Wainwright might even have a better case for MVP because he was the only pitcher keeping the Cardinals alive when they were winning only one or two games a week for a while. But age shouldn't be much of a factor.
But, not knowing if the Cardinals will have the luxury of saving Wainwright for that one game yet, I would choose playing the Giants for one game because the Dodgers could have three or four pitchers better than the one the Cardinals might send out there for one game and I don't think the Giants do. Bullpens become more important the longer the series are, and the Cardinals may have a better bullpen than the Dodgers, which could be a key in a five-game series, no matter the Dodgers' big advantage in starting pitching.
Carpenter is at 10 %. DeJong is well over 40. Hard to tell about the coaches because don't know their contract situations . So I would take "under" on Carpenter and "over" on DeJong. And, since it is so high "under" 90 on Albert, too.
It might be that Pham has been with a couple of teams since he was here three years ago. I was looking for more, too, but the fans behave differently when the opposing player is on a team fighting for the same playoff spot as was the case when the Padres were here. When Pujols was here a couple of weeks ago, the Dodgers already had their spot assured. Pham was warmly applauded, though, in his first at-bat on Friday. But there was no standing ovation.
Gorman is 50-50 so far and Yepez perhaps slightly less. The others I don't see yet.
The Cardinals' expectations for Hudson really involve 2022. But when he returns, the sinkerballer should thrive on the defense behind him. He will be in the rotation.
You never say never but the Cardinals haven't had great luck with long-term offers to starting pitchers.
Thank you, and yes, I plan to be on the coverage team for next year.
Or DeJong would have to overtake him. But it is Sosa's job, as we speak.
I would think many would be surprised as to how good Sosa has been this year. But Sosa did not show a lot in the spring to merit the job he has now. He was fortunate he didn't have minor league options left and he was good enough to take advantage of his shot when he got it.
I don't think any of the teams you referenced welcomes playing the Cardinals because of their bullpen, their defense and the fact their lineup has morphed into a consistently productive unit. But the Cardinals' lack of starting pitching depth could be an issue depending on how often their good bullpen would have to be employed.
Not yet. They want to clinch the division first before they start to ease back on the workloads of some of their pitchers, particularly. Milwaukee has had so many injuries among its regulars this year that nobody should be too tired there. Also, the Brewers and Dodgers close the season in Los Angeles, so there still could be a chance the Brewers finish with the best record if the Dodgers beat the Giants before that.
Flaherty can't be counted on for more than a few innings at a time in any postseason scenario. He could be amongst those pitching in a wild-card game if Wainwright is needed to pitch the final game of the regular season.
That was the best tactic for the moment--to try to stem the Padres' momentum-- plus he was well rested.
I still think he's a regular shortstop because of his power and his defense, even if it's not here.