I'm not sure what "outside the box" looks like but the Cardinals need a lot more from what's "in the box."
The Cardinals are not going to pay Arenado $30 plus million next year. The only team that is going to do that in 2021 is Colorado, because the Rockies have to.
I'm not sure any manager orders any player to bunt with nobody on base. He and the hitting coach can strongly suggest it. And Carpenter probably should try it more.
I have little doubt that Edman will be at third in the playoffs. The club will have its best defense on the field and Carpenter/Miller will have to DH.
I'm OK with Kim as the No. 1 as the Padres know less about him than the other two. Wainwright always a good choice in decisive games. Flaherty hasn't pitched as well as before to deserve the first spot, I guess.
I don't think the Padres' pitching is as deep as the Cardinals' pitching, especially with Clevinger and perhaps Lamet compromised. Their lineup, however, could be a nightmare.
Rosters will be at 28, as they were for much of the regular season. Every team is traveling with as many as 40 and changes could be made during rounds if there is are injuries or after every round if advancing.
Gant's 0 days won't be up this week, so he would have to wait until the second round and I don't think the Cardinals will risk it that soon. Woodford and Oviedo are on my roster, as well as Ravelo. No need for three catchers unless one is hurt so Knizer isn't on.
The Cardinals aren't going to trade for Arenado under the assumption they will have him for only one year. Any deal they would make with the Rockies would be predicated in unloading some of their own salary and they don't have too many players of that ilk that the Rockies would want. The Cardinals' budget for 2021 isn't apt to include a $33 million addition. When the $36 million owed Carpenter and Fowler is no longer an issue next year, then this could be revisited.
The Cincinnati Reds are my darkhose pick in the NL and the Chicago White Sox in the NL. Both are No. 7 seeds with good starting pitching.
Sorry, I do not have that answer.
I think everyone can say that the signings didn't quite work out. But they still happened and that money still has to be paid. Molina is not going to return for $5 million. Justin Turner might be intriguing. Springer is going to be too expensive, and perhaps Ozuna, too. Carpenter bunting every at-bat does no good because he doesn't have speed if he does get on base. Finding a way for him to hit for ore damage more often is the only way to salvage the rest of his time here.
The advantage the Cardinals have is one of the game's all-time best throwers is behind the plate. The Padres aren't playing in the NL West anymore where good-throwing catchers (Posey didn't participate this year) do not abound. Your answer, also predicated on how well many of the Cardinals' pitchers hold runners is. . . better than average.
Any of the teams playing could win two out of three, including the Brewers against the Dodgers if Brandon Woodruff is anywhere nearly as good against LA as he was overpowering here Saturday night.
I think you've answered your own question. But, for the moment, that has little bearing on anything. The Cardinals are still playing. When they are done, whether it is this Friday or some other time, we can review and preview more.
This isn't Lou Brock or Vince Coleman you're talking about. So if he bunts for three more hits, he's hitting .200. Is that good? You don't want Carpenter on first base, where he can't steal a bag for you. You want him on second after a double or in the dugout after a home run. Bunting once in a while is not going to fix what ails him.
Boston would have little interest in the first two. That doesn't mean I wouldn't ask Boston for JD Martinez. But the Red Sox don't want the Cardinals' hand-me-downs.
Mo isn't going to do anything until this season, including the playoffs, is over. You have to see what's available and what your budget is. There will be some higher salaried players cut loose but we won't know who they are for a while. Anybody knows the middle of the lineup has to be fixed and that would include John Mozeliak. By the way, what is anyone's fascination with Cespedes? He hasn't played in, what, three years?
Again, we don't know for what Molina will be asking? Can maybe we wait until this season is over, first?