There is no great explanation other than several pitchers are suffering wild stretches at once. They are being to challenge hitters to get ahead in counts, but pitcher after pitcher is failing to execute.
No. Mr. Bill was never going to get his stadium. He just didn't have the political or business pull.
This is true. Even Mike Shildt, who is as even-keel as they come, seemed exasperated by that last game. Gant wants to stay in the rotation but he's on the clock with Mikolas on the comeback trail. He needs to come out pumping strikes in his next start.
Where else is he going to play? The other spots are taken by good players. He is a steady shortstop, so he's not going to move out of that slot any time soon. Paul looked better during is five-game hitting streak, but he has yet to look good enough to justify a middle-of-the-order deployment.
Like it or not, it's one of the topics of the day.
To this point Pujols seems unwilling to play part-time, even on a contender. He didn't want that role on the Angels, who look capable pf hanging in the race this year.
If the Cardinals end up with a pitching surplus -- which is always a big if with the injury risk, as Jordan Hicks can tell you -- then something might have to give. At some point there won't be room for everybody on the 40-man roster and guys will run out of minor league options. Moving a pitcher with a bigger salary could allow bigger investment in offense.
This assumes he wants to be a pinch-hitter -- and there is no evidence of that at this point.
But he wouldn't play ahead of Paul Goldschmidt at first base.
This is true. And if Delvin Perez turns the corner and becomes a legitimate shortstop prospect, that would make things interesting.
Tony La Russa loves Albert, of course. But does he have everyday work for him?
The Tark/Vegas connection is a good call. Back in the day John Wooden had a sterling coaching reputation while boosters ran a big budget operation. These days LA boosters could have a field day in college hoops.
Krug is exactly who I thought he was. He is a rich man's Kevin Shattenkirk, a nice power-play quarterback and overall playmaker. I can't imagine too many people believed he could be a high-end defender, too, like Alex Pietrangelo. He has never been that guy.
That was a tough blow for Robert for sure. He is such a dynamic player. He needs to handle his recovery with great care because speed is a huge part of his game. As for Albert, I'm not sure how much equity Tony La Russa has in Chicago, even with the owner's love. If Albert came in there and struggled, that could derail a team with postseason aspirations.
Then he could chase milestones without the burden of trying to win games. And maybe he could draw some fans.
True, but he's no kid any more. He's had a chance to run three franchises and he has done a great job with each. I can't think of an obvious fit for him. Buffalo could use a savvy guy like him, but the owners there are handful.
I can't argue with any of that. Right now Albert seems to lack self-awareness.