But just when you thought the Brewers had run off, they stopped scoring again. They had that problem before, you know. Cubs likely to be sellers. Cardinals could be but haven't decided yet.
When the Cardinals' offense is clicking--it hasn't yet, has it?--Molina is a No. 6 or 7 hitter. Next year, if he is back, he almost certainly will be on a play two, rest one basis.
Edman is an answer because he is one of the top base stealers in the league. Carlson is an answer--probably the best one, for now--because he gets on base more than Edman and sees a lot of pitches. The Cardinals could use a lefthanded hitter in the outfield, other than the switch-hitters, but Bader has provided most of their power lately. His .226 average looks different when he has six homers in only 93 at-bats.
You well may see more two-inning type outings from Reyes this season. The stretching out will begin next spring when there is little doubt he will be brought to camp as exclusively a starting pitcher.
I'm sure some manufacturer is working on that.
There will be no extension offered to Carpenter unless, after his option is not picked up for 2022, the two sides arrive at a contract heavily laden with incentives at a much lower base. The DeJong situation will be one to follow closely the rest of the season. He has been better lately but .176 clearly isn't good enough.
I don't think you want a guy who throws as hard as Reyes throwing too many "teasing" pitches. First- and second-pitch balls are the primary reasons for the walks.
As of today, one game closer to Brewers than to Pirates. We're only slightly past the mid-point. The moves to which you refer are August-September moves if the club is out of the race and that hasn't quite been determined yet. Gorman started off hitting .100 at Memphis so let's hold on a little bit there. Liberatore should be up later in the year.
That might be the biggest difference you will notice in Pujols is that he can't run at all anymore because of his leg and foot ailments. But he still can produce with men on base. He has done well enough for the Dodgers, and with the DH likely to become universal next year, he might want to play another year to take a run at 700 homers and the Musial mark of which you spoke.
I don't know that they will finish under .500 at all because they will get Flaherty back, plus perhaps Mikolas and even Hicks next month. If you're making comparisons, the only Cardinals team that finished under .500 in the past 20 years was the 2007 model which went 78-84. Eight years before they were 75-86 and in 1997 they were 73-89. I would be surprised if the Cardinals finished as poorly as the last-named teams.
Goldschmidt isn't the player he was with Arizona but he still is a contributing player offensively and a terrific defender. The window hasn't closed here for a championship for Goldschmidt because he has three years on his contract after this year. But, the Cardinals do need to surround him and Nolan Arenado with some better talent. He is 33, not that old for a first baseman.
Unless something dramatic happens in the next 76 games, I don't see Albert's contract being renewed after the season.
The Cardinals have to improve their starting pitching and find some lefthanded punch. Sounds a little like last off-season.
Shildty is not the "meltdown" type, at least not in the persona he presents to the media. His glass usually is at least half full but he does let his guard down once in a while and admit some frustration. .
I still love the game but I want to see more aspects of it displayed, such as good base running, adept bat handling and managerial strategy. I would say I miss the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s but there was artificial turf involved in those decades and I did not like that at all.
An interesting concept but Schwarber walks more often than O'Neill.
Hard to tell yet which lefthanded hitters would be available via either trade or free agency. I would like to see DeJong regain form but he has to do it by the end of this season or I move on. The next shortstop, if it's not DeJong, has to be as solid in the field and a better hitter but not necessarily a leadoff type.
It will be their year if they hit. Most of the Brewers' strength is in their pitching and not much of it in their offense. It will be hard to believe that Narvaez and Adames can keep up what they've been doing.
He took a chance of being a "washed-up" 39-year-old pitcher and that hasn't happened. Wainwright has shown there still is a place for somebody who actually "pitch." Bring him back, if he wants to come back, I say.