Once I got the year right in the answer, I hope it was more easily explained. Full disclosure, I did look at the play-by-play for that day to jog my memory a bit. But thank you!
O'Neill could play center although probably not as well as Bader. He could put up Grichuk power numbers although I'm not sure he can hit between .240 and .265 as Grichuk will. Sosa does have power but he fell off the radar, for one reason or another this year, although he was a COVID casualty, too. I would like to see more of him.
I would actually take the Cardinals' offense to Tampa Bay's, even with Arozarena in the latter. The Rays have shown they have little chance with good pitching like Buehler, Kershaw, Urias, etc. One legit bat in the outfield? I could go with that. I also could go with Pederson-O'Neill combo if "legit' bat can't be obtained.
There must be. There has to be. It all starts at the top and Wong wasn't as good as I thought he would be leading off and I don't think Edman is the answer either as a No. 1 hitter. I am kind of intrigued by the possibility of Carlson hitting first as a leadoff man with power and speed and a pretty good eye. Not to make the comparison to the two players' skills, but it works with Mookie Betts and the Dodgers.
I don't think we were going to get a really good angle that would have overturned the call. If Margot had been called safe, that call might have stood, too. The ball was there ahead of him and he was called out. Not a really good play to try anyway with a lefthanded hitter up and the catcher able to get a full view of the runner coming down the line.
And, thank you! We all will be playing general manager/president of baseball operations this off-season and that can't be an easy job to have in real life. But the Cardinals can't run that same lineup out there again, to be shut out by nine San Diego pitchers, most of them second-liners, in nine innings.
I'd look at it. Those OBPs and OPSs of the last two seasons, .396 and .387, and .913 and .795 are pretty impressive. I like getting a regular player for two fringe players. But Canha, at Oakland, already was over $4 million last year, with another arbitration year this winter.
The Cardinals are contracted with Fox Sports Midwest and, after that, I do not know what influence they could wield on the various outlets.
You are exactly correct. The NL teams never have had to think in terms of a DH in any off-season. Also there will be some higher salaried players on one-year deals that will not be tendered and there may be some good shopping for bargain hunters.
I'm not sure if you're talking about the playing, coaching or management end, but if you have a strong desire for any of the above, don't be dissuaded. There may not be a lot of new positions available yet but that doesn't mean there wouldn't be later on.
I suspect there is a percentage of folks who agree with you but I wonder if it is more than 50 percent, if you had one choice or the other.
Knizner has proven himself to be a capable backup and he also can play first base or DH. He would be on my team, but I'm not sure you could carry three catchers with just 26 players rather than 28.
The question is whether Tommy Pham would consider the Cardinals on a "low cost" contract.
All I know is that Bill DeWitt Jr., likes to contend and I don't see him just caving without trying to improve the team. But everyone's sights have to be set a little lower on what you might be able to acquire in this uncertain time of health and finance.
I was going off how strong Hicks' arm should be but if the COVID dangers persist, he might feel ill at ease trying to compete.
That adds up to a degree although you have to factor in that Flaherty will get a bump through arbitration and Bader, too. The big issue is that you're operating under the same payroll the Cardinals had and I do not think that will be the case.
Simba is 71 and the oldest living player who went in as a Cardinal. Whitey Herzog, in as a manager, will be 89 in a couple of weeks.