It does not concern them, no. It is up to the fans to show that discontent and withhold their support.
You do know he got into baseball as a scout, right? After being a BP pitcher and working around the Colorado Rockies clubhouse where he counts Don Zimmer and Don Baylor and Bob Gebhard as mentors.
DeJong has more power. Renteria hit for higher average. Homers will be the biggest difference.
Yes. He's hitting a lot of groundballs. He's hitting with two strikes a lot. He's behind in the count. He turns it over to the pitcher. For the first time in his career he's seeing about 50 percent off speed pitches. That's not happened in his career for an entire season. So it's all of those things. It's timing. He hasn't driven the pitches he usually drives. The pitcher is in control of counts. As for the RBIs: Well, you don't get a lot of RBI chances batting second behind the one of the least-productive leadoff spots in baseball. Goldschmidt had about 14-15 at-bats with runners in scoring position 24 games into the month of May. That's a problem. He either drives himself in or no one. So, low RBIs.
Doesn't work that way. They're available for the hitters that need them. They're two of them, and there are usually a few other coaches around the help. Stubby Clapp, for example, was a hitting coach. Hitting coaches work some of the longest hours at the ballpark, and one of the reasons why is to avoid what you're talking about. Be there for all hitters when they're needed, how they're needed.
Kris Bryant would call that boring.
He's definitely in their plans as the current Descalso, Garcia, Aaron Miles type. He'll replace Gyorko in that role for 2020. He'll continue on through a year or two of arbitration, maybe there's a move to get him to sign a multi-year deal like they did with Schumaker, and that's the goal. If he turns it into something more it will be like Nunez did or Miles did or Descalso did -- by leapfrogging the starter due to injury or making the most of his limited playing time so they have to give him more.
Speaking of whom ... Yeah, Garcia getting a run in San Diego is deserved.
They pitch to get him out. He's just the opponent. I'm not sure I understand the question, to be honest. They're going to treat him like any other hitter in the sense that they want to get any other hitter out, too.
I think we're watching a hitter try to adjust to the shift and go the other way again and again and again. He's done that more and more in recent weeks, and he did it often in New York, and the next phase of that for him is to do it with authority. He's done that in flashes. Streaks, if you will. But I think that's what we're watching happen in real time in competition.
The entire OF could be changed if they really wanted to get dramatic. They could do two spots in the rotation, and that's significant. Forty percent is significant. They could look at second base, as mentioned early, but probably don't want to. They could add a reliever to the bullpen, like a second Andrew Miller type and that would be a change. They have less flexibility now than when they started spring training, and I find it interesting.
Nope. This is what teams do. Different voices connect with different hitters at different times. The hitting coach sets the approach, the program, and the drills that will help, and then there is a lot of latitude to individualize that for the hitters.
There's no real rhyme or reason to it. Cardinals have Gomber and traded for Cabrera and Shreve. They've been out looking for lefthanded pitchers, and they even made moves this past season to try and add lefthanded bats. It's the way their moves have happened, and other teams haven't had that issue. I don't think it's some sinister trend or blind spot in their scouting/development.
I aim to be as transparent as possible because that's important these days. I get the sense that there is as much misunderstanding about media and the jobs as there is understanding. The difference between a beat writer and a columnist comes up a lot. How access works comes up a lot. How teams apply pressure and what I can cannot say and where I work and even how I travel -- lots of guessing out there when maybe you can just ask. The misconceptions about my job are sometimes peddled by people in the media who have different jobs, different goals, and yet to the reader probably all fall under the umbrella of media. Trust me. There are people in the media -- peers, really -- who don't know about access rules and how they're governed. They'd rather guess. I would just rather people ask, and then it's on me to be honest.
Going to have to pick a lane here. Are the Cardinals owners "cheap" or are they cavalierly tossing out millions as you mention here? It's hard to keep up with the narrative du jour when it's narrative du moment. Who is to blame? Well, the front office acquired those players. So there's that. In some cases, it was how the manager used them. So there's that. In some cases, it was the player who didn't accept a role, didn't make himself prepared, or didn't perform, who was just flat not good for whatever reason. So there's some blame there. We've got a bagel with a good schmear of blame all over it.
Maybe. The Cardinals believe their fanbase would not respond well to that and that ticket sales would flag -- as they do in Minnesota or Tampa Bay -- and the downcycles are to be avoided.
I have not. I would not. That would be silly.