I very much like doubles and triples, because the ball is in play longer and there are more moving parts, with outfielders, relay men and base runners. The Cardinals have a young, fast outfield. Moving the fences in would take away from one of their strengths.
If Wainwright wanted to play hard ball, he should ask for Morton money although the Cardinals aren't likely to go that high and they sense that Wainwright really doesn't want to play anywhere else now that Molina is signed and the pair can set a record for most starts next year. Something in the $13-15 million range seems fair.
O'Neill could hit second but his contact rate and on-base percentage aren't quite conducive to that yet. Goldschmidt is the better choice this year but all things can be reviewed next spring. Carlson would be a good call but I like his protection for Arenado as Carlson hits fifth.
I would think there could be some sort of buyout agreement reached between Pujols and the Angels since he did not leave on such great terms.
I would be open to it. But I'm not always that smart.
You're welcome. Words to live by, perhaps?
Maddux has revitalized many careers, no question, including maybe Wainwright's.
Carp must have a loud voice. Or the arbiter has good ears.
I would be very surprised to (a) be here 20 years from now and (b) see anybody playing that long for one team.
But he made sure he had a good closer and defense and a good enough rotation. It was a little different when the manager and general manager were the same person for a while.
I hope not, but they are looking into it.
There's no guarantee that Rizzo will be back with the Yankees next year. Voit could be their first baseman. Or the DH. Any other hitter of note that joins the Cardinals' club next year, especially if he's a first baseman/DH, almost certainly has to be a lefthanded hitter to balance the Cardinals' attack.
Certainly negotiable. I would prefer 25. So would the owners. The players' association would prefer 28.
Bader and O'Neill need better strike-zone recognition. Carlson might work on his base running--he should be stealing more than two bases. But O'Neill and Carlson, especially, could be stars in this league.
But. . . pitching must come first.
Possible everyday player. But he would have to hit at least .260 for a whole season and I don't know if he could do that.
The manager is never without blame. But I think Shildt, with a couple of instances, has handled his bullpen brilliantly. It's hard to do when you have only one starter you really can rely on.
Your point is well taken. But, also understand that DeJong is not 35 years old, as is Carpenter. DeJong just turned 28.