2019 St. Louis Cardinals

I know, it's almost criminal at this point that they keep giving what looks to be a broken Wacha and decrepit Wainwright starts while Keuchel is sitting there available for just money.
Keuchel doesn't impress me right now...and he would take a compensatory pick as well if signed before the draft correct? I definitely think for the money we would be better off just giving Ponce or Gomber a chance with the big club as opposed to spending a bunch on Keuchel right now. Reminds me too much of the Holland situation last year...we had the answer on the club the whole time but decided to spend a bunch of money on Holland to pitch like garbage.

Maybe Keuchel would prove me wrong, but the past couple seasons he hasn't been lights out...
 
the Front Range
The win last night was quite satisfying. When it was 5-4, I had the funny feeling that if we didn’t tack on more runs we would give up the lead and game. As soon as that thought came to me, Fowler hits a homer. Then I thought, man I wish someone was on base so we could have had two runs, Bader hits a homer.

It’s been a long time where they make the clutch hit mid game to protect their lead. I’m so used to other teams doing that to us. Let’s see how the game today goes. It would be fun to sweep.
 
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I will say that when the Cubs players were booing Bryant from the dugout for his first at-bat - that was pretty funny. Probably the nicest thing I've said about the Cubs, but it was pretty funny.

Having said that, yep, just another boring sweep of the Cubs (yawn)
 
Looking at the NL standings, I found a couple of stats that were interesting to me. Only the D'backs and Brewers have played against more teams with winning records than the Cards. Cards are 18-20, Brewers, 19-20 and the D'backs, 18-26. Also, only the Dodgers and Phils have a winning record against teams at 500+.
 
At least they're starting to play like they should against poorer quality opponents like the Marlins, and the Wrigley trip didn't set us back as bad this time as last time! I still see plenty of struggles from some of the pitchers, but Mikolas looked solid last night (against the Marlins, so grain of salt). Let's hope Flaherty looks solid again tonight!
 
I am still somewhat concerned with the hitting. Over the past 11 games they have had 5 or fewer hits 5 times. 8-9 hits three times. 10 or more hits three times. (The average is around 8.5 hits a game.) Granted it is a very small sample size.
 
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I am still somewhat concerned with the hitting. Over the past 11 games they have had 5 or fewer hits 5 times. 8-9 hits three times. 10 or more hits three times. (The average is around 8.5 hits a game.) Granted it is a very small sample size.
The hitting hasn't really wowed me either. Hopefully everything keeps coming together and they get hot at the right time. I'm much more optimistic right now than the same time last year...
 
I am still somewhat concerned with the hitting. Over the past 11 games they have had 5 or fewer hits 5 times. 8-9 hits three times. 10 or more hits three times. (The average is around 8.5 hits a game.) Granted it is a very small sample size.
The offense SHOULD get better. Carpenter and Goldschmidt aren't going to hover around league average all year, and if they both start breaking out at the same time that's going to add up to a lot of runs.

A rotation that features a lot of starts from Ponce De Leon, Wacha, and a returning from injury Wainwright is where the poor play is really going to catch up to them. They really need Reyes to come back or Carlos to stretch out already.

Luckily the schedule is very easy through the middle of July. Only 2 of their next 17 games are against teams with records currently above .500
 
Big series in St. Louis this weekend with Pujols returning to face the Cardinals for the first time since he signed with the Angels in 2012. While the two teams have played each other in interleague since he signed, those series have all been in Anaheim.
 
Classy all around.
I think the fans would have applauded for 5 minutes if he would have let them.
Loved Albert and Yadi hug. (and the cheer got louder. I didn't think it would have been possible.)
He had to have tears in his eyes when he swung the bat.