Anything more than 200 wins is going to be quite a feat. Or perhaps number of seasons as a starter, like 15 or more.
Who knows? I believe Mike Schmidt and Dave Winfield both had one hit in a World Series. And Kershaw might end up in the Hall of Fame himself someday. Sometimes, expectations are just too much, even for the stars who feel they might have to dial it up even more on the biggest stage. Plus Kershaw had to deal with Big City. .
Gorman is the only guy I can see doing that unless O'Neill could become the complete hitter.
I haven't thought of Martinez in these terms and I presume the Cardinals think he should be able to start the game at top speed both physically and mentally and remain there. But I'm mulling this one over.
I'm not in the habit of giving away .300 hitters for middle-of-the-road relievers. There's a way to get more value out of Martinez by keeping him. Most good AL teams don't need a DH anyway.
Adams isn't high on their radar yet as a free agent but, later in the off-season, if there is a spot on the bench for a lefthanded hitter with power, they might take another look., He didn't do very well off the bench this year, however, hitting just .158 as a Cardinal.
Harper (LH hitter), Britton (one LH reliever) and I wouldn't mind taking a run at 3B Suarez in Cincinnati, just to see what it would take for a team that craves pitching. Maybe even Andujar with Yankees although he isn't a strong glove man.
I think the games would move more quickly if the big swingers didn't swing for the home run on every swing but, instead, have a different approach when down in the count and just try to hit the ball somewhere. Easier said than done, of course, but it you hit the ball, the other side might just miss it. If you strike out, only Grandal might miss it. Leave the strike zone. I hate big rules changes like that.
Oquendo has chosen to stay in Jupiter all year along and mostly work with young players although he might join the Cardinals from time to time.
There is a tricky balance to find between the analytics and what your eyes tell you. I don't find the Cardinals to be too much different than any other clubs but I fear there is an industry-wide shift to relying more on charts, graphs and printouts. Just throw strikes. And swing at strikes.
Sounds like fairly good handicapping. But it's early in the process.
The free-agent market is limited. But, as mentioned, Ozuna, Goldschmidt and Carpenter all will be free agents after next season and that is a risk.
Harper could be the most prominent lefthanded hitter since Stan. And with him, they could be division favorites. Pizza, toasted ravioli, frozen custard, no football to get in the way of unbridled love. Ryu doesn't make any starts, for me.
It's a tough time to be in front office. The vitriol is intense.
Yes, we have established this. Donaldson and Moustakas can't receive qualifying offers.
Reyes will be eased into action but ultimately will join the rotation _ unless they need him somewhere else. How about Reyes and Hicks pitching the eighth and ninth?
Harper. Arenado and Goldschnidt will be free agents in a year.
I do not think the Cardinals would go $50 million higher than another offer.
I think Ozuna likes it here. I think he would like it better if there was another bona fide middle-of-the-order veteran to take the pressure off. He does not like being the main guy and never has been that guy. There was always Stanton.
Probably. But I'd like to give Munoz a look. .
Bullpen sessions aren't the same as pitching an inning or two of high-stress competition . I would hope you'd want your starters to be able to brush their teeth and be able to perform other hygienic functions by not having them pitch in May like it's October.
Andrew Miller was wonderful in the 2016 postseason _ and not as wonderful ever since. I think that took a lot of out him but I wouldn't mind having him on a low-risk deal if there is such a thing.