hahahaa I do the same thing. I wonder what ever happened to Rodney D. Young? And yes, Paul DeJong has been quite a thrilling addition to the St. Louis Nine. For sure, his fielding isn't amazing. But his swing was big-league ready the day the 23-year-old put on the birds on the bat. He's hitting right around .300. Overall, he's hit 10 homers in 144 at-bats. Per our friends at Fox Sports Midwest, only one Cardinal rookie has ever hit more homers in his first 40 games. Albert Pujols with 14. Last night's homer was perfectly "placed" if that makes sense -- pushed to the opposite field for an important homer in an important game. The biggest disappointment of this season is Aledmys Diaz. The opposite of that has been the rise of his replacement.
I've actually looked for that too and can't find it online -- it's one of the coolest things going these days. The team that did that prior was the Houston Rockets. Back when I was a beat writer, covering the NBA, I always enjoyed the Rockets' pre-game Dream On video (play on words, due to Hakeem The Dream Olajuwon). Halfway through the video, my arms are covered in goosebumps and I'm thinking "THE HOUSTON ROCKETS ARE THE AWESOMEST TEAM IS THE HISTORY OF TEAMS!!!" The Cardinals, of course, do a sharp job with their pre-game Dream On video. Combining the obvious famous plays with the forgotten ones too.
From Derrick Goold's reporting for our paper, and the national beat writers too, it appears that the Cards are more realistically in the mix for one of the Marlins outfielders, which of course is pretty exciting if the Birds can pull it off. The reality is this -- Randal Grichuk has under-performed this season (or, maybe, he's just performed-performed, meaning that this is who he is -- strikeouts and homers). The Cards middle of the lineup is barren. Clearly, the Cards have more analysis on their own prospects than we do, by making some calls to sources and looking at box scores, but I'm all for trading any prospect not named Alex Reyes in a package to get one of the Marlins sluggers.
Thank you for the promotion, I appreciate it (I assume this will include some sort of company car?). Per your question and the previous one, I pounce on a Marlins deal. 25/26-year-old slugging studs aren't often available. Marcell Ozuna is 26, with a slash line of .319/.378/.565 . He has 23 homers already -- the total he had in both 2016 and 2014. He's an All-Star and would both help your team now and for the future. The JD Martinez talk is fun -- his production after missing six weeks is astounding -- but the Cardinals should not be in a quick-fix mode. Any trade made by the GM (me or the actual one) should be sophisticated enough to help the 2017 team and, if you will, the 2020 team.
Goold has mention him a few times in recent articles, and clearly there's a lot to like about the All-Star from this year -- and the All-Star from the Cards a few years back. He's SO GOOD THIS SEASON. It's bananas. His WHIP is 0.86. ERA -- 1.21. He has 50 Ks ... and only FIVE WALKS! With the downfall of Oh happening in front of our eyes, it would be nice to get a splendid righty in the pen. But again, one thing I think is overlooked -- so many teams are looking to trade for these guys, the Nesheks, the Yeliches, etc. It's not like it's either Cardinals or no trade (I know that's a basic statement, but I sense sometimes we get caught up in that, as if it's in the Cards' hands whether they'll acquire a guy or not). So yeah, the reality is, as we saw with Adam Eaton, as we saw with Quintana, and as we'll see in the coming weeks, whatever team makes a trade is going to over-give to get the guy it wants. Over-give? Is that a thing? Anyway, the Cards should over-give for Ozuna, but not for Neshek.
Closenthal better being Closenthaling starting today.
This is all very interesting stuff.. I appreciate your passion. There are actually some pretty telling sites online that provide defensive stats. Fangraphs has UZR, which is defined as: "Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) is a sabermetric statistic used to measure fielding. It compares the event that actually happened (hit/out/error) to data on similarly hit balls in the past to determine how much better or worse the fielder did than the "average" player." And numerous sites show range and such. But of course, there are so many factors. Was the player lined up properly to begin with? Did a coach mess that up? Did the player make a safe play (not throwing, allowing a hit) as opposed to forcing a throw that mightve gone awry? As for the Ozzie syndrome, I hear ya, but I don't think there are delusions that the Cards will have another Ozzie. The key is finding someone with good range and an amazing OBP.
hahaaa. Yes. So ... I used to ask this question to people: For a billion dollars, would you have your arm/hand replaced by a horse hoof? Like basically a shetland pony leg as your arm. A billion dollars. And no, you can't use the billion to have that arm replaced. So... I normally get very passionate responses, but it's always 50-50. So it's a fun debate. Anyway, Derrick was in Denver, where I used to be a columnist, for a Cards-Rockies game. We were at Falling Rock Tap House (best bar ever), and he was pondering the question. Then he started laughing and explained: "I can't do it ... because if I break my left arm, I get a cast, but if I'm to break my right arm in this scenario, they'd shoot me!"
Thank you! Symphony Girl is now Mrs. Symphony Girl Hochman!
I think what's interesting is if the Cardinals can be both buyers AND sellers. I don't think this is a stupid strategy. I've written this recently -- trade Lynn for some desirable prospects ... and then trade other prospects for a Marlins bat. Lynn looked super-good in his last start, and his 1.14 WHIP this season is exquisite. But if the Cards are high on Flaherty and Weaver, and Lynn has only 10 starts left, then maybe it's worth it. I know some people say: "trading Lynn is giving up on the season!" But I don't think it's that cut and dry.
Yes, last night's error was weird no question. I do think Cecil has improved vastly and might end up being a good get. And Fowler is homering more than anticipated and, I'll point this out -- since May 30th, his slash line is .279/.364/.548. Of course, the slow start -- and with all those expectations -- set the tone for perspective on the new guy. He's gotta get his overall OBP up, and I definitely think he's not handling the media as well as he should or could be. Now, of course, I'm a media member, so I'm writing this from a passionate perspective. But in spring training, he was so kind and talkative and did some quality interviews. In the past couple months, he's been very very short with his answers. And very kept-to-himself. So that tells me he's frustrated.
I'll reach out to the folks over there.
I hear ya. I will say that Ozuna is 10th in the NL in slugging, so I will thus categorize that as a "slugging stud." And last sesaon Yelich finished 24th in the league in slugging, so yeah, I see your point. Again though, you're not getting a guy solely based on his past -- you're getting a guy on what you predict for his future. And that's why I like these two.
It's gotta be tricky for Dexter. I remember asking him at his introductory press conference if he'd consider moving to LF later in his career, and he looked at me like I was from Uranus. Put yourself in his Nikes -- he's been a CF his whole career, he wins the World Series as a CF with a .393 OBP, you get a gazillion dollar contract from the Cardinals ... and then you're asked if you're "the man at CF" or not? What's he supposed to say? He's prideful. Hey and at least he said something to the media! But yes, of course, Pham is performing better at CF, and hitting too.
I hear ya. I expect Alex Reyes in the Cards rotation next year. But any other player, even Sierra, should get consideration as part of a trade, if it bolsters you major league lineup for years to come.
The only thing that would be in stone, for me anyway, is Pham and the new guy playing everyday. You can figure out next year next year.
You're so right Danny T. - Jesse K.
I hear ya man. And clearly the Cardinals are well aware of all these numbers. And have more numbers that we don't have access to.
I suppose cheetah. Also, did you see HBO's "Tour de Pharmacy?" Amazing film -- a mockumentary of the 1982 Tour de France, in which the cyclists are all on some sort of drugs. John Cena's character has an accent and his sticks a needle of cheetah blood into his body. Then, at a press conference, there's this Abbott-and-Costello-type routine, in which Cena's character admits that he's a "cheetah" but not a "cheater," which also sounds like "cheetah."
You make some good points, but you gotta see this Reyes thing through. He was sublime at times last fall. He's been the top prospect not just in the organization, but all of baseball. I don't trade Reyes unless it's in a deal for a MVP-type player. If I'm the Cards, I'm banking on a Carlos-Reyes 1-2 punch for hundreds of innings to come.
OK, it's time to find a blue wig and film my weekly "Rovin With 2 Bens." Fun as always everyone, see you next week.