All except Miller are quite young in big-league experience. Perhaps that is one of the problems. But it will have to get better because somebody is going to crank a two- or three-run homer someday, making a leadoff walk a really bad idea.
I had the sound off, so I'm glad I missed that particular commentary.
Easier said than done, but you are precisely correct. And the good teams--and good players--have to adopt this philosophy or else they'd go bonkers.
We're talking maybe close to July for some of the injured Dodgers players to come back and by then Pujols may see that ring in his future. But the bigger issue is that the Dodgers don't seem that enamored of Lux or Neuse at second base and know that Muncy, normally the first baseman, can play there. So Pujols still will get playing time at first, if he deserves to.
Moroff has had seven hitless at-bats, with three strikeouts, so far. That percentage, I believe, is .000, but he does have some ability. Does he have more than Carpenter? Open to question.
I'd like to see a few of those 0-2 counts.
Mikolas should be able to fill that bill well. Then you'd have a six-man of Flaherty, Wainwright, Martinez, Kim, Gant, Mikolas.
Rondon was hitting well at Memphis but Moroff, at that moment, was an even hotter hitter. So I think that was the reason. DeJong should be back fairly soon so it might not be that big an issue.
The difference now is that Arizona counts as a West Coast team and they don't make anybody play two weeks on the road anymore, so those West Coast trips are split, to include Colorado even. So, the Cardinals' final two will be Arizona/ Los Angeles at the end of the month and into June and then Colorado/San Francisco in July.
He should be activated today, I believe.
I'm with you. But it seems that the three-run homer--or any homer--is the greatest thing since sliced bread, if I'm not dating myself too much here.
I've been asking that question, too. But my immediate answer is to leave him in the minors for most of this season so that his progress can mirror the good arm he has.
Liberatore and Cabrera will be the ones that most will determine the value of these trades for the Cardinals. Cabrera already has made a mark and Liberatore should be here within the next year or so. Gallegos' contributions over the past three seasons speak for themselves although it would have been nice if hometown slugger Voit could have stayed.
DeJong will hit 25 or more home runs and make plays in the field. His overall average isn't as significant as what he does with runners in scoring position and that needs to be improved. If that happens, his overall average is not a big deal. Carpenter isn't tied to this discussion.
I hadn't thought about that. Very odd, indeed.
Ex-Cardinals minor league pitcher David Peralta would be a good lefthanded option to lineup in outfield. That would give the Cardinals four big-league regular outfielders.
If you'll notice, Carpenter did not issue any of the 26 walks the Cardinals offered up over the weekend. And Albert wanted out when he found he wasn't going to be playing. Carpenter wants to stay under any almost circumstance. I'm not saying he won't be cut but it isn't something that has to be done right now.
The Cardinals might well go after bench bats at the trading deadline which is some time off yet. Dean struck me as a better offensive player than a defender but not what I would call a game-on-the-line type of pinch hitter.
I make of it that the pitchers seem very comfortable with Knizner handling him and that is mostly Flaherty and Martinez. He seems to be a very capable backup. A regular? I don't know yet.
I do not think the Cardinals will have much trouble getting the 27,000 to 30,000 they hope to for the Cubs. Chicago fans now can come and get tickets. I do not see the Cardinals' attendance dropping a full million over the course of a full season no matter what the circumstances.
I haven't heard anything from Albert yet but if his personal services contract with the Angels isn't executed, I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't want to return here in some capacity.