Not in the postseason. But they do for the regular season. The Cardinals do not see the record of 1-9 and think that's good.
The praying mantis here is only figurative, not literal.
It is not. Actually, we've seen examples of him managing players/people all season, as I'm sure you saw watching the game. We could make a list starting with Pujols.
The Cardinals like Yepez against right-handed pitchers, especially those who elevate the fastball and throw hard. The numbers show this too. Gorman had difficulty with that pitch during the season, and it was one of the reasons he was demoted to Class AAA Memphis -- to work on that and see if Burleson had a better swing for the role.
Four-ish. There are a few infielders who might be cast out there.
They are going to look into other catching options. I get that some of the Cubs writers are trying to ship Contreras and the Cardinals -- and that would make for fine copy. But the Cardinals are going to look at some better defensive options; that's just their nature. And that could mean a trade. Or, just going with a clear glove-first guy, and there are going to be a couple of free agents that fit that description.
I'm not really going to buy into the RBI as the measure of the hitter the Cardinals need, sorry. You nailed it with this -- they need an .850 OPS outfield. Full stop. They need that player to be part of the lineup and prominent in it. The corner outfield spots are still the land of giants, where the Betts and Soto and Acuna and prominent hitters play for contending teams. The Cardinals need that outfield. Coming into this season, they thought it would O'Neill. Injuries had other ideas. Can it be Nootbaar? He has definitely raised his ceiling for the coming year with his second half. For sure. But if it's not one of them, is it Carlson? If they can two all the better. But they need more from the outfield because that's where championship contenders get thump.
Low, at the moment. Seriously, slim.
The best team I saw this season in person or on TV was Atlanta. And, at times, it wasn't close.
They've gone down that road before. I wouldn't put the odds at zero, but getting a sense of where they're going to put their thumb for free-agent pursuits is not yet clear. It will be in the coming weeks as they, the Cardinals, start making those decisions, too. Is he possible? Yes. Is he a high probability? At the moment, does not seem to fit, but their discussions in the coming week could change that.
I didn't get that sense at all. Quite the opposite in Pittsburgh, honestly.
He wouldn't opt out and then return, I don't think. That wouldn't make much sense for either party, financially or relationship-wise. The Cardinals would opt to move on, because look they'd be out a lot of money. His opting-out negates the promise of covering his salary (a large portion for 2023) by the Rockies, and the Cardinals would then be on the hook for the entirety of a new deal. Now, they have the Rockies commitment to cover some of the cost and can talk to Arenado about a different look to the end of his deal. Better to do that -- or just agree that they are going to part ways and the Cardinals would be in the mix for another infielder.