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Pugs? What happened to those Packers in San Francisco???
I think during the high school baseball season this spring I am going to get me a lawn chair, bring my binoculars, a hammer, and a metal trash can and sit out just behind the CF fence and start banging away. Once, sometimes twice.
I wonder what everybody will think about that?
r/Esteemed Rat <~~~~trash can banger
Why, Rats? What is your thinking behind it?
We now have another Black Sox Scandal, 100 years later. Do you think the players that took advantage of this are going to be labeled cheaters? Will the Astros fans still be their fans? Would they be better off moving to another team for the remainder of their career? Maybe they might want to put this scandal behind them and move on. Start over somewhere else?
I posted this on the Trade sticky. Just wondering, after all of this would any of those Astro players request to be traded now?
r/RatJanuary 13, 2020 at 2:43 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019-2020 #119399
Just wondering here. Now that the hammer has been laid down on the Astros would any of their players come forth and openly request a trade?
The Patriots will sign Luhnow before any of us have dinner tonight!
Excellent CFICT! That one actually made me laugh out loud. You’re right there with Pugs on that one!
Bryant in CF? That sort of sounds “Jose Martinez-like” to me.
I was just playing devil’s advocate. Expect the worse, you wont be disappointed. One of my old golf/high school basketball buddies here in Indiana was the single most pessimistic guy I ever met. He sort of rubbed off on me. I always figure we are beat.
Guys? Remember this game? Where DeJong started to flip to Wong for the force for the final out? Then decided to just throw to 1st instead? And then once again changed his mind but by this time Wong wasn’t ready and couldn’t handle the toss? Then Crawford hit the 3-run homer. Remember?
I thought this was an omen that we were done for. If it wasn’t for a miraculous four game sweep at Wrigley late in the year we might have been done for.
So, is this our 2020 lineup after this trade. And the trail of future trades, perhaps?
Did I read that correctly? That Ozuna expects the Cards to step up if they want him? Seems odd that a guy who hit .241 should be calling the shots here. Sounds like he should be keeping his fingers crossed that somebody wants him.
And yes, yes, of course, I know once again I am talking about that worthless statistic known as batting average.
I guess we shall now see what Jose Martinez can do in the AL as a DH. Let me be clear here – I hope he thrives. He might now that he doesn’t have to play defense.
I’d be glad to send Tyler O’Neill and all of his strikeouts to TB. I’d be glad to send that goofball Jose Martinez to TB. I’d still rather keep Bader though as I think there might be some hope for him.
Maybe Fowler went to TB???
Rats, you could at least check the stats before making these kinds of statements.
In 2018, Carpenter had career peaks in home runs, slugging, OPS and OPS+. He had his second-best RBI year and finished in the top 10 of the National League MVP voting, also his second-best placement ever.
OPS is likely Greek to you, but many agree it is the best measure for overall results by an offensive player.
The last three years Carpenter’s average his been in the .240s, .250s, and .220s. It used to be in the .270s or higher. And yes, I know I am in the minority because nobody thinks batting average means anything anymore.
He had one hot streak in 2018 for about 6-8 weeks where he hit a lot of dingers. But that was it. Having said this, if we could get another season close to what he did in 2018 it would be fine with me.
Carpenter has been trending downward for years now. Is anyone really expecting him to rebound and have a good year this year? I’d take .250/20 from him and be extremely happy.
That’s not bad bccran. But his batting average was WAY below his average. I know some think that batting average doesn’t mean much anymore but you can da~n well bet it does to me!
They are banking on players rebounding from bad years. Goldschmidt, Carpenter, Fowler, DeJong, Ozuna, and Bader. That’s taking a big risk there.
But, hey, if they don’t make it to the playoffs in 2020 they can talk about their 2019 success.
I am looking at Carlson’s minor league stats – other than 2019. I see a bunch of .240 averages.
WHAT MAKES ANYBODY THINK HE IS THE 2ND COMING HERE?????????
O’Neill, Arozarena, Carlson, Thomas – I guess I just don’t get what some people are seeing in these guys? What have they ever done to make anyone think they can hit .270/25/90 in a full year?
Its sort of a dilemma for us. If – IF – we knew Ozuna would average .275/30/100 for the next few years I am sure we would offer him a nice contract. I don’t think any of those young guys would come close to that. And folks, we need offense and we need it bad! Some are counting on Goldschmidt, Carpenter, Fowler, and DeJong to rebound but that is risky.
In the meantime I am heading down to the Gasthof, the amish restaurant, and having catfish fiddlers, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, noodles, sweet potatoes, boiled carrots, sweet tea, and some cherry cobbler and then some soft serve ice cream for dessert.
Folks, I am in the boat of bringing Ozuna back. No more than three years though. As I said earlier, 3/45 would be my best offer to him.
I suspect he might be capable of hitting .270+ and 30+ dingers and 100+ rbi’s. Defense isn’t good but he does catch, like Jose Martinez, about everything within catching distance for him. Terrible arm too.
I just don’t see any better options out there the next 2-3 years.
r/Esteemed Rat <~~~~who had chicken thighs, mashed potatoes/gravy, yams, and a chocolate shake for lunch today. Along with some sweet tea too. And the venerable Whitey Herdog got a bite or two as well. Or three.
Mission accomplished CIF. Pic is from Day One with Whitey Herdog!
Now that its going to be 2020 in a very short while I was thinking about this thread and the Cubs series where we won four straight late in the season.
HOW ON EARTH DID WE EVER MANAGE TO DO THAT?????
I absolutely cannot believe any team would give Ozuna five years and $100M or more. I’d have to see that to believe it.
That is a good point, gscottar. About coming off the books at the same time the Fowler and Carpenter contracts are over.
But I am also worried about the next 2-4 years. We need some offense.
Thanks for reading my mind, Mr. Walton. I was at the Springs Valley holiday tourney this weekend and somebody mentioned a Hispanic woman and said something about the name Reyes. That triggered my thoughts about Alex Reyes so I was going to find this thread and ask again.
I am glad others realize how important Mr. Reyes could be to the team. Sometimes I think I am the only one that realizes what a HUGE loss Rick Ankiel was to Cardinal pitching for 15+ years.