Players aren't eager to run these days. They dont want to bunt or spray the ball. They are all built for power. A team that could round up some throw-back players could cause havoc for sure. But where do you find them?
The Cardinals are set on using their dynamic duo up in the order to get them more at bats. This strategy has produced spotty results thus far.
I would be shocked if we ever see any effort to make ballparks bigger. I would not be shocked to see rules against the shift, which I would oppose. That would only encourage more dead-pull hitting.
People really too those last two losses hard . . .
If the team plays at a 77-win pace for a significant period, I would expect to see multiple roster upgrades as a result.
His bad years are offsetting his great years. I do not see him in the Cardinals Hall of Fame.
Dealing with that long layoff and playing all those doubleheaders with a depleted team was not easy. That team could easily have finished 10 games under .500 with what it faced. It had to use some guys that had no business being in the majors.
Thomas and Kyrou are headed for at least one bridge contract, if not two short ones. And, yes, I do see that reset. Not many guys are looking invaluable right now.
He may be forced to go home, but if he just retired he would lose the remaining money in his deal. I don't believe he's eager to do that.
Yes, Hudson is a big loss. He is a solid No. 3/No. 4 guy. If Oviedo adds some polish, he could be a No. 2. If he doesn't, then he will bounce between the bullpen and the rotation. He has the arm for sure.
I can see that happening at some point this season. Jhonny Peralta can empathize.
Yes, I am a Mikkola fan. I don't get why he doesn't play more. But Walman has been stunningly good given the minimal expectations for him.
Well, yes, that was the point. In that job you need to set yourself above the fray.
Yes, he is on the roster. But Carpenter is playing ahead of him again. But . . . Carlson is batting second! Breakthrough!
Not that I'm aware of. He sat Carpenter late last year when he had better options. The other veterans are playing at a high level, so I don't see the issue.
Tight team defense brought the Stanley Cup to St. Louis, so I disagree.
It's too early to tell. He wasn't sharp is his first game after the injury. Let's see him pitch a few times before drawing big conclusions.