When you recount the season and lament the games that got away, don't forget the ones the other teams gave you, which is what happened Monday. The Cardinals were smart enough and aggressive enough to take it.
I don't worry about that stuff too much. When he starts playing like he's 38 rather than 28, then we take note. The difference between 28 and 30 should be negligible.
O'Neill may well be the regular left fielder next year. But Ozuna is the left fielder now. If you can tell that he's through after five games, then you're a lot smarter than I am. You've already made up your mind, so I won't grapple with you.
Presumably, another season of only home runs, strikeouts and walks will give cause to those that make these decisions that that method is the not the best for winning championships. It also will lead to another attendance decline, forcing the commissioner and his aides to conjure some more goofy rules changes.
I think it's safe to say the Cardinals won't be courting Ozuna on a long-term deal. But they wouldn't be either if he was hitting .338, rather than .288.
There's a reason why Yelich is the Most Valuable Player in the league. And everybody else isn't. Other players don't have to aspire to be as good as Yelich because most of them won't make it. But they should aspire not to give away so many at-bats. If you keep giving them away, somebody else ultimately will get them.
Let's not judge the Gonzalez-Tyler O'Neill deal until O'Neill has had his chance. The Cardinals did get some value there. Alcantara was the only player the Cardinals gave to the Marlins for Ozuna that they really wanted not to lose. But the deal had had to have him in it, from Miami's standpoint.
I never have said that Ozuna would be the left fielder next year. As for the strikeouts, the Brewers had some nasty hard throwers in Burnes and Woodruff, let alone Hader, and the Pirates had Archer, who was among the top two or three pitchers in his league a couple of years ago. There will be pitchers in upcoming games who won't be as dominant. Albert's messages so far appear to be lost in translation, yet he will stay the course. Nobody has struck out at this clip for an entire season and the Cardinals won't either.
Robinson has options, one of the reasons the Cardinals acquired him, and he will be the one to go, as long as Fowler's foot injury doesn't put him on the injury list. Then, Munoz becomes another outfielder.
Believe it or not, batting practice pitchers to throw pitches besides fastballs.
You're welcome. And thank you. As for Mikolas/Wacha, they seem to feel that Mikolas would be the better health risk for four years but I would hope they would consider Wacha if he has a big year. Ankiel had arm surgery in the off-season and he still is rehabbing. The process will be a long one.
The Brewers have a couple of highly talented young pitchers in Woodruff and Burnes. But this is their first year in the rotation and let's how they hold up for the long haul. Also, unless Brewers sign Kimbrel, their bullpen is going to be short.
The Cardinals' righthanders, with the notable exception of Yelich, really haven't had too much trouble with opposing lefthanded hitters. They tried to find a lefthanded power hitter in the off-season but Goldschmidt, who hits both righties and lefties, was their answer to that. And a good one. That doesn't mean that somewhere down the line, they might not want a lefthanded-hitting outfielder.
Waino would go to the bullpen unless his arm is shot and then he would just go. But we're way ahead of ourselves on this one.
I do not recall Ozuna being particularly overweight last year. And he is not a clubhouse cancer, if you're trying to establish that. He had a bad week.
I've always been partial to baseball fiction. "Bang the Drum Slowly," always was one of my favorites and "The Bingo Long Traveling Motor Kings" "
At least for several more weeks. He's not concerned but he would be foolish to say he is enjoying all the strikeouts.
You never reject that, but as long as Wong is doing well where he is and Goldschmidt is doing well where he is, what's the rush?