You don't have to decide those things until the end of the season and he's had a chance to start three times. Plus, you can change the playoff rosters for every round. Since it appears the Cardinals will play the wild-card game, if they get in, there is no need to have all your starting pitchers on the 25-man club. You would take one or two extra starters and load up on bench players and relievers.
Hard to argue against Brock because he was an everyday player. They really didn't have an alternative for him. When Carlton was traded, Rick Wise, who came back from Philadelphia, was solid, but no Carlton.
He isn't used in those spots much because he walked Wilmer Difo in the ninth inning when another walk absolutely wasn't needed and he gave up a double before that. He was supposed to finish that game and he couldn't do it. That was high leverage enough.
The benchmark for charging errors is what happens with "ordinary effort," on a play. Munoz's effort was more than ordinary although the ball was in his glove and he sort of threw it out as he descended. He did save a home run, it appeared, though.
I long have predicted the Dodgers will win the division. I also long have predicted that Milwaukee will be hosting the wild-card game. The Cardinals can be the other wild card if they hold their own with the Dodgers in the four-game set here next week and don't get swept in their three-gamers at Atlanta and Chicago. Arizona, Los Angeles and Colorado have many games with one another yet, where somebody will be losing every night. The Dodgers have six with Colorado and three with Arizona. Colorado and Arizona play seven times.
I generally have thought that the players appreciate their manager showing little or no emotion when things are going awry. That tells them they shouldn't worry either, even though the manager might be but doesn't allow himself to show it.
The Brewers' bullpen is better than it was with Jeffress returning to the form he has shown a couple of times before with them. Knebel also has come back strongly from the minors. Milwaukee's biggest weakness to me, is its starting pitching and the infield defense when so many of its infielders are playing out of their normal positions to accommodate the power they acquired.
The biggest consideration is that Wacha can be a free agent after next season. But, with Wainwright to be gone and C. Martinez too flighty, I would like Wacha to stay as a staff leader _ a position I think to which he has emerged this year. He really was pitching well until he got hurt.
Gomber could be in the bullpen in October. He might get the first call for a lefthanded spot.
Despite his arm, Ozuna has been a better outfielder than Holliday although he is many years younger than was Holliday when the latter played here at the end. Offensively, they've been about even but Ozuna hasn't missed as much time with injury. So Ozuna would have the edge.
The Cardinals must add a lefthanded hitter to the mix and that might well be in the outfield. I'd go after Harper if there was a chance. But the lineup needs balance. Fowler will get another shot. He is signed for three more years. And they have to live with Ozuna's shoulder issue. Don't know yet about O'Neill or Adolis Garcia but Ozuna and Bader are set. Would like to see Jose Martinez here as a swingman. But none of the aforementioned is a lefthanded hitter other than the switch-hitting Fowler half the time.
The Cardinals will deal some of their young pitching but it doesn't have to for a third baseman. They do have to get a lefthanded hitter with thump to aid Carpenter, who can't be counted on to hit 35 homers every year.
The ball isn't dead, like it is with a foul ball out of play. Molina's throw very well could have gone into the outfield and Turner easily could have gone to third.
Would you trade for him now? Nobody will, unless they see him play in the spring and see if he's healthy. If he's good enough and fit enough, the Cardinals will keep him.
I often judge successful seasons by winning at least 90 games. The Cardinals need to go 13-10 to do that, which is very achievable. Given their second-half surge, they don't necessarily have to make the playoffs to call it a success. But 90 has a nice ring to it.
I was surprised, at first, when I heard it. But the front office didn't want to have any doubt lingering in the clubhouse or the manager's office when it appeared everything was on course for a run to make the playoffs.
I'm not sure if you saw all the games but Fowler played all right defensively. His .200 average, as you call it, was a lot better than it had been. Some of this is relative and you can make the numbers mean anything you want. But I thought he was better. I wasn't equating him to Willie Mays.
The older pitchers, like Norris, are walking hitters, too. I credit it to the time of the season when pitchers are trying to make more perfect pitches because every game seems to mean more now.