This is a fair description of what the roster has become, whether you say it's a bunch of Nos. 2 hitters or a bunch of second basemen and outfielders. Either way, you're striking at the same thing. It's clustered around depth and complement more than it is impact.
Agree. They have talent at the upper levels. The donut hole has closed.
I disagree. Enthusiastically, disagree. This stuff about Martinez's maturity is hogwash, bordering on insulting. I went to the Dominican Republic for Oscar Taveras' burial, and you know what that was like for his closest friend on the team? For someone who has known him since they were boys? From a person who begged and begged and begged to have him join him on a resort so that he wouldn't be driving around? Do you want to know what that day was like for him?
He had kids walking up to him as Taveras' casket passed by asking him for an autograph.
Take a moment to consider that scene.
The casket of a close friend is being driven by, and there is a line of boys who idolize Martinez lined up to ask him for his autograph because they know they'll find him at the funeral procession.
You want maturity?
Martinez spent time with those boys. Talked to the boys. Signed autographs for those boys. Stifled tears and stowed his emotion on that chance that he might may those boys' day and maybe keep them from making a choice that costs them later on. He put aside his mourning and his pain and stood there as a role model. We all should be so mature.
Welcome to baseball in 2017.
1. Major League
2. Eight Men Out
Also, the Post-Dispatch doesn't have a bureau in Memphis. I was keeping it local.
It could be 3B. I'm not sure how choosy they can be. Find the bat. Make room.
It's a tired trope. One that should flung into the sun and never heard again.
Lefty specialist innings.
Or, if they had someone better to cover the Cardinals. That's the example that matters. It ought to be a meritocracy. Like center field. But center field won't be.
In the list of things that have cost the Cardinals the bullpen -- which ranks well in the National League and top 10 in baseball -- is down ballot. Offense has too often left the bullpen exposed where one error dooms the team.
Automatically? Only them. But they have plenty of spots that they can rearrange, and will.
I think Sarris does some great work at Fangraphs, and some of the stuff he's done with pitchers and pitches have been illuminating when it comes to covering those topics and asking better questions about those topics. I don't know the article of which you speak, and should probably read it first. But I've seen a variety of metrics used to measure through the years. Many attempt to be that value-added type model. So, is it how often a maxed-out lineup is used? And how can we know that when the manager isn't using a player because of an undisclosed injury or reason off the field? That might count against the manager when it comes to raw data, but should maybe count for the manager when it comes to clubhouse work. Some folks look to Pythagorean records as a way to show a manager's influence.
Cardinals should be at 59-52 based on their Pythagorean record.
They are at 55-56.
So that's a minus-4. The Cardinals were a minus-2 last season, plus-4 the season before and so on. I also think this is an oversimplification. I know that Sarris does his homework -- often with a counter-intuitive bent that reveals a new facet -- and I look forward to tracking down his article.
Shocked if Oakland took it.
Harrison Bader has improved in center and utilizes his speed to be a plus defender in the middle with an arm that fits well there. He's an aggressive hitter with ambush power and has the look of a top-order (No. 1, No. 2) hitter if he shows more patience and continues to work on a more well-rounded offense approach that doesn't expect to have the same kind of power in the majors.
Tyler O'Neill is a power bat who has the ceiling of being a middle-order hitter from the corner positions. Could be more of a fit for left than anywhere else. He has power, like top power. Lots of strikeouts that go with it, and that's where the improvement has to be. If he's a Three True Outcome hitter then he's got a place in the majors and could be the power bat for the second half of the lineup, but also could emerge as the cleanup hitter-type the Cardinals desire.
Interesting way to put that question. Ownership has invested in the manager with a salary and a contract that seemed to say at the time that he is the face of the franchise. Yes, that's a lot for a manager, and it's not usual for a team. But at the time of Matheny's extension he was going to be around longer that all but one or two players. He had a longer contract that the vast majority of the players on his roster. There was a message there. There was security there. There was a statement there that Matheny should take some confidence from the commitment. Too proud? It's an interesting way to say that. Too invested, maybe. But not with money. With that commitment to Matheny being the leader and voice and face of where they want the franchise to be. That does seem to be a fair description of the extension.
You name it and we could find a match. Just few teams are going to be moving bats around. They'll have to be convinced. So San Diego. Toronto. Baltimore. All worth talking to. What the Cardinals will do -- and we can do along with them at some point -- is comb through rosters and see where there are redundancies, where a team wants to move an established player to make room for a young player who has proven himself, or is about to be more cost-effective. That's a place to start.
Some of it is situational. But what you're describing there is like you said random by definition.
Wonder if he's talked to Yadier Molina about this assertion. Seems like a fair thing to do.