You answered part of your question when you said Freese, a wonderful man, is a platoon player. When the trade was made, the Cardinals got some mileage out of Grichuk, less out of Bourjos but Freese didn't tear it up in Anaheim either. He wound up as a free agent in Pittsburgh. And , yes, the Cardinals wanted to make room for Wong. Again, the season is 16 games old. I dare say the Pirates won't be in first place a month from now and Wong might be hitting .260 by then.
The double-switch part was interesting and I asked Matheny about that. He pointed out that only one at-bat had taken place after the double-switch, which happened a couple of times. He liked his defense better with Munoz in there. But I did find it unusual it happened with the three-hole hitter.
Rarely, do you see guys fighting in center field. The pitcher always starts these things.
I would take him in a heartbeat. He's different because he doesn't fit the mold of a closer having a couple of good years, like Davis or Holland. This guy has a decade worth of big-time years. He is one of the few that still might be under-rated.
I'm not sure I want to trade the best hitter on the club. That had better be a good third baseman.
I hear you. More balls in play means faster results and faster games. There's nothing exciting about a strikeout if your favorite team is at bat. And that happens to the Cardinals 9 times a game.
He has too much energy to be wasted back there.
He's in the Hall of Fame of the Very Good.