Last night on Twitter, I discussed whether Milwaukee would accept a straight-up offer of Matt Adams for Adam Lind. Immediate reaction is that it seems like an overpay for the Cardinals for Lind, but I don’t think so. Though that may come because I never truly believed in Adams a Major League caliber player. His power plays, no doubt, but does the rest of his skillset? Here’s why I think the way I do.
The St. Louis Cardinals added RHP Steve Cishek to their bullpen this afternoon, announcing the acquisition of the former closer in a trade with the Miami Marlins. In return, the Cardinals will send Double-A reliever Kyle Barraclough to Miami. So let’s dig right in.
Cishek, 29, entered the 2015 season as one of baseball’s up and coming closers. In his previous four seasons, Cishek had a 2.70 ERA to go with a 1.19 WHIP over 249 relief appearances. He had accumulated 91 saves.
There is just a week to go until Major League Baseball’s non waiver trade deadline on July 31st and the Cardinals find themselves in a precarious position. They are leading the NL Central and have the best record in baseball, but they’re also nursing injuries. General Manager John Mozeliak now has to figure out whether the cost of improving this season’s team is worth it. Personally, I question whether it is.
It was initially billed as just a 15 day disabled list trip to rest his forearm, and so it has been as the Cardinals announced today that they’ve activated Lance Lynn from the DL and optioned Tyler Lyons back to Memphis. Lynn will take the mound tonight against the Miami Marlins.
“I’m just looking forward to competing again. I’ve been out for two weeks and you never want to not be able to complete. So I’m just looking forward to getting back out there,” Lynn told MLB.com about returning to the mound. Lynn missed two starts while on the disabled list with a right forearm strain.
Michael Wacha has a 9-3 record through his first 14 starts this season. He also has a 2.85 ERA and 136 ERA+ that stacks him up as the 19th best starting pitcher in baseball this season (among starting pitchers with at least 10 games started). So the question is whether Wacha can continue this pace to become the third different Cardinals pitcher to win 20 games in the last 13 years?
Let’s take a quick glance at the history. In the last 10 years, there have been 23 times a pitcher has posted a season of 20 or more wins. Here is how many wins each had through 14 games.