Ha! I'll have to check that one out. Thanks.
He's never done it, but seems like the kind of manager who might be open to it. It's on our list of questions for him during this series.
I get the argument. I do. I'm not entirely old-school on the topic but I'm not ready to see the best hitters hitting leadoff either. Since the start of the 2019 season, most of MLB's top RBI guys are still hitting in the 2-3-4 range. And yes, you are assuming guys in front will get on base when you go the traditional route. That's why they're up higher, and hopefully have speed. That's why I really like the idea of Edman, Carlson, Goldschmidt Arenado being this team's first four.
He's the starting right fielder today. He might be the starting right fielder this series. And sure, he could wind up being the primary starter in right field this season, but he's not quite there right now. He's earned first crack at it. But the Cardinals are going to cycle guys in and out of that spot. Bader's return looms, too.
Other than Carpenter's obvious predicament, not much.
Seeing as how they let Lester and Schwarber go and did not sign Rizzo to an extension before the season started, I wouldn't be all that surprised if they press reset if they're obviously out of the mix at the deadline. I don't think they will be. Not that far out. It's hard to imagine the Cubs without Rizzo.
Have said it before that the only real way to "grade" a trade is to let it play out all the way. Everything else is just a snapshot. And those are OK. But they're not final. Patience? This is The Chat, man! Take that patience somewhere else.
We're not in the clubhouse these days, but there has been nothing but positive signs about Arenado's meshing with the club. He and Goldschmidt were friends before the trade. Carpenter has been great about the demotion and is adopting a team-first attitude. Molina has been eager to be teammates with Arenado for a long time, and it shows. All warm and fuzzy stuff, at least so far.
Not really, although I did break out my baseball-themed mask for the game.
Mike Shildt on the Zoom now. Back in a few minutes . . .
A standalone offering will make money. That's the reason it will happen. That's the priority, unfortunately.
The team that is starting today in Cincinnati is not the team that will be playing the bulk of the season, though. An important outfielder and, more importantly, two key starters are not here. All should be back in the relatively near future. The Cardinals were a postseason team that added one of the National League's best players. They're very good defensively and have a loaded bullpen. The offense has to prove it can do more than just add Arenado. The temporary starters need to pitch serviceably. If those things happen, I think the Cardinals are a better than average team, yes. I picked them to win the division and lose to the Padres in the NLCS.
Money and the belief they have in their current players would be the biggest two.