You're assuming that Fowler and Wong will get on base. That hasn't even come close to happening, so far. Carpenter would make a better option to hit one or two because at least he walks.
And, so whom are you giving up? And, keep in mind, you're talking a two-month rental, so you'd better be sure you have enough pitching to trade and pull off a championship, too. Yes, I would pursue it. But, too much uncertainty in the starting pitching ranks to do it now.
I'm sure Carpenter has undergone plenty of tests. As he did last year, when there was deemed no need for surgery. He's just been bad. There's little other way to explain it, so far.
The Cardinals are 7-4 against the two teams, Chicago and Milwaukee, considered their most likely competitors, for the Central Division title. They also beat the Reds seven straight times, which might actually be a pretty good feat. Just ask the defending National League champions how "fluff" the Reds were this weekend in Los Angeles. Everybody plays the same schedules, for the most part, and it's going to take 93 to 96 wins to get into the playoffs. No matter when you win or them or against whom they're played. How can you say the Cardinals are just above the "tanking" teams when the White Sox have won nine games and Miami 14, The Cardinals have 22.
I still feel Fowler is the more dangerous offensive player. Heywarrd is the better defender. Fowler is less expensive and not tied down as long. So, Fowler.
Wainwright's rotation spot already will be taken by Flaherty or Reyes or someone else. No need for him to retire. He can just be on the disabled list until he truly is ready to pitch without overriding discomfort, whenever that is. If he's retired, he can't be in the dugout or clubhouse offering his wisdom. His value in both places is enormous.
They're presuming that farm system products as Adolis Garcia, Max Schrock, Tyler O'Neill, Oscar Mercado and Randy Arozarena are part of that position player core. But their real core is their staff which by then would be Martinez, Reyes, Weaver, Flahertry, Reyes, Dakota Hudson, Austin Gomber, Jordan Hicks. And this doesn't account for a possible extension of Mikolas after two years. He was born and reared in Jupiter, you know. Or even Michael Wacha staying on after he becomes a free agent. .
I don't think your lefthanded hitters would have helped much against Hand Sunday. He hasn't allowed a hit to one yet. Almost everybody has an eight-man bullpen these days. Some days, I don't fully understand it.
The key, I believe, is to recalibrate his swing a bit to be able to hit to all parts of the field _ the oufield that is. Then, perhaps they wouldn't shift as much on him.
I would rather have the Cardinals' young pitching. I wouldn't want the Dodgers; payroll, which isn't going to do them much good this year. In fact, for this year and beyond, I would take the Cardinals over the Cubs, too, granting that the Cubs might win again this year but don't have the farm system the Cardinals have for future successes.
This may be coming although I like him at No 5, too. Last year, he hit third and sometimes fourth when they didn't have an Ozuna. But he definitely belongs in the top five after an awful strikeout binge earlier this season when he did not belong in the top part.
Many questions raised here, but one answer remains: Miles Mikolas might be among the top two or three free-agent signings of the off-season.
Wong actually has been hitting lefthanders much better than righthanders this year. Carpenter has just two hits against lefthanders. That's why he wasn't playing in the first place. So they weren't really anxious to use him until they had to.
I'm not saying the Cardinals absolutely wouldn't take a shot in free agency because they were prepared to take on a lot of money with Stanton, had he elected to come here last off-season. But, trading for Machado during the season is a bigger risk, because you have to send top prospects for somebody you might not have.
No, you're not off base and I would love to see more players get on base, however possible. Just put the ball in play. The other side might miss it, as has been shown time and time again.
I believe you are forgetting that the Twins made the playoffs last year and won two more games than the Cardinals.
You thought you had seen strikeouts? Moss would break the bank. The Cardinals have no shortage of home runs. They're among the league leaders. and are on pace for 209 for the season. They need more hitters to make more contact, and that, admittedly, never was Moss' specialty.
Given the Ozuna has only three homers, you 'd be tempted to say Yelich, especially because he is a lefthanded hitter and the Cardinals basically have had none of those. But I liked Ozuna in December rather than Yelich, so I'll not go back on that yet.
That was kind of spine-tingling, wasn't it. It was like of watching Rick Ankiel in spring training of 2001 trying to throw a strike, any strike, without bouncing if off the screen.
Agreed, they've probably cost themselves three or four wins because of lack offense. But look at the National League averages> Teams are hitting .240. Almost nobody has any real offense, especially any extra offense. American League might be a better target. By the end of this month, the Cardinals should have an idea of whether they go after somebody externally or bring up Tyler O'Neill and let him rake in right field.
I thought that Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler would be hitting at least .250 and not .150. And I thought Miles Mikolas might be in the bullpen.
And perhaps cancel the public hangings at town square?
I was. I even watched the St. Louis Browns contest the Chicago White Sox in a Sunday doubleheader.
Point taken. But that Platinum was five years ago and no Golds in the last two, so the coaches and managers must have shifted their opinions, too. Perhaps I should have taken the approach that Machado wouldn't be a "much better" defender than Gyorko.
I can't see Big City getting more than a two-year deal but I would like that rather than see him try to scramble for a job. He does provide a service _ good power and a good pinch hitter.
Matheny is going to have to do some fancy skippering this year if Carpenter, Fowler, Wong, don't step it up in due time. But, I agree, their pitching will keep them in it.