I'm wondering the same thing.
His only hope will be with the Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee.
They're definitely trying.
I would say the offense needs to heat up. I expect more from this offense.
I'll have to check on that.
It was Albert Pujols in 2010.
Bowman has been a dependable workhorse for Mike Matheny the last two season.
I don't think I've ever heard somebody make your suggestion. You don't acquire Marcell Ozuna in December and then blow it up. This team is good enough to reach the playoffs, and I think they're more likely to add than subtract this season.
He has attempted to drop bunts the other way a few times already this season. Moreover, don't forget that he beat that shift Tuesday night with his walk-off two-run home run, so he's definitely trying.
The offense has been the biggest underachieving part of this time by a large margin this season.
Carpenter is a true gamer. He makes no excuses and plays hurt for teammates. On-base percentage is more important than batting average, by the way.
I'm not worried about the bench as much. My only concern with the eight-man bullpen and short bench is when they have starting pitchers such as Luke Weaver running the bases. I always worry about a leg injury when guys paid to pitch are used to run. Clearly, it would be difficult to replace guys like Ozuna or Pham or Fowler, but the Cardinals do have a lot of outfield talent. They have plenty of flexibility in the infield with Gyorko, Carpenter, Wong, Garcia and Martinez. Also, remember that Carson Kelly is catching at Memphis. No team can easily overcome the loss of a quality starting player, but there is some depth in the Cardinals system.
Shifts have been part of baseball for decades. This is a game of adjustments.
I would say Martinez and Hicks are on pace for All-Star seasons based on the first two weeks of the season. If they keep this pace, they'll be All-Stars.
You might want to tone down the hyperbole.