I trust this is the last time we'll discuss this. Martinez and Voit could not be on the same team because neither was a good first baseman but Martinez could play the outfield and Voit couldn't. Second, at the start of this season, who would you rather have had? Goldschmidt? Or Voit? Be honest, now, and good for Luke.
Wong didn't have the offensive numbers for an All-Star and that's what the players and fans both go by in their votes. I guess London would figure in a future expansion and maybe that's not a bad idea with attendance down again this year in the states.
They're all potential difference makers or you wouldn't trade for them. I like Bumgarner. Let's see where the dust settles after this next week to see how many others become sellers.
Home runs are at an all-time, thus runs are high, too. But batting averages still are at .250, far from an all-time high, suggesting that more runs could be scored if there was more contact being made.
Younger ones, like Bader, O'Neill, Wong perhaps, Ponce de Leon. . . not many, really that they would want to give up. Ozuna perhaps later if they're out of the race.
If and when the season ends without a playoff team, Mr. DeWitt will take a long, hard look at this. This is not a struggling franchise financially so you must consider that, too.
You couldn't pry Big Mac out of California, where he is enjoying his sons play ball. He still could be coaching in San Diego if he wanted to. It would be nice to have him, though.
Again, swing at more fastball strikes and fewer breaking balls that aren't strikes. Sounds easier than to do at 95 mph.
You make a good point but I decline to believe that trading for Goldschmidt was a bad personnel decision. Giving him five more years in the spring is debatable but you can't fault the front office for acquiring him in the first place. Don't you want to wait until you see how the season turns out before you call it a bad season? Say you're disappointed now. I accept that. When they shorten the schedule to 80 games, then I'd get upset and call for heads to roll.
Unfortunately, this isn't 1985. Nobody has contact hitters who are fast.
Why would I agree they can't do anything in the playoffs when they're two games removed from them with half a season to go? In baseball, nearly every team that gets to the playoffs can go all the way, if it pitches well enough. The Cardinals are likely to acquire a pitcher or two before the month is over. Will they hit? Some of the players who aren't hitting always have before.
Watching on television, I thought Martinez got to the ball reasonably quickly enough. That might have been a double for hitters with more speed than Hosmer. The replay didn't show us much as Martinez got the ball back to the infield and afterward. But I credit Tatis, too.
Perhaps he'll turn up somewhere down the line in the batting order. But, for now, I'd try him first. I see nobody's mentioned young Edman failing to get the ball out of the infield yesterday and striking out three times in five at-bats. He was one for 14 (a home run) in the series.
At the time, I didn't wonder because it meant to me they were prepared to go as long as three innings with Martinez as they were two relievers short _ Brebbia was on paternity leave and Ponce de Leon had thrown 92 pitches the night before.
Fredbird has a no-trade, no-decapitation contract.
They won that one. What do you want?
One of the things that is apparent is that the mood and confidence in the clubhouse both are still good. The players really do get along and are happy here. How much does that help? Are they too happy? I guess we'll find out.
First, the trajectories are different. The Blues were last. The Cardinals are in the middle. The Blues made a couple of key moves but you'll notice they made no trades at the deadline. They had confidence in their players. It remains to be seen how much confidence the Cardinals have in theirs but so far they say they do. .
As noted, it has been a team effort. But Goldy makes the most money, to he is the leading target.
He's not doing his job if he's not listening to offers. I would add DeJong, Hudson, Hicks and Flaherty to your list.