Yeah, but 14 consecutive winning seasons and eight trips to postseason play in 11 years will keep him around awhile. So you'll have to deal with it.
Yeah, fans will go back into Franchise in Decline mode again. A lot of chat regulars are happy the team lost so they get back to their narrative.
It's not like the regulars went on vacation. They still got in plenty of at bats in the closing days. They just didn't get hits Wednesday when they needed them.
I could see leaving him in to pitch because he was pitching well. But like you say, if you are going to yank him so quickly the next inning, then why leave him in to hit for himself? Either you are committed to him giving you distance in the game or you're not.
The Cardinals' goal for next year will be the same as it has been through the Dewitt Regime -- get back into the playoff chase so the team has a chance to do big things at the end.
A team playing winning baseball is more interesting than one guy on a so-so team trying to blast homers. A winning team is interesting for three-plus hours a night why a slugger might step to the plate every 40 minutes or so.
The Cardinals' goal in the DeWitt Regime has been to contend for postseason play every year. And they have met that goal. A lot of fans complain about this approach. And fans other teams -- like the Phillies -- wonder what Cardinals fans are complaining about.
Derrick's not here. Wrong chat. Catch him when it's his turn and send along your thanks -- Derrick puts in crazy hours to do what he does for us.
Playing Colorado twice early will be tough, but they should take points from Arizona. San Jose and Anaheim early. I expect them to take points from the Kings in those home games as well.
Walker is a little maniac on the ice. The knock on him is his inability to sustain that frantic play against the big boys at the NHL level. He has always been good for a jolt of energy, but not for a sustained run of success.
That's a great point about the Bellinger walk. That guy had struggled all season and that was the last thing McFarland wanted to do. Putting Reyes back into a high-leverage after protecting him at the end of the season in lower-level situations was inherently risky.
Again, it's not like these guys went on a cruise. They kept working on their hitting right up to the wild card game. Days off or partial days off at the end of a 162-game marathon shouldn't throw them out of whack.
Given his success as a starter -- and his lack of success hitting on the bench -- it would make since to give Edmundo a run at the job next season. His speed and energy added a lot to the team during its strong finish.
Since almost every hitter finished on a good note (until the playoff game), I would be surprised to see a change there.