I would rather take my chances on Ozuna rather than O'Neill or Lane Thomas or Bader. But, we don't know what that will cost either. More importantly, I refuse to think about next year in May of this year.
That move wouldn't be far off, if the offensive continues its haphazard pattern.
I'm sure that an off day he is wrestling with many of these decisions. The players, you're right, have not rewarded his patience this month. May has been as bad as April was good. I would assume June would at least be somewhere in between.
I don't think you would want to see Munoz at third every day. Fowler could lead off and might eventually. Carpenter never has said he had to hit there, by the way. I'm not quite ready to have him tarred and feathered yet.
A manager can win about half a dozen games. A poor manager might lose 10 or more. Those are my own ball park figures.
The manager has the final say, but the pitching coach is consulted, or should be. If there are any enough differences between the pitching coach's preferences and those of the manager, the pitching coach often is the one in the unemployment line.
The Pirates have a chance to finish third but their pitching has taken on some attrition and I don't think it will be deep enough for the Bucs to contend.
Believe it or not, I wouldn't have it too much different other than to make sure Bader gets more starts and that J. Martinez is sometimes available for late-inning pinch hitting rather than playing six days a week. You could lead off with Fowler and have Carpenter hit sixth or so. You could tweak where Goldschmidt, Carpenter, Ozuna hit but DeJong stays third. He's a natural there.
Because those 17s and 14s and 11s are factored in They are averaging five runs a game. But in most of their games, they have scored fewer than five and lately, often just one or none.
Hard to tell yet. On a previous question, yes, Gant for Jaime Garcia was an absolute steal.
They need an ace starting pitcher, whether he is here or not. Flaherty could be that guy. Mikolas could be that guy. Somebody else who's not here might have to be that guy. But they have to have that guy.
They just gave deGrom the money, so I would doubt it would be he. Syndergaard, I don't know. I would presume they would want to have both if they think they are close to contending.
I am not ready to throw in the towel after a horrible month. The offense is here. The bullpen is here. The starting pitching might need some help.
Yes he is and playing well, hitting .333 after striking out three times in his big-league debut. But, Torres, acquired in the deal, is considered a terrific prospect.
I am not wont to indulge replacing anybody at the top until this season plays out. You know the Cardinals are better than this. How much better remains to be seen, but let's see it.
I don't recall him saying those words but what I would presume him to mean is that you deserve to be where you are after 40 games. And the Cardinals deserve to be where they are after 47. Could they get better? Of course.
C.J. has retired and is living in Athens, Ga. Enjoying life, he says. We saw him in Atlanta this past week.
I hadn't thought about it. But he's got 16 more teams to go.
That outfield doesn't thrill me just yet. Carlson might be the best of the bunch. Gorman, I assume, still is being groomed as a third baseman where there will be a need in a couple of years, if not before.
His bubble gum card has big numbers on the back and it's not a small sample size. He does have 10 homers, mind you, which would equate to 35 for the season and he's hitting .254, which is higher than three other regulars who will remain nameless. I might move him, to a different lineup spot if he has trouble driving in runs where he is.