Without knowing the specific thing you're asking about, I would have to suggest I was talking about the next five months and that structure of what the Cardinals are looking to do, whether it's at the trade deadline (when it appeared there would be options for them to land, and I was wrong, there wasn't, they dried up toward the deadline) or in the winter (when the market opens again).
No. Not that I've seen. Not sure they can even do that.
Complementary piece. Goldschmidt, Pollock are centerpieces.
For the exact reason you just gave.
More. Think More. And that's already a lot.
How would one even go about measuring the role anguish plays?
Um, he did. He spoke about it just a few weeks ago about his production this season and how it's off his career norm and he had to get it back.
That would be three years in a row without an October for a team that defines itself by making it to October. Yeah, to say the least, that would be unacceptable.
He's a starter. He's earned it.
One does not leap to mind. Had an interesting conversation about this recently with a few people -- and they made the point about how in 1999 if you had asked if the Cardinals would have a centerpiece from in-house by 2001 you likely would have heard all about J.D. Drew. Drew. Drew. But not one word about Albert Pujols. Centerpieces emerge, as the argument they made. Centerpieces like Harper who arrive that way, perform that way, stay that way are rare. Other teams have to get their Goldschmidt or get their Bellinger or get their Stanton by having development sometimes reveal a surprise. Pujols. Now, could some of the players the Cardinals have surprise? Sure. O'Neill is interesting. Closes holes in his swing and maintains his power, and voila. DeJong could be. Had a player recently tell me how DeJong is this kind of revelation. You're just seeing it happen at the big-league level.
Cast a net and the Cardinals will discuss all of them. They're looking.
You would be amazed at how good a bullpen gets when the lineup provides it more margin for error, because what we know about bullpens is they are going to allow runs. They do that. So, it's a matter of asking them hold the close games with the power when necessary, but also cover the innings when there is a larger lead to work with. That's how you maintain bullpen health. Have the large-lead relievers and the high-leverage relievers. Now, if you're constantly in high-leverage spots because of the offense then the large-lead relievers are pressed into duty and games are often lost.
Let me illustrate my point.
The Cardinals' bullpen has a 4.03 ERA, which is in the top 10 in baseball and far better than the 4.24 league average in the NL for all bullpens.
If we can agree that a measure of a good bullpen is how little its used (starters going deep into games) and how few runs it allows (runs are bad), then consider that the Cardinals have had the eighth-fewest innings by relievers in baseball, at 431. The Reds, by contrast, have had 100 more innings pitched by relievers this season, and, as you may know, the Reds are not good. The Diamondbacks and Dodgers are good. Arizona and LA are the only bullpens in the National League to allow FEWER earned runs than the Cardinals' bullpen.
I'm not joking. Seriously. Look it up.
The Cardinals' bullpen has allowed 193 earned runs this season. That's eighth in baseball, third-best in the NL, and the two teams ahead of them are two of the best teams in the league. What's the difference? It's the offense. It's the room for error. It's the fact that the Cardinal' bullpen allows two runs and loses, and the Dodgers' bullpen allows two runs and wins by five.
They must be covered if they do. Kyle Lohse, for example.
Why? One day does not a centerpiece make.
Scooter Gennett hit four home runs against the Cardinals. I missed the movement to acquire him at the deadline to bat third for the Cardinals while Dexter Fowler was having his foot looked at.
Yep. Absolutely. Just a few days ago I wrote that the Phillies would have Siegrist for the "last season of the month." Now that's some quality writing. The English teachers were all over me.
Top 10, easy. Possibly Top 5. Going to do that at the end of the season.