It's 1:32 AM central time, and I can't go to sleep. Randomly, I'm thinking about how bad the Cardinals are and why they suck so much. I would have posted this in the Cards team thread but nobody looks at those things so it would be pointless.
So, anyway, I've gotten thinking, and I think the St. Louis Cardinals need to be completely redone. I absolutely think Jocketty is the man for the job and anyone who wants him to be gone is crazy. I think La Russa should stay as well, I don't see any reason for him to leave after this year. Here's the deal: the offense is aging and is just pathetic outside of Pujols and Duncan. Eckstein SHOULD NOT be resigned after this season, he's go no speed, no pop, no nothing... he's a fan favorite but he can't steal and he doesn't draw walks, he's getting up there in age too. We need someone at the top of the order who can make things happen, but the only problem is I don't know who would replace Eckstein.
Scott Rolen is washed up. I hate to say it, but he just doesn't look the same. He has no power, his shoulder seems to still be bothering him, and he's getting older. His defense is as good as ever, though, but his bat is not there and isn't really showing any signs of coming back.
Edmonds still has a little left but he's for the most part finished. He's got some pop left in his bat, but his time has come. I hate to think we have him under contract for next season, he's not the same defensively and he's breaking down. It's sad to see him play like this but he's not the same as he once was either.
The outfield is a problem, in right field especially. Juan Encarnacion is not the answer. The problem is he just does nothing. He is good for .270/20/75. That's not bad, but we need someone who can actually protect Pujols and make people afraid to pitch around him, and with Rolen and Edmonds not doing anything, we just have nothing.
We get no production at all from 2b, but if we are getting good defense I can live with not having much offense from that position. Still, it would be nice to actually have a guy that can do something at that position and not just be an easy out.
Molina is a bright spot at catcher. His offense is improving and his defense is possibly the best in the National League. Nothing wrong here.
The biggest problem is we have no infield prospects. I would be in favor of trading Rolen this season if we get way out of the race, and he's been rumored in a lot of deals. I'd be in favor of trading anyone but Pujols and Duncan and Molina, but I'm not a GM so I don't know what's a possibility right now.
On to the pitching. It's not in as bad of shape as a lot of people think. For the future, we've got Carp and Wainwright, who I think will make a spectacular duo. Carpenter is going to be fine once he gets healthy, and Wainwright will sort out his problems- he's pitched well in May besides one ugly start. Braden Looper has been good but I wonder how good a starter he can really be, I think he can be a good bottom end starter for us in the future. Reyes I think will be back up and perfectly fine, making a good 3rd starter for the Cards in the future. Then, hopefully Wells or someone will pan out and we can get some production from the 5th starter. A rotation of Carpenter, Wainwright, Reyes, Looper, and Wells (?) would be fine by me- Wainwright and Reyes will improve tremendously, I have no doubt about that, a lot of people were worried about them for this year and rightfully so, but for the future, I am content with them.
The bullpen is solid as well. Izzy is rock solid as our closer, and we've been able to patch together our bullpen with guys like Franklin, Johnson, etc. For the future we look fine in that department, not much to say there.
I think the Cardinals biggest glaring hole now is the offense. Edmonds and Rolen are declining big time, Encarnacion doesn't really provide all that much, Eckstein is aging and really isn't doing much, there's nothing at 2b... I worry about what will happen there. Our outfield actually seems to be in ok hands in center, as Rasmus is really coming along well at Double A...
That was a very long post, thank you to those who are still reading. I just dont know what to do with the Cardinals, we look awful this season. I hope we can get better for the future, I'd like to see the Cards go with a youth movement and build around Pujols, Duncan, and Molina.
"Oh, that Lankford and McGee, the trio of 'em. They're a one-man wrecking crew."