The Wacha injury killed them. He was at his best since the 2013 postseason.
The front office has to bring in at least one "somebody else." If you'll remember, they did that twice last year with Stanton and ultimately, Ozuna. Neither worked out.
They only want to bring up players they actually want to use. Before, when nobody made any money, if was a promotion. If you add 15 players sitting around all making big-league money, with many of them not playing, it's not cost efficient.
Situational hitting is not stressed as much as the multi-run homer. It is not ignored but the current-day hitters would rather hit one over the wall than a grounder to second base.
Stanton didn't always bat second for the Marlins. For much of his career, he hit behind Ozuna. I'm not a bit "protector" guy anyway. You shouldn't need any help other than having guys on base in front of you. And, for much of this season here, Ozuna didn't have that.
If you consider Machado and Harper as the "high end," then I would say no.
My point in talking about Stanton was that much more was expected of him than it was of Ozuna, who played in front of very few fans with really nothing at stake. Here, he was brought in at something of a "hired gun" and he does not appear to be that kind of player.
I don't know if he was the "real deal" or not but scouts and officials of other teams shared the Cardinals' feelings, so he may have been.
If these pitchers want any more than two-year deals, the Cardinals aren't going to be interested. They well might figure Hicks will be their closer and they'll fill in around him.
That's about 20 names there, but Brantley being at least a switch hitter has some interest to me. I don't see them interested in another righthanded slugger, especially as brittle as Donaldson and Pollock have been. Britton as a lefthanded reliever has more appeal to me than some of the others. If you think Kershaw is going to turn down $35 million a year from the Dodgers by exercising his option, then you're nuts.
I start checking my medicine bottles when I see some of those combinations, wondering if I need to take them with water.
I'd like to see a successful Lyons but I'm not sure he's completely healthy.
Tommy wants to be a take-charge guy in the outfield and in the lineup. Sometimes he gets in his own way but it's hard to criticize his intent.
That's what you're going to see now. Other than a lefthanded reliever and a lefthanded hitter, there isn't much the Cardinals can get now that would help them be division contenders. They aren't close enough to be trading for "rental" players. But let's look some more at some of these Memphis lads. And I think we will.
He's about 34 now and unless somebody is looking for a specific type bench player, I don't see it happening. San Diego doesn't need him.
Munoz is the one player I want to see a lot of in the next two months. He has speed and power besides versatility and he might well be much more than a bench player.
Those were two terrific deals Mo pulled off that summer. I guess that is too long ago for most of the chatters.
Whitey likely would have been general manager, too, and he would have backed up the truck and brought in virtually a new bullpen.
They've got some great weekend draws the rest of the way in Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers and Giants. Many of those tickets already have been sold.
I would think we should expect more of the same this year because the owners actually kept their wallets in their pockets. Of course, that didn't do many of the players any good, especially the ones who signed late and had little or no spring training (read: Greg Holland, one year for $14 million).
At this point, Bill DeWitt III has little input in the player procurement process, operating on the business side with Ballpark Village taking up much of his time. I don't know who would be the new chairman, but it well could be Bill III.
Ideally, this team needs another star. But, perhaps as much as anything, the philosophy of how to score runs and prevent others has to change. I see nothing wrong with pitching and defense _ as long as there is pitching in the bullpen and some semblance of offensive consistency.