I'm OK seeing him in the outfield the next time a lefthander rolls around.
My take on the new deadline is that most of the deals made were for players not of star quality but of useful quality who might have been acquired before Aug. 31, under the old rules, with the waiver period in vogue. As we pointed out, only Houston, Atlanta, and perhaps Cleveland, of the elite teams, really made any eye-popping moves.
Yes, they would have to be more consistent offensively. They do have a good bullpen, which is prized in playoff ball with many of the starters weary after a long regular season.
He's not 34 yet but heading there. He doesn't have to turn it around but he has to be better.
Anything is possible. Leone's 40-man spot would seem in jeopardy, though, if younger talent could be moved up. .
Carpenter is going to play third, at least against righthanders, until he proves that he can't hit well enough to stay in there. I can see Munoz playing some against lefthanded pitching although he is not a strong defender at that position, in my estimation.
I was thinking Bader might have that ball, too, but Bader did need a week or two of concentrated at-bats in the minors to rediscover his swing. As it was, he was playing only an inning or two a game on defense and that didn't really help him.
You raise some good points here. DeJong should be better, especially with men in scoring position where he is under .180. Wong is getting better. Not sure about some of the other ones, though. This is why, at this writing, Ozuna needs to be back.
That is a fine idea and one I trust can at least be talked about. By Aug. 15, more "have-nots" will have become apparent and this new date can split the difference between the traditional July 31 deadline for trading without waivers and the Aug. 31 deadline for trading with waivers.
I think you could point to a lot of teams in this league and find only four sure position players back at the same stands for next year, considering free agency and the like. The Cardinals will have three of their starting pitchers back, which is probably more than many others. But not really interested in next season now.
Whatever they can, by repetition in the batting cage, watching video and talking to coaches. None is overly pleased with his performance although Fowler is lot better than he was last year. Carpenter, unfortunately, is lot worse so far.
The word "boycott" never seems to be a good idea. Not buying tickets or not watching as much on television can hurt the team's economic situation. Believe me, the front office already is aware of your discontent, so you needn't worry about that part of it.
One game doth not patience make.
You easily can doze off. And baseball wonders why games take so long. Put more balls in play and not play it like in Japan, where it is considered honorable to take every count to 3-2.
Isn't part of the fans' commitment going to games? And what part of being 1 1/2 games out of first place don't you like? And, by the way, I am not in any way defending the lack of action or bad action of the front office. I am saying the team you watch has a chance to win the division, which I believe was the goal when the year began. I'm not ready to send anybody to the chopping block until the season is over.
Some of the potential assets Mo had at the beginning of the year, like Gomber and even Reyes have gotten hurt. They aren't holding the same cards, so to speak, as they were before.
It is quite possible that neither of the two players to which you refer will be regulars next year. Until Ozuna goes/stays, however, there is no reason to conduct a deeper dive than that right now.
I kind of like having Martinez on the bench anyway, saving him for that one pinch-hit at-bat a game that really matters.