I'm not quite sure what's going on here. All I know is that when Rosenthal was healthy in the middle of the summer, everything was fine. When he got hurt that night in Boston, I knew the season was done.
Sometimes, they're not thinking.
He does have a complete no-trade so it's hard to tell. He says he doesn't want to play for a rebuilding team. The Cardinals really aren't in that mode. .
You are correct. Fowler is not _ and shouldn't have been considered _ a savior. He can make a good team better. He can't make a mediocre/bad team good.
The Cardinal Way, to me, is making the playoffs. Whatever it takes to do that is the Way to go. Otherwise, it's just a phrase.
Kelly's progress surely was impeded by his not playing more and his average reflected that. The hard part was that Molina was one of the few constants in the lineup and he was hard to take out. He will have to play more next year.
This question disappeared -- here it is paraphrased: A lot of attention on the Cards adding a big hitter, but everyone knows pitching wins championships. Doesn't the team need to add a legitimate innings-eater and shore up the bullpen before going after a hitter?
Hummel: I would rank shoring up the bullpen, as you put it, and a big hitter as co-Number 1 items with a solid starter third. With the way bullpens are employed today, relievers have almost taken on more importance than starters.
You make a fine point and I like Carp very much but his numbers have trended downward in that three-year span and Hosmer's are on the rise. I would like to have both on my team although I haven't figured out where Carp would play.
Would love to have Bumgarner. Not sure what his no-trade provisions are, if any. But I would ask. Again, though, if you give up prospects here you don't have them to get the hitter you need.
My biggest concern for the rotation centers on Martinez being the staff ace he needs to be _ and was just paid to be. Wacha is fine. Weaver is fine. They will need one more veteran besides Wainwright and eventually Reyes will be in the rotation. But it starts with Martinez.
Pham could be the leadoff hitter but I like his RBI potential, which would be hampered hitting behind the pitcher.
Girsch's role is evolving but Mo likely is to have the final say (other than DeWitt) on transactions.
The middle-of-the-order bat would help compensate for the Cardinals don't have, which is speed and, to some extent, defense. They aren't very good at creating one run at a time. The identity, whether we like it or not, is more homers. Or at least more extra-base hits. The Cardinals had just one player with more than 30 doubles and that was Carpenter with 31.
I hardly would use the word "cancer" to describe the clubhouse. I found it reasonably harmonious. But that's a much overstated attribute, in my estimation. Just win, baby.
Diaz would have trade value but not as a shortstop. He projects more as a third baseman, which he well could be someday here. 50-50 on whether he's here next year.
And that's why they have to fix the bullpen, with two new pitchers (one could be Nicasio).
Cain would have to be used in some sort of supervisory capacity. His playing days, I fear, are over.
Alcantara could be a setup man well before the end of the season. Let's keep an eye on that this spring.
Fowler has bought a home here so he wants to stay. I would never say never but I think he's here for the foreseeable future.
Probably the mid-1980s Cardinals who played the game differently than any other team and had one of the game's great managers in Whitey Herzog pulling the strings. Whitey had the rare ability of being able to force the other team's manager to try to manage against Herzog instead of the manager directing his own team. |
It's an instinct issue. A coach can't hold your hand every time you go from base to base.