And the Cardinals are happy with that. But he was awful with runners in scoring position that's why he fell to the No. 8 spot in the order. There is nothing wrong with a shortstop hitting No. 8. But for a while, Shildt was convinced he should hit third.
He is going to make some mistakes with the puck. But he does add to the skill level and every bit helps with Tarasenko done. The defense must be even better at driving the play.
That free agent uncertainly is another reason why the Cardinals can at least pretend to believe in Carpenter is that opportunities will arise during the spring and in the summer. A bargain could fall to them or the right trade could emerge.
Last week somebody suggested a push for Matt Chapman because of this scenario. But again, trading assets for a third baseman when the incumbent is owed $38 million is tough to do.
That's an issue in the NBA. Teams that expect to be in the playoffs have been doing this for some time. I guess the Spurs started this and it makes sense. If you buy a ticket to see a particular star, that can be a dicey bet. Steph Curry stiffed my son-in-law that way at a game in Dallas. Ah, but what can be done about it?
The slogans keep rolling in . . .
He is going to get a twitch in the sixth inning, then remember he's in the AL.
Now that would be interesting. Good for Cole, looking to win one more time before his body gives out.
Great week for the chat! Thanks for all the fun posts. We'll see you next time.