Why would you say it's "costing this club?." He's hurt and he's not going to be pitching for a while. He's been in four games, one of which they've won. Waino, even though he is the reigning Silver Slugger winner as a pitcher, isn't hitting either but he's not the reason the Cardinals lost that game Sunday. They struck out 10 times against Clayton Richard in eight innings. The same Clayton Richard, who had a 1-5 record and 5.74 ERA.
There is always a market correction but it will take a team to win a World Series or contend for one, playing the total offensive game, for other teams to change their minds. And, yes, the strikeout is the most boring offensive play n the game.
You're seeing Martinez coming out for defense more and more now at the end of the games. He won't have to play in the field the next two days.
That's a good question. Perhaps Waino didn't tell them until later.
Waino will always have a role with the Cardinals and, pretty much whatever role he wants. He would like that to be on the mound and there may come a time before the season ends that he would gain prominence there again. But not for a long time. He will, however, be very helpful to young pitchers and all players while recuperating.
How about these numbers? In the last two seasons, he was 25-14. You can throw any numbers out there that you want but that's 11 over. The team was a collective 14 over .500 in those years. As bad as he was last year, Wainwright still tied for the team lead in wins at 12. So, point your finger at somebody else while you're in that mood. And I have no bubble to be burst. I'm just citing statistics.
Well said. But "what have you done for me lately?"
I agree. It was hard to watch and probably not easy to write either.
Actually, the Cardinals were 2-2 in San Diego, winning the first two. And Carpenter and Fowler have not been quite as automatic outs against righthanded pitching, which the Twins will feature in both games. Let's see how that flies. These guys aren't 36 like Wainwright with a willing heart but dead arm. They're 32, not at their peak but not scrap heap material.
In September, when rosters can be expanded, if not before, we will see Waino again. But the haters won't have to worry about it. He is not in the rotation now or for the foreseeable future. So give it a rest.
Last year, the Cardinals were plus-56 in runs scored and hit 196 home runs. That's at least a fairly good offense. Plus 56 in runs scored and plus 4 in wins suggests that other areas of the club were at fault.
Very good question. Bader might be the best overall defender the Cardinals have in the outfield but Pham does cover ground. I think Bader's arm plays better in right than Pham's, so Pham should stay where he is.
In response to the question: "How is your oblique?" ...
I didn't know I had one.
I couldn't agree more. Waino is one of the best men I've ever dealt with in my nearly half century doing this.
DeJong is the most improved Cardinal defensively. I admit I thought a move to third ultimately would be the right one but I'm more than OK with Paul at shortstop, at least for the immediate future.
Martinez has been here for a season and two months now, and I don't see him really have any long dry spells. So it appears he has stayed ahead of the posse. Overexposure has not been an issue.
Would you rather have those or almost no hitting from three other regulars, whose names need not be repeated ad infinitum?. I did expect more than eight extra-base hits in 38 games, though.
I don't think that ego was the standard here. I don't know how many times Wainwright has pitched through pain and pitched well. It didn't work yesterday.
Carpenter could do well to bunt once in a while. But he still is paid to be an extra-base-hit, damage hitter, which he used to be. As is, he has one more extra-base hit than Ozuna, who, surprisingly isn't receiving the invective the chatters have reserved for Carpenter, Fowler and Wong.
Holliday never has played right field and wasn't very good at first base either. He is a DH/left fielder, which isn't a problem area here.
Look around the National League. How many "juggernauts" are there? It's no secret that the best three teams in baseball are the Astros, Red Sox and Astros. But you wouldn't play them until almost November _ if you got that far.