Adding Encarnacion at the same time the Cardinals had a 30-homer guy (Gyorko) and a guy who hit at a 30-homer pace (Adams) ticketed for part-time duty didn't make much sense. Particularly after deciding that Carpenter's best position was first base, where Edwin plays. Now, moving forward, the Cards will know more about young veterans like Wong, Diaz, Grichuk and Piscotty as well as the players in development. And who knows, maybe Adams plays his way back into first base and the team has to live with Carpenter at third.
But if I had to pick a position to make a big trade/free agency play at, it would third base, not first base.
Martinez very shape. Good velocity and he is working like a starter, not trying to overpower everybody. Pretty good early command.
Haven't seen the spread sheet on that, but averaging $20 million per year. Getting into the top AAV range for catchers was essential to the Molina camp.
Kansas City? No. Cleveland, maybe.
When you look at the Gold Gloves, the winning and his longevity, I think he makes it. Not the home-run hitter other guys were, but his elite defense, pitch-handling and winning will get him there.
He said he will play it by ear. Wong against Lester was not a great match-up, but this doesn't necessarily mean he will sit vs. every lefty. If Kolten can hit with some consistency, he should start vs. lesser lefties because of his defense and speed. The Cardinals need that energy.
He's OK. These guys aren't stealing on him.
How about Bumgarner today? Beast mode.
Not a lot of good bunters in this Cards lineup. Ah, the lost art. How much better would Wong become if he could consistently drop good bunts?
Yeah, that is the best-case scenario. The Cardinals don't have an elite third baseman in development. They have lots of outfielders, but not an elite third baseman.
Jedd Gyorko did not help his case with that AB. He is an all-or-nothing hitter and the Cards had too much of that last year.
Wong spent the spring tinkering with his swing again and he never got the bat on time. That failure led to the decision to give Gyorko some early looks in the real games against tough lefties, even though Wong was great in the field. My guess is this will all blow over once Wong has a good game or two at the plate.
So here we go with people assuming user names again.
IMO, in the NL, it's ideal to have six true everyday guys and two positions where a couple guys play. That guarantees a better bench, better pinch-hitting and the ability to play match-ups with the starting lineup. It leaves you better protected against injuries because you are giving more guys regular work. In the AL, having eight stud position players is find because your bench guys seldom pinch hit.
It's been a while since I've done this chat, but doesn't logging in with a Facebook ID solve some of this? If not, I will try to police it.
The analytics community is hard on this team, based on their models. They aren't optimistic about Wacha and Lynn, to name two. And those predictions don't account for the inevitable roster adjustments. Mozeliak is building up some nice assets. If this team stays healthy and on a playoff track, I can see him moving aggressively as needed to upgrade.
Dexter Fowler uses his wheels (and Lester's inability to field) to get an extra base hit. Will he try to run on him now?