Yeah, the Cardinals won two World Championships with teams that didn't seem nearly as strong as some others. That '06 team was especially flawed.
Point yes, Marner . . . maybe not. Toronto made a mistake promising Nylander that he wouldn't get moved. That's the move the Leafs could make to secure Mitch for the long haul.
We'll see. His power plays, at least on a part-time basis, and he can go get a fly ball.
Castellanos hasn't played third base in a couple of years. And Ozuna coming back would free up O'Neill/Munoz to play CF or RF if needed, although Martinez has been hitting again and this team is not going to completely bury Fowler. And if even if you trade Wong to get a pitcher, getting Gennett would cost a bunch of assets that could be used to get a pitcher directly. And, again, Wong has been central to this team's recent surge both in the field and with his bat.
Fowler proved that hitters can regroup in their 30s. Give Dexter credit there, he worked hard to get back. And he's been playing hard this season, even when his hitting comes and and goes.
I certainly enjoyed my share of Olympia despite being under age back at Mizzou. And the stuff Delta House that happened back then -- binge drinking, bad behavior at frat parties, lots of caveman antics -- we can probably leave that in the past.
Come on, that's job. I loved Denny Matthews during my time in K.C. -- he just a great guy, and a pretty good flag football quarterback -- but the man could really undersell a homer on radio.
The Chief. Sudsy is crazy. He will fight to the death and he has farmer strength, but the Chief is a monster.
People just have to crush Carpenter, even when he is not on the team. And I get it -- his first half was super disappointing. There is reason to fear that he will never be the same hitter.
Obviously you need all elements to have a good offense. Whitey had guys who could run, but he loved Jack Clark and Pedro Guerrero too. An all-or-nothing hitting approach leads to more prolonged slumps. It's easier to defend those hitters and it's easy to pitch to them.
Those guys work hard every day, putting in long hours analyzing hitters, preparing hitting plans and working with individuals. What they don't get to do is actually hit.
I can't imagine Fowler will have any trade value whatsoever, even with less time left on his contract. Baseball is awash in outfielders.
I do think bullpen help, especially a second lefty, is atop the list. Chasen Shreve didn't get it done and Tyler Webb has been just OK. A good second lefty would allow Miller to see even more high-leverage scenarios.
Well, there is a 100 percent chance Schenn will want some no-movement protection.
Again, if Blackmon can't pitch at a high level, then the club can't spend its dwindling assets on him. They have a lot of outfielders as it is.
They can both run very well. Not sure who wins the match race, but O'Neill can wheel.
The Cardinals offered Pujols a massive contract. Even Albert has admitted, for the record, he would have been better off financially staying here. Otherwise, sure, you can second-guess decisions Mozeliak has made. I agree with you on Pham and Lynn as two good examples. Decisions are made in the moment -- for instance, moving first basemen so Carpenter can play there without thinking that down the road Goldschmidt would be made available ahead of free agency. And when Carpenter has hitting at a MVP level for a chunk of last year, playing him there seemed OK. And, again, the Cardinals ARE tied for first despite all these horrors.
The reason his name would come up is that he has value, as you note, as the team has other second basemen. If Mozeliak is going to trade off of this roster, which other players would make the most sense?
He has take some shots as a bunter and, yes, he needs to take more.