I guess that was some of the reasoning behind any potential interest in Josh Donaldson in the off-season. The Braves saw him as that type of player. But there have been good teams that didn't have that outwardly passionate player. Something to consider, though.
It depends on how his next few years go. He's in the conversation certainly, relative to all the metrics, but he is trending downward..
If I've said it once, I've said it 78 times. It's almost always about the players. The approach they're taking is that they were 20-10 at one point and they can be that good again. We await.
Ponce de Leon hasn't pitched quite as well lately as Cabrera. But it would have been Gomber _ and it still might when it is determined he is over any biceps discomfort.
I would hope Wacha would get more crack at joining the rotation. As the bullpen long man, and with Wainwright and Cabrera going the next two nights, he might get come bullpen action.
Cabrera's overall stats look bad but his past two starts have impressed everybody who saw him. He has a high-octane fastball and a curveball and they're anxious to see how that plays. They traded Tommy Pham to get this guy, so they must like him.
Yes, he was at Memphis when he was traded. And the Yankees had him at Columbus and then got lucky after they brought Voit up.
As noted, the Reds aren't the 90-loss Reds anymore.
I think many teams already are assuming that his arm isn't right. I don't think he'll get too many multi-year offers, unless it's just the rest of this year and just one more.
I see what you're saying but teams always assume their No. 1 pick is going to be a big leaguer, no matter where he falls in the round.
Anything above .240 with some kind of stolen-base and RBI production, I'm OK with Wong. That, of course, depends on the rest of the lineup holding up its end.
If you'll really check your standings, you'll note that they are tied for third with the same record as Pittsburgh, four games out of first place. Your concerns are more relevant if the teams were playing 62- rather than 162-game schedules. I suspect you weren't complaining all that much when they were 20-10. Yes, we could be looking at a long, long season as you put it. Even though this particular month has not been kind to the Cardinals. . . it is May. I also do not believe I've excused anybody in the front office or on the field, if you've been following this. I also am not calling for a firing squad just yet.
He came up to the press box at Busch II to complain about a scoring call that deprived him of a hit. Otherwise, a good, solid hitter and defender, except for one play.
Several six- or seven-inning starts in the next week or so will salve some of the wounds. Scoring a few runs early and then building on that wouldn't hurt either. Boston is 6 1/2 out and I don't hear anybody calling for any scalps there.
Marco Gonzales had enough chances here, I think. I would take O'Neill for him again, given the Cardinals' pitching depth at the time. We are, however, not quite sure how good O'Neill will be.
I believe you'll be seeing plenty of Bader and a new and improved Carpenter. The offense won't _ or shouldn't be _ the problem.
They wanted O'Neill to keep playing. Thomas likely will go back tomorrow.
He's playing left field now for Arizona. Pretty good player but I'm not saying he's better than Bader though I'm sure you'll note Dyson had a double and a triple yesterday.
He was _ and I haven't given up hope he will be good again. But next year it almost certainly won't be with the Cardinals.
I didn't have the best angle on that Carpenter tag. I was surprised that Freeman's ball got down the line but in that case, a double doesn't hurt any more than a single. The Braves still were three runs down. The Cardinals just didn't want Freeman to get on, so you play your normal defense there.
I would like to have Bumgarner. Or a Bob Gibson of 50 years ago.