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Look, the Cards are trying to survive this season, a season in which the wacky is the norm, the unexpected is the present. I mean, what has gone as planned? So yeah, why not start the line-drive machine Jose Martinez at first base until he stops hitting line drives. A lot of this is based on when guys will return from injury -- be it a Jedd or Carpenter, who you mentioned. But I don't think they have to look at it as -- J-Mart as first base means Carp is gone. It's very possible that they put Carp back at third. Honestly, as we look at next year, there is sOOOOO much uncertainty, because, to use your word, a lot it predicates on who the big bat is they get. I think we can all agree that, while this run of wins against crappy Western teams is fun, the Cardinals next year need more offensive firepower. Well, it's likely that fellow will play a corner position, in the infield or outfield. So I think the only reality we deal with now is the next three weeks, and that's playing hot hands to win ball games in the present.
To me, the most-realistic offseason move is getting one of the Marlins outfielders. Which one? It's hard to know right now, but the Marlins likely will make major moves as they hit the Nintendo "RESET" button on their franchise. So you name Piscotty, Pham, Grichuk, Fowler, Bader. At this point, maybe it's keeping Pham because his season has just been so superb, but I'm totally fine with considering any of those other guys in a deal that nab you a young slugging All-Star. And man, Marcell Ozuna, talk about a "second fiddle" -- 32 homers, .309/.374/.547. So thrilling.
HAHAHa I know exactly what you're talking about. As I've mentioned in the chat before, I'm writing a book on Cardinals lore, Cardinals history and such. And one of the chapters is called "Scrappy Cardinals." It looks at guys from Adron Chambers to Eckstein to Jose Oquendo to Rex and Bo Hart (Rex Hudler shared a story that for his Hurricane Hudler poster photoshoot, he first drove to Busch Stadium in his uniform and started tagging up at third and sliding into home, over and over, just to make his uniform authentically dirty for the photoshoot). Anyway, yes, Bader has a lot of characteristics of a future Scrappy Cardinal. Capital S, capital C. Here's what I already had written for the book: In 2017, the human gusto Harrison Bader made his big-league debut against Colorado. In Bader's first at-bat, he grounded out – but Bader ran so hard, he nearly beat out the throw. And then, in the bottom of the ninth, Bader tagged up from third on a fly, sliding home for the game-winning run – then leaping into the air with joy.
“Bader looks like the next easily hate-able Cardinal,” tweeted Denver sports journalist Will Petersen, “who their fanbase will just fall in love with.”
hahahah ... is Seattle the new Cleveland?
One problem a lot of folks have around here, from actual Cardinal people to fans and media, is we fall disproportionately in love with our own guys. That being said, Carlos is a reaaaaaaaaaaally good pitcher. And I think Reyes will be really good -- the question is, how many innings will he logs next season, and how many of those innings would be as a starting pitcher? And we're all excited about Luke Weaver and he's looked really sharp, but some of those starts have come against bad-hitting teams. I believe in Luke and all that, but how much of your confidence in him sways is he's bad in his next, say, two starts? OK, so next year you've got Carlos, Wacha, Waino, Weaver, Flaherty, Reyes. Maybe that fifth spot is two guys sharing the starts. But I'm with you -- I'm totally fine with making a big deal for a top-line pitcher. But like the old saying goes: "Gimme a name." Is it Darvish? Is he that much better?
I see what you're saying --and good reference to Pedro Cerrano, who, not everyone knows, was played by Dennis Haysbert, the president from "24" and "the All-State Guy." But to me, the fear was always about SWO against lefty hitters. Righties hit .248 against him, Lefties .337. Wil is a righty. But that ball was Pujols'd. So yes, I'm fine with giving Nicasio a chance now in the "Oh" spot.
What I can take away from it was that, more that ever, I'm disheartened by the existence of the NFL. Our team is gone, and that stinks, and there are just so many things wrong with the NFL, and you watch it and just wonder -- which fella is going to have his life altered tonight by a severe concussion -- and you think about all the guys who have gotten in trouble for dumb, unforgivable off-field things, and you think about the one guy I was into following, STL's Ezekiel Elliott, mired in a offfield mess and that takes away his luster and I think about how the league is black-balling Colin Kaepernick and I think about how everyone gets so excited about every little aspect of the NFL, stupid tweets and trash-talk from CBs and WRs and I'm just not that into it (anymore). But, I still checked the score. I'm not all out. I'm just not as in as I used to be. So I don't know much about the Chiefs and the Patriots.
I'm going with South Carolina 78, Mizzou 53. But yeah, I was disgusted by Mizzou's defense last weekend. I mean, some of the offensive guys that torched them couldn't have even walked-on to Mizzou. Now the other SC from the other Columbia is coming to town, and they have one of the better receivers in the whole danged SEC. Two weeks ago, I definitely thought Mizzou would win this game. Now I definitely think they'll lose.
MLS! STL Confluence! City flag across the jersey!
"The Big 50" will be out for Opening Day 2018!!!
YESSSS.. good call... I like that one, it actually was pretty realistic. I also liked that show Pitch on FOX for the same reason. They made it as authentic as possible. That's worth finding online. And Zack Morris is in it.
A serious question and also a fair question. He definitely is one of the more fascinating players because of all those aspects you mentioned. But as a HEALTHY LEADOFF hitter, he's rather productive. And that helped spearhead that Cards toward .500. Of course, you signed Dexter to be your leadoff hitter. And of course, Maggie Sierra is a very speedy fellow who could leadoff in the future. So do you go into next season planning on Matt Carpenter as your leadoff hitter? I'm not trying to dodge your question -- but it's hard to gauge, because who will/should the Cardinals trade to get a big bat?
Great question. You'd have to think that Reyes would've been a plus-reliever for STL, and maybe STL doesn't lose 20 bazillion bullpen games because of that. But we also don't know if they would've moved him to the rotation.
Very fair, on the Carp front. And no, the way you phrase that, it isn't enticing. They catch is -- what is that OPS when he's hitting leadoff? I'd presume it would be higher.
At this point, you gotta see if Pham can do it again next season, especially with the enticing contractual situation and control. Honestly, I'm fine with trading anyone if it means getting a proven bat. I suppose Grichuk, who has let me down much in the past two seasons (I've even grown out my hair as solidarity for the hair-flipper), would be the one I look to move the most, because you could probably get more for him than for O'Neill.
No truth to that. Come on... he's injured. I think Matheny would play the best dude he's got, if the best dude is available to play nine innings.
TOASTED ravioli!!! And, yes, actually ... Green chili (a Denver staple) would fit well with toasted ravioli ... I call it the "Derrick Goold" -- combining Colorado with Missouri
Good points. Now, Jim Sterk will keep things close to the vest. We all tried to get him on the record last winter, as Kim Anderson continued to lose. He wouldn't do an interview, finally releasing a statement about his support for coach Anderson... who became ex-coach Anderson shortly after the season. I'm pretty cut and dried -- if Mizzou doesn't win six games this year, if they can't find two conference wins on that schedule, assuming they win the four non-conf, I would need a HELLUVA sales pitch from Barry Odom on why he should keep his job. Sterk is holding up his end of the bargain, raising millions for stadium improvements and such. And Mizzou is in a pivotal time -- with all the uncertainties from recruits about campus life, and other schools recruiting against Mizzou in that regard (an overall admissions down), Mizzou needs winning football to happen NOW. In 2017. I'm not saying National Championship. But I'm saying Shreveport Bowl at least.