He actually has gone more to the left side this year, whether by bunt or otherwise, than I can remember him doing for a while. I do think he has hit more ground balls, which is not healthy, when there is a shift on and you don't run well.
Small sample size, but he can move around to play third, second or short., maybe getting two starts a week. They need more pop than he himself can provide to snap out of this.
There should be room for both. There's nothing that says Munoz can't play outfield, especially with Ozuna out. Munoz makes things happen. Carpenter will, too, in a different way. But, of course, you correctly ask, "When?''
Good question. They never have. And probably never will. They'll never be the No. 1 sport in that town. And that's hard for a baseball team consistently to be successful financially, and thus, artistically, when that's the case. In fact, the Pirates are No. 3 in Pittsburgh behind the Steelers and Penguins.
The Cardinals' hitting philosophy is to put the ball in play _ with hard contact _ and not necessarily trying to hit the home run. But they seem to do better when they homer. Look back to their 20-10 run at the beginning of the season, largely fueled by the home run.
Until the Cardinals' specialists have a chance to look at him, I would stick with three weeks or so. It would depend on whether surgery is necessary.
This is precisely the time to give O'Neill a long look. First impressions not good as he fanned six times in two games. But he did deliver an opposite-field single to help tie the game in the eighth inning Sunday.
Fair point, but you could say that about Goldschmidt, also, And I would say especially Goldschmidt because so much more is expected of him. He shouldn't have fewer RBIs than Wong in nearly 50 more at-bats.
The time is now to get him back in there. But, no, if he's hitting .216 a month from now, they will start platooning him or worse.
My long-time mantra on this is that the hitting coaches can prepare you and outline a game plan, but you and your bat have to execute it. They can't hold your hand when you go to the plate. On the other hand, coaches know the drill. You can't fire all the players. And if this trend continues, there will be changes.
Do you really think Moustakas is a better second baseman than Wong., regardless of the error count? Or anybody else? I'm not saying he wouldn't have been an upgrade at third but the Cardinals thought they had that base covered with Carpenter. Wong's value in range and ability to turn a double play are far greater than those of Moustakas, defensively. As for the postseason, that dream, pipe dream, or not, still is alive. I'm not settling for a fourth consecutive playoff misfire yet. I don't see the Cubs or Brewers as clearly better than the Cardinals.
In Goldschmidt's case, 31 is not old for a first baseman. And he still is on pace to hit close to 30 homers, so he hasn't been awful. The Fowler five-year deal probably wasn't necessary but they could gamble a little then because, with the hacking scandal, they weren't going to have a first-round pick anyway. There probably wasn't a need to extend Carpenter when they did, so you do have some money that isn't producing and for the next two years you could have the same problem. It could constrict the roster a bit.
Players were afraid to ask for time off for such family _ or new family _ situations. Club owners, or the rules, weren't as compassionate then. Such a request then might be met with the answer, "You can join the minor league team in Rochester when you come back."
No. And I have no idea why anybody would say that. He is a leader by how he plays and how he uses his intelligence both before games and during them.
This would be several seasons away, as I understand it. And I don't see it happening anyway. I would prefer the franchise go to Montreal permanently, but Tampa Bay has a lease to honor at Tropicana Field until 2027.
The biggest "bust' on the team is the team itself. It completely deserves its record but it didn't have to be this way. I will grant you that Goldschmidt's pace of 178 strikeouts is a bit daunting.
The players are the keys to all of this although it wouldn't be out of line _ perhaps out of character _ for Shildt to light up the clubhouse if he really gets agitated. He doesn't have to protect them all the time. These are grown men.
Old hitting theory: First good fastball you see, swing at it. It might be the last one you see.
He has a chance to do anything he wants. They aren't a blockbuster deal away, but probably two deals of significance. There will be action, especially with July 31 being the "end-all" trading deadline.
A decrease in bat speed shouldn't affect a hitter that much, relative to the breaking ball. He does seem to swing and miss way too many pitches, though. And all types of them. He looks totally out of whack, right now. Perhaps some time off would help him although it would be hard to have him and Ozuna both out of the lineup.