No question it is the most balanced division. It doesn't have the best first-place team but it certainly has the best last-place team. Call it what you want, but somebody will win it. And, it might well have two playoff teams and that then does not define mediocre.
The players must adapt. There have been shifts forever, but mostly for dominant, pull-happy power hitters. Not for everybody.
It's a team effort everywhere in the organization _ on the field, in the front office, in the dugout. Before you line up the firing squad, though, there are 71 gams to be played. And hope, however brightly you perceive it, still is there.
That's because the teams are too well balanced. Baltimore trading with Boston isn't going to come back and bite Baltimore.
They're both hitting about .205 from the leadoff spot. Carpenter is making big money. Edman is not. For now, Carpenter will play but we'll see Edman, too.
It isn't MLB waiting. It's that too many teams are unsure which part of the pool to go wading in. There are too many teams who are in sight of the playoffs who don't want to be sellers yet. They have two weeks to decide.
Always a chance of that, but I don't Ozuna would be quite as interested in returning here if he was dealt now.
I don't know that Arizona would make the deal yet. The D-backs might see themselves as wild-card contenders. The Giants probably would like a younger, healthier pitcher than Wacha. But you never reject any possibilities out of hand. You run anything up the flagpole.
If there was a rainout, it would be made up either Tuesday or more likely the next time the Pirates come in. Not Wednesday night because that would create a day-night doubleheader on a travel day for both, which isn't ideal.
I see your point but the difference is that last year the All-Star Game was played a week later and July 31 was very much upon us then.
I don't like it. And you probably wouldn't see it as much in the National League because you might have to bat for that pitcher in the second inning, or even the first, and managers wouldn't want to waste a pinch hitter that early. All I can think of is that the "opener" is facing the opposition's best hitters, much like the closer would do in the ninth.
The next 11 days or so of division games will dictate how aggressive they are at the deadline. By then, more teams, perhaps even the Cardinals, will be out of serious playoff contention, and there will be more options. Depending on where the Cardinals are, a couple of smaller moves might not be so bad but they are looking at bigger fish to fry, I'm sure, as are most contenders or quasi contenders. .
I do not believe Holliday officially has retired, but I haven't heard of any comebacks either.
Don't know. I wouldn't mind seeing him in center more often.
They might be in the playoffs with Ozuna this year. This isn't an over 30 player we're talking about. He's on the sunny side of that at 28,
You're welcome. I don't recall a player having the three months Carpenter had last year and then having nothing much to show for the first three-plus months next year. Allen Craig comes to mind as having two excellent seasons, getting hurt, being traded to Boston and then fading from the scene.
The team has already offered its support, as have players and staff. The fans have been heard from, too, and I add my thoughts and prayers that Bob is as comfortable as he can be in dealing with a difficult foe.
Why don't you tell me which players that are available are better than those two? And you must note that the starting pitching has been a lot better lately than it was when those fellows were not injured, plus Goldschmidt has started to hit in the interim.
The answer to this question might come in any succeeding home stands after the Astros/Cubs at the end of this month. They should do all right for the Brewers/Rockies in late August, with HOF ceremonies here during Rockies' series. But September could be dicey for a non-contending team.