I have no doubt about that. But it would be a sign of progress if three or four more were in the high 50s.
You may feel that way, but I doubt if many others in their three-million fan base have that same approach. The tone I am receiving today is that the season is being considered a disaster. Disaster is Baltimore, Kansas City, San Francisco, Miami, Seattle, Detroit. This is disappointment.
The third spot hasn't exactly set the world on fire either.
I think 17th is a little low. And 11th probably was a little high. They're 41-41. How about 15th out of 30? That seems fair.
Everyone shares in this alike _ front office, manager, players. The extension to Carpenter probably was mistimed. Shildt can hold his own. I don't see him out-managed very much. As for the trade for Goldschmidt, I cant' find 10 people who said it was bad when it happened. This falls mostly on the players.
I'd be astonished if they weren't being dealt with in the meetings players have with their coaches every day.. Situational hitting has been bad, no question. Too many fastballs taken, too many breaking balls offered at. . . all of this is apparent. Players have to be smarter. But keep in mind that every team is a pull-hitting team these days. This isn't the 1980s anymore. Home runs are being hit at a record clip and the Cardinals are falling behind in this area, too.
I'd be OK with it. But let's Carpenter have another crack at this. I kind of like Martinez at No. 2.
Why would you say it was "disingenuous?" For the first half of the season, which we're talking about, the Blues were one of the worst, if not the worst, teams in hockey. And they turned it around. The Cardinals aren't close to the worst team now. They, like the Blues, just have to get to the playoffs.
There is no sugar-coating Carpenter's performance for the first half of the season. There is another half. And his career statistics, including those of last year, say he will have three good months. Those could be the next three.
Munoz needs to play more. In Edman's case, they were looking for a spark from the leadoff spot, where Edman has been hitting much of the season.
Swinging at strikes _ and not taking them _ would be at the root for both. I'm sure they've tinkered with their swings ad infinitum but being smart in the strike zone would seem to be the best play here.
There might have been time to send Bader out before Ozuna was hurt, but they won't do that now. .O'Neill will get his time. Thomas was hitting in the .240s when he was brought up this last time and isn't quite ready. And Bader, as you saw, still contributes defensively and was an unsung star in yesterday's game.
Anybody who can net them a better pitcher than some they have in the rotation. Their offense is what it is. It just has to do better The pieces are there.
As previously mentioned, they will seek veteran pitching help. As for the fans' total frustration. . . they're still showing up.
I hate them, but, at least, if they're allowed, why not wear them on both hands? If that was the case, Ozuna still would be playing. But, yes, there is a definite advantage. The size, if it hasn't been, should be regulated.
He doesn't seem the same hitter and some of what you say seems spot-on. Hard to believe the second half _ or the next five years _ will be the same, but we will have to be shown.
I say wait until this season is over and ask that question again. You don't make front office changes during the season, as you sometimes do with managers and often with players. Four dry seasons in a row might be cause for some change.
A Goldschmidt-Carpenter turnaround would lessen the blow of Ozuna being out. And he will be back at some point. The Cardinals have a little outfield depth and young pitching they could deal but not all that much on their current 25. What you see is what you've got, for the most point. What we saw two months ago was fine. It isn't that it hasn't happened this year. Just not lately.