I would trust DeJong at shortstop now. That will be an interesting decision if Sosa is out a while longer as to what Shildt will do for the wild-card game.
And thank you. Good for Dave. The cards, for the team in the field, have tendencies of their hitters that are coming up and how the manager and the coaching staff want their defense to play. The pitcher's card covers pitch selection for a particular hitter.
Wainwright is their best. He starts the wild-card game and if the Cardinals win, they can figure out the rest in the next day or so after that.
Don't know the view on Bader around the league but the Cardinals feed off his attitude which can be viewed as cocky or arrogant, but maybe just confident and enthusiastic.
Punch in the Cardinals' outfield, long a concern, no longer is so. This trio has 60-plus homers besides making all the plays.
I would sign a pitcher or two, trust the outfield although have a lefthanded-hitting outfielder who could play regularly or serve as a DH. The Cardinals desperately need some lefthanded punch off the bench.
The Phillies had him as a closer for a while but the Yankees surprisingly seemed to have no use for Garcia, who has been one of the Cardinals' most valuable players. I trust the club will investigate re-signing him.
I think part of the lower average has to do with trying to make a good impression here. But perhaps more so is that Arenado has learned how to hit--and not hit here at a tougher hitters' park--and that should put him in better stead for next year.
They don't have to make any big lineup changes. The outfield is good. The infield is good. Molina is back. Improve the starting pitching and re-work the bullpen a bit. And, of course, improve the bench although some members of that group might be serving as DHs.
He will be honored this Sunday. He won't be on the outfield wall because his number isn't retired and he doesn't have any Cooperstown ties but there might be something happening with the broadcast booth upstairs.
Gorman could be the lefthanded hitter for which the Cardinals are looking and also could play second, fill in at third and be the DH. Edman could sub once in a while at shortstop but I'm OK with the two the Cardinals have.
I think the Cardinals will have a had time beating the Dodgers in one game or five games. The Giants would be the preferred team for me. The fly in the ointment is that at some of these West Coast games, including the wild-game, are going to start at 5 or 5:30 Coast Time, making the ball hard to see for the hitters and putting a premium on top-shelf starting pitching, an area in which the Cardinals are lacking.
I do not project a World Series title but we all have learned never to sell anyone short. Everybody has had a lot of fun these past two or three weeks and who knows how long the roll will continue? It's clear that Mo has shed a few people from his back.
An outstanding question. I suspect the answer might not be known until next year but he is trending upward, for sure.
The Cardinals need a starter who is more toward the middle of the rotation. I'm not sure DeJong brings that nor am I sure they should trade him at all.
Everybody will get a game off, especially if they happen to lose one, and streak is over.
Your stance should be whatever you want, but check his record for four years. Way over. 500 and this year was his best, trying to juggle a pitching staff that had one starter for a long time.
The '06 team was way ahead and then almost got caught just as it was getting healthy. This year's team played the right teams at the right time and beat them. . . all of them. . . every night.
The hitters are knocking in runs with home runs when they have to. And driving them in via other avenues when they don't. Also, the Cardinals have been more aggressive taking extra bases when offered up by the opposition, which has been more than generous in that regard.
I don't think Jeff Albert is going anywhere.