The month of April did happen, too, and you liked Goldschmidt a lot then, I bet. My partial solution here is to play Bader more and try to generate a little more havoc on the bases.
June will not go by without some rotation alterations. It may be starting tomorrow night.
Two hundred? They would settle for two right now from Reyes. Every team has pitching stories like this although some of the ones you mentioned didn't throw that hard _ Maness, Gonzales, Gast, Lyons.
Lane Thomas would be my guess as the one who will go down. He needs to keep playing at Memphis rather sitting on the bench here.
I'm for that and I'd like to see Munoz get more time, too. The problem is you're talking basically about second base or third base because neither is a really good option at shortstop. Carpenter is starting to get hot, so he plays. Perhaps more time for one or the other at second, but then you hurt your defense if Wong is out of there. Jedd will have to wait his turn again, although maybe he will figure out this pinch-hitting gig a little better and be of more help off the bench.
They gave Goldschmidt the money but, as first baseman go, 31 isn't all that old. I don't know that investing in Harper, if he even wanted to come here, would have had any more sense. The tide is turning a bit in the Cardinals' system in that their rising stars are position players. The trouble is that they're all at Class AA and below right now. They'll ride out the year with most of the position players they have, hopeful of adding a pitcher or two before it's over, and re-evaluate at the end of the year. They will have money to spend in the future, don't doubt that. But they won't have to spend it on position players unless they would re-sign Ozuna. .
However they can do it, they have to fix the starting pitching. I am not of the mind to dismiss Ozuna as somebody they wouldn't have back. He is only 28 and it's going to be hard not to try to re-sign somebody that young and who hits the ball that hard. He could have 120 or more RBIs no matter what he hits and he is showing that he is a much better outfielder than some had suspected or projected.
Thank you for your note. It would seem Major League Baseball, instead of regulating how many batters relievers have to face next year, would spend some time on this issue.
With the balance in this division, 90 wins could take the title because the division might not have a sure 90-game loser like Cincinnati any more.
The thinking is, I believe, that the slider will be his strikeout pitch. Let's not judge him just on a couple of recent outings. He is 22 and this is his second season as a reliever.
The upgrade will have to come within and it should, unless everybody is wrong. Goldschmidt will hit. Carpenter will hit. Ozuna will bat better than .230. If all this happens, Wong's offensive contributions of lack of same are less significant. He still has value in the runs he saves.
The glass is slightly more than half full for now, just because of the offensive potential that ultimately should be fulfilled. I'm not as sure about the starting pitching. Not having Martinez or Reyes in the rotation, as the Cardinals had envisioned in February, is a big hit.
I would agree with you there. Otherwise, it's like comparing the Civil War and the Vietnam War.
I didn't necessarily understand the timing either other than that the front office might have been hoping that, with security, he might get off to a better start this year than the horrid first six weeks he had last year.
I think Votto should wear his pants longer.
Thank you for your kind words. Rebuilding isn't a word they use around here. Atlanta could pull it off because football is king in Georgia, and the Braves aren't on the front burner every day of the year as the Cardinals are here. They try to win every year here although there has been a dry spell. But with three million fans buying tickets every year, the Cardinals can't afford to take a couple of years off to rebuild. That said, the Braves do have some nice young players and pitchers.
Today, you are precisely correct. When they were 20-10, you might have said something else. One hundred 10 games to go is a very long time. I suspect some middle ground will be reached. But the Cardinals do have to get to higher ground as quickly as they can.
You put a couple of 70-win teams on the field here and see if that attendance comes anywhere close to three million. The Astros had a free ride in Texas because football is king there, too, and nobody really knew how bad the Astros were because nobody was going to the games anyway.
Scherzer would help the most because he is the best. Bumgarner's contract is expiring, so you wouldn't have to give up as much for him but you might not have him very long. Greinke may be pitching the best now but he is due $32 million for a couple of more years and that is a big number.
I see his OPS as .828, higher than anybody but DeJong. I say that's worth a try..