I hadn't thought that. A couple of those relievers, like Gallegos and Reyes, had piled up some incredible stats which would have been hard to keep duplicating. Let's give this another couple of weeks before we try to figure out which pitchers on any team might be most affected. We're only a couple of weeks into the New Era now.
I will take this one for BenFred. I haven't heard of Bill DeWitt Jr., intending to sell the team. I'm sure he wants to win another championship more than anything. Will Bill III get the team eventually? Perhaps. The hardest part to judge about the Cardinals is whether their middling season is poor play, or if they're just not good enough. There is a difference.
Before we start lauding a change in philosophy, let's see it for a few games, as Carpenter said both Monday and Sunday. One good game doth not a philosophical change make.
Shildt said he thought that was the best way to go. With O'Neill out, you have to have something in the lineup after Arenado. Molina, 0-4 with three strikeouts, was a stretch at cleanup. Edman was one of two Cardinals to have two hits nd he scored two runs. Nothing wrong with that.
I thought the same thing. Of course, they didn't have Posey Yastrzemski, Longoria or Belt in their starting lineup. That's four regulars.
The two things you're talking about acquiring aren't that easy to get. If the Cardinals remain nine games behind or more at the All-Star break, my inclination is not to trade top prospects for an outside shot at competing for a title.
That's what Shildt has been doing lately. He led off with Edman against a Colorado lefthander over the weekend.
Some of this could be resolved by making Reyes a starter from Day One in spring training next year. Hicks, thus, would be needed more in the bullpen if Reyes left to become a starter.
Historically, it is to inform their fielders that the ball has been hit in the air. I suspect most of the defenders already realize this. Maybe this goes back to the day when the lighting wasn't as good at ball parks or there were no lights at all. Or perhaps it is to help the fielders who lose a ball in the clouds or sun. I'm sticking with reflex action by pitchers.
I would rather have O'Neill and Liberatore, with the latter sight unseen in the majors. Arozarena is hitting in the .250s this year and Gonzales is 1-5 and 5.82. O'Neill has been the Cardinals' most productive hitter, given time played.
I have heard of no such plans in the works. And that's probably a good thing.
What I'm figuring is that Edman is seeing the same trajectory of the ball at second base and right field rather than shortstop, where he rarely plays, and left field. Carlson is used to playing all three outfield positions.
Thanks, although I can promise you there won't be 50 more. The Cardinals have done a poor job against starting pitchers this season and much better against bullpens.
"Chances accepted" means that Ozzie got to a lot of balls and played a lot of years. Hopeful that Curt Flood gets his day. Someday.
Tough call for Shildt. But Molina still is one of the best at handling a pitching staff. That strength overshadows his .250 average although he does have eight homers.
Yes, that was not too good a club. This team should be better. And I predict it will not finish under .500. How much over .500 is a question I can't answer.
I don't think you should equate the dealing of Nogowski to Pittsburgh as any sort of forerunner. They're just trying to get people back into the ball park.
LeBlanc hadn't been starting for a while and he won't be going more than 70 or 80 pitches. But he has looked good and deserves a longer look.