Sammy has looked good, but it's very early and there haven't even been any batting practice sessions yet vs. pitchers. That will start on Tuesday.
Last year might have been Ozuna's career year _ and maybe for Pham, too. But that doesn't mean a little less than either put up last year wouldn't be extremely helpful.
I'm with you. Carpenter has the skill set to hit third, even though he hasn't been that productive there, relative to his hitting first. Fowler almost always has hit first. A month's worth of that combination might be enough of a sample size.
Yes, I don't know precise figures but neither is making anywhere close to the big-league minimum of over $500,000 but far more than a regular-season stipend for a minor leaguer. Please, let's not get too excited about Mujica. He's not even here.
It probably would be but I don't think you're not going to see that.
A voice in the wilderness.
Cardinals fans have become spoiled. But if they go to the park, they have paid good money and they deserve entertainment. Winning is more entertaining than losing. As for the Cubs and their fans, there was some negativity when they dropped back after winning some division titles eight or nine years ago, but the outcry in St. Louis the last two years has been notable and somewhat surprising.
I hope the rest of your day goes better.
Good question. I'm just throwing it out there that Molina shouldn't be out of the lineup more than once a week and Kelly should be in it once a week.
Wisdom's next major step has to be a drop in strikeouts. Apparently the other 29 teams feel the same as the Cardinals _ that he is not a big prospect.
Not ignoring your questions, there are just a lot to get to. I've never seen Mikolas pitch but the Cardinals weren't the only team interested in him and, at similar money, Cashner and Vargas haven't been consistent pitchers for a whole season very often including last year. As for Carpenter, he would do well hitting the ball the other way once in a while and now that the Cardinals have other power sources in DeJong, Pham and, especially Ozuna, he may not feel compelled to go for home runs as often.
The Cubs' lineup is not better than the Cardinals although the Cubs have two hitters who have established themselves as stars in Rizzo and Bryant and the Cardinals really don't have anybody who has two consecutive star-power seasons. Pham, Ozuna and DeJong could change that.
But Leone had a big year last year for Toronto and the ERA you quoted from the year before that was in limited appearances. Gregerson as a closer could be a stretch.
I would have liked to have seen one more veteran pitcher, either a proven closer or a starter.
Cecil should be more effective and useful than he was last year. Will that be worth $30.5 million for four years remains to be seen.
Wong always has a chip on his shoulder. This time it is, 'Can he stay on the field?.'
We believe Arozarena would win, followed by Garcia and Pham.
This is a big year for the front office as well as the team. If the Mo-Girsch blueprint doesn't produce a contender, there will be some changes in the clubhouse, probably the manager's chair and perhaps beyond.