JTWood wrote:Cardinals are sinking? That's ridiculous. Why? Because they didn't give Suppan and Marquis awful contracts? Because they extended a Cy Young pitcher through his useful years? Maybe it was the solid second baseman they inked. Or maybe they are taking a step backwards because they picked up a talented pitcher in Wells who just so happens to be coming off of a freakish injury.
The ownership has made nothing but smart moves so far, and if it costs them in the short term ('07), it certainly won't pin them down in the future ('08). There's no doubt that the Cardinals are not in an enviable position rosterwise, but they weren't last year and look what happened.
Like I said at the beginning of 2006, the goal is to get to the playoffs. After that, who knows what happens. Not that anyone expects an 83-win team to take the Series again, but you get the point: The Cardinals can compete in 2007. That's all that matters.
I don't quite think it's ridiculous to say the Cardinals have become worse since the end of the 2006 season. Do you think they have improved?
Thanks for pointing out the things the Cardinals did do, now let's point out the things they didn't do. If the Cards are content with having Wainwright in the rotation, why not sign a couple extra relievers? Take Wainwright out and I'm not too confident in our bad relievers turned great for the postseason bullpen. I'd like to have seen a better effort to go after Schmidt. Yes it was a smart move to stay out of the bad contract hunt, but overpaying for Schmidt I could have lived with.
Since 2000 I never felt that the Cardinals were in a bad position before the season started. I always felt people were exaggerating when they stated our downfall, especially in 2004 when I thought we were an awfully strong team (and then we got Walker!) This year, nope can't say I have that optimism.
Usually the Cards rotation contains 1-2 starters who are risk/reward types. This year, even assuming we sign Jeff Weaver, 4/5ths of the Cardinals rotation contains unknowns.
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