Kind of a risky proposition considering that Carlson is a lefthanded thrower. Not many lefthanded-throwing third basemen in MLB history. So, yes, well outside the realm of possibility.
Nobody losing has any swagger about them. The Cubs' series is somewhat irrelevant. The Cardinals feel worse about having two consecutive losing stands at home, where they had been 12-4 at one point. They were 4-8 here in those past two home stands.
I've heard that's true but these things can be worked out if a team wants somebody badly enough.
So far. It would be nice to him go a couple of months without anything happenng.
If the Cardinals make him a qualifying offer, which would be at least three times his current salary, yes, Wacha is taking it. There will be no QO unless something unusual occurs in the next few months.
Odorizzi is thriving with the Twins. And good for him. He already has been with three other organizations, so everyone has had their shot. Rocco Baldelli must be a great manager. He tells his team to hit home runs and they answer, "How many?" They're on pace for more than 300.
"He is only 20. after all,." is the key phrase. If he hits anywhere close to that, he will be a player.
I guess you're talking about Goldschmidt. But the player they extended most recently was Carpenter, who has had his own problems until the last week or so.
You're entitled to your opinion on Voit and Mercado. But when Voit was in the system, Jose Martinez was the Cardinals' first baseman, for the most part, and I guarantee you nobody was saying Voit was a better hitter than Martinez. That said, the Cardinals could use a breakthrough by a young position player or two, other than DeJong, who already has broken through.
Managers win no more than three or four games a year and probably don't lose too many more than that. The players determine the outcomes and the Cardinals' players aren't playing well enough now. A month ago, they were. This would be easier to assess if they had been lousy for both months.
Fair point. But you know that won't happen.
I'd be in the front row for that ceremony. I hope it happens.
The cast of pitching characters has changed, though. Carlos Martinez was an elite starter when Maddux came on board and now, after injury, he is a setup man. Alex Reyes was seen as a bright rotation hope last year and he lasted one start before he broke down. Maddux doesn't have quite the rotation he envisioned. I also give him credit for the advancement of Jordan Hicks and Jack Flaherty and the development last year of Miles Mikolas. But the numbers say the rotation has been bad, so the pitching coach takes the hit.
That was mentioned by somebody the other day. You're exactly right.
You always would pursue a Scherzer but it would be hard to imagine Washington trading him.
Another missed playoff season and everybody will be held accountable and it won't look the same around here next year. At four games behind with 110 to go, I don't worry yet about stuff like that.
Go back through your files and you'll find that Martinez was the first baseman more than Carpenter last year (84 games to 62) and most of Carpenter's games came after Voit already had been dealt. Who doesn't love Luke Voit? But there is no DH here, and Voit often serves that role with the Yankees. They would prefer he not play first base either but with all their injuries, they don't have any choice.
Why would you go all in on Rendon?. They have a slew of third base prospects that will be here in a year or two. Not that he's not a good player but that isn't their biggest need. Unless he can pitch.
God forbid that Hicks should have a bad game or two. There aren't many fellows rushing to the bat rack to face him. One word to remember. Twenty-two. His age. If he continues to falter, Carlos Martinez will get a shot at closing but Hicks is their guy for now.