This team needs a four-man outfield rotation. But given the rapid rise of Burleson, the long-awaited Plummer breakout and Nootbaar's fill-in work, I can see the Cardinals letting them compete for the work. Plus Edman can play out there if Gorman can play second base for real.
The Cardinals are more than happy with Edman at second base. And if "all in" for Scherzer is $40 million or $50 million per year, I see the Dodgers spending that and not the Cardinals.
I agree, as noted earlier.
That would be fun -- Thomas centering the free-wheeling Kyrou and the bulldozing Kostin. Kyrou could help drive play while Kostin throw some hits and crash the net.
Brown is a big center who has been unable to sustain NHL-level pace to his game. By comparison, Thomas is a gifted passer who creates space for himself with his edge work. I expect a big rebound from Thomas this year.
I would expect the same sized bench with some turn-taking at the DH slot. And the primary DH better be able to play in the field too. Even with the DH taking pinch-hitting out of the mix, I see this team the same number of relievers. That is just the game today. Managers work the matchup game hard.
Shildt has leaned hard on his starters this season, but what choice did he have? Given an interchangeable mix of position players, it would be interesting to see how he handled that. I argued for that interchangeable hitting supply in a column. Will John Mozeliak do that? Maybe, if he is paying attention to how the better teams build a roster.
Trading DeJong for a solid bullpen piece seems like a reasonable proposition.
Such a thing happens from time to time. How did you like the Pirates beating the Reds with a runner scoring from second base on a groundout to first? That was the same type of deal.
Jon Lester stepped to the plate with purpose, did he not? The bad news was then he had to run, which is not his thing.
Given the requirements to met for playoff eligibility, the Cardinals lack great options for their postseason roster. But that roster hole should have been filled by midseason.
Sosa is hitting .311 as a starter, so he's there for his bat too. Molina is hitting .311 with runners in scoring position and .327 with RISP and two outs, so he is not a dead spot in the lineup. Bader runs hot and cold, for sure, and that's why I'd like to see a four-man outfielder rotation with Bader getting some of his usage as a defensive replacement.
Sure, that pitching breakdown was costly. Much of that breakdown was caused by leaving struggling pitchers in position to fail because the team lacked better options. Next season they must make sure they have options if guys get hurt or come unglued.
You are correct, they are not on the 40-man roster. Justin Williams and Austin Dean are still on it, but injuries derailed their season.
Ray cleaned up his control issues this season, so he is going to get big coin. But $100 million over five years is a big jump from his one-year, $8 million deal this year. But he will get paid.