On the other hand, they actually discovered that Edman could play there. Who knew?
San Diego will be the site of December's meetings. Which night are we giving the Nationals? Interestingly, they had a losing record at home in the playoffs, going only 3-4.
It is more difficult to fix the offense because the right blend of hitters isn't here yet. On defense, the parts were there, especially after the addition of Goldschmidt, who saved everyone else a bunch of errors besides making very few himself.
Some will have to be dealt for whatever you can get. Don't hold your breath.
I was just going with those certain to be in the fold. He would be in my five.
Perhaps. But he has value here if he can still hit, as he did for much September.
We do not know the exacts parameters of any trade involving Bader/O'Neill. If it involved Wheeler, and we don't know that, he already is a free agent. And the fact that the Cardinals are not playing today has little or nothing to do with their pitching. They had plenty.
I suspect this will get tried in spring training some time, at least in the minors, and perhaps even there in the regular season although it could be cost prohibitive with so many teams. I like the fact that different umpires have different strike zones. Just like pitchers have different go-to pitches. Do your homework, if you're a hitter or a pitcher but Lance Barksdale did have a particularly rough outing last night.
I think your latter observation is most applicable, so far.
You would hope so, but some guys get it and some don't. Not to say that Bader won't. But he hasn't.
Especially Von McDaniel although I'm not sure if his arm maladies were elbow (Tommy John) or shoulder-related.
I think fans generally would be most happy if he didn't turn up on the injured list and stayed out of trouble.
Defensive shifts and, consequently, his inability to take advantage of some bunt opportunities that have been available to him. A .250 average looks a lot better than .220 or .230. I don't think it's anything physical but he wouldn't say if it was.
Nobody comes to mind but the Cardinals won two pennants, in large part because of Vince Coleman -- or the threat and annoyance to pitchers of Vince Coleman. Yes, I know he didn't walk a lot.
I would venture to say that Goldschmidt is a "marquee" name in most baseball circles. And, let's see. . . he was the only one of the three you cited who was playing in October this year.
Worrell and Willie McGee went down on back-to-back days in 1989. One of Whitey's best managing jobs that year. The 2004 team was really good and we'll never know what would have happened against Boston if staff ace Carpenter (injured) could have pitched the opener of the World Series.
I haven't heard anybody say they're "waiting" for rebounds from the aforementioned trio. "Hoping," is one word. :"Moving on," are two more.
I don't recall the play. Springer generally is an all-out player who hasn't had previous issues with not hustling, at least not very many. Acuna already, unfortunately, had made his mark in that category. Several times.
He might have been back then--until he hurt his back back then.