Well said. Team that took a series from the Cardinals at Busch. Team that knocked the Cardinals out of last season's playoffs. On this road trip. And later, the team that knocked that team out of the playoffs and won the World Series. And the team you know Nolan Arenado would really love to beat.
Back to Scherzer. Remember the contract. He would be a rental. That would drive down the cost of the future Hall of Famer in a trade, because he would enter free agency after the season. The Cardinals balked in 2019 at the idea of trading for Zack Wheeler because the Mets wanted either Harrison Bader or Tyler O'Neill and prospects. Scherzer is a bigger name than Wheeler, of course, and Bader and O'Neill could be more proven players at this deadline than the last. I would think the Nationals would want younger players as they pivoted for the future, but they could not ask for the moon due to the contract. And there could be an incentive to deal him if they don't want to extend him, because they will get next to nothing if he walks after the season and signs elsewhere as a free agent.
He hurt his ankle celebrating Jack Flaherty's homer on Friday. It bothered him when he pitched Saturday. Now, the injured list.
Baseball has changed plenty. Three-batter minimum. DH in the NL for 2020. Seven inning double-headers. Pitch clocks and replay review and manager challenges. Don't forget a runner on second base in extra innings. And more is coming. Bigger bases. Moving the mound back. Robot umps. All bubbling up from experiments in the minors.
If they think they're going to simply "flip the switch" before entering the first round, well, I'd encourage them to visit how shrugging off the round-robin games last season worked out for them.
This season the true No. 5 hitter looks to be Yadier Molina. He's second in the majors for slugging percentage by a catcher. He's averaging .330 and slugging .630. That'll work at five for the time being. Molina hitting like this allows DeJong and O'Neill to be those ambush hitters at 6 or 7. Good lineups have ambush power down there. If Molina stars to slide and O'Neill and DeJong are both cold at the same time, then there's trouble, sure.
Some interesting options. We hit on some earlier in the chat if you don't mind scrolling. Good question.
Yeah, that one is tough. It happens from time to time in sports, but it will be a memorable line item on the Martinez list of unfortunate events. Someone asked me last week if I was read to admit I was wrong about Carlos. I said I was read to admit that I wasn't sure he had starts like he had shown left in him, but it's always unpredictable counting on his success moving forward. And now this.
He's a young player who throws very hard who has had multiple arm-related problems now. Bad combinations. There's data behind it, and I think it's a big reason the Cardinals are being so cautious. Same for Reyes over the years.
Carpenter has two pinch-hit home runs. He's one of just three hitters in the majors with more than one. Big Pablo Sandoval has 4. Williams is the fourth outfielder. Carpenter is a lefty bat off the bench. His role is fine as long as he pops one out every now and again. He could have some big hits for this team in that spot.