They like him right where he is, especially with Hicks out. It would take too long into the season for Gant to be stretched out and he's not going to the minors anyway.
I think the hood is up on that race car.
Technically, sort of. One of the maneuvers often used for postseason is that you can replace anybody on the 60-day DL (which Hicks will be) with anybody who was in your organization before Sept. 1 and make that player eligible for the postseason.
Just for the record, they're only one game out of the first wild-card spot. But, yes, they are fortunate the NL Central has been so balanced where nobody really ran off.
I would think Justin Williams might be as likely to be off the 40-man roster. But they so far have determined that Arozarena wouldn't play enough if he was brought up, especially when Ozuna returns because it appears that O'Neill will stay in the lineup somewhere. Then you're looking at defense off the bench in center field and Bader is the best you have.
I don't see Carlson coming here yet this year but I wouldn't rule out Memphis at the end of the season, just to give him a taste.
Smith kind of left it up to the Hall, which thought his seven years with the Cubs meant more than the four with the Cardinals, especially since Smith also played with six other clubs. I wish he had gone in with no logo and I told him that but he agreed with the Hall's suggestion and he has great love for the Cubs.
I would like to see that and I'm not sure why he hasn't received more consideration. They generally have given the award to lead play-by-play guys and Shannon has done that for quite a long time since the Bucks stopped doing Cardinals games.
Hard to measure, but I wouldn't put too much stock in it. The only big financial obligation they would be taking on if they tried to get Greinke, owed more than $30 million for a couple of more years, from Arizona.
Any hitter they acquire, and that's unlikely, probably would have to be a lefthanded hitter. They really don't have any other than Carpenter and the switch-hitters.
Thanks for your kind words. That race would not be close. Goldschmidt once stole 32 bases in a season. Carpenter is running better this year but he's not in Goldschmidt's class.
Texas kind of likes him. He's under control for two more years and he's one of the top pitchers in the league this year. I wouldn't mind seeing it, but it's not going to happen.
I don't have the figures but it seems as it has been too many. Just as too many hits have been given up to opposing pitchers.
Sabathia probably has a better chance than Colon because he spent many more years playing in New York, where there are more voters than anywhere else. Halladay's win percentage was better than the other two and he was considered the premier pitcher in the game for several years, not for just one, like Sabathia. It took Mussina several years to get in and he won 270.
I was concerned for a bit that he was only hitting singles. But he is hitting the ball with authority to all fields and isn't striking out quite as much. I thought he would be a better outfielder, though. He appears a little tentative.
The stats have been up and down. When he goes back-to-back days and multiple innings in this next week, he should be back by the end of the month, if not the end of the week.
There is no minor league union and the low salaries of minor league players is a big talking point these days. For now, teams can option a player to the minors as many times as they want in three different years. After that they have to keep them or risk losing them via waivers if they want to send them out.
You are correct on your last point about their rank at the bottom of these categories. I would take a good starting pitcher over a good leadoff man, by a hair. Pitching wins championships. Leadoff man help you win championships. You can sometimes make a hitter into a leadoff man. It is less likely you can make him into a pitcher. I like Carpenter's chances of being a better leadoff man more than I like anybody's chances of being a better pitcher among those they already have. They can acquire a pitcher. Unless, you can get a Whit Merrifield from Kansas City and decide where you would play him, that leadoff man isn't out there.
I don't have those stats readily available to you but those instances would drive anybody crazy.
He might still have Todd Worrell playing right field once in a while although he is in his 50s now. I think the biggest change he would make would be to use relievers for more than one inning at time.