The year was 2001 and the Cardinals rallied to get into the playoffs as Williams won nine games for them. Bumgarner would be a help but I would be interested in a younger pitcher like Toronto's Marcus Stroman, too.
Girsch has a lot of input, apparently, on the financial ramifications of any trade that might get made.
I don't want to see .239 or .216 leading off. I don't think Carpenter is a .216 hitter. Wong isn't much more than a .240 hitters but with attributes of defense and speed.
The Blues will never unseat the Cardinals as the favorite team of the city. But that doesn't mean that they both can't have success. The Cardinals can learn from the Blues' recent season.
That's the trouble in making some coaches and managers wear uniforms.
They try to get incrementally better now and then, at the end of the season, see how they can get a lot better, if they need to be. .
I would never want to take the human element out of the game. Mechanical devices can't be used at home plate. Who would hand the catcher the new ball when he throws the other one out of play every time it hits the dirt?.
Some questions deserve more verbiage. Some don't. I'm trying to answer as many as I can.
Yes. Strikeout, walk, home run, in that order.
I'm not sure the Cardinals have deserved anything more than they've deserved All-Star-wise. Hicks might have had a chance had he not been hurt. Ozuna, too. But, keep in mind both of the last couple of teams have been near .500 teams at the time of the AS Game.
Miller, because he is used to pitching with the game on the line. Not that Webb couldn't get these guys out but he wouldn't be pitching in the ninth. He'd be pitching in the sixth or seventh.
All those would be possibilities.. Some others are under long-term obligations. Pitching-wise C. Martinez also could be one but he might be the new closer with Hicks out for a year.
They've spent money, perhaps not always wisely. They extended Goldschmidt, Carpenter and Mikolas this spring and DeJong last spring. The Fowler and Leaks signings didn't turn out great. Less beneficial were the ones for Holland, Gregerson and Cecil. But they spent.
That's part of it, though. Fans here care. Sometimes too much, maybe. but we have an obligation to inform and sometimes humor them.
Mikolas, Flaherty, Hudson, Woodford, Wainwright. This depends, of course, if Martinez is in the bullpen or not. And if Reyes ever pitches., etc. ..
I would like to see that, but he has to somehow get his control back. He can throw hard enough.
Yadi is hitting .265 with a chance to drive in 70 runs while being on the IL. Wieters, albeit with little playing time, recently went nothing for 24.
It strikes me that they were a better team when they hit more home runs but they also have left a bunch of money on the table because they couldn't hit a single or a sacrifice fly.
Especially if they lose every time they wear them. I particularly don't like the pants. I can handle the shirts.
I'm not sure about "way better bat." Even after his robust day on Sunday, Pillar is hitting .240 although he does have 11 homers. Center field is not the problem here. It is one of the problems.