I assume if Carpenter isn't leading off, Fowler will lead off.
I don't know about deserving something or not. I do know that you're not likely to win many games when you walk eight batters.
As long as Martinez is hitting well, I'd leave him at first and split third between Carpenter and Gyorko with Carpenter also getting a few starts at second.
I'm going to bet that Mozeliak and Girsch know way more about baseball economics than you do. Hell, I know more about baseball economics than you do. The Cardinals have been pretty clear that they will use a shuttle between Memphis and St. Louis to give players chances in the majors and then sending them back to Memphis to get consistent at-bats if they get rusty or stumble.
First of all, only one knucklehead at my paper picked the Cardinals to win the Division. I was that goofball. Almost everybody else picked the Cardinals to win the wild card. So the rest of the media that you're criticizing is actually correct if your assessment is correct that they'll have wild card wishes if they wait too long.
Managers are human. Matheny clearly should have gone to Gregerson. There's no denying that.
As I wrote recently, the Cardinals are much better than they've shown. The bullpen is going to be a strong part of the team now that Holland is closer to regular season form and Gregerson is back from the disabled list. Tuivailala and Sherriff are also close to being activated from the disabled list. When you judge this bullpen, you must see the entire picture. Consider the pieces that have been missing for part of this month? Gregerson, Tuivailala, Cecil, Sherriff are four who have spent time on the disabled list this month, and Holland has essentially been going through spring training. Yet, they've persevered. Matheny gets ripped for his bullpen use, but nobody gives him credit for maneuvering through the first part of the season with a bullpen that stumbled to find a closer early after Leone failed in his first chance.
The Cardinals believe he'll still be one of their most productive batters. It's as though fans forget that he won the Cardinals two games over the last two weeks.
Yes, Matheny cares about his players. Matheny also cares about winning.
The U.S. national team didn't qualify for the World Cup, but they've decided to still hold it in Russia.
Walks will hurt you. There's no doubt about that. Fortunately for him, he has an overpowering fastball that helps him overpower hitters. He's 21 years old with a special arm. It is not rare for young fireballers to have command issues.
As I wrote in today's paper, the Cardinals need to show that they can beat good teams. They are 6-9 against teams with winning records and 7-0 against the Reds. Ultimately, they must beat teams with winning records.
I didn't hear him on the broadcast because I was actually at the game. I've heard this debate for the last nine years, though. All I can tell you is that the Astros and the Cubs outsmarted the competition while utilizing analytics to their benefit. No organization in baseball puts a greater importance on analytics than the Astros, and they are clearly reaping the rewards.
The walls aren't caving in.
I wouldn't say there was no reason to expect him to implode. His command had been poor all night, but I also don't think the Matheny hate is completely justified. No matter what Matheny does, people are going to whine in this city because many fans and critic only focus on his mistakes.
It's too early too tell. If you're leading the NL Central by six games at the deadline, do you really need Machado?
Are you really going to go to Brebbia first against Cespedes in the fifth? Are you going to go with Brebbia over Leone? No. Are going to go with Brebbia over Gregerson? No. Are you going to go with Brebbia over Hicks? No. Are you going to use Brebbia over Holland? No. Bowman has clearly earned Matheny's trust, so he got the nod. Brebbia will get chances to pitch his way up the bullpen depth chart eventually, but let's not act as though he's an established veteran or a fireballing phenom like Hicks with a 102-mph fastball.