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I need to go over the stats. I don't know if the Cardinals are any worse than other teams against young pitchers. Keep in mind, however, that hitters usually improve against pitchers the more times they get a look against them.
This is baseball. The other guys are professionals as well. Do you realize that if the Cardinals truly developed a pattern of winning four in a row and having a dud on the fifth game they would easily run away with the best record in baseball? That would be an .800 winning percentage. The Yankees have the best winning percentage in baseball at .694. To your point, though, keep in mind that there will be rough games throughout a long, 162-game season. You just don't want to have too many of them in a row.
Life is way too short to be so negative. The Cardinals are 4-1 against the Cubs so far this year. They must find a way to fix their bullpen. I will grant you that. As long as Matheny starts Harrison Bader in right field, Pham in center, Ozuna in left, Carpenter at second, Gyorko at third, Martinez at first, Munoz at short and Molina behind the plate, I think the Cardinals can compete with anybody. Unfortunately, a bad bullpen can ruin good starting pitcher. It seems as though Mike Matheny doesn't have much confidence in the guys he has in the bullpen at this time other than Jordan Hicks and Bud Norris.
I'm going to go with Germany or Brazil. I would love to see Mexico reach the semifinals, but it will be difficult for El Tri to get out of the group stage. I cannot wait for the World Cup to start. I would like to see Messi lead Argentina to the World Cup title.
As long as this team can continue to stay within striking distance of the Cubs and Brewers, I assume the Cardinals will be players at the trade deadline. I don't think they're going to get rid of Fowler, if that's what you're asking. They need to pick their spots and hope that Fowler regains his swing and salvages his season. They'll try to keep Holland on a rehab assignment long enough for him to get straightened out if possible. If he continues to bomb on rehab assignments, though, they might have to eat that contract. They might have to call on Dakota Hudson and Ryan Helsley eventually to fix their bullpen.
This is a very good question. I need to ask Michael Girsch about Perez.
The Cardinals will have a decision to make when Paul DeJong returns from the disabled list. I wonder if it will make sense to try Gyorko, Carpenter or Munoz at second instead of Wong, who is actually a far superior defensive second baseman than those other three. I'm surprised that Wong hasn't had more success at the plate. I truly expected him to have a breakout season this year.
Martinez, Molina, Ozuna and Carpenter are having much better seasons than you're willing to admit in this question. I won't argue with your assessment about Fowler or Wong. Actually, if you read my column today you'd know that I think Harrison Bader needs to be the starting right fielder over Fowler now. I'm also not going to make the case for Wong starting. I couldn't justify that opinion. The offense should improve once DeJong returns because that will give the Cardinals a quality bat who could help push Munoz, Carpenter or Gyorko to second for more starts.
The United States will host the final and the two semifinals. That was already decided. I need to double check, but I think I read somewhere today that the final will likely be held in New York/New Jersey while the semifinals will likely be held in Dallas and Atlanta. I think the opener will be held in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium.
That's a good question. I don't know. It might keep his appearances down if you don't have enough relievers to serve as the bridge to maintain the lead after the starter is pulled. It will be interesting to see how they fix this bullpen. As Cecil admitted to Rick Hummel this weekend, he hasn't pitched well enough to earn consistent appearances.
Tommy Pham has cooled a bit at the plate. I haven't seen what you're seeing in terms of his jumps in the outfield.
Holy smokes. There is a lot to digest in this question. I promise you that I will look at this closely, but I haven't noticed what you've mentioned here.
We were actually discussing this in the press box. I wonder if Hicks deserves an All-Star berth this year. He's been brilliant. If you were to pick All-Stars from the Cardinals, I would say that Michael Wacha, Miles Mikolas, Hicks and Carlos Martinez are the most likely candidates at this point. If Martinez finishes the month on a strong note, I could see him earn his third berth. Molina deserves consideration, but I wonder if his month on the disable list with hurt his chances.
The Cardinals should have performed a lot better than they did against the Marlins, but they took two of three from the Reds and still have a chance to take two of three from the Padres. I don't think anybody could have predicted that the bullpen would be decimated by so many injuries. Fowler's struggles have been a drain on the offense as well. Their starting pitching has been strong, and that's the key to success. The offense will improve when DeJong returns. Let's not forget that they've been crippled with injuries to key players since May.
True. I haven't checked the Baltimore paper, though. I will say that I have sources with knowledge of the Orioles' thinking, and I know they like some of the Cardinals' young, major-league ready players. I know there's a deal to be made there. It's just a matter of how much the Cardinals want to give up.
DeJong might be back by July 1.
I don't agree. These guys are professionals. The thing they care about the most is the size of their contract not how a team treated a player who was hitting .176 or lower on June 12. Nobody in baseball would say that Fowler has been treated unfairly by the Cardinals. Do you think the Yankees would have given him these many chances? Do you think the Red Sox would have stuck with him this long? Heck, Fowler might have gotten the Pablo Sandoval treatment by now in Boston.