Harrison Bader. Unfortunately, that was all that could be mustered and Jack Flaherty looked overwhelmed and nothing like the next ace many have hoped he would become. It was a frightening contrast watching the Cubs come up with clutch hitting, sparkling defensive plays, and an overall air of superiority. Yes, the Cardinals swept the Cubs in Busch the week prior, but those games hinged largely on very good starting pitching in the pitcher friendly confines of Busch Stadium. I am already tired of summarizing this series and I am just chomping at the bit to rant, so here goes:
Stream of Consciousness/Ranting
Stream of consciousness is characterized by a flow of thoughts and images, which may not always appear to have coherent structure or cohesion. So, in honor of your favorite baseball team’s play which can be characterized as such, here are some words in the same style.
- I’ve grown very tired of Shildt’s postgame comments, to the point where I’ve stopped reading them. I’m not sure what I want him to do. This would be a start:
Or this NSFW due to language
- Tommy Pham .286/.400/.456
Stephen Piscotty .258/.321/.411
Randal Grichuk .224/.282/.416 with 12 homeruns
Luke Voit .263/.379/.500 with 15 homeruns
Marco Gonzalez 6-6, 88 IP, 4.34 FIP
Carson Kelly .254/.333/.500 7HR’s in part time action
Luke Weaver 3.03 ERA in 62 IP before a recent arm injury has clouded his future
Sandy Alcantara 3.80 ERA in 71 IP
These names above are all significant names sent away from the organization in recent years. Here are some names added:
- Has the front office team, whoever you want to include in that group, lost it’s touch? Look at these names and you be the judge. While the additions of Ozuna and Goldschmidt were needed additions, widely complimented at the time, the remainder of these are a very bad look for the Cardinal organization. Even Ozuna can be questioned if he is allowed to walk after only 2 seasons as a Cardinal. Don’t forget the Goldschmidt trade was in lieu of a potential big time splash in spending of Harper or Machado. And they could have traded for him and still spent for more offense or pitching.
- I don’t go into the camp of saying DeWitt is cheap, but they aren’t desperate to win. I am using desperate in the most positive sense of the word, meaning they don’t want to win so badly that they will do whatever it takes. They are content to make moves, but not the kind that will make them elite in the sport and a favorite for a World Series. Just look at the last 4-5 years of trade deadline moves, or lack of.
- This team lacks any kind of identity, nothing to get behind and be excited about. I would almost enjoy a complete youth movement at this point. Let’s see more of Edman, get O’Neill up and in the lineup, let’s see Woodford, Helsley, Ponce de Leon. It was an infusion of youth that sparked much of the surge last season, what do you have to lose by trying.
- Or maybe the team needs a trade shake up, one that really bounces the clubhouse a la the Allen Craig trade several years back. I’d be ready to shop Wong, J.Martinez, Fowler, or Wacha. And for Fowler and Wacha, I’d take just about anything.
- The hitting approach is awful right now.
- Is Mike Maddux a good pitching coach? Asking for a friend…
- Isn’t Yadier Molina widely hailed as a wonderful leader, a man who steps up and takes on mediocre play and effort among his teammates? Anytime, Yadi, go right ahead.
- The rotation is still bad and they are doing nothing about it, except put a young lefthander in a compromised position who wasn’t ready yet. Oh, he was tipping pitches? Okay, I guess everything is okay then.
- Is it okay to criticize Paul Goldschmidt yet?
- I’d love to see how LaRussa would handle this team but then I realize this team would likely not be wallowing in such mediocrity were he at the helm.
Okay, now that some of that is out, I will attempt to take a more rational approach in future articles and blogs. I see these questions as vital to the franchise as guiding questions moving forward and I will make attempts to answer them.
Is this the leadership team Bill DeWitt truly believes in to bring a championship level team, hell even a playoff team, back to St.Louis?
Do the Cardinals tilt towards more youth or do they go out of character with bigger splash type acquisitions?
What silver linings are there to calm the fan base’s nerves and emotions? (there are some)
Will fans eventually make their displeasure known at the ticket office?
Thanks for reading this incoherent mess of a blog post, but then again I am just trying to emulate the current status of the ballclub!