Sure. Been making that argument for years around here. Hasn't happened. There's no reason why it hasn't. Pham top. Carpenter second. See how it goes.
It's a factor. You could go into his slugging percentage and, for example, subtract the outs on the bases from the total bases and say that's really what his production is. I did this with double plays. So, for example, you take a teams double plays and subtract those times on base to get a more reflective OBP or the team as a whole. A few years ago, the Cardinals led the NL in OBP, but because they hit into so many double plays they were actually average when you took away the double plays above average that they had. That same kind of thinking would work for an individual, but you'd still be looking at an OBP above the average and likely above the average for leadoff hitters. Not making outs is the goal. So you can always work up a cocktail that reflects how a player does not make outs.
L, L, R, R, S
That's an invitation for a lefty specialist late in game who can face Nos. 8 or 9, force a pinch-hitter, and then get a run of L,L at the start of the lineup. Something to keep in mind.
No, he stays to his side and does not come across.
Only Ichiro really comes across and that's because his workout trucks are stationed on the edge that separates the two sides of the complex. So he has to briefly come across to the Cardinals' side to get access to the special weight room he has stationed there.
It's not. About it's about changing the team, seeking an upgrade, and recognizing when a player might command the most in return. Simple as that. Supply meets demand.
Oh boy. Not this again. Matt Holliday hasn't even been gone a year.
Because the fielder is the reason the batter is there, not the batter. OBP is a reward for something the batter earned or had a part in earning. The pitcher did his job. The batter didn't do his. The fielder didn't do his. So, the beneficiary here is the pitcher.
Not for JT. He sharpened his teeth on the NFL, which can be the most restrictive and difficult beat to cover, and it only has something happen once a week, sometimes once every two weeks. I'm eager to see what a reporter like Jim Thomas can do with a league that welcomes access, that actually has things happen several times a week, and that is fertile ground for a digger like Thomas. Great stories are ahead on that beat.
I'm a baseball writer, through and through. It's the title that I wanted as a kid, that I never thought would be possible as a college student, and that I've been honored to have for 15 seasons. It's a role that has taken me to cities, events, and opportunities I never thought possible. I treasure that.
The game still thrills me. Covering it still energizes me.
They've already had some internal discussions about that. It's not a secret. Fowler knows it will come to him eventually, and could even be this coming spring as they look at the direction the outfield goes.
Bowman. Lyons. Cecil. Alcantara. Brebbia has a role. Sherriff. More than you probably think. There will be some turnover -- for a closer. But the basic group is going to be there, cycled through.
I don't know about deal-breaker. That's not something the Cardinals would be eager to do, robbing Peter to lose Paul.
I don't think that's coming, no. Fielding and pitching are separated for pitchers, and pitchers and the union are going to argue it should be that way, since it's always been that way.
He would go to them with that discussion, honestly. You should give him credit.
This is a paramount question, and I don't really have a good answer. His contract and his performance last year suggest that he has value, that he could be the third baseman, that he should be part of their plans. But their actions say otherwise. Mixed messages for sure. Clarity should come in November, and it would be a shock if that's by way of DFA. It should be trade or role. Trade or role.
Didn't I just answer all of this? Goodness.
Looks that way. Debut and develop there, deploy as a starter possibly later, Martinez-style. Or, if he's overwhelming in relief, stick there, Rosenthal-style.
They can buy insurance on any contract if they can find a provider. It's real expensive. Cardinals are one of the more aggressive teams when it comes to purchasing insurance, DeWitt told me.
No. Such. Thing. As. Too. Much. Pitching.