But . . . when this team trades pitching again, it must get back a hitter in his prime and a person who will stick around for a while. That two-year rental of Ozuna could haunt the franchise for a long time if Gallen and Alcantara stay healthy.
No, because the pitching wore down under the doubleheader strain and some of those hitters were bound to break out of their funk -- at least for a few games.
Actually, the key to the team's persistent success is player development. They keep coming up with pitching, in particular, and that allows them to avoid the ups and downs other franchises endure. Since player development is central to DeWitt's baseball philosophy, it's easy to see he is content with his management team. That and the fact the Cardinals have been in the hunt for the entirety of Mozeliak's tenure as GM.
That was a much better lineup than this year's group. Nobody will dispute that.
I'd say outfield, with Fowler heading into his last contract year. Again, the organization's best hitting prospects play third base.
The COVID-19 outbreak followed by the insane schedule combined witn the inability to train and prepare as normal has impacted him for sure. And look around at how many hitters struggled this season under far les adversity. Hitters did not have the prep time for the season and they have not been able to work on their game as usual.
Give the code among players, I am not going to ban a guy for life for not ratting out his teammates.
Baseball has a heavy lift to get out from under its spectacularly racist past. You can either clear out a lot of people from the Hall or, like you say, realize it was a different time. They can find other ways to shame the game's past and lift up its progress, halting though it was.
OK, that's it for this time. See you next Friday!