Good pitching makes everything look better. Bad pitching makes it look worse.
I never see anything wrong with moving a runner over and perhaps the Cardinals can do more of that. I would limit the bunting to pitchers, however. I am not in favor of a position player giving up an at-bat by bunting with runners on.
The Cardinals rarely get swept in Philadelphia because their offense will do some damage in that park. In fact, they rarely get swept by anybody. That has happened just once this year, and it was by the Cubs.
For the record, the Cardinals already are closer to Cincinnati than Chicago. Ozuna has had 61 at-bats with men in scoring position, not 160. and his average is higher in those spots, .242 than it is overall, at .230. At four games out of first place in a balanced division, there is no need to "blow" anything up yet. I also don't sense the organization is in "love" with O'Neill. I don't see him here.
At the time, Hicks was holding lefthanded batters to a .250 average, compared to .103 righthanded. But he had a three-run lead. Freeman wasn't going to beat Hicks by himself. It wasn't as if Freeman was the tying run.
There is always hope. But I don't hear his name discussed. Chalk it up as a mistake.
I don't know about that but I would take Trevor Bauer in a heartbeat.
If the Cardinals don't have any need for him _ and they haven't gone that route yet _ they could let him go. But he is still highly regarded by other teams and he wouldn't be out of work long.
Good question. I would think you could see more business done before the July 31 period. But a lot of this isn't up to the buyers. It is up to the sellers.
Greinke would help any staff. But his contract is enormous for a couple of more years and that would have to be a factor in which players you could part with to get him. Also, he would be two years older when that contract expired, He already is 34 going on 35 and not likely to get any better. A rental of a player with an expiring contract might be better.
He has one more start at Palm Beach and then he would go to Memphis for at least a couple of more. You have to remember that he wasn't tearing it up when he was sent to Memphis in the first place.
Pitching coaches want their pitchers to be elevate because the high fastball still is one of the hardest pitches to hit. But you'd better get it high enough. Some pitchers aren't able to do that.
Basically, that he needs to do better, tomorrow is a new day and he'll do anything he can to help the team.
I believe he is in the dugout wondering what's going on. But that is the same place he was when the Cardinals were leading the league in hitting a month ago.
Gorman is a better-looking athlete than fellow Arizona product Wallace. He can play third. Wallace had trouble playing anywhere and never became the hitter that was envisioned.
The most prudent approach is just to play well against anybody. But this stretch is significant because the Cardinals play the Cubs the next two weekends and then have seven games in 10 days with lowly Miami. Holding their own against the Cubs would put them in good stead later in June.
He was on two World Series teams and was an MVP in 1967. I'm a little surprised he's not in, but he was perceived more as a San Francisco Giant.
Any criticism of Carpenter is legitimate but perhaps a little ill-timed. He was six for 13 with four RBIs this weekend after being moved down in the order. Why don't we stick with that, for the moment? .
Thank you. And understood. Ozuna could have 50 or more RBIs if he was hitting better.