Bader and O'Neill have combined for 12 homers already with both also having missed time on the injured list. When he returns, DeJong will be a key part to this puzzle. He has home run power. We've seen that. But .177 average and about the same with men in scoring position is not good enough. He will be have to be better but he is the best they have, especially defensively, too.
Good question. I would hope so or the lines are going to be really long. Not sure when vendors will return. ,
Certainly. He's got an 0.00 ERA. And when DeJong returns, Carp won't have to play as often. He does have power off the bench, you'd have to admit, although not any consistency. He is not a key ingredient into whether the Cardinals win the division or not.
It depends, I guess, on what kind of wall is behind the plate.
I would think he is in some jeopardy when Miller returns although the Cardinals like having three lefthanded relievers.
I'm not trying to put you off here but I have declined to think about next year and the labor agreement until at least after the All-Star break. I will have an answer for you then.
I'm sure both sides are exploring why this is happening, but Waino has been given an extra day of rest before most of his starts so I don't fatigue is that big a part of it.
I am now aware of any suspension but I do think the play was a little dirty.
Too early to make that call. He's one of the few pitchers to go nine innings and also 8 1/3 this season and that is valued. But his inconsistency is a bit troubling.
He hit a nothing-for-12 to close out that San Diego series, so that dropped him from above average to average. Let's see what happens next. His defense, at three positions, remains solid.
I hope not. But Jackie is in the Hall of Fame and Albert will be, too, so that is the big thing. One misstep did not/will not/override a career's worth of accomplishments.
You are correct. Shildty doesn't throw his players under the bus and Webb wasn't walking as many people earlier in the season when he was being used more often. Having said that. . .
I would expect him to be pitching here either Saturday, or perhaps Friday.
You've made several good points. The alarm light goes on, I guess, because this is the first series all season in which the Cardinals didn't win at least one game. That can happen when Flaherty isn't pitching. Arms to be added later? That will take some careful research and some guesswork, too. I would like to think that Hicks being added later would be a good arm to have in August and September.
O'Neill seemed to jam his finger into the second-base bag although he also was kneed in the head on the play.
This wouldn't have been an issue on a normal Sunday. It would have been a 1:05 game. But television talked and wanted it at 7:05 Eastern time or 4:05 Pacific, a terrible time to start a game anywhere because of shadows/sunlight.
DeJong is not at the level of Seager, Story, Correa, Baez, etc. I didn't say that he was. And maybe he is a No. 7 hitter. But he does have major power in a power game and is an accomplished defender. He by far is the best the Cardinals have.
He's nothing for 12. Let's not go off the deep end here just yet. A week ago, Edman was leading the league in hits.
Read those numbers and decide for yourself. The list doesn't include Arozarena and some of the sample sizes this year are pretty small but the sample size on Arenado, for instance, is just right, to determine his value.
Most of the time, the umpires have the right to confer if they think a judgment call like that one needs to be reviewed.