A little more than a year after turning to both of them as the outfield of the future, the Cardinals are realizing there's probably only room for one of them in the future, and it could even be trickier than that as the Cardinals may have to weigh each of them against Pham, too. The Cardinals have four outfielders today, arguably five, and certainly three on the way. That's a crowded house. They're going to have to make a tough decision about at least one of the bats they thought was going to be a part of the future.
Going to need All-Star-level production from first base somehow. Where does that come from then?
Those are no longer allowed by the CBA.
1) I have not. Probably won't. Saw IT. That was my movie for a bit.
2) Yes. He'll be a four-pitch pitcher in this league.
3) Sorry to disappoint.
They have not. The schedule can change. They'll jockey based on the meaningful games leading into the wild-card game. There is plenty of time and plenty of slack for them to change and get Martinez in that one-game playoff. Keep in mind there are TWO off days leading into that game, TWO. That buys a lot of time for a change.
He's playing for Memphis in the playoffs.
Probably not. Get to October and it certainly will be.
Well, on pure mathematics, Stanton's contract is $100 million more. So, you're talking Price and Wainwright as the equivalent of Stanton. There's that. There's also the out-year cost of the player, which will pay him ... and here we are again going down this path ... some of the highest salaries at the late years when track record wonders whether Stanton will be a RF or a DH stuck in LF with an NL team. And so on. Again, any comparison people cook up week after week after week -- Machado last week, Price this week, Roy Hobbs next week -- are going to slip in someway because Stanton's contract is so beyond comparison at this point. Yeah, the cost contracts are going to rise, and you know what a team is going to get for that cost of contract: someone younger and possibly better than the guy who has that contract now.
This is important: The Cardinals can afford the contract Stanton has, for sure. Lots of teams can. There is money thorughout the game. This isn't a question of the max they can afford. It's about the value they get. Think of it in terms of buying the house you can afford today vs. the cost of it down the road when you're an empty-nester and don't need the room.
-- Cardinals, and about 20 other teams, have lots of money and can afford huge contracts.
-- Cardinals, and exactly 29 other teams, want value and flexibility, and that is the real currency.
No, they'll probably need a starter, too.
I kid. I kid. I just think this team hasn't captured the imagination of the fans. That's all. It's been a tricky team to enjoy because it seems like they've slipped int contention, not run into it. The youth is changing that. The vibrancy of the young pitchers is changing that. But there just has been more angst and anger about this team -- at least in terms of these chats, Twitter, my email, etc. -- than any team I remember. Going to be hard to shake that. Maybe October does it.
He is playing everyday. Heck, they've planted sore-shoulder Carpenter at third to get Martinez playing time at first base. That tells you a lot about what they expect from him.
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Dexter Fowler jarred himself running into the wall, and that could always govern how a player does there -- subconsciously or not. A year ago, Fowler had his best defensive season and he was asked why that was and he said, "Nerds." His point was that the statisticians with the Cubs had urged him to position himself differently and that it made the difference. This year, he's had a change in that for a couple of reasons -- change in parks, yes, and also the foot issue he dealt with. Those two things have played a part in him not being able to repeat last year's defensive success, and he's back around where he was in his career.
Fair. But how many times did you tell me you put your best team out there when the most is at stake? See: Game 5 NLDS vs. Philadelphia and decisions you made leading into that game. Just saying.
Bader has a lot of similarities to Pham, so it's entirely reasonable to make that prediction -- down the road. (More steals, maybe fewer homers, though.)
Seems like a good place to end it. We've been going here for slightly longer than your average American League baseball game in September. By this time next week, the Cardinals have had their say at Wrigley and the division will be just as unsettled as it is now, for sure. I'll be on the way Cincinnati, and there is word a pinch-hitter will step into my place as I work on another assignment from the Queen City. Stay tuned to your local listing, and watch for the ramp-up of coverage as the playoffs beckon. There's a race to reported, and StlToday.com aims to set to the pace.
Enjoy the ride.