Washington will be a bigger disappointment because it never contended at all.
The MVP probably won't come from St. Louis but it could come from the division _ Baez or Yelich?
I think Kelly is good enough defensively but we need to find out if he can hit.
Probably by trade. Their free-agent luck hasn't been very good in that area and their system doesn't have anybody camera ready although most of the Cardinals' righthanded relievers actually get lefthanded hitters out pretty well. So they don't need too much lefthanded and maybe ex-Yankee Shreve is the guy.
As I understand it, both the pitcher and the hitter have to keep the same "handedness" in an at-bat. If the first team changes pitchers during the at-bat, then the switch-hitter could switch.
We might have our answer next June when Pujols plays here for the first time in eight years. The reception will tell us a lot.
But you can't really look at it that way. They also have winning records against Los Angeles, Colorado, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland and are even with Milwaukee _ all of whom are playoff contenders.
I think it probably is time to cut ties there. I had some hope when he came off his minor league rehab and for a while he was better, but I don't see it happening here.
DeJong has taken a step back. We'll never know the effects of his missing seven weeks or how much his finger might have affected him. But 108 strikeouts and 34 walks doesn't present a very good look. He is a smart kid, though.
I think their schedule mitigates against them, what with Atlanta, Milwaukee and Chicago ahead and San Francisco hardly a weak sister. I have my doubts.
I'd go with the best offense I have but, at this point, Munoz in right field might give them their best chance. I would still like to see JMart get one more crack at it, though. He's such an infectious player. If he hits, then more might hit.
In the day, if a pitcher made only six innings, he was sneered at by his pitching brethren.
I can only concur in that assessment. There are so many ways to deliver a run without hitting a home run.
I realize the front office was looking to shake things up. And it worked _ because the players made it work. I thought the previous coaching was good. And I think the current coaching is good. It's about the players.
Except that no one has, yet, other than when the regular first baseman (Freddie Freeman in Atlanta or Ryan Zimmerman in Washington) was injured. Sometimes, you can't pro-rate those stats.
There will be as you call it "genuine pursuit." How could there not be? That doesn't mean anything other than they will try.
Bader's swing is big. But it was big before. He would benefit, I think, from a shorter stroke and even bunting once in a while to employ his speed.
Waino spun Justin Turner around a couple of times. When you're pitching well, you don't want to rile the other team with nonsense. There will be a time for it if you're really upset.
Perhaps the Cardinals were reaching their level, too. They were not a 22-6 type team. Nobody really is, with the exception of perhaps Boston.
Either Koufax or Walter Johnson.