The Brewers, though considerably behind, have a slight schedule advantage because they have games with Miami yet although Philadelphia probably thought that was an advantage, too, until the weekend.
I've wondered about the effect of the fans, if any. I don't think that Shildt really had a spot for Arozarena to play every day with Fowler playing so well and Edman showing he could play the outfield.
I would take the Cardinals' bullpen over anybody else's in the league, with several potential playoff teams (Washington, Chicago, Milwaukee, Atlanta) having bad ones.
That's Congressman Mizell.
We're looking at a playoff team until they show us they aren't. Their defense, bullpen and base running have been too solid for them to fall too far now. They can be caught but they aren't likely to beat themselves.
All I know is that Goldschmidt saves an error a week. And Fowler has been all right in the outfield although not blessed with a strong arm. I am not a big fan of WAR.
Oquendo surely will be in the Cardinals' Hall of Fame, even if he is a wild-card ownership choice. They don't have to retire 51 necessarily but I don't want to see anybody else wearing it.
I like Carp but I'm waiting to see more, just as you are.
That's a possible number. Anything with a 20-per-year AAV.
Manager Shildt has plenty of options but many more of those involve Edman than we thought. Credit to Edman for thriving in almost every situation.
I miss good baseball arguments besides those on balls and strikes. A manager used to put on a show on the field, often to fire his own team up. The situations don't lend themselves to that now. If hitters didn't have batting gloves, they wouldn't need to spend so much time adjusting them. There. That would save some time.
Rendon is one of the top 10 offensive players in the league and one of its best clutch hitters. No contest between him and Donaldson because Rendon also is younger.
Shildt didn't really feel he owed anything to Wacha. He's trying to win the game, Wacha, who had been either warming up or pitching for the better part of three hours, was done and Shildt had a fresh reliever, which turned out great. I was hoping Wacha could get one more out. But the Cardinals did win. And everybody went away at least reasonably happy, even Wacha.
He says he hasn't having trouble with his shoulder. He was really good last year before he suffered an oblique injury and maybe that's the one that caused any mechanical issues, if there are any.
Goldschmidt, and not Martinez or Carpenter at first. Coaching staff attention to detail on defense in the spring. Carpenter at one position and Wong playing every day. And, importantly, much better defense by the pitching staff, which was awful last year defensively. I do not blame the previous manager.
I would hope not. Gorman is two to three years away.
I don't know if the Cubs have used up their quota for Sunday night games or not. That announcement would come in the next week or so, I would think, if there is a change.
I keep track of the Cardinals and I don't find them being appreciably out of line with the their previous season or the rest of the league. But everybody seems to be leaving money on the table when a simple fly ball or ground ball will do.
You're concerned until they show that there won't be a relapse. But both have trained and prepared themselves not to have a repeat of last year.
Well said. Somebody, or several somebodies, is/are doing something right.