That would have to be quite a package. And Machado surely would be gone at the end of the year.
I would be in favor of Wong starting every game for a week or so although there are pitchers Gyorko mauls so you can't ignore him.
No chance. Fowler isn't saying that anything is broken.
This has happened before when the club was fearful that the bullpen was gassed and that a couple of the starters were sketchy. It happened to Gomber, also, and now he's one of the trusted ones.
I think we're forgetting what time of the year it is. June 18 is still well less than the halfway point of the schedule. I agree that La Russa teams were primed for big games but we're not even close to that yet, regardless of whether the games are on national TV or not.
I say, as I have said for years, change the rules just one year and have the DH for the 10 interleague games in the National League park and not have it for the 10 in the AL parks. And see if the fans like or it not.
The visitors' bat bot often is provided by the home team unless the visiting team has a friend of the family or relative they want to involve. The GM or the president of baseball operations often travels with the team.
Actually, none of those you mentioned other than Walker actually contributed to a league championship the year he arrived, excluding McGee, who started the season in the majors in 1985. You never know if the guy is the guy until it's over.
Nothing except that they thought they had Stanton and then found he didn't want to be here. Generally, these things aren't resolved with the middle America teams winning out.
Oh, I'm sure the 4th of July will have a special look.
The Cardinals owe every penny, except if somebody else picks up the player and pays the minimum, or whatever it takes, to sign that player. Then, that salary figure reduces the Cardinals' financial obligation, in kind.
I think we'll have out answers to all these questions in the next month or so. I have the most hope for Gregerson.
No, when Cubs are involved, it's a referendum on making money.
Each will be playing in a coastal climate.
These assignments are rehabilitation options, not regular options. When the player deems himself healthy, or the club does, you can't keep a veteran player in the minors any longer. Much as you might like.
I don't perceive Fowler's problems to be anything more than he's just not hitting with any consistency. No resentment of Carp or even Matheny. Their best lineup would be one with Fowler hitting at the top, except that you can't justify that right now.
Peace, brother. I don't even know what bWAR is. I do know that Bader provides some skill and a high level of energy and he needs to play at least a few times a week. ,
Jim has several young children now and wouldn't want to be gone for a whole season. He does some spring-training instruction when his schedule permits and then works as a telecast analyst for several games during the season.
To a large degree, you are correct. But .186 doesn't get it done.
I don't think Matheny's presence is a particular asset or deterrent, other than a player might think the Cardinals have a good brand of baseball. I do not believe there were many players who signed on to play with the Cardinals because of La Russa but were happy when they did so, because they often won.