I think Fowler will be fine. I think Carpenter might get straightened out if he's at a more comfortable spot in the batting order. Don't underestimate the mental part of baseball.
I think El Tri will win at Azteca. It's just too hard to win at Azteca, but the U.S. is going to qualify easily now that they have a coach that understands the talent at his disposal.
I'm just basing my assumptions on 20 years of covering baseball.
The organization is fine. You cannot win every year. As good as the Cardinals have been over the last 20 years, I think they deserve the benefit of the doubt. Moreover, the farm system is strong and will carry this team over the next few years.
When you win, you draft lower in the draft. The system is set up that way. It takes time to rebuild. It's unfair to judge the Cardinals by the Astros or Cubs, who tanked for years to get the talent pool that is helping them now. Nonetheless, the Cardinals are continually contending. I'm sorry if I sound like a homer, but that's why I can tell you Mozeliak has done a great job.
I haven't been here long enough to know how much of a clubhouse presence Holliday was. As you may remember, the players acknowledged this spring how there were issues in the clubhouse last year. So let's not pretend as if it was all fine last year with him in it. Moreover, nobody cares about clubhouse politics or leadership when you're winning. The A's famously fought each other in the clubhouse all the time and were one of the best teams of the 1970s.
He is already on a contract for next year too.
You are not going to get anything of significance at this point for Wong or Grichuk. You need to rebuild Wong and Grichuk's value.
I think you are right. I would have challenged as well. Considering how well Wainwright had pitched lately, I would had given him the same vote of confidence. I would move Carpenter to the leadoff spot. He's comfortable in that spot.
I don't know if he's hurt. I hadn't heard any such thing.
I would add Fowler and Wainwright and Reyes. Those three aren't going anywhere. As I've stated, the farm system is deep enough to fortify this team real soon. The Cardinals should play this season out, be open to sell high on Lynn, Rosenthal and Carpenter and then see what happens.
My untouchables are Molina, Martinez, Reyes, Wainwright (out of respect and reality), Fowler. I would accept fair market deals on anybody else, but I wouldn't do a wholesale sell off either.
The Blues aren't mediocre. They're consistent playoff teams. They've reached the Conference semifinals for two consecutive years, including the Conference finals last year.
Breaking news: John Gant has been shipped back down to Memphis, and outfielder-first baseman Chad Huffman's contract has been purchased.
The biggest reason I accepted this job was because this is a baseball town and the Post-Dispatch is renowned for consistently having the best baseball coverage in the country. I was humbled that Roger Hensley thought enough about my work to have kept track of my career for more than a decade. I didn't apply for this job, but I welcomed the opportunity because I believe in the Post-Dispatch's leadership. My first and most important mentor in this business was Lennox Samuels, who led several Pulitzer Prize-winning projects at the Dallas Morning News when he worked with current Post-Dispatch editor Gilbert Bailon. Considering my experience in baseball writing and the leadership at the Post-Dispatch, I jumped at the opportunity to work in America's best baseball town because I respect and believe in the winning tradition of the Cardinals. Writers want to write about the best stories, and the best stories usually surround winning teams. When you combine the Cardinals' winning history and their current leadership, I knew I'd cover a consistent winner here.
Cardinals fans have been spoiled. Remember, I covered an 111-win team just four years ago. I covered a team that tanked. I covered winning teams in Houston in 2004 and 2005 where loyal Astros fans remained true but there were way more folks who just cared about football and spring football. I'd take Cardinals baseball any day over any other activity to watch when the Blues' season isn't going on.
The consistently poor fundamentals and base-running will ultimately cost some coach his job.
Matt Carpenter has to be the biggest disappointment. There might not be a close second.
How many teams have developed those types of players. There's only one Trout. Only one Harper and Carlos Correa.