Any team with Arenado on it is a better team for having Arenado which is why the Colorado Rockies, in their pursuit to be a better team, intend to keep Arenado and any Cardinals team that features Arenado in 2019 is probably a Fantasy League team that had a high draft pick.
I don't know where this "90 win" statement comes from. If it's something that DeWitt or Mozeliak has said to another outlet, then fine so be it. In conversations with them, they have mentioned 90 as a confidence interval -- meaning that most teams that win 90 games get into the postseason, but that's just the explanation. It's not some magic formula that they've come up with to have a team win 90 games and then screech to a halt there because they are so precise in their measurement. The Cardinals set out to build a team that won 90-95 games in 2015 and ended up with 100. Was their formula wrong? They set out to win 90-95 wins a year ago and the won 83 games. Was their formula wrong? No, it's just trying to get a range. When DeWitt explains it he's talking about over time having a team that averages more than 90 wins, toward 95 wins and, if he gets that, then he figures most years he'll be in the playoffs. Odds say. And you know who agrees with that approach? Theo Epstein. He's said similar things when asked.
I think what you're looking for here is an answer on Hudson. If Hudson was good enough to be added to the bullpen during the great release of July, then why wasn't he added earlier. That will be one of the misses when it comes to the bullpen because it was clear he could help, the Cardinals were reluctant to add him to the 40-man roster, and then eventually did -- so why not early? It wasn't like they exhausted all other opportunities before hand they just decided to shift to the best-available bullpen possible just like they shifted to a defense-first lineup for awhile, and both of those moves could have been made sooner.
Entirely. They hope not to be left out.
They don't need to be in St. Louis. They just need to be consistent quality, flash dominant.
And completely skew the statistics of the game so that we would have four-ball and three-ball era. What a mess.
He's on that trajectory. A standout talent who is accelerating toward an ace-like presence.
As a veteran of traveling wherever the Cardinals go during the season, I can tell you that the NL has long gone through Chicago for me. To get to Milwaukee, I fly into Chicago. To get to Cincinnati, fly through Chicago. To get to Pittsburgh, sometimes Denver, and so many other places -- fly through Chicago. O'Hare Airport is my gateway to the NL Central. That said, the teams that have the best chance of ousting the Cubs from the playoffs are the teams with the better pitching so you're talking Dodgers, Arizona, and I'll hear arguments for the Rockies and Cardinals. Hamels has tilted the Cubs in a favorable direction to give them an edge in a 7-game series that otherwise wouldn't have been there.
He is a free agent, and he can sign with any team.
All of those players will be ranked in the teams Top 30. Perhaps in the top 20. The pitcher you're describing is Griffin Roberts, from Wake Forest. And there was a mix of opinions on how quickly he'd move through the system. Keep that mind. Count me in the group that believes he should be ranked aggressively.
Harrison Bader or Yairo Munoz. Paul DeJong as a sleeper.
We saw a modern version of that with the Kansas City Royals, when they won it all in 2015.
There is not that guy on the roster for 2019, and there may not be that guy again for many years. All of the things you describe in one person is singular to Adam Wainwright. That's just is. Just as some of the things that Chris Carpenter did to lead are singular to him, and Hentgen was singular to him, and no one is suggesting that there isn't a Bob Gibson on the horizon for 2020 because Gibson is Gibson. I'm not saying that Wainwright leaves a legacy like Gibson, just that maybe when it comes the traits you're describing Wainwright is Wainwright and there's not going to be a search for the next Wainwright, there's just going to be a search for the next personality that leads the rotation.
You're not wrong. Martinez's slump has played a big part in this. Some of the lineups have featured struggles from Adams, and that's a part of it. Facing Scherzer is part of it. Lots of contributing elements but you're right it has undone a lot of the good vibes that surrounded the lineup during August. I will suggest that August also corresponded with Wong being a steady presence (not so recently) and Bader playing a lot and hitting well.
Sorry. Hold on. I pressed the wrong button and closed the chat. Here. Let's speed to the finish.
No. That's allowed in baseball. And what a farce that was in tennis.
In third and still looking for a championship.