The 2011 season is still more than a month away. But the national media is already expecting the Cardinals to fold their tent and go home.
Several publications have already speculated that the club will dump Chris Carpenter in surrender now that Adam Wainwright is expected to miss the whole year after tearing a ligament in his pitching elbow.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal asked Carpenter today if he would waive his no-trade clause if the Redbirds wanted to deal him.
“It’s not up to me," Carpenter told Rosenthal. "If the Cardinals wanted to trade me, obviously I would go. There’s no question about that.
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“I’m not going hold back or veto or do anything like that if they’re looking to move me," Carpenter continued. “I’m not concerned about, though. I’m concerned about getting myself ready to pitch at the beginning of the season.”
Carpenter later said "I would hope not" when asked if he thought the Birds would try to deal him.
Earlier in the Day, Joel Sherman of the New York Post said he thinks Carpenter might be available to bolster the Yankees pitching staff.
I admit that the loss of Wainwright is a severe blow. But I am a little bit surprised by the way some are completely writing off the Cardinals' chances.
Carpenter is a Cy Young contender and the Birds still have Jake Westbrook and promising young pitcher Jaime Garcia in the mix. Kyle Lohse has been terrible the last two seasons, but he seems to finally have recovered from a forearm problem that has limited his arsenal of pitches and made his control erratic. If Lohse pitches like he did before he was injured, the Cardinals will still have a formidable rotation -- arguably better than the one that won the World Series in 2006.
And let's remember, the Cardinals don't have to beat the '27 Yankees or even the '11 Phillies. They have to beat the imperfect competition in the NL Central and then hope for a young player to step up or a trade deadline acquisition to put them over the top.
Can't we at least play the games before we write the 2011 Cardinals obituary?