Discussion in 'Team News' started by Ryty, May 12, 2013.
CARDINALS MANAGEMENT AND FANS MAKE A PASSIONATE PLEA TO 1B LOGAN MORRISON:"Please do NOT exercise your $19.8M option to play in St. Louis in 2021!!" ST. LOUIS -- It is no secret in St. Louis as to the plans for the team over the next 2-3 years: FULL REBUILD MODE. In order for this to truly happen, the bad contracts of many of the veteran Cardinal players will need to come off the Cards' books as quickly as possible. If you look salary situation over the next 2 years, you see almost $62M being freed up in the 2021 offseason.
One prime example of a bad contract coming off immediately is the contract of 1B/LF Logan Morrison. Morrison has a player option in 2021 for approximately $19.8M. Now, most experts agree that there is no chance that a player like Morrison will not exercise his player option for 2021 for a contract of this size. However, that hasn't stopped ownership and fans from doing what they can to express their opinion on Morrison's return. They can only hope that he is listening.
Something tells me that if this were RL, LoMo would have an EPIC tweet displaying his delight.
ST. LOUIS FANS FIRED UP OVER THE SIGNING OF SP MATT LONG ST. LOUIS -- With attendance dwindling and the team struggling mightily out of the gate, the Cardinals management decided to take a huge risk on a pitcher from the little known Independent league. Matt Long out El Paso Texas is the newest Cardinal signing a 3 year, $39 Million contract. Long is known for his very good fastball (98MPH with decent movement), his above average curveball and his above average changeup. He is able to throw all three of his pitches for strikes in any count. On tape, this guy looks like the real deal. However, Long comes to St. Louis with one MAJOR weakness - his stamina. Scouts say that Long can go 4-5 innings per game before his performance falls off dramatically. Will this stamina be his "achilles heel"? Even so, the Cardinals are sporting one of the worst rotations in the league so getting 5 strong innings from Long every 4-5 days could really help the rotation. 39 Million over 3 years on a player that hasn't pitched one inning in the Major Leagues is definitely a high risk, high reward move. If it pays off, GM Ryty looks like a genius. If it fails, he could easily become a top candidate for the 3rd annual Knightnoles GM Award. We will see.
Can the Cards make the playoffs for the first time in 7 years?
Over the last 3 seasons, the Cardinals have made steady progress - winning 70 in 2020, 74 in 2021 and 80 in 2022. Fortunately, this season appears to be heading in the right direction with a 63 and 61 record and a 12-6 month of August. But will it be enough to make the playoffs for the first time in 7 years? Being 8.5 games behind division leader Milwaukee basically rules out a run at the division title. However, the Cards are only 3.5 games out in the wildcard race which makes the playoffs a real possibility. We will evaluate or chances below.
WHY THE CARDS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS
Currently, the Cardinals pitching staff has the best team ERA in the majors:
Now, much of that is probably attributed to Busch being one of the best pitcher's parks in the league. Nevertheless, the top 4 pitchers in the St. Louis rotation is formidable. If they can pitch to their potential, the Cards chances improve immensely.
So far, the Cardinals are the only team in the NL Central to have dodged any serious injuries. The Brewers have played without half their offense including two huge injuries to Parrish and Sana (it is amazing that they are still in 1st with all the injuries); The Reds have been without star Jon Alexander since the beginning of July; the Cubs pitching staff is decimated with the loss of Little and Yamaguchi; and the Pirates just recently lost Star SP Ivan Martinez for the remainder of the season. Since the majority of the Cardinals remaining games are against the NL Central, these injuries may be a huge factor in the race.
It appears that the Cards are finally starting to play good baseball with a 12-6 month of August. Could it be that they are getting hot at the right time?
WHY THE CARDS WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS
Strength of Schedule
With 38 games left to play, the Cardinals have the toughest remaining schedule of the teams vying for a WC spot (not including division leader Milwaukee).
Opponent Winning %
The schedule includes 6 vs. the NL West leading Giants, 4 against the always tough Diamondbacks, 6 against the upstart and surprising Cubs, 6 against the defending NL champion Pirates, 7 against the Reds, 6 against the division leading Brewers and 3 against the struggling A's. Needless to say, making the playoffs with this remaining schedule would be quite a feat.
Now, just like the pitching, Busch stadium is a major influence in the lack of statistical production from the Cardinal offense. Nevertheless, the offense is still a concern. Fattori and Quintero won't scare anyone and Saikawa is considered by many to be one of the biggest FA busts in Dugout history. On top of that, Frizell is batting in the .240's and Long has been slowly declining. If the Cardinals are to make the playoffs, something has to change. Could the addition of Eden Martinez change the dynamic for this offense? (8 WAR last season with the Tribe). Only time will tell.
Prediction - The schedule proves to be a little too much for the Cards. They miss the playoffs by 2 games. Nevertheless, the future appears to be bright.
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