I would imagine they aren't as different as teams like to convince themselves these days.
Exactly. Absolutely. Major part of the new game.
Not really, not that fit them well. I warmed over time -- as chatters may remember -- to the idea of Logan Morrison. Could see that. Especially with as righthanded as the Cardinals were, but where would he play? Platoon with Jose Martinez. That isn't what the Cardinals are missing. The best moves for the Cardinals are still via trade. Donaldson would have changed this team, if he was healthy. It's that kind of deal that makes the most sense for the Cardinals. Or, taking a deeper look at available good-glove shortstops that would have been available this offseason. It seems like the Cardinals could have had a dominant middle defense, move DeJong to third, and have Carpenter at 1B or 2B with that solid SS there too. That was one way to rethink the need -- stop runs. But you've heard that before in this chat.
It is entirely possible that they are invested in other analytics. The Cardinals belief in their pitching, for example, was rooted in a strong season from Miles Mikolas, which there wasn't any "sabermetrics" for the predictions you're talking about to cling to. Those undervalued the pitching. The Cardinals may have overvalued. The truth, analytically, is in the middle.
They need more extra base hits. Like yesterday.
It does not for the Orioles. Not that I can see. Schoop would be an interesting get, though.
Wouldn't Britton be pretty good alone?
I'm OK with it. Fans say the Hall is for the Fans, and now a Fan is wondering why Fan voting would be taking into account for a Hall of Fame vote? Seems ... contradictory. I'm not voting for a player based solely on his All-Star appearances. I don't think any voter is. But All-Star appearances are adornments on a career, like Gold Glove Awards and Silver Slugger Awards and championships and MVPs and Cy Youngs. They reveal that a player was good, was popular, was likely good and popular, and they give that player some context against his peers. Absolutely All-Star Game appearances are part of the equation, somewhere.
Brian Anderson in Miami is having an excellent season. Carlos Villanueva has the power. Austin Meadows has the average. Juan Soto has the hype -- and it wouldn't be a shock if he also puts up the numbers to really elevate his chances. There are, right now, some position players that overwhelm the pitching candidates, honestly.
Thanks for listening to the podcast. I think some of it is priorities -- and more and more and more about is a team's hesitance to just push all the time because fatigue is considered such a big part of injuries these days. Teams are scaling back workouts, or changing the order of them, or doing all that they can to monitor the work the players have to do. I think some teams are really struggling to figure out when and how to do that fine-tuning, and the Cardinals are no different. They have guys out there most days doing something but is it everyday? No. They have guys in the weight room doing that and is it everyday? Most days for sure. That's probably where the balance has tilted, and it's no surprise that you're seeing changes in the game as a result.
Better yet, I asked him about the baseball card he always carries, and he showed it to us. That's a win for me. Seeing the Mickey Mantle card.
It should. Brewers are athletic and play well and crisp and do things the Cardinals say they can and wish they could more effectively.
Thanks, Travis. Was unsure how that would go over. Glad someone saw it.
It's the one written like a script. All godot.
Agreed. But has to get healthy first. Can't miss time while position players are rocking.
A strong late addition to the questions here and I think this is a subtle, pointed breakdown of a question that the Cardinals will have to address at some point. I get it. I don't arrive at the same answer. I actually think in this way Jordan Hicks personifies the changing nature of the game and the rise of bullpen aces, guys like Kimbrel and Chapman, who are so overwhelming in the role as closer that they influence games in ways that are so valuable now. Hicks could be that. And when you think about how rare that players is -- that known quantity dominant closer, it somewhat makes sense to utilize him in that role. That would be a change for a game that otherwise should get the most innings from the best pitchers. And I think the game is changing.