The point is to win games. If Pena gives you the best chance to win on some nights, you must go with him.
I worry about the defense at first when Martinez starts instead of Carpenter. The best infield defensive alignment is Gyorko at third, DeJong at short, Wong at second and Carpenter at first.
Wow, you're harsh. I'd want to see what Pena can do. He has a relationship with these pitchers. I'm not saying he's a big league starter, but it's too early to assume Kelly can carry a big league load as a regular starter.
That is going to be the biggest question. I thought Molina's absence was felt Tuesday before Robbie Grossman followed Martinez's error with a two-run hit. That would have been the time when Molina might have visited Martinez on the mound to settle him down after those two disastrous errors in the fifth.
It was a case of two teams dumping players they no longer wanted.
You make a good point. I saw it from the perspective of how I would feel if I had that emergency surgery and that injury. How devastating would you feel if you had a 102-mph fastball fouled off your pelvic area? To me, that would be devastating. I must concede, though, that my wife thinks sales at Kohl's are awesome.
I don't see Knizner coming up this year, but he's very close.
I expect him here next month.
I would start Gyorko regularly. In the same way Jose Martinez hit his way to a regular starter's spot at first Gyorko has hit his way to the starter's spot at third base.
Exactly! Surely, common sense would have told the people in hysterics that other timelines on Twitter might know if somebody had actually died, as they claimed while urging me to give them what I knew. As I said, I didn't feel comfortable running with a story until I had two sources or one on the record. I accomplished both the next morning, which is when I finally broke the story.
Thanks. I like to remind folks that I'm the second of eight children. My siblings keep me humble with their biting jabs. I also grew up in a rough neighborhood, so I'm not easily offended. As long as people are respectful, I'm willing to engage in a good argument. Moreover, I promise you I listen to the readers and am willing to agree when they're right.
I think the folks who are whining and diminishing this incident as something that wasn't devastating don't appreciate just how jarring it is to need emergency surgery. I'm still haunted by Sept. 13, 1985, the night I had emergency surgery after I was run over by a drunken driver. I didn't die, but it sure as heck was devastating.
Some of the same people who act as though Matt Carpenter's batting average and Dexter Fowler's slump are life and death issues want to act as though emergency surgery in the pelvic area isn't devastating.
I hear what you're saying. It all depends what stats fans value. The game has evolved to the point where some people now realize that you cannot just look at batting average or wins and losses by a pitcher.
If the Cardinals win the division, as I expect, I can see Matheny garnering votes for the Manager of the Year award.
Well, I have to make some phone calls now. Thanks for joining this week's live chat.