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I'm all for trying to Adams in left field in an emergency, but I don't know that I would make a habit out of using him there. I wouldn't say that Martinez is an exceptional defender, but I thought he was better than Adams.
I haven't heard anything on that front lately.
I doubt the lawsuit will ever reach a courtroom. It's good PR for the city and county, but the fact is that they struck a bad deal with a loophole that Stan Kroenke was able to exploit. Nonetheless, I would assume there's a chance to make the NFL and Kroenke sweat a little and perhaps get some money back for the city and county.
The Cardinals owe it to themselves to see what they can get out of Peralta. He is owed $10 million this season, and they aren't just going to sit him or dump him without giving him a chance to straighten it out. It's early. I'm not sold on Adams in left field. I cannot explain that one.
Yadier Molina is 1-for-8 in his career against Max Scherzer. Diaz is 1-for-5. I don't know why Diaz is sitting, but this is a good day to give Molina a rest.
I won't disagree that Adams in left field makes the defense worse. There's no denying that. Putting Adams in left field is not about improving the defense. It's about adding his bat.
I have to admit that I was among those folks who became more optimistic this spring. With that said, I also noted quite a bit this offseason that the Cardinals needed to do more if they wanted to compete against the Cubs this season. It's still early. It's way too early to panic. It's unfair to make too many assumptions after two starts. But if Wainwright cannot be more than a five-inning pitcher, the Cardinals will be in trouble.
Peralta is not in the lineup today. As I wrote earlier in this chat, the Cardinals need to see what they can get out of Peralta this year. He's making $10 million this season. You don't just toss a guy making that much money. Let's see how he's hitting at the end of the month.
He's 1-for-3 against Scherzer. I'm pointing out that Matheny is surely not playing him there for defensive purposes.
Remember that Mike Matheny signed a three-year contract extension in November. He's signed through 2020, so he's not going anywhere after this year. As I noted many times this offseason, this year is about trying to make the playoffs as a wild-card team and then be ready to be more competitive in 2018 and beyond.
I'm not saying it's the right thing to do. I'm trying to explain why the Cardinals are giving him a longer leash than fans would be willing to give him.
I hate to say this, but I'm thinking it will be the Capitals against the Blackhawks.
I think Brodeur has had a significant impact on Allen. I'm picking the Blues in six. If Allen is dominant, the Blues can make a deep run. If he's not, they could lose in five.
As trite as it is to say this, it's still early. I think most folks in St. Louis will tell you I don't carry the water for the Cardinals, but you have to wait a few months before a complete panic. As I noted often this offseason, the Cardinals needed to make more upgrades and additions if they wanted to seriously compete this season. I still think they can compete for a wild-card spot. Wild-card teams have lulls throughout the year. This is a lull. They will have highs as well. The bullpen has been horrible. It won't be horrible all year. The defense hasn't been terrible. It should at least improve to average.
Can we at least wait a month before we give up on Peralta?
I don't know what to think about the lines. I want to see how this first game plays out.
If you want to compete for a playoff spot this year - and the Cardinals do - you cannot trade some of the veterans that will help you win. The players fans would like to trade - Peralta, Adams, Wong - aren't exactly going to draw much in return. I cannot imagine anybody would take Peralta's contract.
Say what you want about Matheny, but you cannot question his competitiveness and desire to win. Blowouts sting.
Good question. I don't know.