Yeah, that's why he is on the team getting some pinch-hitting opportunities. But he has never been a big power hitter. The club is just looking for tough at bats and some success off the bench.
Mikolas hasn't been as sharp with his command this season and he can't blame that on the ball. As for optimism for a turnaround, he has had one huge season on this side of the Pacific and lots of mediocrity. The Cardinals hope he improves, but his overall track record is not all that reassuring.
They have other physical players. Kostin could be that guy. Nolan could be that guy. MacEachern is a straight-line guy who bangs away. The presence of those three factored into all of this.
I'd say so, especially with Gant struggling. Helsley could be a key reliever if the Cardinals getting into the playoff bracket.
Dexter is hitting about .250, so that doesn't scream Comeback Player of the Year. But I haven't thought about other candidates for that. Just on this team Adam Wainwright is a guy to think about.
I believe it may take more than 90 to win this thing. The Brewers have a cupcake schedule after facing the Cardinals. Yes, the Cubs surprised me with those losses in San Diego. For the first time I started thinking they just might not have it this year. Darvish is pitching great for them, but otherwise their pitching is spotty. And, oddly, their offense remains really inconsistent. Losing Baez was a big deal.
I see Fabbri as low-cost insurance against the Thomas and Kyrou injuries. He is getting one more camp here, one more change to rekindle the fire. Perhaps Fabbri will see some early season action, too, to see if his game returns consistently. But if everybody gets healthy and stays healthy, then he will battle Sanford and Blais for opportunity. None of those guys have done it on a consistent basis, so it will be fun to see how this plays out.
If the offense was flat out bad, the Cardinals would not be leading the NL Central by four games. Just two of their five starting pitchers have been consistently good during the second half and the bullpen is showing signs of wear. This team will need good pitching during the final two weeks, of course, and it will need a few more outbursts like Thursday's game to take some pressure off the staff.
Of course, established, consistently good lefty relievers on team-friendly deals are pretty scarce.
Derrick made a good case for Mike. And even when things were going bad, I noted in this chats that he was getting what he could from the group. The Braves have been a great story all year, but if the Cards finish off strong and win the division surely Shildt will get some consideration.
I agree that he is more of a No. 6 or No. 7 hitter, given his poor numbers with runners in scoring position. But who do you move up?
They had a couple of frustrating games, then they scored 10 times in Game 3 of the series as their slump ended. Given the rate they were winning at since the All-Star break, a two-game lull was inevitable. Let's see what they do this weekend before we worry about a major slump.
Thomas has long been viewed as a potential No. 2 center. Next season I would not be surprised to see O'Reilly, Thomas, Bozak and Sundqvist down the middle.
I think they should go with the Jack in the Box Drive-Thru sweater from back in the day. Didn't Gretzky have to wear that thing?
His glove has been great -- and his on-plus slugging percentage of .992 this month has made the front office feel better too.
Under. Not a lot of 45-goal guys in the league.
Agreed. Colorado was smart to lock him up and he'll be happy hitting in that park for the rest of his prime years.
That team could use some muscle. I don't see him playing a lot there, but just his chirping could give that team some badly needed edge.