Sure seems to be unrealistic to expect him to go from closer to starter, doesn't it?
I try not to make season-long assessments based on a 10-game sample size, especially when two guys who should help the rotation should be back in the relatively near future. The outfield is a concern, and the starting pitching will have to be improved if it does not improve. That's where I'm at as of now.
Who is spinning a narrative? I just said the team's problem at the moment is not Matt Carpenter as much as it is a struggling rotation and an outfield that has looked more minor league than major league 10 games into the season. Piling on Carpenter is fine, and for some fun. He's a big boy. He gets paid very well. He can handle it. But if you think the Cardinals are on a three-game losing streak and getting knocked around by the division (so far) you're missing the bigger picture.
Shildt gave him neither the extension nor the spot on the roster.
I've never heard a peep from any Cardinal about the Houston connection. I know some are bought into Albert's way and some are not. Some are all-in, others are half-in and some are out. That's been the case since last season.
I've actually answered this one already. Last week. I think MLB did it to please some of their big partners and, perhaps more importantly, dodge what it felt could have been a bad situation if players decided to not play in the game. Clearly baseball knew there would be some backlash, and we are seeing that now with senators trying to pull the anti-trust exemption, but what baseball decided was that that blowback would be less damaging than what could happen if there was an All-Star game in Atlanta that all players -- or some key ones -- refused to play in. People will twist the decision into whatever they want it to represent -- a win for the left, a loss for the right, a win for equality, a loss for states' rights. And it can be all of those things. But if you're giving baseball, and especially Rob Manfred, credit for doing anything other than doing what he thinks is best to protect his owners and his owners' bottom line, than you are giving him more credit than I do.
I'm going to be concerned if he starts showing up to spring training on training-wheel bike instead of Rolls Royce
It's a good question and one that is worth finding out. So I will try! Not sure how it works when a player leaves, but Cards certainly had insurance on the contract when he was here, because they like insurance and he was a big contract for them. Remind me next week and I'll try to have an answer by then.
Flag Day is a popular day across the game to start reading the standings and believing what you see there
I'd probably put them 3-4 but the new school thinking (some of which I agree with) says put your best hitters up higher so they can get more at-bats over the course of the season. 2-3 means more at-bats for the two best hitters while still creating more RBI opps than 1-2. And 2-3 guarantees opponents have to see your two best hitters in the first inning. If they strike, that can swing a game from the start.
Gotta jet, folks. Check the recap tomorrow. Thanks for the lively debate and discussion, as always.