They didn't have that many runners on second base to be stealing too many signs. If you noticed, Molina hardly called for any fastballs in the first inning but then Wainwright threw his most fastballs in the second inning. After that, the Dodgers didn't know what to expect and then decided to direct much of their energy jawing at home-plate umpire Eric Cooper.
The way I have it charted, Gomber is not in the rotation for the San Francisco series but so far is in for Milwaukee, unless they go to Poncedeleon. There isn't much to trust among the lefthanded relievers, however. But Gomber isn't necessarily that lefthanded specialist kind of guy and actually has been much better against righthanders (.250 to .297).
I have not heard of that particular scenario. It really doesn't make any difference now, does it? He appears to be healthy and the Cardinals have a chance.
I would hope that would happen after he goes into the Hall of Fame some eight or nine years from now.
It is not to be glossed over. Just as Paul DeJong's broken finger is not to be glossed over. But they're playing and people expect to see production. Washington had Zimmerman ready to play every day at first base and, as a non-contender, they had no real need for Adams.
I'm sure that is high on his list although I expect Ozuna to be able throw well enough next year.
On the other hand, the Cardinals wanted Flaherty to face Braves, Brewers and Cubs. And spot start for Wainwright turned out pretty well, earning him two more.
The record (42-33 to 40-35) says they are. Slightly.
The Cardinals may look back at a couple of those series. But it happens. The Dodgers got swept by the Reds in a four-game series at home earlier in the season. Milwaukee just lost a series at home to the Pirates. The other teams have scholarship players, too.
I'm not against expanded rosters. But I am against some teams having more players available than others. My solution in September is that you designate your 25 players you want to use that night, making sure somehow the fans are made privy to that before the game starts so they can play along with the manager.
But whatever Harper hits against righthanders might be appreciably higher than a righthanded-batting alternative hits against them. He's just a good hitter, the best one available.
I do hear often that the manager is encouraged when his team has a chance to win late but falls short. But when that happens too many times, it's a not good sign. Often the difference between good teams and bad teams is one run.
Moustakas is hitting .252 now and hasn't been a real boon to the Brewers but I would look into it. I don't think it's time to trade Martinez yet until at least I have more certainty about some of the Cardinals' young pitching and Wacha.
I'm in on Corbin. He may have more suitors than any other free agent this next winter because he's a good lefthanded pitcher and there aren't many of those around.
So far, he is precisely Grichuk 2.0, which isn't a bad player. I do think he has a chance to hit for a higher average then Grichuk but he'll have to show that next spring, when he will get a chance. He was hurt most of the time this spring.
You'd probably have to go back to Matt Morris, who had 27 or more for six seasons from 2001-06.
That would be the best case. I consider the Dodgers the better team, so their sweeping Colorado might be the best scenario. The Cardinals, incidentally, have the tiebreaker edge over Colorado, if an extra game is needed.
Your first statement largely is correct. I must admit I haven't given much thought to next season yet with so much to happen in the next couple of weeks.
It is working for the Cubs now but they eventually will have to have some sort of pitching in their farm system to trade for players of that ilk.