Nelson Cruz, one of the all-time DHs, is not going to come cheap even as he has passed 40 years of age. Everyone's had a crack at Puig and I do not know why he hasn't landed somewhere.
I would hope in the next couple to three weeks that could be determined because NL teams, especially, may have to adjust their sights depending on whether there is a DH or not for next season. There almost surely will not be one in the next labor contract, which would start in 2022.
The Cardinals' skipper does not like the sacrifice bunt. We know that. I'd like to see more hit-and-runs and steals but some of that has to do with stealing first base. The Rays have taken some chances but some haven't worked out, in key spots. And most big-league teams would rather take the risk of getting a three-run homer than losing somebody on the bases.
The Dodgers annoy me, too. But I do like the way they go about situational hitting, i.e., scoring runners from second and/or third with two outs. Also, there won't be another coming of Koufax, trust me.
Depending on how much he is used, Carpenter's contract could roll over into 2022 but that likelihood is slim.
You, of course, would have to be sure there is a DH for next season. Cruz is not an outfielder any more and it was his outfield misplay that helped turn the Cardinals in World Series champions in 2011.
That was a little disappointing. One of Yadi's strengths is not social media, where he sometimes doesn't consider the full consequences of what he does or says.
I have watched the replays several times and I don't think Jansen would have been able to do any good by being behind the plate. By the time he would have retrieved the ball, which went in a slightly different direction after catcher Smith slung it out of his glove, it would have been too late to get Arozarena, who got to his feet quickly, As for the steal of home, a hitter should not swing the bat under any circumstance if a runner is coming down the line. It was a bad play to try with a lefthanded hitter up anyway because catcher Barnes had a clear view of Margot.
Good analogy. Jimmy Wynn was a good outfielder, too, and would have hit many more homers if his Houston games weren't played in the Astrodome.
You are correct. Carp probably is a part-time player. You could play Edman there. Or go get somebody. A question that needs answering. .
I don't think Brebbia will be around but there are issues. I'd have to see all the candidates on a sheet of paper in front of me. I'm more concerned about a 28- or 26-man roster than 40, but I understand that last number is important, too.
I'm fairly certain the umpire was Lee Weyer, who had a high-pitched voice. Yes, those stories are golden.
Carlson almost certainly will have a better year in 2021 and the Cardinals will plan their club with him as a key regular player. Gorman is not ready yet, not even having played at the Class AA level although he got plenty of experience at the alternate camp site in Springfield this year. I don't expect to see him until 2022.
The only ones of those you mention who might have an impact next year are Sosa and Thomas, the way I see it. I do not see that they are enamored of Williams and, for that matter, Thomas. Montero probably not ready.
I think Julian Javier should be on the Cardinals' next Hall of Fame ballot. And I think he should be in. It's as simple as that.
This is something that folks should keep in mind. The Cardinals very well could be the best team of a mediocre lot, with the Reds liable to lose Trevor Bauer and the Cubs retooling, along with the Brewers.
Denkinger said he had seen the replays enough to know that he had erred. The Cardinals, without injured Vince Coleman, did almost nothing offensively, in that Series. Whether they should have won Game 7 or not is debatable. It was 11-0.
I would think Baez, Contreras, Happ and Hoerner are the cornerstones of their future. I can see Rizzo staying. I can see Heyward staying because he's not going to opt out of that deal. Pitching-wise, Lester, Darvish and probably Hendricks stay. All bets are off elsewhere on the staff.
The Cardinals are not "cash poor," but for this upcoming season, at least, they are not "cash rich," as they have to wait out the $36 million they owe Carpenter and Fowler next year. But they, like any other team, hope to seize on some bargains in the non-tender market.
La Russa did win a division title for the White Sox in 1983. He and Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf are fast friends and La Russa, at least, will listen. But I do not understand his desire to go through that meat grinder again other than the White Sox aren't very far away from being an outstanding team.