hahahha it was always Adams and WEAVER for Trout!!!
And I think Trout's recent injury probably scared the Cards off
OK, please send in Qs and comments everyone!
Ok, let's talk some Randal. I would say, sure, Randal Grichuk has some trade value, especially if they were to stash him in Memphis and let him put up some numbers (though I saw on Twitter recently that Randal is reaching for sliders he can't hit as if Memphis is St. Louis. By the way, who has better BBQ? Gosh, Rendezvous is SO good in Memphis, but we've got some legit spots). Anyway, the Cards will, like their general manager said, let Randal "sink or swim" at some point with the big club. But the fear was that it would happen, like, today. Look, Thomas Pham is playing excellent baseball -- the Cards probably aren't going to flat-out bench him just to let Dr. Flowing Locks take some more big-league cuts. Maybe they'll cobble together some appearences, having him fill in for Pham one day, Dex the next, Piscotty the next, etc. Or, goodness forbid, if the Cards start hitting, they'll wait to throw Randal back in there. I still have faith in Grichuk -- his swing is powerful and game-changing at times. But right now, No. 15 is a ?
This is a fun question, and one I think we'd get a lot of responses on -- so feel free to send in your pick... I'd have to go with Trout -- annually he is among the leaders in both counting stats and advanced stats, and this season, he was having perhaps his BEST season (which is saying something) until he got hurt. Of course, another aspect to this question is -- do you go hitter or pitcher? I still go with Trout. You all?
JD Martinez is a name that both national writers and local radio folks alike have thrown out there for St. Louis, and understandably so. He's a raker. He's slashing .297/.389/.714. And he's a free agent next season. The question is -- where could he play in STL in the short-term? What's your corresponding move? Like we talked about earlier, man, the outfield is playing better of late.
Well, here's the thing -- I think Mike Matheny has been a waaaaaay better big league manager than Randal Grichuk has been a big league player. That said, of course I see some of the similarities you suggest, but Matheny might not be "the best he'll ever be." Yes, he has faults, holy moly. But (and I might be in the minority of this ) - a manager is more than just game-managing. There is the culture created, the emphasis put on different things and all the buttons pushed that got players to the level they're playing today, and a lot of that stuff is incalculable (like, you can't say "Stephen Piscotty would have a lower on-base percentage is he played for manager X"). Yes, the Cards are/were bad on the bases. Yes, sometimes there are fundamental breakdowns. But I'll take the good with the bad for now with MM -- talk to me at the All-Star Break, though....
Here's today's Game 1 lineup, btw: 1. Matt Carpenter, 1B 2. Dexter Fowler, CF
3. Tommy Pham, LF
4. Jedd Gyorko, 3B
5. Yadier Molina, C
6. Kolten Wong, 2B
7. Jose Martinez, RF
8. Greg Garcia, SS
9. Lance Lynn, P
Well, to be fair, Mozeliak did stand in front of a firing squad of TV cameras and reporters and took accountability for the Cardinals' failures so far this season. Yes, we can argue about the Luis Robert thing -- but we can't have a fair argument until we see him in the bigs (because maybe the Cardinals didn't think he was worth the $$). Price, yeah, that stunk, but the Red Sox offered him the moon and an additional planet. And as for Encarnacion, where would you have put him at that time? And I heard Mo on 101 this morning talking about how the Cards didn't have the best winter they could've, perhaps alluding to Brett Cecil's terrible-ness.
Yeah, for me, that's the most important thing -- get the bats going, get Yadi going (he's back in the lineup, the most-bizarre No. 5 hitter choice I've seen in a while). The Phillies series couldn't have come at a better time. Maybe the team was "motivated" by the demotion of Chris Maloney from third-base coach, the addition of new coaches and the now-releasing of Jhonny Peralta. Also, maybe the mediocre Cardinals are just better than the very-bad Phillies? That's why, full circle, this Brewers series is so juicy and important -- we can get a quick gauge on the Cards, and if they sweep the series, after all this, they could be in first dang place. (And if they get swept....)
Yeah, his fielding has suffered at times, you are right, and that's beyond that botched fly ball earlier this month, with the bases loaded. Fangraphs.com uses Ultimate Zone Rating, a defensive stat that many stat heads respect. Last season, Fowler's defensive UZR was 1.0. This season, per the site, it's negative 3.8. One thing to consider -- how much did Chris Maloney's outfield planning go awry? Not only was he the third-base coach (I wonder if they had Maloney wave Paul DeJong to Memphis, screaming "go home!)?), but Maloney was also the outfield coordinator, if you will. And we saw an instant impact of Mike Schildt in the game Tommy Pham was moved toward the line ... and then made the game-winning catch. So yeah, I can see Dex playing a different outfield position in previous years, especially if Sierra becomes a legit big-league hitter, because Sierra can field.
A couple points on Matt Carpenter...
Hi David, that's an interesting question. Obviously a lot of it depends on who the player is -- if he plays third or second, then yeah, you probably trade the third baseman or second baseman. But what if it's a stud, young first baseman? You make good arguments about both, but I just prefer to see this Kolten Wong thing through. He's younger and he's a game-changing defensive player and, with a lot of pressure on him this season, he has found his groove. Jedd has never had a 500 at-bat season.
A fair take indeed. Funny, last year some fans blasted the Cardinals for letting Lackey "go," yet here his is this year with a huge ERA. The thing about the Cubs is, they are so savvy in the front office, they have some strong prospects and they're enticing now to players seeking a new home, that it's very realistic that they get a big-time hurler at this year's trade deadline.
this next one is per the "you could have anyone to start a team" Q:
While what you said is accurate, the reality is -- if the 2017 Cards think they can contend, they'll need Lance Lynn. And since the Cards aren't ready to give up yet, they won't give up on Lynn... but yes, if they're 10 games out sometime soon, then yes, it makes sense to maximize what you can get for LL.
OK, I've gotta run -- BenFred and I are filming our weekly "Rovin with The Bens." He's gonna drive this week. Thanks again for hanging out with me, always fun... see you in seven days!