It's not about zigging when the game zags. It's about the ballpark they call home for 81 games a year. It's about trends. It's about not ignoring what has worked. The past two teams that the Cardinals have had that excelled at run prevention -- the 2015 team and the 2019 team -- reached the playoffs and won the division. The 2015 team was so exceptional at run prevention that it won 100 games and set a template that was, in part, mirrored by the Cubs the next year to win the World Series. Jason Heyward, as an example, was part of both teams. The Cardinals returned to that model this year -- somewhat by choice, definitely by results -- and won the division with an lock-tight defense and excellent pitching. Compare that with a few years ago when they scored runs, but fell short of the playoffs. Think the Moss years. At some point you cannot ignore what works at the ballpark where you play most often and the Cardinals should play to their strengths. Their strengths and their style is run prevention. Embrace it.
Is it? Were they? I'm not convinced. Granted injuries happen, players age, and problems occur. But take a gander at the World Series this year. Strasburg, Colvin, Scherzer, and Verlander -- four of the highest-paid pitchers in the game because of, oh, yeah, they provide a level of certainty others do not. It paid off.
Lane Thomas based on the comments from the Cardinals -- unless he's in center.
That is what they're basing it on. That's where all the data comes from. Teams use historical models to build the data base and generate trends that they use to draft players, sign players, and project players. That's how all the data-modeling for baseball works. It is old news to front offices. That's Moneyball. That's 2004 Cardinals stuff. The data has just increased and so has it's reliability. They still cannot see the future. They can only make an educated bet on it.
Huh. No. Those were made a year apart.
None really. Best to ask him, I suppose.
The Cardinals have that position covered with an elite defensive player.
Trevor Bauer has openly questioned how Astros pitchers seem to improve their spin rates. He's been vocal about it on social media. It's a question of whether you can prove it's done with foreign substance or not. But that allegation has been out there, from a current player.
I'm just glad that it's about time we saw some spending on free agents again. Makes it fun -- and I'm pro labor force in this regard. And it's been absent for a few years here.
Haven't seen Mozeliak yet. I've been chatting blandly.
Maybe. The no-trade lists are often leverage, as you infer. He's never out and out said he wouldn't pitch for the Cardinals, not from what I've been able to tell or find out.
No player is safe from the wrath of the chat.
Depends on the player and the agent. Most players seen the agent as their employee and make decisions based on that. Don't forget the influence of the wife and family. That is also a part of the equation.
It's Gallen. But whatever.
There's an appeal there. I get it, especially from the outside looking in at the Cardinals's openings. The cost would have to be right for the Cardinals, of course. Salary relief would have to be a part of it. Or a reduction in the talent going to Boston. It's a hard deal to piece together, especially if the team is hesitant about what kind of production/return they'd get at all from David Price. But I see where you're coming from on how it would address two areas with Cardinals. And would do so with name players.
I did not expect the Strasburg deal to reopen the Pujols scar. But here we are.
This is a vulgar, irrational and insulting comment from someone who has never met David Price and also chooses then to insult service members. Awful. That is not my experience with Price, and it doesn't track with others who know him better. Be better.