Yes but the question is do you prefer O'Neill over Carpenter (Edman returns to infield) and I think that right now, you would.
And there's more Eastern Division action coming with the Nationals in this series and then Philadelphia and New York on the next two home stands. That division is the deepest division, when you consider that the Braves are at the bottom.
Jeff Albert wouldn't survive if this season's offense rivals last season's. I repeat. The season is not 15 games.
Pitching is always the more important category. I can see some improvement in the offense. Not sure I see as much with the starting pitching. And thanks.
I would try Carlson second to shake things up a little. Goldschmidt and Arenado probably would feel more comfortable hitting 3-4 anyway and Goldschmidt might have something to drive in.
By early to mid-May that rotation could be in place. But Carlos Martinez still is a part of it until he isn't. Or they could go to six men sometimes.
I don't think many teams have seen a reason to have an abundance of confidence in Thomas. The Cardinals still see some hope. But Thomas has to play every day in the minors for a good stretch before he's back.
You would have to think the Arenado transaction would help balance the scales a little. And the Cardinals didn't give up much to get Goldschmidt either. im was a good signing. Andrew Miller not as much. Everyone will fixate on Voit and Arozarena and those two were rough ones although Gallegos (for Voit)_ has been quite helpful and we haven't seen Liberatore (for Arozarena) yet. So the jury remains out.
If the voting started (and ended) today, Molina would be in. He may well be in anyway, if he plays anywhere like this.
I, too, am more concerned about DeJong than Carpenter because DeJong is projected as part of the Cardinals' future and Carpenter isn't. I didn't think DeJong was a .240 hitter. But he is nowhere close to that yet.
The defense will improve a lot and the Cardinals have lost several games with misplays in the outfield. Offensively, we will have to take a wait-and-see attitude.
Carpenter would not be let go at least until then. But by the end of May, we should have a barometer of how much he actually can give the Cardinals.
Two or three more, at least. He hasn't had any support either offensively or defensively. But he needs to be more consistent himself.
A lot of what you see now is pitchers "overthrowing" the ball or not getting a good grip on it if the weather is cold. I don't think all of those pitchers to which you refer are by design.
I would expect both a different batting order and approach. While a big leaguer, Joe Ross is not that good.
I was at the game and we didn't know at first what had happened since the ball was so far foul. Then a TV camera showed it in a flower bed, or something like that.
The infield defense hasn't been as bad as the outfield, where there seems to be a different cast of characters every day, especially since O'Neill got hurt. And that doesn't help.
I could see Sosa getting a start against a lefthanded pitcher at second base, if Edman is in the outfield. His one start at shortstop against Washington last week was pretty good.
If I'm trading for outfielders, I'm not trading for prospects. The first two names you mentioned have the most interest to me.