I can handle Wong hitting .250 or so if he makes all the plays and the rest of the offense hits ahead of him. He doesn't have to a high profile RBI guy.
Gyorko can be a free agent after the season if the club elects not to pick up his option. He may get some more starts at third for Carpenter or second for Wong against lefthanded pitching but I do not see the Cardinals retaining him for 2020.
Those who blamed Matheny and/or Mabry might be the same ones blaming Shildt/Albert today. I reiterate, it's almost always about the players. Are there adjustments that could be made? Yes. Hitting Bader first isn't one of them, though, because he won't get on base enough at the hop. Fowler could lead off. But I'm not dropping Goldschmidt to fifth. That's not why they got him. I'm here to reasonably assure you that the offense will be fine, with some tweaks. Starting pitching? I'm not so sure.
I would be very surprised if Ozuna was not tendered a qualifying offer. But it's not something I think about. It's May.
I would hope not, although I still think Miller was more worth the risk at just two guaranteed years. Gregerson, Cecil, Holland. All mistakes although only Cecil had more than two years.
First, the Cardinals don't want to trade him. He's been their best hitter for the last two seasons. Secondly, teams don't offer up much for DHs who can play the outfield.
I feel certain he will be released and then he can make a deal with another club, which has only to pay him the minimum salary. The Cardinals are on the hook for the bulk of the $5 million.
The front office, I'm sure has least a division title in mind. Anything else achieved, unless there were some very unusual circumstances, would be a disappointment.
He has tried some bunts and may try some more. He probably has lost at least five hits to the shift but it's up to him to figure out another way. And he surely would drive in more runs if he were elsewhere in the lineup, which he wouldn't mind.
Play all four of them. There's room. Martinez doesn't need to play every single day. Neither does Fowler. I like having Martinez available on the bench for key late-game at-bats.
I'm sure Goldy is pressing. You look at him last year at this time and there isn't a whole lot of difference. In fact, he was hitting .205 on this date last year.
You would have thought they would, with team-first clubs like Houston and Boston winning the past two World Series as they kept their strikeouts to a minimum. I don't know what the answer is unless all the power-hungry clubs miss the playoffs and I don't see that happening.
I give it three more weeks, i.e., the end of a stretch of 11 home games out of 14, including five with last-place Kansas City and Cincinnati.
He's trying to make them better but, for somebody like Wacha, for instance, it is an adjustment. The high fastball still is the hardest pitch to hit but you'd better get it high enough.
Nobody is out of the race yet except maybe Miami, Baltimore and Kansas City. These questions don't need to be asked/answered until July.
Haven't been able to find anything on it, but will continue trying. Unless it is something serious, he should be here in the next week or so.
The best managers generally are the ones who get their teams to the playoffs the most. Maddon has been good at that. Shildt is just starting out. You can't compare them yet.
We're not easily going to find if the ball is juiced or not, but if enough teams keep losing attendance because of what is perceived as lack of action in a game, regardless of home runs, then they might concentrate more on a different style of play
No, I do not see that. They aren't going to contend unless Ozuna knocks in 100 or so runs. Here.
Others similarly have scratched their heads about that. Perhaps the Cardinals hoped peace of mind would enable Carp to relax at the start of the season so that he might start off better. He didn't.