The metrics that show he's unlucky cover more than just where he hits the ball. Those metrics track exit velocities of his bat, launch angles, hard-hit rates and chase rates, among others. All those numbers show that all those numbers are similar to Carpenter's rates in the past few years. Moreover, this isn't the first year that teams have employed shifts against Carpenter.
A good argument can be made for both because your ace is usually going to face the other team's ace or No. 2.
I expect Kelly will get consistent playing time, but I wouldn't necessarily consider him an automatic starter. Francisco Pena must start consistently as well.
I can only present the info I have. You must decide if you buy it or not.
Thanks. I wish I were free.
Mike Maddux has done a great job with the starting pitchers. The defense and fundamentals have been better this season with Oquendo.
Homer or bust might actually be the new normal. I would hate to see them lower the mound.
No. The Cardinals just went 5-2 in the homestand that included a three-game sweep of the rival Cubs. How can anybody say this team is doomed?
I'm not going to disagree with you.
Carpenter has made some really good throws to first from third this season, regardless of what some may claim.
Martinez drove in a run last week for only the first time since late April. He was scuffling as well.
I don't think it's strange at all. I think they have serious questions, which is to be expected.
I expect Ozuna to go on a tear at some point.
Every pitching staff requires run-prevention capabilities, but a pitcher who strikes out 16 might not need good defense behind him as much as an average ground-ball pitcher.
Nobody is going to replace Molina. It would be unfair to expect Kelly to replace Molina. Kelly just needs to do the best he can and try to help the pitching staff.
Is he still considered the best catching prospect in the minors? Some in the organization would argue that he's already been passed up by Andrew Knizner, by the way.
Well, at this point, it's Norris' job when Norris is healthy. Remember that he was unavailable during the Twins series. The Cardinals hope to see Holland return to his old form soon, though. The hope would be for both of those men to be ready for high-leverage situations in the eighth and ninth.
You make a good point about Stanton hitting in front of Ozuna.