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I have no problem with that challenge. It was obviously a call that needed to be overturned. When you lose 13-1, there are more bigger issues than that call. To me, the story was Adam Wainwright's struggles. His struggles last night opened up the game and made it into a spring training laugher. The pitchers are under a lot of pressure to be almost perfect while the offense struggles to score. The lack of offense and Wainwright's poor start were the bigger issues last night.
What isn't wrong with Carpenter? I almost feel bad for him. He appears a bit lost.
At this rate, I have to assume that there were be some changes to the coaching staff at or before the All-Star break. It's clear that the message isn't getting through to the players. Matheny signed a long extension, so his job if fairly safe. I would think the coaching staff isn't quite as safe, though.
Ken Rosenthal suggested Marlins left fielder Marcell Ozuna recently as a potential player available on the market. Ozuna might be a good addition.
I don't know if that is the case. That wouldn't explain his mistakes on the base paths or his defensive deficiencies..
That is a good question. I know Carpenter deserves a ton of credit for playing through pain. I don't know if his oblique muscle injury from last year can be blamed for carrying over to this season, but there's no doubt something is wrong.
I would not throw anymore money at this team this year. I hope fans appreciate what John Mozeliak has done over his time with the club and realize that it's not easy to contend every year in the majors. When you win as much as the Cardinals have won and pick as low as they have recently, there will be lulls every few years. If the Cardinals are close to .500 by the All-Star break and I were the general manager, I would trade Matt Carpenter, Trevor Rosenthal and Lance Lynn because those are the pieces most likely to bring back huge returns. Lynn is likely to pitch himself out of the Cardinals' price range this offseason, so why not get a good return for him. Rosenthal is a high-end 100-mph fireballer who could bring back a good return if you ship him off to the Nationals or a contender at the deadline. Carpenter is a good hitter who could bring a good return as well.
I don't think so. I like to pride myself on covering all sides. I can back up everything I've said to point out some of those double standards. Some of the players have also noted that double standard as well. It might make more sense, though, to get them to go on record on the issue so it doesn't seem as though I'm the only one in the town who sees it. Quite simply, it's important to tell every side of the story and interview all the players. If you question one player's temperament when he's struggling and don't question other players' temperaments when they continually make dumb mistakes, it's fair to ask why that double standard exists. Moreover, I don't see a problem with suggesting that Bill DeWitt Jr. recommend that Fox Midwest add a person on its broadcast who can add more understanding to what Carlos Martinez and other Latino players are going through.
I wouldn't call him a bust. He is off to a slow start.
I would say the Cubs at this point. They're starting to get it togeher.
At this point nothing should be off the table. I would definitely try it to see if it gives Fowler and Carpenter a spark.
I don't know if it is. I haven't heard him mention it or read an interview where he said it was still a problem..
I don't know what is going on. Most managers I've covered haven't rushed to use relievers who haven't earned their trust after coming up from the minors. There's a difference between having trust in Gant or using an elite prospect like Alex Reyes last year.
Long story short, you cannot get rid of all the players. It's one thing to say the players aren't talented enough. It's another thing entirely to see them consistently make fundamental mistakes. The issues with base running and poor fundamentals are reflections on the coaches. That's not a case of talent as much as execution, preparation and baseball awareness. I don't blame Matheny and his staff for the talent, but I promise you they would expect smart, fundamental baseball.
You are being too pessimistic. As I've stated often since returning from spring training, John Mozeliak has this organization on the right track. I really like the young talent at Springfield and below. This may be a tough year, but the future is bright for the Cardinals' organization.
It has been a rough year for Maloney, who has one of the hardest jobs in baseball coaching. Third base coaches are similar to offensive tackles and defensive backs in that you only notice them when your quarterback gets sacked, your team gives up a long touchdown to the guy you're covering or your guy gets thrown out at the plate when you make the wrong read. Very few folks appreciate when the third base coach makes the right read and gets you a run.
A lot has been written on the historical significance of Scooter's brilliant night, and you have to give him credit. But ever though there are fewer four-home run games than perfect games or no-hitters, I would say no-hitters and perfect games are more impressive than a four-home run performance against a team that waved the white flag and had its two weakest bullpen arms in after Wainwright was knocked around.
I don't know how much of a difference it would make, but it couldn't possibly hurt. Remember he was one of the best leadoff hitters or at least most productive leadoff hitters in the majors last year until he was hurt.
Sure. I will forward your request to Mike Smith, our online sports editor. I will give you my list in the meantime. Sierra, Weaver, Flaherty.
It takes time to get back on tract. They do hope to improve the defense and become more athletic. It will take a while to drill fundamentals back into this team, though, because there are too many guys who are making mistakes they shouldn't make at this stage in their careers.