I don't think we'll see him as a leadoff man anymore until he shows he can get on base. You're right, though, in that Carpenter has a better chance to get a hit with men on base if the opposition doesn't shift as much.
I haven't heard that although he still can play. There are bigger issues that the Cardinals have.
More games. Fewer workouts. But that's just me.
I fear that will be the case. Hopefully, we won't need many of them.
No designated hitter. I love the strategy when the pitcher's spot comes up in the National League.
You may want to define "significant." If he makes 25, it's been a good year.
There may not be as much competition for some of these jobs, as had been advertised.
I would like to think the play on the field breaks any ties. The balance/potential comes more into play for makeup of team rather than actual lineup.
I do not think the Cardinals have five starters better than Reyes. They do have many possibilities but Reyes is one of the better ones.
The Cardinals would have to have three outfielders clearly better than Bader, considering offense and defense, and I do not believe that to be the case.
In the spring, certainly. I don't hold out a lot of hope during the season either although the bat is in the player's hands, not in the other two groups.
I'm glad you mentioned Johan Oviedo's name, one I certainly should have mentioned in the "up and coming" category. I see him as a starter and some year soon, all the names you mentioned will be in their rotation with, hopefully, Flaherty still here.