Armed Forces weekend. That was the uniform of the day every day for three days.
Let's see what it costs. But let's make sure he's healthy first.
O'Neill doesn't belong in Memphis. But he doesn't belong on the bench for long periods of time either. The next time he comes up here, which will be soon, Shildt will be striving to find him more time but, for one thing, it's hard to take Martinez out of the lineup. This might have to be a year O'Neill adjusts to bench duty, in the likelihood that he might be a regular outfielder next year if Ozuna leaves through free agency.
I'm not sure he has the bar any more but you're right on all other counts.
In looking at this team, I am eyeing the schedule of 11 home games out of the next 14. After that two-week-plus period, if there is no appreciable change in the rotation, or anything else, it is time for adjustments. That would be three more times through the rotation, for instance, and that should be more than enough to make a decision on how to proceed.
You always keep your head up, looking to get better. I think you might be thinking of Will Smith. Joe Smith is a righthander.
It seems as if you're blaming him, though, and that is your prerogative. But I see Carpenter with three hits on Friday and Saturday and only one strikeout. Trending up. Slightly.
The manager, when ejected, never is very far from the scene. He's watching on TV in the clubhouse, right behind the dugout, and he can easily send messages to those who are conducting the game.
Not in unison. DeJong and J. Martinez get a pass for the most part and Fowler and Molina have been good. The consistency has been lacking but I really don't see any outside sources that could be obtained to help the lineup. This should be a productive lineup although you might have to adjust the batting order.
Hitting with men in scoring position is kept religiously and the Cardinals have had some issues here. Also, Goldschmidt has knocked in Carpenter five times, Wong twice _ and himself 10 times.
If he knocks in 100 or more runs, you have to at least make an overture. However, they might think Bader/O'Neill/Thomas can be regular outfielders. Ozuna has 40 RBIs, very noteworthy. He's hitting about .230 with men in scoring position and .233 overall. Not noteworthy. I'd like to see him stay off what I've seen both at bat and in the field, where he has been much improved lately. But there would be a big number attached to it.
I've seen ball hit to right field that I thought would be hits and Wong has gobbled them up. I have not kept voluminous statistics on the matter, however, although I would venture to say the shifts have helped at least a little.
The Cardinal Way, to me, is winning. Not much of that lately but 115 games to go. If there is no appreciable uptick in the next year or so, I would think the next managerial hire would come from outside the organization.
I think they already have in that they haven't entrusted him with too many multiple-inning shifts yet. Sunday was an exception _ and it didn't work out.
The thing I notice about the "opener," is that the pitcher brought in to succeed him is one who hasn't had that much success starting. I don't think we're at that point with Wainwright yet but he would be one who wouldn't pout if he was brought in as the second pitcher in such a scenario.
Starters have to go deeper and, Hudson, Flaherty and Mikolas have done so lately, with Mikolas having stubbed his toe once. Wacha, especially needs to be more consistent. Three more turns through the rotation and then I look for something else. The offense has to take care of itself. All you could do is move some of the parts around a little. The makings are there.
I think they perceive O'Neill as able to hit .280 or so while Grichuk will be a .250 hitter. But, you are not entirely wrong here either.
I hate low batting averages And 150 strikeouts is not OK. The Cardinals are not alone in this regard and they strike out fewer times than some other clubs. That doesn't make it right.
This decision probably won't be made until much later in the season. There is much to like about Ozuna. Let's see how the shoulder holds up, though, and it he will hit better than .230, which I would think he would. .