Some were calling Wainwright a sunk cost years ago.
And no, that's not me predicting a Wainwright-like resurgence for Carpenter.
Point is, it's always easier to write off a player when you're not the one paying his contract, a contract that was handed over in part because of how much you believe in the player. A lot of you guys have followed the Cardinals for a very long time to be ignoring the fact we're talking about a lifelong Cardinal here. Snort at that if you like, but these guys are handled differently by the team. Clearly. They really want Carpenter to have some sort of a role, even if it's a small one.
But if he can't grab one, something will have to be done. The Cardinals don't seem all that interested in fielding their best possible bench at the moment, and it's not just a Carpenter conversation, either.
Edmundo Sosa, for example, has five at-bats and one start. Is there not a better bat somewhere in the organization that could spend some time at shortstop if needed? What happened to Jose Rondon?
Did you know Cardinals pitch hitters currently have the National League's lowest OPS among pitch hitters? They're slashing .118/.279/.118. That's an NL-low OPS of .397. The other night I was watching the Dodgers-Padres game and the Dodgers broadcast was talking about how unreliable the pinch hitters have been for the defending champs. The OPS of Dodgers' pinch hitters is .484.