I could get behind the idea of Munoz playing some center field. There seems to be some offense there.
He wallowed quite a bit last year before he got going. So I am not quite ready to go that far. But, again, he is of a certain age and all of this power pitching makes life even tougher for hitters in their 30s.
Well, Fowler was a right fielder last season before getting hurt. And he was done for the season before Pham was traded.
Eventually the Cardinals will have some new faces in the offense but, as noted earlier, there is not much on the horizon. Maybe Dylan Carlson will make it by next year, but how will he fare at this level.
Yeah, Glendale was a goofy deal from the start. Building the arena there was supposed to spark all of this growth. Some of that happened but, like you note, that arena is a helicopter ride from Scottsdale or Mesa.
There is a big difference between calling out players for poor performance and issuing an impassioned, ill-timed defense of a .500 team. Most fans don't expect Shildt to rip his guys, but a lot of them raised eyebrows at his messaging.
No, Sudsy was not around. He has quite the compound up in Canada. He is a gentleman farmer now.
Wait, is that you being reasonable again? There is no place for that in these chats.
I could live with some of that, to get some fresh legs out there. Again, it's a balancing act. It's bad enough when guys struggle for long stretches, but it's worse when a manager loses them altogether. Mike Matheny moved Dexter Fowler in and out last season and lost him.
Sure. I would have to write them down, but I believe I could do it.
Baseball always evolves. Gjuys throw harder, so hitters learn to handle the heat. Because that 96 mph pitch gets turned around, pitches must go back to the breaking ball as the out pitch. And with hitters sitting on fastballs and fixated on launch angles, some of them are easy pickings.
Some of the regression of players coming here is due to age. Pham had a 6.4 Wins Above Replacement in his one full season here, so it's not like he only leaned to hit after leaving here. Piscotty hit .305 in his first half-season here, then .273 in his first full season here with 35 doubles, 22 homers and 85 RBIs. Voit showed promise here, but he never got extended time as a regular hitter. He always hit in the minors while in this organization.
It was really special to see the Cup victory because of all the fans I know and all the ones I met over the course of 33 years in town. Any World Championship is epic in a market like this, but there will never be anything more special for St. Louis sports.
On that positive note, I will check out for the week. Thanks!