This is where the Cardinals missed Andrew Miller -- the healthy Miller, the one where he had reasonable command of his slider.
Guys who know better made very bad spur-of-the-moment decisions.
I don't know that there is a ton of optimism right now on Carpenter. If everybody else was hitting, I doubt that he would be playing much. But with so many other Cardinals under the Mendoza line, he plays on because he can at least draw a few walks and hold up at third base so Tommy Edman can play in the outfield and Brad Miller fill the DH role.
Ideally the Cardinals will have more offensive options in 2021. Between now and then either some young hitters will progress or the Cardinals will have to replace them. Carpenter's usage will depend significantly on what other hitters are doing.
He's not a free agent until 2023. Maybe at some point the Cardinals will be positioned to trade pitching for hitting, but I'm not sure that they will at that point this winter. Among other things, they must see how Miles Mikolas and Jordan Hicks look next year.
So, they will keep looking outside the organization too. Maybe Austin Gomber can be an internal candidate that holds up, but looking outside for a good arm like Genesis Cabrera would be wise too. As for free agency, the pandemic economic damage will limit what the Cardinals do on that front for a few years.
Well, he's not very good at doing that. It's a shame that he won't make adjustments because his career is suffering a slow, painful death right before our eyes. Some guys figure out how to adapt -- Ozzie Smith was the best ever, reinventing himself a couple of times -- and some don't.
Yeah, he did have the great 2017 playoff run with a 1.96 goals-against average in 11 games. But he lows . . . too many weird goals against at odd times. And when a goaltender comes out and admits that he lost confidence in the middle of a season, that's not good. He should do well in Montreal's system backing up Carey Price and he could good roles down the road, as Jaroslav Halak has done in Boston.
Tyler O'Neill and Harrison Bader have been around a while. If they can't put up numbers this season, even with the mitigating circumstances, then I imagine their role for 2021 will be in doubt. As it is we've seen them lose at bats this season for failing to produce.
On Robert, I believe the Cardinals were handcuffed by the MLB overage penalty that would have doubled the signing price to get him. At least that was the reporting at the time. That was a huge factor as well.
Some of that is baseball today, lots of swinging and missing. Does anybody on this team besides Yadier Molina cut down his swing to make contact in this scenarios? This is an industry-wide epidemic. But it doesn't excuse poor at-bats in high leverage scenarios.
These chats are not the place for happy talk.
Dick Vermeil, with the help of a great staff, gets that nod as well. As for Jeff Fisher, those fantasy football TV spots he stars in drive me crazy. Who would ever call him for advice on fantasy football?
The Cardinals have had lots of misses, like every other team. I'd be more concerned about Fernando Tatis Sr. taunting the Cardinals for not signing Jr. in 2015 despite seeing him over and over and over and over again when he was a teenager. Also, why would the White Sox trade Tatis Jr. away for a middle-rung starter like James Shieds? Tatis Jr. has scary talent.
Well, it's not like he's wielding a Flintstone club up there . . .
Losing Tarasenko hurt for sure. So did missing Barbashev for most of the bubble hockey because of his paternity leave. So did the absence of Bouwmeester's leadership. But the Blues won all season without No. 91 because Schwartz, Schenn and Perron had nice seasons and Robert Thomas took a big step forward. So front line talent was the issue as much as goaltending and sloppy execution overall that exposed it. The Blues had the same goaltending this year as during their Cup year and Binnington obviously failed.
Or maybe is Mozeliak was bad at judging talent, they Cardinals would have missed the playoffs for the last 11 years as the White Sox did. It's easy to assemble a winning bid on an international free agent when you tank season after season after season after season after season while slashing payroll -- as the White Sox have done in a much bigger market.