Actions -- or lack thereof -- tell us everything.
Have not heard any talk of Piscotty shifting to 1B. My guess would be they want to simplify, not complicate, things for him right now.
Good question, Skip. Team P-D is looking into this. Stay tuned.
He's got 38 at-bats below the five spot this season. It rarely happens. Should it be different? Probably, yes. Will it change. I wouldn't hold your breath. Good news is Molina's showing an uptick in power this season. He's got 15 homers and a .440 SLG.
Check out some of DG's reporting on how they are working with Kelly here in STL. He's not just sitting on the bench, wasting away. I'd argue he's more valuable here than in Memphis.
You must have missed the memo. Big Mac is to be heralded on high by everyone. No exceptions. Or else.
Someone took their sensible pills this morning. I hear you, but I want to see the kid.
Bullpen management is a weakness for MM, and this is a weak bullpen. Bad combo. Fair criticism.
That "nothing" just dismissed a lot of happy years before the past two seasons. There's a reason other teams have mimicked the Cardinals. And there's a reason the Cardinals need to adapt again. We are allergic to nuance these days.
The Stanton appeal is real. So's the risk.
Jeff Passan is a smart guy, and he dedicated a lot of time to studying this exact question. The conclusion: There's no real answer. Teams will keep looking, because there is a lot of money tied up in those arms. But it all boils down to throwing being an unnatural motion. Pitchers can do it harder than ever before. Medicals have reached a point where we can detect damage earlier and better than ever. So, naturally, more injury issues are going to occur. How many guys in the past pitched with torn ligaments and didn't know. Everything has evolved, but the ligaments stay the same for the most part.
Sure. You know what Greg is, and that's not a knock on Greg. He's a much-needed tool on this team. But let's see what Voit can do for a team that needs offense, with a chance to get the sustained run that is always so hard to find when Carp is at first base. I get it. As someone who called for Voit, I like it. I also worry about Carpenter's defense at 3B.
Eldon reference! Thanks for stopping by. Go Mustangs.
Better protect your high-end talent and risk losing some 4A types. The game's changed.
Shots at Gordo will not be tolerated. Even if they make me laugh.
Correct! And the fans rushed to give him a red jacket.
Trading Matt Carpenter for peanuts seems like something a mediocre to bad team would do.
I have to think that three years without a postseason appearance might put the manager at risk of losing his job, yes.
Two opposite Fowler takes. One says he's not a cleanup hitter. The other says he is. He's slashing .383/.500/.617 at the spot, but that's just 47 at-bats there. His power surge this season -- slugging career-high .484 and two homers away from his career best of 17 -- certainly makes you wonder if he might be more of a middle of the order presence than a leadoff guy. Fowler is eventually going to have to shift to corner. If he stays healthy (big if) and hits like this, that's not so bad. That said I'm not ready to build around him as a cleanup hitter. He's just the best option that's emerged for a team that lacks a true one.