Molina and Carp didn't have many at-bats this spring, so there might be something there. Ozuna's arm doesn't look as strong as it did later this spring.
Do not despair. There are three series in three weeks in late August and September. The only kicker of this situation is that you don't want to go 3-7 inn these 10 games with a division competitor because that puts you four games behind that team. The Cardinals already are 1-3 and will have to go 4-2 in the next two sets of three games to draw even at 5-5.
Fans are entitled to feel however they want to feel. I'm just offering more than 40 years' experience that while it is tempting to draw some instant conclusions, often the seasons correct themselves. Give this a month.
Molina is booed everywhere and he has hit some big home runs in Milwaukee. He loves it. And thrives on it.
He told Vince Coleman that he was going to hit a grand slam. And then he did. Of course, there may have been a few other times he called a shot that never happened.
They've decided to skip Hudson instead for one turn because they feel he can offer more help in bullpen than Waino between starts.
You can't bat Dex second when he's batting under .200.
Ozuna probably has trade value. But if you have a good lefthanded reliever, like Hader or Vazquez, you don't trade that reliever.
I see little advantage for Keuchel and Kimbrel to sit out the season unless they are independently wealthy. Cardinals aren't losing because they don't have enough lefties in the bullpen. They are losing, in part, because of the lefthander they gave the money to. If they're wrong about Miller, that's just the way it goes but there was nobody better than he that was available.
Cabrera could be that guy later in the season. Perhaps Gomber, too. Even Webb, who had his moments this spring, as did Layne. .
I suspect you are right on that latter count.
We don't know what Martinez will win. That will depend on whether he starts or relieves. Waino can't be counted on for much but is not be counted out yet either. Alex Reyes as a starter will happen soon enough this season. And then your perspective might be different.
They'll try to tinker with the strike zone. Or some maverick will advocate the pitching mound be moved back a foot or two. Let's hope that neither of those two happens.
Keep playing. They have enough smart players, I hope, to determine that a strikeout really is not a very good play.
There will be a time for that. Spring training team stats are meaningless, for the most part, because the team never played together for more than one inning on the last day.
Speed as a leadoff man largely is meaningless in today's game. Billy Hamilton had speed but he couldn't get on in Cincinnati. Carp is an OBP maven. He doesn't ask to hit there. He just does because he's been successful there.
Wrigley Field easily the worst for logistical reasons, getting to clubhouses, press box, etc. Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Cincinnati very good. Kansas City also. St. Louis good, too, but too high.
Yes, they were looking for a franchise-type player for this year and the future. They got exactly the one they wanted in Goldschmidt.
Anybody who wins a division title when his team is not picked universally to do so is an automatic candidate.