I think what you saw was a speculative story about what the Mets could do. At this point, that is more smoke than fire. Fowler would have final say and lots of influence on where he could go.
I, intuitively, try to do my best.
Well said. I have no idea why such preconceived notions persist, but I guess if they did not then this chat wouldn't be all that much fun. There are pockets of Twitter that exists because of preconceived notions. that have been proven wrong over and over and over and over and over and over again. I guess every coin has that side.
Yep, especially if they stick to precedent of giving a full share to any player who had even a day in the majors. That would seem fair this year. It's taken a village.
You want the chat down the block.
Any outfielder. All outfielders. They'll discuss them all and any. Piscotty does not have a no-trade clause, so the team would be driving what direction they take him.
Diaz is slated for a promotion. Can confirm that. Have been told that. When playoffs are over, barring injury.
You mean like Randal Grichuk with a lower average and fewer home runs? Huh.
Well put. There has been a lot of life in his defensive game, especially of late. I think you can always tell with Yadier Molina how close he feels he is to a win/championship/postseason. If he smells a shutout for his pitcher, you can tell. If he smells a close win against a rival, you can tell. There's that pep, bounce, whatever, and you saw that almost every second of the World Baseball Classic. I had a close friend of Molina's -- actually two close friends, come to think of it -- tell me this winter that he was irritated by the Gold Glove thing past year and that it motivated almost everyday of his offseason to go and win it back. I think we've seen the results of that -- and how it still drives him.
To the discussion sure. Hosmer has an appeal. Both could help the lineup. Not sure either would be transformative, but certainly lengthen it and offer a middle-order option.
Fowler is the Cardinals center fielder, when he's healthy. The team and the player have made that clear. Pham is the best defensive outfielder of this group. Bader has made such strides in center this year that the Cardinals see him as on the second tier in their system behind Sierra, and alongside Mercado. That's good company for Bader.
I don't see what's so wrong with hitting him second, never have. If he's compromised then lower in the order is fine, but I'm not wrapped up in this leadoff stuff, and if it's that big of deal then it is only because the Cardinals have made it this self-fulfilling prophecy with fickleness. I think batting average is a lousy way to solely judge a hitter, and Carpenter's ability to get on base is elite, and belongs near the top of the order.
Consider Brandon Phillips. He's hitting .291 and that's all well and good, but Matt Carpenter with his .238 average is a far superior offensive player.
Phillis has a .329 on-base percentage. That means over the course of 100 plate appearances, Carpenter is getting on base five more times than Phillips. Oh, and Carpenter does more with the hits that he does have. Though, again, he's only batting .238 compared to Phillips' .291, Carpenter has more extra-base hits. He has 49 to Phillips' 39. So, to recap, Carpenter gets on base more, does more damage with the hits he does have, and yet is batting about 50 points lower than Phillips. Do you see how batting average fails to describe the hitter, and there's nothing wrong with having the 17th-highest OBP in the majors batting second or near the top of the lineup.
Heck, just an hour ago I was advocating that the 16th-best OBP in the game might be a good fit at No. 2 for the Cardinals. Who is that? Well, it's Christian Yelich.
It was the correct move for a problem that did not have immediate or intended results. The Cardinals needed to be less reliant on home runs because they had to find other ways to score runs. They've done that with Pham, Wong, and in flashes Sierra, and then you've seen the value of OBP when it all comes together like imagined -- just with different players than they imagined. Last year's team had very few dimensions to the offense, and when the biggest part of that offense didn't work neither did the offense. This year's team, at its best, has more ways to score and thus less ways to be stopped.
To active, even proactive, agents getting on the phone to Michael Girsch.
I've not intended to be coy with this, except to report what is clear and known: Each coach will go through an evaluation and that Cardinals intend to consider some changes within manager Mike Matheny's staff. This was telegraphed and explained and confirmed in the wake of the The Great Rearrangement. It's possible that Mike Shildt's work at third has him set for that spot and leaves the Cardinals looking at that quality-control coach in a different way. You mentioned the coaches at Memphis who have done a solid job and you should also include Eversgerd, the pitching coach. He gets every bit as many plaudits and accolades as Budaska. A name to know.
Hence, why he's included. Good to see folks supporting his candidacy.
It's interesting that you say Mozeliak would be happy to trade any of the players mentioned in the poll and then by the end of your paragraph resign yourself to the idea that he won't trade any of them. It's interesting those two thoughts -- stated so resolutely -- can co-exist in the same paragraph. He's happy to trade players but not happy to actually trade players.
Look, the Cardinals really dig having Paul DeJong in their future. They're happy about that.
They'll need innings from somewhere. Lynn could be that somewhere, or some addition from outside the organization that they think is a better value play.
Always talk. There's been no action, and not real momentum. When the wild-card game was invented, the purpose, in Selig's eyes, was to create Game 7 intensity out of thin air. And that's what the ratings and the games say they've got. The interest has confirmed his theory of the instant elimination game not needing a series to build drama when elimination does that on its own. So, no, not likely change.