The time is always now in St. Louis. However, the sharp fan will realize this could be a very good team next year and probably 2020, too. They shouldn't have to wait, though although this team still can be a good one.
There didn't seem to be as much need to take Martinez out before but the ball seems to be finding him more, especially in the late innings, and the results haven't been good. Mike has to come up with an alternate plan for first base.
Teams aren't going to trade star players just yet until they're sure they can't re-sign them, sure they're out of postseason contention and until potential suitors became desperate enough to give them what they want.
When Waino is healthy, he starts. His last two starts were fine.
There is no question about it. Agree.
I've always thought Carpenter should hit second. But, if Pham doesn't hit first, who does? I don't think they think Fowler can do it any more. I would go Pham, Carpenter, J. Martinez (when he plays), Ozuna, DeJong.
I would like to see Martinez in left field once in a while, if Ozuna could play right field. Not sure his arm is healthy or strong enough to do that. But I'd like to see it occasionally.
Actually, if you count Gomber, they were at nine all weekend.
First, they have to determine if Carpenter is injured. If he is, then disable him. If not, then reduce his playing time a bit until he shows again to be that cornerstone player they thought they had. His contract is up after next year and it is not a whopping one. It is $13.75 million this year and $14.75 next year.
Don't know if they'd want Fowler in any regular role next year if he doesn't hit. But perhaps he could be a first baseman, a move he might resist, though.
Not the answer you want, possibly, but I would play Gyorko four or five times a week, Carpenter four or five times a week and J. Martinez four or five times a week, covering both first base and third base. I think this is what was intended at the start of the season before Gyorko got hurt. I don't go after anybody yet until I see how this works.
It may sound trite but I think it depends on where they need the most help. But, ultimately, he will be a starter.
I wish I knew why the strikeout is taken with such a laissez-faire attitude. The way I see it, any time you hit the ball, the other side might miss it or throw it away.
I thought Mike went too long with Weaver on Tuesday with two straight walks and Cespedes coming up. But Weaver still was throwing well Sunday and Diaz hit a good pitch.
The only way a manager can really hold a player accountable is not to play him as much. We're starting to see some of that with Fowler and Carpenter getting time off. But we have to remember that precisely one-sixth of the season has gone by. Games left: 135. A lifetime. And, by the way, I always think the players should get the credit/blame. They're the ones making the most money.
Bader hasn't really shown a high ability to get on base either. He is more of a free swinger but I like his energy.
But the relievers, if you ask them, aren't hurt. Gregerson was but appears to be fine. Holland is not hurt. I just keep Bud Norris as my closer until he shows he can't do it and let the others pitch in subordinate roles, no matter their contracts, until something changes.
That's because he doesn't walk. They didn't bring him here to walk. He is between above average regular and superstar. But he is the only hitter the opposition really game plans other than, now, Tommy Pham.
The fans will give you that answer when Pujols bats here for the first time next year. The game will be delayed for several minutes and Molina will make sure that happens by stepping out in front of the plate until the last fan has stopped applauding. When he goes into the club's Hall of Fame, there will be no bad taste.
I don't think eight or so games is much of a barometer other than to determine he isn't ready to close yet. But very few relievers who aren't named Kimbrel or Chapman have put together more than three really strong seasons in succession.