No question. The Cardinals' follies have not been as a big a story as they would have.
Well, you would think so. But they were 1-2. And that's not better.
I don't think so. I'm surprised our teeth survived those crunchings, as it was.
No major shakeups yet. A "mess" is a little strong terminology for a team still over .500. But there will be some adjustments made if current trend continues for much longer.
The Cubs' starting five, if Darvish can keep pitching well, easily is the best. No other team is even close right now. But Cubs also have potentially the worst bullpen in the division, especially at the end of games.
President of baseball ops seems to be the title of the day. There always will be a general manager, but that person's duties may not always involve trade activities.
Your memory is spot on. On May 20, 1985, the Cardinals beat Atlanta 14-0 and then won 45 of 65 games. Tudor, Andujar and Cox won 60 games among them. There won't be four Cardinals to do that this year.
There is nothing wrong with him physically, at least as far as we know. Your lack of patience is surprising. He's about 60 points ahead of where he was last year.
Believe me, the Cardinals are happy for the Blues and perhaps happier even that the negative vibes around their own situation aren't greater.
Bader will have to play more. He was a regular when the season began and he should be a regular again, or at least quasi regular.
La Russa is on a consulting basis with the Red Sox, as a result of his long-time friendship with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski when both were with the Chicago White Sox some 40 years ago.
Martinez should be able to contribute in the bullpen but in the end game his biggest contribution could be in the rotation if he can built up enough strength in his shoulder. Reyes is seen as a starter but he's a month away from here yet. He hasn't started his latest rehab at Palm Beach yet.
I said before the season I thought they were a 90-win team, so I have to stay with that. My patience with that theory is being tested, though.
The only one of that group I could see as a No. 2 hitter would be Jose Martinez but then either Goldschmidt or Ozuna would have to hit fifth. Might be worth a try although Ozuna certainly has done his part by driving in 40 runs from cleanup spot even though he could have 50 or more.
Anybody that has more games against the Marlins has a better shot at a wild card but I think the Central has two or three teams better than anybody in the East. Milwaukee, keep in mind, is not star-studded in its pitching staff. And anybody can chase down anybody else in 115 games.
I'm not aware they had any intentions of trading him. O'Neill surely is with them until they know which way Ozuna is going to go at the end of the season.
I think more launch than "juice." A player still has more fun hitting home runs and as long as strikeouts aren't necessarily frowned upon, he's going to continue to try to do it.
Way too much is made of the batting order although leadoff is a little different because a rally has to start somewhere.
There's no question that the Cardinals are weaker in two spots with Fowler in center and Martinez in right although Fowler is adequate in either. But too many balls seem to get between Fowler and Martinez in the bigger ball parks, negating some of the offensive advantage Martinez can bring to a lineup.