Liberatore has pitched a lot better lately and you have to include him as a possibility. He had some moments up here this year although he wasn't quite ready.
Those discussions will be held in due time. There is no slam dunk that Wainwright is returning,
I would pursue Quintana and Thompson might be a candidate, too, although he would be intriguing as a left-handed reliever for one more season before being converted back into a starter. Teams always should have eight or nine starters. Pallante could fall into that category. His final start this season was of eight scoreless innings when Soto and Bell still were playing for Washington.
O'Neill would figure in my best "hitting" outfield. And what you propose would not, in any way, be a good defensive outfield other than Nootbaar. Yepez and Burleson scream "DH."
That would be my outfield for the playoffs, if O'Neill can handle it.
The Dodgers might even want him if they lose Trea Turner. DeJong will be sought after if the money issue can be resolved.
He does deserve a victory lap although I don't think Waino necessarily craves that. Let's give this a few more weeks and I suspect he is feeling the same way after it seemed pretty certain he wanted to play again next year.
The Cardinals officially are out of the running for the second seed. I expect Wainwright to start this Sunday's game. I do not think that necessarily sets him up to start in the playoffs. A large part of this depends on whom the Cardinals are playing. in the postseason. But you can count on Mikolas pitching one of the first two games.
Pujols will be tough to replace. Perhaps some combination involving Yepez, Burleson and/or Gorman might be an alternative.
Or Bonds being attacked by moths as he knocked a home run over the fence.
Of the ones I've seen, he's right behind Henry Aaron.
The Cardinals always could trade Flaherty or just about anyone else. But they would like to get one more top year out of him--or at least a healthy year.
The Phillies aren't there yet. They've got 10 games left---all on the road.
People bemoan the Arozarena trade with Tampa Bay. But the two they dealt to Miami in the Ozuna trade--Alcantara and Gallen--are among the top five pitchers in the league.
There were so many Pujols highlights it was hard to compress them into 10.
Ruth does have the edge in Pujols in pitching, as was confirmed to us this season.
And thank you! We'll see about your theory on Wednesday. Quintana on regular rest at Milwaukee.
There are too many DHs now when you include Pujols, who is excellent, and Dickerson to go with the four you named. I haven't seen Gomez play the field, yet so I might hold off on him.