He's batted third once and fourth just a couple of times. Relax. Martinez will be hitting third and Ozuna fourth tonight.
I think Ozuna, with seven homers in June, halfway through the month, has shown his power potential. He's on pace for 94 RBIs and close to 25 homers. They expected a bit more and he might yet give that to him. Ten-year contract for anybody? Get serious.
There is no cap, other than luxury tax for payrolls over $189 million. By the way, I care not a whit about next year right now. I am not filing this season away just yet.
Good question. He must be. Everybody could have had him. Still can.
Despite a couple of recent hits against lefthanders and his good career numbers against lefthander Quintana, Fowler sat for Bader because Bader has been very good against lefthanders. No message sent. That was the plan going into the series. Nothing more to be read into it and I would expect Fowler to get plenty of time in Philadelphia series.
You really shouldn't get too crazy in the market until you are exactly sure what you need. Injury _ and recovering from same _ is a big part of that consideration.
I don't see where Fowler would play with the Cardinals next year. No inside info. No-trade clauses are adjusted all the time. He would rather play somewhere esle than sit here, if those were his choices.
Immaterial. Everybody in the division gets to play the same teams. They are also 5-3 against the Cubs, you might note. .
Wainwright understands how the system works. He wouldn't be back much ahead of Sept. 1 anyway, if he had a couple of rehab stints.
Tuivailala has pitched just once since the 11th and that was on Saturday. There is no stretch of three consecutive games.
Again, Fowler not unhappy in clubhouse. Sometimes, ,170 is just what it is. One-seventy.
The easy answer here is that the Orioles, if they have talked to the Cardinals, have wanted more than the Cardinals have wanted to give. This isn't fantasy basebal, we're talking about here.
I see the only real mistake as Martinez not taking a second rehab start. Waino actually was quite good in the spring. As for a closer like Holland, it's hard to replicate that job in the a rehab assignment. You need to find out here. But you need to find out fast.
Myers has been out with an oblique injury. Not very tradable now and not a very good outfielder either.
I firmly believe the Cardinals can be quite a good team next year, because of their young pitching. I don't know if they will be a good enough team this year, so if that is transition, so be it.
My theory is that too many good pitches are taken early in counts and too many bad ones are swung at later in the counts. I would prefer to see more first-pitch swinging, if you perceive the pitcher will be around the zone, rather than spotting a pitcher a strike.
No one comes to mind other than Allen Craig, but that mostly came after he was traded to Boston by the Cardinals.
Fowler, you'll recall, became more appealing when it became clear that the Cardinals were going to lose that top draft pick to Houston as compensation for the hacking scandal. Might as well get a player for it.
I would say that Pham, Fowler and Wong probably have green lights, unless red lights red lights flash, which is rare. Less than stellar is a generous assessment.
They're hitting about .230 with men in scoring position, which isn't good enough.