That's a fair view. The Cardinals don't put the ball in play all that much -- not like the previous RISP-strong teams. However, that's also not their game. OBP is their M.O. And they have stressed to Carpenter that he doesn't need to change his approach -- he shouldn't change his approach -- just because his spot in the batting order has changed. I want to tread carefully here as I tell the following story, because I'm out to compare the situations. I remember as a youth getting so frustrated watching Frank Thomas and the Chicago White Sox. How many times did Thomas just have to put the ball in play for a run. Just a fly ball here, a ground ball there, and c'mon Frank stop with the walks already and get the run home. This is a game about runs, runs, runs ... not walks. I just went to check to see if this was just anecdotal memory, but sure 'nuff, Thomas had 2982 plate appearances with runners in scoring position and he had 693 hits and 611 walks. That is good for a .312 average and a .447 OBP. He passed the baton. (Though a little deeper into the splits reveals that with a runner at third and less than two outs he had 121 sac flies in 708 plate appearances and 134 BB.) What those walks did was put the onus on the guy behind Thomas. The more successful the guy was batting behind Thomas -- ahem, a certain Mr. Grand Slam comes to mind -- the less we probably noticed those times when all ... Frank ... had ... to ... do ... for ... a ... run ... was make contact. Thomas went on to the Hall of Fame with his approach, his strong, powerful, and unshakable approach. Carpenter's, I bet, would look differently to you if the cleanup spot wasn't batting in the low .200s, anecdotally.
(Aside: I write anecdotally about the cleanup spot batting in the low .200s because the Cardinals have had a few cleanup hitters struggling there, and yet when you look up the production from the fourth spot, the Cardinals have a .284/.388/.433 slash and that .820 OPS ranks 11th in the majors.)
What other chat could you get the mention of a 19th century German mathematician and his curve function.
Cage rat. That's the phrase in baseball. I've seen it on T-shirts. And this is a fair read when it comes to Kolten Wong -- but maybe the contributions would be more often flipped. Changing games with his glove more often than his bat. What the Cardinals want to see -- have wanted to see -- and Wong has said he wants to change -- needs to change -- is the length of those offensive slumps. He wants to be consistent on the things he can control (baserunning, glove) and limit the inconsistencies with the things he cannot control (offense), while recognizing he may have them. Your example works because it underscores the value of consistency. Over the length of the season, consistency is an underrated value. Great players are capable of high high peaks, but their valleys are shallower or narrower. A player is consistently a 7 could be more valuable than a player who fluctuates wildly from 4 to 10.
They will be a buyer in this scenario.
There will always be weaknesses, yes. The team that rises above their weaknesses is the one that doesn't allow something they can control -- effort, fundamentals, preparedness, strategy (not merely execution), etc. -- to fray and falter. Awareness of what a team can and cannot do on the bases, would fall under both preparedness and strategy. It's also a fundamental to know the team you have and not ask it to do something. If you've got an ostrich, don't ask it to fly.
May have to take a brief pause here in the chat. Must relocate and then resume. Thanks for your patience. This is a good chance to refill the hopper. It's open.
May I answer your question with a question, or two? What other team would trade their No. 3 hitter or best hitter, and what does that say about the team's view of its chances to contend?
The floor is yours. I await answers.
Shouldn't cost that much. Has to be discussed.
To quote Marc Bergevin: "I am a savvy veteran."
To me the fit has been and will be No. 2. He was made to hit there and yet hasn't played for a lineup that makes the most obvious spot for him.
Alright. Away we go here. Let's sprint to the finish.
All depends on the personality of the players on the team.
Matt Adams is still with the team years after similar questions were asked about him.
Given their performances at this moment, it would likely go in close to reverse order from where the team started the year: Leake, Lynn, Wacha. That could change if you ask the same question in a month. But it speaks to, right here right now, how the rotation has performed without strong starts from the two starters it expected to count on most.
After the marathon there was a reception/party/awards thing at Fenway Park which allowed two worlds to collide, and I was able to show my son where I sat for two World Series. A nice perk.