Carpenter has warmed up to the DH role. That's good, because he's not a great fielder. Shildt will certainly play him some at third while moving Edman around, but the best Cardinals fielding team doesn't feature Carpenter wearing a glove.
In the Summer of Change, the DH is something we have to accept. And maybe it makes the product better, since a pitcher will be less likely to pitch on fumes while trying to get to his spot in the order. And, of course, we don't have to watch pitchers attempt to hit and bunt. Less strategy, true, but in theory we see more good hitting and less bad pitching.
In a pandemic-shortened season, running him out there made sense. His appearance one more reminder that we have to remain vigilant to survive this pandemic. Also, he offered one more reminder that throwing a baseball straight apparently is harder than we think.
As Jim Thomas noted in our Net Front Presence podcast, the exhibtion game and the three round-robin games will show how quickly (or slowly) the Blues can get into their hitting game. The defensive structure should be good, but the hitting and the constant pressure is what made the team special. Can they find that gear quickly?
Ah, it's not that simple. If they just cancel the football season, then college sports as we know it go away. Many athletic departments would never recover. Many non-revenue sports would vanish. So they are going to give it a try, just like the pros. I am not saying this is right, but this is reality.
Ah, but it will. You can't hand out these $300 million contracts with 60-game seasons. We will get back into the slog soon enough. We'll go from the 10K back to the marathon.
Hey, for strategy we have the international tiebreaker! I can't wait for the first time that comes up.
OK, that it's for this week. Thanks for the lively chat!