That's my thought. If you want to get a key young player more confidence, that's the place to do it.
Nothing about Alex Reyes screams "workhorse starter." The guy has barely seen the field the past few seasons. And right now he's filling a key role while Jordan Hicks eases back from surgery.
This year? I believe Ryan has checked out for good. There should be a fair number of active outfielders available as this season progresses.
Shildt wants his dynamic duo hitting No. 2 and No. 3 because they will get more bats over the the long haul than if they hit No. 3 and No. 4. The analytics crowd loves that. Old-school believers in the intangibles of batting order construction disagree. A lot of us old-timers place extra value on the clean-up spot.
Their bigger issues are scoring goals at one end and cleaning up defensive coverage at the other end.
He had a 4.1 Wins Above Replacement in 2019, the last full MLB season. Let's see what he does over 162 games this season before deciding whether or not he is in decline.
He is 28 years old and he has 37 plate appearances at the big league level. But if you want to rally fans for an Adolis Garcia Protest outside Busch Stadium, feel free.
The Blues need him spurring the team's transition game, which has looked a lot better lately.
He sure looked ready for the NBA this season, right? But I'm sure Brad Underwood would be thrilled he he came back to run roughshod over the Big Ten again. And there are always things he can work on at the college level to boost his stock further.
Matt has one homer off the foul pole and one bunt hit in 22 at bats. I don't see him getting many more chances if he doesn't improve on that rate. O'Neill will be back soon. He will get more chances. Justin Williams is getting chances. But if none of these outfielders hit consistently, then Mozeliak will have to find new ones.
Thanks for that take. Can't argue against any of that. How critical is O'Neill to this season? If he can hit enough to keep Edman at second base, that makes all this Carpenter angst go away.
Good point, because low-post behemoths don't have the same value they did back in the battleball era of the NBA. But Kofi moves pretty well. I believe he can play in today's NBA.
They need to hit. Carlson is a keeper, but the other two will need to prove themselves. Where is the breaking point? If the Cardinals start falling from the division race, that will be the breaking point.
I wouldn't put too much on last season, due to the pandemic impact. But, yes, this season could be pivotal. Let's see where he is deeper into the season before we start dismissing him. I do think he is the victim of unfair expectations placed on him by the team. He's not a MV3 talent to be lumped with Goldschmidt and Arenado.
There has been some nibbling. In a few instances the Cardinals saw a tight strike zone. But overall, yes, it's important to remember that soft contact can be a beautiful thing
Triple-A pushed back its season to May. Otherwise the top four levels will operate as usual. But the short-season leagues went away this year with the reorganization of the minors. So the Cardinals lost two teams that housed many of their youngest prospects.
I do not believe wooing will end life as we know it. It's annoying, but so is the canned "Everbody clap your hands" thing we've endured for years. Some day that will push me right over the edge.
Maybe they wil read this chat and get a clue. Yeah, got to be careful with those graphics in hockey. It's a challenging presentation as is.
So all those Matt Carpenter fans will get their fix. That should cheer up our chatters.
Pro tip: Go with soft food tonight that won't damage a TV screen when thrown. A chicken drum stick or pork spare rib can do some damage after a particularly bad at bat.
With this outfield, they may more chances to come. But like I noted earlier, at some point John Mozeliak will have to look outside for help rather than inside.
Or you leap into the air in jubilation after a Justin Wiliams grand slam and swallow the whole spork. That could be problematic.
I really, really liked Connor Bazelak a lot last season. He had a good feel out there. And back-up Brady Cook certainly looked the part in his limited duty. But Tyler Macon turned heads in the spring, so he could be the heir apparent to Bazelak down the road. Mizzou has to feel good about that depth.
Bader remains a big if. First he needs to get healthy, then he needs to stay healthy and prove he can hit. Otherwise he is just a defensive replacement.
OK, that looks like it for this time. See you next week!