Officially, the second half of the baseball season has started, even though we're not at the All-Star break. The numbers are there in black and white. The Cardinals are a .500 team. Yet, they are three game out of first place and 2 games out of the wild card. Their record matters really only in relation to the teams in their division. Thus, somehow, they are alive. Your questions or comments, please.
I do not think the fans would stomach this in any way, shape or form. This season hardly is over here. Really, how much worse could Goldschmidt and Carpenter get? They will only be better in the second half, although without Ozuna, one or both will have to be a lot better.
He doesn't have any short-season stats so far,
Let's see how he does against some mediocre Seattle and San Francisco pitching. He always rakes in San Francisco, so this could look a little different a week from now.
Apparently, Marco Gonzales lost out. He pitched yesterday and he should know the Cardinals as well as anyone.
If the Cardinals have another week like the previous one, it will be time to stir the pot _ at least a little. They are playing two teams this week where they should win at least four games (two of three in each series). This team isn't like many other Cardinals teams I've covered because most of the rest always were above .500 in the first half. I don't think Bader and a young pitcher would get Syndergaard. Bumgarner maybe. But they're going to need pitching help. As far as offensive help, there isn't anyone much out there who has better career stats than what they already have, with the loss of Ozuna having some weight, of course. What they have has to do better.
I was just thinking about him a half hour before you wrote this. I'm not entirely sure why they felt the need to trade Mercado. Unless they were all in, all the time, on Bader.
I guess that's why people wanted them to get Donaldson, who is hitting .253 by the way. But a little "edge" in the clubhouse wouldn't hurt.
Good point. The Cardinals, for the moment, at least, are taking too many fastball or fouling them off. They aren't required to swing at all the breaking balls, especially the ones out of the strike zone. They'll get a fastball at some point even, if as he believes, they are a "fastball-hitting team."
I don't see that happening. There will be some combination of center and right fielders who already here. Unless Ozuna is out for a very long time, that is.
I always have a thought a pitcher's error is the only one that should not create unearned runs. Hudson certainly pitched worse in that inning than one earned run and I'm sure he would agree.
A lot of that has to do with playing time. Voit and Kelly, in fact, were in the minors most of the time or riding the bench up here. Good to see Kelly hitting .275, though, for Arizona. I suspect your question is centering around Goldschmidt and, no, he hasn't duplicated his past successes. Team culture and coaching are only minor in this equation, though. Players play. Well or poorly, it's on them. .
All you have to do is get into the playoffs. Just ask the third-place Stanley Cup champions. I would agree with you, though, that nobody really should be singled out for the Cardinals' lack of offense. For the most part, they have all stunk.
The only RBI figure anybody can feel good about is Ozuna's 62, a figure, unfortunately, which will remain the same deep into July.
Arizona's philosophy probably was that it didn't really intend to get into a bidding war to keep Goldschmidt after the 2019 season so the D-backs tried to do the best they could in trading him before he became a free agent. .
Cardinals are buyers. Three games out of first place, despite the record, does not push you into sellers' mode just yet. They will wake up. . . won't they?
Some games are easier than others to endure, but the charm of baseball is that every game truly is different. You often have no idea what you'll see or if you'll stumble into something memorable that night. Our job is to keep the people informed, no matter if the ball is put in play or not. But I must say that a well-struck ball is more interesting than a strikeout.
I'm not sure how you would eat Goldschmidt's nine-figure deal, which just began. The five-year Fowler contract, which is about half over, is another matter although he has been contributing more than last year. But he is not playing every day anymore. They are not averse to eating deals but, generally, not until the last year or so. For instance, they ultimately might eat Cecil's deal, which has 1 1/2 years more to run. .