Yes, because those are still good numbers compared to peer franchises.
I suppose anything is worth a shot. But remember, leadoff hitters don't lead off most innings. That's why the analytics folks push the notion of putting the best hitters atop the order so they will get more at bats. The numbers people don't buy into the inning-building concept because the top of the order may only lead off an inning once or twice a game.
They need more than one starting pitcher to return and Martinez is not going to return, so I believe they must add help.
I believe the team hopes he can be back on the mound in August, rebuilding his strength.
And that's why the team has added pitching to the 40-man roster and presumably will continue to do so.
They resume play this weekend and try to get back over .500. And, again, maybe the Cardinals are both buyers and sellers before the trade deadline. They need to stave off a total collapse, so they can add some stopgap pitching. But they seem unlikely to overtake the Brewers this season, so maybe they can sell off a part or two. Milwaukee will keep adding talent. The Brewers see an opportunity to win this year and I'd expect them to seize it.
No, that would be stupid.
Batting gloves have no impact on performance. The equivaent of ball doctoring is bat doctoring -- and the sport has a rich history of that.
The field staff works in conjunction. The pitching coach is not the only coach who speaks to pitchers or deploys pitchers. The same goes for the hitting coach. John Mozeliak made that point while (sort of) defending Jeff Albert. In this case, each in the individuals should grade out the same (D) because there was failure in each area.
It makes the Rams and the NFL look bad. I keep waiting for the NFL to write a big enough check to make this go away.
Does Wainwright want to pitch two more years? It sounds like he isn't sure he wants to go even one more. He is a family guy and his family went through a lot this year.
You make good points about the strengths of each executive, but reuniting these three would be way harder than getting the "Friends" crew back together.
That could happen some point out of desperation. But I do believe you will see Reyes get more regular relief work down the stretch now that this team has seemingly stablized.
Actually the Astros are using the "whole field" approach this year to lead the majors in team batting average and on-base percentage. Now there's a team the Cardinals should emulate.
That is exactly the sort of realistic target the Cardinals should pursue. Minor may not appeal to playoff contenders, but he can handle some innings for a team that desperately needs people to do that. And the Royals will surely be in "sell" mode.
The Cardinals would expect him to be the No. 3 or No. 4 starter if he came back next season, so their offer would reflect that. They would count on Jack Flaherty, Alex Reyes and Dakota Hudson to lead the staff.
I don't see the Blues paying Landeskog $9 million per year, thus breaking their salary scale for a player heading toward his 30s. I believe if Gabriel goes for every last dollar, he will need to get that last dollar elsewhere.
And wearing shoes helps you run better. Is that cheating?
Ohtani if fabulous for the game. His smile is marketing gold. So what if he can't speak great English? Many of the sport's top players are in the same boat. Body language means more to fans than language language. This isn't pro wrestling, where some guys earn their dollars by cutting great TV promos.