Sorry I haven’t posted more. It’s really discouraging watching the Cards play. I’m a glass-half-filled kind of gal, so it’s hard to find something to write about when your team is playing badly. One can only complain so much before it gets tiresome, and I love my loyal readers too much to subject them to too much negativity.
As you probably know, the trade deadline is August 1 (since July 31st is a Sunday), which is exciting yet scary at the same time. So are the Cards are sellers or buyers at the trade deadline? Despite playing badly, the Cards are currently in line for the second wild card slot and are also in second place in the N.L. Central. A Cubs collapse/Cards surge could mean another division title. A key acquisition or two could make all the difference to get to the playoffs.
So if the Cards are buyers, what do they have to offer in a trade? The Cards have an option on Jaime Garcia. When Jaime starts, you never know if you’re going to get Good Jaime or Bad Jaime. When Jaime is good, he’s very, very good, but when Jaime is bad, he’s awful. Jaime should be some other team’s problem.
Kolten Wong is another player who may be better off with a change of venue. There is a lot of pressure here for him to succeed, and Kolten appears to not handle pressure well. The only negative about trading Kolten is the 5 year contract he signed earlier this year. It was meant to give Kolten a vote of confidence, but it doesn’t appear to have worked out that way. If Kolten is traded, the Cards may have to eat some of Kolten’s contract for the deal to work. Jedd Gyorko and/or Greg Garcia can take Kolten’s place at second, or there is another alternative, which I’ll discuss below.
Matt Adams’ shortcoming is that he only plays one position. He would be a great DH for an American League team. If the Cards could trade Adams to an AL team for a good player, I would be all over that trade. Brandon Moss could move to left field and Matt Holliday could play first, which could possibly extend his career beyond this season.
The Cards do not need two center fielders. If you melded Randall Grichuk and Tommy Pham into one person, you’d likely have a great center fielder. However, since we can’t, one of these guys needs to leave, and I think it should be Tommy Pham. Tommy is older and is injury prone. If you need a second outfielder in case of injury, Stephen Piscotty can play center and Jeremy Hazelbaker can play right field. There are a lot of fans who would like to see Carlos Gonzales patrol right field (and Piscotty would then become the CF), but he would probably bring a very high price tag.
One player whose name has been bandied about as trade bait is prospect Alex Reyes. I really don’t think the team should give him up. A team should not give up an exciting prospect pitcher The Cards should, however, call Reyes up in September when rosters expand to gear up for the playoffs, and get him some major league experience.
So what do the Cardinals need in order to get to the playoffs? They need a good set-up pitcher. Jerome Williams, who the Cards recently brought up from Memphis, is not the answer.
I have heard that Aledmys Diaz’ natural position is second base, so if Wong is traded, Diaz could move to second. Not all of Diaz’ errant throws can be blamed on rookie mistakes, perhaps. Peralta could then go back to shortstop, or a good shortstop could be acquired. This could also help with the defense problems in the Cards’ infield.
The Cards could also use Mother Nature to cooperate and not force rain outs. Today’s doubleheader is the second in two weeks. Last week’s doubleheader was a day-night double, which gives the players a break between games; however, today’s doubleheader is a true doubleheader. The doubleheaders and game delays wreak havoc with a pitching rotation. Calling Mike Mayers up from the minors as a fill-in ended up as a major humiliation in front of a national audience. I sure hope he can recover from it.
That’s all for now! Thanks as always for reading and I’ll see you next time!