I don't think it was that bad in April, nor did Ozuna, whose call it was.
My lineup has my good friend, Bryce Harper hitting third and playing right field. I have Carpenter hitting first and Ozuna fourth. Don't know about third base yet.
You are precisely correct. They have missed on the big signings and been lights-off on the under-the-radar ones. They have to be better at the top _ and you left out Holland. Ozuna was OK. .
Not yet, but maybe at some point early next season if he pitches like this again.
What do you say about the Giants or the Tigers or the Nationals, all of whom were playing teams trying to win divisions?. Those scores, in order, were 15-0, 11-0 and 12-0. At least the Cardinals scored five runs and were competitive, to some degree. The Cardinals don't care of the Cubs or Brewers win. They just care that they didn't win. Shildt was looking at some things. Was it the Cardinals' finest hour? Of course not.
I respect Ken, too. My theory, as I espoused before, is that the Cardinals wanted to eliminate the distractions and the questions that would have been created by not making that move. That being said, I would not have made the move as soon as they made it.
I don't get it. The Cubs have the best record in the league. They aren't allowed to win a game 10-5? Shildt used many relievers as he tried to use matchups. The defense wasn't exactly highlight-reel. But if often hasn't been this year. You can question some of his moves, or non-moves, but when did Matt Adams become Babe Ruth? The Cubs might have brought in a lefthander and Adams wouldn't have hit anyway.
They won't hear of it but you are right. And, again, that lineup that everyone seems to want, lost four games in a row, leading for all of one half-inning.
This is kind of a case-by-case situation but the Phillies may be high on Machado's list because a number of their front-office types used to be with the Orioles. The Dodgers and Yankees are always going to be mentioned because they generally have the most to offer but both clubs seem to be cutting back a bit to stay out of the luxury tax threshold, I don't think Harper would mind playing here but I can see Washington retaining him.
The front office isn't going to stand in Stubby's way if Toronto or somebody else offers him a job. But he best would serve the Cardinals right where he is at Memphis, making sure players are ready, rather than being a bench coach at the big-league level.
He'll get a chance in the spring, mostly because he is lefthanded but he didn't do all that well at Memphis.
Signing Holland didn't work out at all well and the bullpen suffered for the several months he was here, despite the work of Norris and Hicks.,
He has returned to work in Houston although I not know for whom.
Fair question. I see Carlos Martinez as an upgrade if he wants to stay there. I see Mikolas and Flaherty becoming staff aces. Bader made the defense better but it was still poor..The offense really wasn't much better at all. So there is need for improvement on offense and on the mound. Again. .
If it got to the end of the season, I might have interviewed other candidates but he would be the leading one. They were 41-28 under him.
I don't have access to those numbers. And I don't need a lot of them. My eyes tell me that the Cardinals were better defensively with Bader in the outfield and Wong has become superior _ when you can keep him on the field. DeJong is improved. Molina still is very good. Everyone else is average or below. They make too many mistakes in the field and on the bases, which they can't afford to do because they don't have the consistent offense (especially lack of speed) to overcome them.
As stated, I like Martinez right where he is. I think they've found something. They don't have another good closer candidate.
They won't work those players too hard on that Japanese tour. He'll get plenty of rest this off-season. He doesn't need much.