Possibly. Don't blink on Pittsburgh.
Nice use of the word peloton.
Well, not that aspect. Fair point. I should have been clearer.
Mostly because of the Letter to the Editor Rule, which Twitter has amplified exponentially. For the most part, if people are content they aren't motivated to say so, they are just content and move on and expect to be content. Hence, there are very few positive Letters to the Editor. The newspaper was good, the reader expected the newspaper to be good, and the reader spent money in expectation of it being good. Satisfaction. It's anger and disappointment and a lack of return on investment that prompt people to write Letters to the Editor. Anger is a great motivator. And Twitter now allows that immediately without filter, without hesitation, and often without any need for facts or context. Just belch. So, naturally the negative takes are going to be heard more often and wider spread. That's probably why.
I am not. His year started difficult with an injury of his own making and a sluggish arrival with the Cardinals. He's positioned himself well to be a part of the 2020 team as a contributor, and that's really what he had to do this season. Strong finish. Gives the team a better feel for his readiness and his preparation.
I had an interview kicked up by a few minutes, so I need to step aside here from the chat for a little bit. I will be back, and we'll cruise to first pitch if you're patient with me and please understand that I have other assignments that I need to handle at the same time for upcoming coverage and Sunday's newspapers. Thank you.
I think there is a lot more to it than just Goldschmidt at first. He's a big part of it, but he's not alone in changing it. Not at all.
Perhaps. There are plenty of days in the offseason that we'll have for content. At the moment, the focus is on the major-league team and its contending. We do what we can for the minors but with two full-time beat writers (as opposed to the three of previous years) on the baseball coverage the time can be stretched thin, as you can imagine.
P.S. I like to think we've done a good job of bringing you stories from the minors all season. We've committed several Sunday stories to minor-league trends and players, and we've used the weekday coverage more often this season for updates from the minors than in past year because we knew that the minor-league report wasn't going to be appearing as regularly. We adjusted, and I hope that we've done well enough to give you the minor-league information requested.
Folks: There's been a time change for one of Derrick's interviews. He's working on that right now, and will return to the chat ASAP. He'll still be able to get to most of your questions. Thanks for your patience.
Alright. First of the interviews complete. Let's get back into the bin. One more interview to do before diving back in and taking this chat all the way to first pitch. Onward!
This team is flawed. That makes it just like any other team in the National League that doesn't call Dave Roberts its manager or Cody Bellinger its best hitter. The Dodgers are the class of the league, and the rest is the rest, some awful, some meh, some contending, and all flawed to some degree. You haven't described the Cardinals in a way that wouldn't also apply to the Cubs or Washington or the Braves or the Mets or the 2006 Cardinals or the 2007 Colorado Rockies or a handful of recent pennant winners. The teams without flaws are rare, and sometimes they even win the World Series, like the 2018 Boston Red Sox.
I'm not to get chatters in trouble now. That would be a bad business model.
No. But there is some question of meddling with the statistics that I'm relying on for my story.
Ozuna possibly. Wacha's salary will come off. Wainwright to a lesser extent, unless he does a repeat deal. Not talking about a whole bunch. Gyorko won't be on it, but he wasn't that big of a hunk of it. A lot of the money coming off will be going on with raises due some of the players advancing in playing time.
Greg Holland did not seem like a beneficial move in hindsight.
I could see that happening sure. The question however is how far into those sweepstakes do they intend to go. Those aren't bargain-hunting moves. And if they're betting on that and letting Ozuna go to make that possible, then there's a good chance you go oh-for-three. There's a case to be made for the bird in hand vs. the two in the market. Unless there's going to be a real concerted engaged aggressive realistic move on one of those free agents, and the Cardinals want to be active in that pursuit.
Win and no one will notice. Win and all will be well. Win and there's no issue at all. Carpenter seems open to making the most of the playing he gets. Cardinals still feel that if they can get something from Carpenter closer to his career averages they're a better team. They is time and space and at-bats to give him while also keeping Edman in the lineup, and if they win and they get production throughout the team then no one will notice because it worked for the team. It won.
Oh, they've spent. It was a few years ago when they had a top-10 revenue and were outside the top-10 in spending that it was different and noteworthy. This year they're on the cusp of the top third in revenue, per usual, and they are about seventh or eighth in spending on the payroll, when you consider the entire 40-man roster, and that's how they set their budget. So they've spent. The question has been and will be and should be -- and we try to stress it in the coverage -- is how they've spent. There's a debate to be had on how much they've spent on the mid-range players when they could have gone after the elite players and would that spending have been wiser, and thus ultimately better. For example, they've spent $20 million on lefty relief this season, and the one part of that spending in the majors is Andrew Miller.
He does not. I'm not sure what that would look like, given how even keel he is as a player and as a person. Really steady pulse as I'm sure you've seen -- and it doesn't really change from day to day or venue to venue.