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To go along with that, Brian. If someone asked DeWitt a question along the lines of “Do you see the Cardinals signing any free agents this winter?” and his reply is “I don’t think a long term free agent contract fits our business model” or “I don’t see us handing out any long term free agent contracts outside of our own players”. He is answering the question for a near term but isn’t making a blanket statement about how the team will always operate.April 16, 2021 at 8:20 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 13 thread – Friday, April 16 at Phillies #158340
That was Williams’ first career home run. The Phillies fans throw the ball back so it can be given to Williams.April 16, 2021 at 6:38 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 13 thread – Friday, April 16 at Phillies #158312
It’s the first game I have been able to actually watch, Pugs. I almost didn’t get to see that you said the wrong name.April 16, 2021 at 6:30 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 13 thread – Friday, April 16 at Phillies #158308
Pugs, that catch was made by Edman.
Do you have a link to DeWitt saying whatever it is that you are saying he said?
Looking at the free agent outfielders after this season, I don’t see much to sign to a high dollar free agent contract. bc, you may be right that they won’t sign someone to that kind of contract but it won’t be because they won’t do business that way. It’s because there’s very little to sign after this season.
They could also have Edman play CF and Gorman play 2B. I’m sure Edman could learn CF rather quickly after playing the corner OF.April 14, 2021 at 8:57 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 10 thread – Mon, April 12 vs. Nats #158158
We also don’t know if Goldy is in decline. Both points won’t be known until the future is over.April 14, 2021 at 4:41 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 10 thread – Mon, April 12 vs. Nats #158146
bc, Goldschmidt has reached the age of normal decline. The other ones haven’t even reached the age of typical peak.April 14, 2021 at 11:01 am in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 10 thread – Mon, April 12 vs. Nats #158115
Rose and Aaron were in a different class like Musial. You can’t use them as comparisons. Ozzie and McGee were different types of hitters. Berkman had 1 great year and 1 good year after he turned 33. Beltran was up and down at that point. Can you tell which seasons will be Goldschmidt’s good to great seasons and which ones won’t?April 13, 2021 at 10:23 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 11 thread – Tue, April 13 vs. Nats #158079
Cardinals win. Outfielders are 7-15 with 2 strikeouts. Now 6-5 on the year.April 13, 2021 at 8:54 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 10 thread – Mon, April 12 vs. Nats #158045
Stan Musial had 9 seasons of wRC+ of 160 or more through his age 32 season. His high was 201. Paul Goldschmidt has 1 season of wRC+ of 160 or more. His high was 163 and it was 6 years ago. Looking at traditional stats, Musial had a line of .345/.432/.582/1.014 and 2223 hits through his age 32 season. Goldschmidt has a career line of 293/.392/.522/.914 and 1395 hits.
bc, since you love saying that someone is comparing apples to oranges, I think you can’t use Musial as a comparison for Goldschmidt.April 13, 2021 at 10:44 am in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 10 thread – Mon, April 12 vs. Nats #157967
LA, what’s really funny is how the same ones who keep running down the complete outfield and SS or posting their numbers almost daily, also keep saying that Goldschmidt is one of our best hitters so far this year or that he came off his hot streak. After the first game of the season until now, Goldschmidt has a line of .147/.216/.147/.363. In other words, he had a 1 game hot streak.
I am sure there will be at least one post about how we are not worried about Goldschmidt or that he isn’t protected in the order.April 11, 2021 at 10:09 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157846
bling, it is not based on 1 outing. He has shown me what he is worth over the last 2 years. He looks to me like he would be head and shoulders above what we could get from either Ponce de Leon or Gant. He just turned 23 and is one of the big bonus Cubans from 2016-2017 signing class. He has been willing to work on his pitches and make adjustments. He has been about 2 years younger than average at every level, so far. The main thing he needs to do is work on his command.
Just watched a play in the Phillies-Braves game. Marcel Ozuna caught a fly ball in shallow left field with a runner on third. He could barely get the ball to home plate to make it a close play. I think the umpires and replay both got the call wrong. The runner should have been out because he never touched home plate but he was called safe. The point is that Ozuna has NO arm left.April 11, 2021 at 8:50 pm in reply to: 2021 Cardinals MLB Game 9 thread – Sunday, April 11 vs. Brewers #157842
We need our rotation to be Flaherty, Wainwright, Oviedo, Martinez and Gant until Kim comes back. Kim becomes a starter with, probably, Gant leaving the rotation.
Oviedo is a keeper, IMO. Only trade him if we can get more than he is really worth in return.
Brian, over the next 9 days, over/under of 7 days of OF complaining/statistics and 75 more posts on this thread.
Arozarena, Carlson, Bader, O’Neill and Thomas all have talent. It’s just that none of them have shown it in the majors for long enough to say how their career will end up.
RA in majors:
2019 – .891 OPS in 23 plate appearances
2020 – 1.022 OPS in 76 PAs
2021 – .712 OPS in 22 PAs
What can we conclude about his ability in the majors? Absolutely nothing, yet. If we could determine things off that few of plate appearances, it wouldn’t bode well for Carlson.
Thanks bc, I’ll give your advice the consideration it’s deserved.
Bc, thank you for showing me what your definition of hitting is. I’ll remember that the next time you want to complain about Bader’s hitting.
The outfielders tonight were 3 for 12 with 5 strikeouts, 4 RBIs and 4 LOB. Our dynamic duo of Goldschmidt and Arenado were 2 for 10 with 2 strikeouts 1 RBI and 6 LOB.
BTW, Edman started in RF tonight. That makes him a starting outfielder.
Cardinals R/G = 5.5. Cardinals record 4 – 2.
If the Cardinals really wanted to try to jump start things, send down either Williams or Dean and call up Rondon. Play Edman in CF, move Carlson to RF and play either Sosa or Rondon at 2B. The problem with this is that it creates a hard decision when Bader is ready to be activated. Once Rondon is called up, he can’t be sent back down. That means both Sosa and Rondon would have to be kept the rest of the year or risk losing one or the other.
The other choice is to insert Nogowski into one of the corner OF spots.