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Let's talk Jedd! He's hitting .316 with a .367 OBP and the man's got some slug in him (8 homers, 22 RBIs and, like you alluded to, he's stepped up to be the best offensive player (besides Adam Wainwright of course)). The optimist in me says -- if Gyorko hadn't stepped up, this team would be a few games under .500. But the reason -- there are sooooo many guys underacheiving. Like, it's possible Dexter and Matt Carpenter won't have all-star seasons, but they surely won't be hitting in the low 2s, and Dex will have an OBP higher than .312 (wait -- is 312 his way of subtly saying he wishes he was still in the land of the 312 area code?) So yeah, on your second question, if Jedd had the same production and the regular studs were playing like their regular selves, STL might be four games up in the division.
Hey Mark, thanks! I actually took a vacation to ... of all places ... Denver, where the Cardinals were. I went to the games, but watched from near the purple row (that's the row of purple seats in the upper deck at Coors that signify a mile high). Blockbuster! I mean, that's the realistic of the three, because they ain't getting rid of Matheny (and I'm fine with that) and they're not going to overhaul. So let's talk blockbuster. Honestly, the guy I'm fascinated about is Josh Donaldson, the Toronto slugger. The Cards would have to give up a haul -- but one wonders if the haul wouldn't have to include Alex Reyes? Maybe Mags Sierra though. I'm just brainstorming here. But really, the big question mark is left field, with Randal ... and I'll get to some Randal Qs in the next few min.
CAN'T WAIT. I saw Snoop once perform at the NBA Players Association Party during All-Star weekend, and it was GLORIOUS. Nuthin But a G Thang is a possible Hochman walk-up song if I get called up to the bigs.
Good point. Also, do NASCARs even right turn signals??
Yeah, that's a big question -- what do they do about Dex, if he continues to have a low OBP? I will say this -- this isn't Rickey Henderson. Dexter Fowler can, yes, be moved from the first spot of a lineup. But, of course, the plan is -- where can you maximize him AND get him going? Do you just swap him with Wong in the lineup? Another thought is the other fellow you alluded to, Matt Carpenter, who is hitting just .226 but has a nice OBP at .369. I wonder if they would move him back up to the No. 1 spot? But yes, the reality is, the Cards have a pitching staff (a STARTING pitching staff) that is one of the best in baseball, but there are many holes in the lineup.
Randal is the big topic in town. Short answer, you would have to think this is the last time he's sent down as a Cardinal. If he gets called back up and struggles again, you'd think they'd be done with the experiment and try to trade him, especially with the way Pham is playing. Look, I love Grichuk's violent swing and glove in left, so I'm not saying I'm totally cool with a trade. But if nothing changes in his at-bat approach after this move to Jupiter, then you must ask -- how many chances does a dude get? The trip to Jupiter of course raised eyebrows. Why not Triple-A? Two factors. One is, they can control his at-bats in the games down there, in the extended spring training. And two, he can work with that fella George Greer, who they understands the strike zone well. So we'll see. I was hoping Randal would be the next great No. 15 on the Cardinals (McCarver, Edmonds, Porter, Furcal on the title team in '11). But we'll know his fate probably by August.
A fair question, considering I start looking at those right around Cinco de Mayo. Honestly, I always like to check them, just to get a taste. I think your question might have been more in reference to watching the CARDINALS in the Wild Card standings. And I fear that the Cubs will figure it all out faster than the Cards do....
Look, I play Trivial Pursuit to win (considering, many weekend nights in high school, that's all I had on my schedule). But Moops isn't a thing. George knew that.
I believe I saw that Statcast had Harper's helmet heave at 69 miles per hour. Here's the thing -- people are saying it was a terrible throw, one reminiscent of 50 Cent's first pitch for the Mets. And you of course provided the conspiracy theory about trying to take out the first baseman. But I think that Bryce was trying to throw it away from the pitcher so the pitcher would, at least for a split second, turn his head toward where the helmet went, thus making him vulnerable for Harper's attack.
You'd have to think that the burly Rough Rider would probably defeat most presidents in a fair fight in their primes, right? I mean, I guess Gerald Ford played on the line for the Michigan Wolverines. And there was William "The Refrigerator" Howard Taft. But Teddy would maul all, right?
Real quick, before Cecil...
Well, the bespectacled Brett has a 4.76 ERA a 1.82 WHIP and probably whiplash, too, for all the hard-hit balls he's allowed. I joked on Twitter that famed local pizzeria Cecil Whittaker's will now just go by "Whittaker's." Look, I'm fine with moving a reliever to the minors to fix things, and I'm also fine with giving someone like Luke Weaver a chance as a reliever, even though he's a starting pitcher and has been pitching well as one. Look, this is a salvageable season. The Cards are in the mix for a playoff spot (shoot, take the names off the teams in the standings, and you'd be more comfortable to say that the 25-25 team could still win the division). If Luke can help you in the pen today, then they must consider this.
Fall IN the lineup? Fowler. Fall from the lineup .... hmmmmm.
See, if it's one-on-one, I'll probably still with Teddy. If it's Battle Royale, then I just wonder about the teaming-up aspect. Also -- are we talking about the men in their PRIME? or WHEN they were president? Like, Ronald Reagan I bet was pretty fit, right? He played a Cardinal in a movie!
That's a fair answer. But quietly, Aledmys put together a good OFFENSIVE week last week. Again, offensive. Those defensive mental mistakes are hard to watch, hard to digest. And that's the whole thing -- is this guy your shortstop of the future? Heading into this season, it was a no-brainer, and I'm sure if Mo and the gang were participating in today's chat, they would still say he's the guy. But what does Aledmys have to produce offensively to make up for lack of range and boneheaded mistakes?
A good question, but the "curveball" (total pun intended) is he has this awesome exit velocity and the ability to change (or even win) a game with a homer. His bat speed is violent -- though, of course, not when he's swinging at pitches aimed toward Patty O's. And his glove is pretty good. And he's only 25. So I don't wanna say he's not an everyday player right now... but yes, after this latest tinkering, if nothing changes, then it's fair to ask the Q.
They're not going to tear anything down. They have two potential aces in the system -- Carlos, Alex Reyes -- and they have a sturdy minor league system. Their pitching staff has the one of the better stat lines in the league. And the Cardinals are a business, and their business model is contending annually. But yes, the boneheaded plays in the field and on the bases aren't changing. So you wonder if the infusion of at least one new offensive player (and a new reliever too) could change things up.
OK folks, I gotta run -- BenFred is waiting for me in our car downstairs here at the office. But I will send a few Presidential comments now as I leave! Stay tuned for Derrick Goold's Chat Extravaganza at 1 pm on our site.