Albert's job is not to make people use his approach, but to help batters refine their own approach and be more productive. The same went for John Mabry, who suffered years of abuse in these chats. As I noted earlier, it reflects badly on the field staff when players can't pull out of months-long slumps. On the other hand, though, maybe these hitters are who they are at this stage of their career.
I don't believe the Cardinals have ruled out Ozuna. So he may still be the Plan A for left field. His agent is a guy the Mozeliak can work with. There is no obvious Plan B, although O'Neill is elevating his stock. Maybe the Cardinals will qualify Ozuna and Marcell will take the one year at big money and try to build market value.
I don't see the Cardinals improving by trading away their closer for the stretch run. Who closes out games if he leaves? John Gant hit a rough patch. John Brebbia and Andrew Miller have had their struggles earlier. So unless you are getting a better closer in return for him, I don't see the sense in a Martinez trade. After the season, maybe you reassess -- but only if you think his shoulder is about shot or if you anticipate more off-field issues. When healthy, this guy has been one of baseball's better pitchers.
Lots of carnage there. Many injuries -- and also some needless cost-cutting that caused good pitchers to land elsewhere.
There's at least one or two folks out there who some how see the XFL as a path back to the NFL. Give it up!
No, but the lack of high-potential talent matters.
I would like to see the Cardinals lead the move back in that "whole field" direction and become the outlier. Maybe that's how the Cardinals could regain their edge of peer organizations.
Exactly. So unless a Martinez trade would yield a lot of pitching, including a closer, why do it?
The Cardinals did not save dry powder this year. The front office made the big play for Golfschmidt a year after making the big play for Ozuna. The front office believed it had a contender. It didn't hold back for a midseason add. And, sure enough, the Cardinals are contending -- despite some wholesale underachievement and lots of injuries. I believe the Cardinals front office could have aimed even higher for this season by targeting 100 victories instead of 90, but given the poor performance of several key hitters that sort of success was out of the question for this group.
The national "insiders" like Rosenthal and Heyman get paid to talk to executives around the league and player agents to report on the ever-shifting market, like a Pierre LeBrun in hockey, Beat guys get paid to cover games, report on injuries and team trends, write player features and so forth, working long hours while producing hundreds of inches of content every week. They hear the same rumors the national guys do. They can make the same informed speculation too. But 99 percent of their job is reporting facts on what the team is doing. Their job is much, much different than what the "insiders" do. As for potential trades and such, if you read the Post-Dispatch and STLToday you have a pretty good idea of what could happen with this team.
Either you are into racing or your're not.
Oddly, some executives do read these things. Doug Armstrong admits it. I am always surprised to hear somebody in power say that.
There's that, plus the fact that pitchers are now throwing more curves because many hitters (especially younger) have adapted to the increased velocity. Baseball is a sport of constant evolution. But it's harder to evolve at 33 than 23.
Mozeliak noted that Carpenter had an on-base plus slugging percentage of .870 or better four times in the previous six years. His Wins Above Replacement was 3.0 or better five times in that span. So his 2018 surge was not an outlier. Was it a last gasp? We'll see about that.
Oddly, he is a former Gold Glove outfielder. He has made some weird misplays for a guy with that history and, of course, he had no arm last year. His arm is better his year, but he still struggles with some reads.
Given the crowding in the playoff race, right now the most likely is that they just miss the playoff bracket. But I would not be chocked to see them win the division. No NL Central team has made a winning statement yet.
He's been great at home, horrible on the road. If was an 18-game winner this season, yes, the Cardinals would be in first place.