Rest assured that Edman will get his playing time. Rest assured, whether you like it or not, Carpenter will get his playing time, too. He, more than ever, though, realizes he will have to produce although you have to give him more than a game or two to find out.
Checking the standings, I doubt if the Royals have any untouchables.
Wishful thinking. And smart thinking. Perhaps at the end of this season or at the start of next season.
Cardinals would prefer a lefthanded hitter if they would acquire one. Renfroe is a righthanded hitter.
That seems to be way too much to give up for a leadoff hitter. All those players should fit prominently into the Cardinals' future. Not that Merrifield isn't intriguing because he is. He is a signed player for four years and plays multiple positions, hits .300 and steals bases. He is 30 years old, though and you would have to factor in how he will be in years 31-34. .
This falls into the "what have done for me lately?" category. Munoz had a big game. He has value. I do not know if he is a regular but he should play more than he's been playing. But I'm not ready to put Carpenter into the dumpster just yet.
Now, there's a thought. Why didn't I think of that? When he comes back from the minor leagues this week, let's pretend that's what happened.
I hardly could agree more. The players have only two words that should govern their play the rest of the way. Those words are "step up."
They didn't figure they had a regular place to play him with Wong at second and Carpenter at third. As it turns out, he could have played third but that's neither here nor there. The Yankees didn't figure on him as a regular either until Andujar got hurt.
Young pitching always is the most sought after commodity and the Cardinals have some in Woodford, perhaps Ponce de Leon and Gomber (who is hurt now). Bader might be appealing to some teams but the Cardinals probably won't be dealing too much off their 25-man roster.
He hasn't started for several years and it wouldn't work this year. Not saying he couldn't do it next year, but I could see him replacing Martinez if the latter returns to starting.
Bellinger. I break the tie by taking the best player from the best team.
That's a little harsh to say that Molina was playing below Wieters and Knizner, both of whom have done well. Give Molina a healthy right hand and he'll hit again. There was nothing wrong with his catching and throwing.
I saw that .820 OPS stat and that was pretty impressive, too. I have no argument.
By the time the trading deadline comes, the Cardinals may be a significant number over .500 and that was what 'Mo' was referring to. Then, there is reason to deal. If they regress to .500 again, there is not.
MLB only monitors closely, if there is a significant amount of money changing hands or is being apportioned in unusual fashion.
O'Neill was down at Memphis and hitting better than Bader. The latter is here because of his defense. With so many Cardinals' regulars out, their offense isn't likely to batter teams. So many of their wins are going to depend a lot on pitching and defense until they get some of their players back and the ones they have to produce more.
I don't think I want to play them in a one-game series. They've got three aces (including Corbin) they can throw at you.
I don't know that he didn't. I'm sure he would have been a big Ted Kluszewski fan.
I suspect so. But what they ought to feel is the urgency to play better with what they already had. They thought it was good enough at the beginning of the season.
Their history suggests that they will trade for somebody who is under control for at least another year. Bumgarner, with the Giants' recent surge, may not be as available as some might think.