The gap is not really 20 games. The Red Sox aren't in the Cardinals' league (National) and the Cardinals didn't get to play Baltimore 19 times. But the Red Sox model is one to study.
I'm suspecting Harper and Machado will go quicker than some of the free agents of last off-season. That trickle-down should affect others too, and we'll have more to sink our teeth into before the end of this calendar year than we did last year.
DeJong would seem the one who would benefit most from making more contact. He goes out of is zone too often.
Don't dismiss that. The teams knew from Game One that Nelson would have Game Five, although having Sale as the ninth-inning man on Sunday was because Kimbrel, strangely, was used in a five-run game the night before. Price's success with Nelson's strike zone may have been a factor.
You don't want to get ahead of yourself. First, your own team has to get better. Second, you have to catch the Cubs and the Brewers. Third, you have to survive the rest of the National League. Then you worry about the American League but there is little worry involved there because you can't worry about what you can't control.
But if you put it that way, how unlucky were they when the next potential Pujols (Oscar Taveras) was killed in a car crash?. Both happened. Hypotheticals are just that.
Given Norris' work for most of the year, I don't see him settling for a one-year deal. Yet. He did last February.
I would be very surprised if the Cubs didn't pick up Hamels' option, especially considering the uncertainty of $126 Million Man Darvish.
Discontent is everywhere, it seems. But the Cardinals were willing to take on the rest of Stanton's $325 million deal last year at this time and he didn't want to come. Again, the Cardinals aren't competing against Boston or LA. It is themselves first and, yes, they need to get better. Chicago and Milwaukee (also Pittsburgh and Cincinnati) are second.
I was just liked who I liked.
Yes, those details should be forthcoming not too far down the road.
Munoz is the most likely still to be here because he is the most versatile, the best hitter and makes the least money.
I just want to see how he feels tomorrow. That horse was ridden pretty hard the last week but I can see some team gambling a long-term deal on him because the talent is there.
And Kershaw, one of the best pitchers of our generation, has been at the epicenter of much of this.
I would expect Kelly to be the Cardinals' backup catcher next season unless he is dealt. Knizner needs to play at Memphis, not Kelly again.
I am not all that familiar with Young but a strong Arizona Fall League is a good place to start, especially with one of the big-league staff, in Stubby Clapp, as your manager.
If Gregerson is healthy, which is a reach, mind you, he will be in the bullpen.
Budaska has been retained as the assistant hitting coach.
Mostly if you go to the back fields. But he might get a sniff of the big-league atmosphere.
I assume that many teams at least say they are using this philosophy. Before you write off the Cardinals as a hopeless cause, consider they did win 14 more games than they lost. There is not a need for an upheaval only significant improvement, which probably every team but the Red Sox would say they need.