Molina has the green light but the sense to use it correctly. If he makes third with one out, he might be able to score on a fly ball, which he didn't, as it turned out, when he made a mistake leaving third too early.
When you've got a bottom three of Molina, Fowler and Wong, that's a pretty good lineup, let alone the first five.
The Dodgers seem to have the firepower and now they're getting their starting pitching healthy. They are the class of the league and have been for the last couple of seasons.
Signing Albert got them a good TV contract and he's had all his milestone hits, homers, RBIs as an Angel. They may not have got the batting average they hoped, or the good health, but, more importantly, they have no playoff series wins in his first seven years there.
I have no doubt that if the Cardinals need a pitcher, let's say, in July, they would not shy away from any financial obligations if they didn't think they had enough talent in-house.
He just tried a couple of times over the weekend. He'll have 10 bunt hits by the end of the year.
That was a night when very few did themselves did themselves proud. I did not hear Marty's commentary that night but I have the utmost respect for him.
I'll have to take a look at that. A very interesting picture.
As stated, teams with pitching aren't going to trade it until they can get the most value for it. And that often comes from the desperation of teams in July rather than the whimsy of April.
I concur completely. Both deserving to be in the Cardinals' Hall of Fame and both excellent people.
No question, baseball _ and the players playing it _ haven't sold the product right by having so many strikeouts, albeit a lot of home runs. More balls in play means more action and maybe even faster games.
Randy Johnson and Max Scherzer.
You know. . . he would have won more Gold Gloves if Mike Schmidt wasn't playing at the same time.
The other primary participants were on-deck hitter Jose Cardenal, Cardinals pitcher Al Hrabosky, catcher Ted Simmons and animated Cubs manager Jim Marshall. Quite the day.
He's living down the street from me. I see him walking the dog from time to time. One of my favorite all-time players with whom to deal.
Somebody signs him to a one-year deal, plus an option. And he'll never again go into free agency if he doesn't have to.
I can see the value and I was reluctant to do so. But many of my judgments are still derived via the eye test.
Rarely, do you see anybody try to score from the batter's box on a ball that stays in the park. The parks are too small and the biggest error is likely to be a three-base muff by an outfielder.
So far, the Giants don't need to do anything. But they will _ in time.