Fair argument. But being close to where the magic happens -- Hollywood or Madison Ave. -- only heightens the appeal.
I guess Tommy Pham heard us talking about Christian Yelich.
Speed of the fastball, yes.
He's going to get more than that.
Yep. That's a good bet. But don't dismiss what shifts have cost him.
Max Scherzer is in the conversation with Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez.
And Craig Kimbrel.
Thanks. It's the cartoonist in me. And I have varying handwriting gears. Some don't look as nice.
It's going to be discussed.
I don't get the sense that he's untouchable, just that he's the best hitter the Cardinals have and it's a little incongruous to go out and trade for a hitter and then deal the other hitter who would help your lineup. The Cardinals are better with Matt Carpenter on the team. Now, if the Cardinals want to get worse and get worse fast and rebuild, then be honest about it and deal Carpenter and get a return from an AL team and don't feign contention. I don't see inflexibility. But, then again, I'll probably be the last person to buy into this he only hits when he hits leadoff stuff. I'm OK with that. I would welcome someone to explain to me how that makes sense, outside of it just becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy at this point. It's just hard to compute. Hitters hit. He's a hitter. Cardinals are in need of a hitter. Why willingly give one up?
And thanks for calling long distance! I saw the question and had to get it in here just under the wire.
Alright, it's been a good lively and I hope fruitful chat here at StlToday.com. Strong stuff, truly, from the questioners today. A wide array of questions, and many of them I hope led to good conversation -- and maybe even details that you didn't know or didn't know how they fit. I feel like there wasn't that real good rant this week, so we must be saving up for the All-Star break. The Post-Dispatch will unleash the baseball writers on Miami next week with both Rick Hummel and myself selected for the 88th Midsummer Classic. We'll be bringing you coverage here online and in the paper, and that's just the start of the annual torrent of midseason coverage. Check StlToday.com for the next scheduled Cardinals chat. We've tried a few things through the years from the Home Run Derby, and we just want to get better and more timely with the chat during the break. So, stay tuned.
So long, and thanks for all the Fish, who are in town to play this week.