I didn't know Pham had suddenly become Enos Slaughter. All players need a day off now and then, except Cal Ripken and Lou Gehrig. I point out that his replacement last night, Stephen Piscotty, had two hits and made a diving catch. Pham, I'm sure, will be playing tomorrow.
I don't think Waino's "iffy" arm would be up to the stress of closing _ at least not this year.
Good question. I would say DeJong. because we all figured Diaz would be the shortstop this season. Pham has come up before and done well, just not for this long. I would go with DeJong, who has been historic, rather than Pham, who has become the Cardinals' best player.
Relax. I think Tommy Pham is a fine player. But there is no reason why he needs to play every day without rest. The game was nationally televised but it wasn't exactly a playoff game. It was just another game.
And I respectfully answer by saying those were basically one-night stands. When you have a definitive answer about Rosenthal, then you might see the club take a different direction.
Thanks. Today, you are a voice in the wilderness.
In the interest of accuracy, Tommy Pham spent the first month of the season in the minors because of poor spring performance. I think he is a very fine player and I was surprised he wasn't playing last night. But that was not the reason the Cardinals lost.
I think Fowler was miscast as some sort of "Messiah" when he was signed. He is a complementary piece, albeit a good one. His resurgence coincides with the Cardinals' recent hot streak. If you look at his numbers, he already has eclipsed (as it were) his homers and RBIs of last year and his average is approaching last year's . I don't know if "disdain" is the right word for his not wanting to play corner outfield. He would do it if asked.
You may be right. I guess more people must be watching now.
Matt Carpenter's spot in the lineup and his value to the club are much debated topics. There is no question that he has performed better as a leadoff man than anywhere else in the lineup although his skills set of more power at the expense of less average is a concern. Perhaps, in the future Kolten Wong can be that leadoff man he always has wanted to be and Carpenter can hit down the line again. But wherever he hits, he has to hit better than .247.
I do not see Magneuris Sierra starting in the Cardinals' outfield next year, not at the beginning of the year. He has several players to leapfrog although it appears safe to assume that of these four _Dexter Fowler, Tommy Pham, Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk _ one won't be back next year. And Harrison Bader will be here next year.
If Trevor Rosenthal is deemed to be out for at least part of next season, the Cardinals will have to explore the trade or free agent market for a closer. You'd like to believe Seung Hwan Oh could be re-signed and do the job but he hasn't gotten lefthanded hitters out this season and he probably is not more than a good set-up man, where he can be better used against righthanded hitters.
Ok, the gloves are off. Why don't you go after the players? They're the ones who win or lose the games. Matheny and Mo do not, by any means, escape critique. But I usually go on the side of the players _ praise if they do well, criticism if they don't.
If not before then, the Cardinals are likely to bring back Aledmys Diaz, Harrison Bader, Alex Mejia, (another catcher from Memphis), Jack Flaherty, John Gant. That's a good start anyway.
Thank you very much. From what I see and hear, Sierra would be first, Grichuk second and Pham, Fowler, Bader in some sort of order from 3-5.
I remind you. There were 2600 people in attendance at Sunday's game. Not 2,600,000. This was the not the Game of the World despite what ESPN would have you believe. It was one of 162. And Pham did play. He drew what could have been a key walk in the ninth.
I am also a Lance Lynn fan. With the rotation in some tatters, I don't see how the Cardinals can't make a legitimate multi-year offer to keep Lance Lynn. Ultimately, it will be up to him, but the Cardinals don't have a solid No. 2 starter if he's gone. Five years, $100 million may be the going freight.
I do think Carpenter has improved markedly defensively at first base from the beginning of the season when he wasn't very good at all. I would hope this is an off year for him because they didn't figure on him hitting under .250 in late August no matter how many walks he has. They will need more from him from that spot next year.
Pham might have some trade value but other teams always are leery of trading for a 29-year-old who has had just one good season and has yet to play a full year in the majors. I know a lot of that has had to do with Pham's long history of eye problems but I'm just trying to establish that his value probably is estimated higher here than anywhere else.
I don't have that answer for you other than Pham had hit the ball out of the infield just once in his previous seven at-bats after homering in his first at-bat on Friday.