1. Brock, LF
2. Horsnby, 2B
3. Musial, RF
4. Pujols, 1B
5. Edmonds, CF
6. Boyer, 3B
7. Molina, C
8. Smith, SS
9. Gibson, P
Arbitrary end points. But point taken.
I do, entirely, believe it is overblown, yes.
There is. I wondered this, too -- and not just about the message from the manager. But does three years, four years, five years of this chat grow stale for readers, too? Does 13 years of gamers from the same folks go stale for readers? La Russa's words are worth considering and worth always making sure we're aware when things could be stale. That goes exponentially for the dugout, of course.
This team has played really well with Wong at second base. I don't see why that isn't the option that seems most obvious of them all.
Shouldn't be accepted. It's because it's accepted that it becomes something real. Like saying Beetlejuice three times makes him appear. Carpenter only hits leadoff. Carpenter only hits leadoff. Carpenter only hits leadoff -- and all of sudden it's something everyone believes. I agree with Carpenter: It's the wrong narrative, as he said. He was about to hit anyway.
I did not, no. When he lands with the Cubs as the backup they're looking for we'll have a long chat with him.
The Cubs do need a backup ...
Perception mostly. To think that the Epstein-Hoyer Cubs don't going through the same risk analysis and data supercrunching that the Cardinals do when considering a trade is to ignore how similar the two front offices are and how they use similar models, with in house tweaks, and that is not a coincidence.
I agree that Carpenter is facing more shifts, and I'm unsure which is the chicken and which is the egg. He has changed his approach to drive the ball more, to hit for more power and that means home run power, and as a result we're seeing more shifts against him, and that means he's trying to loft the ball more to get it over the shift, because he's had so many hits swallowed by hitting into the shift. I don't agree that he needs to be hitting third with his current approach or hitting second or hitting first with a different approach. He just needs to hit. Ideally, he's probably batting second for the Cardinals, Fowler has an OBP around .350 and is hitting leadoff, and there is a different No. 3 hitter. But that's not what the Cardinals have. Beggars can't be choosers. They just need Carpenter to hit.
I suppose they could. No Price and Tulowitzki-equivalents really leap to mind. Not sure they need that starter, but let's just say you mean pitcher and get a bat and bullpen guy and then the Cardinals look a lot different. For sure. The division has made it possible for a good, strong run could win the thing. Heck, the Cubs have already lost. The Cardinals could be 3 1/2 behind them by the end of the day.
I highly doubt that is his plan. Doesn't strike me as a guy who would be content with that.
Hardy was a solid glove who rocked the doubles. DeJong could improve to be Hardy with the glove, but he'll hit for homers.
Fowler has said he's the center fielder, and there does seem to be a deference to experience/contract/service time here when Matheny makes out the lineup -- and comfort and consistency. Matheny is yielding to those aspects as well.
At first blush, Cardinals got the better deal -- and that makes sense, the Braves got the full year from Garcia. The Cardinals got three players who tracked as prospects in Atlanta's system, and two players who were considered for the top 30 for the Cardinals' prospects list. John Gant was going to make the team out of spring training as a reliever before he injured his groin, and he's been the majors and still could yet have a role for the Cardinals. Ellis, Dykstra round out the package the Cardinals got. Atlanta got a 19-year-old pitcher for Garcia, one who ranked 22nd in the Twins system.
I bet both hit free agency, yes. Cardinals don't need to clear payroll to take a run at either. They'll have the budget if they have the want, or if the players have the interest. Both of those players strike me as the type of free agents that will have their pick of places, choose that place, and then count on the agent to get the biggest possible offer from that place. Money's a factor, but they're good enough for their wishes to also be a driver. If Harper wants pinstripes or Dodger blue, then it's about playing those against each other to get the better deal.
Mike Shildt has draw comparisons as a teacher. Steve Turco has the passion for working with the young players. Johnny Rodriguez has the trust of the players. Marmol has thrown himself into learning the infield stuff. It's Oquendo By Committee. Like he was part of the Kissell By Committee.
(Sorry I was momentarily distracted by reading about the President's comments to the Boy Scouts at the Jamboree.)