Doug V

This off-season, there are several players still available in in free agency who could help the Cardinals: Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. Plus there’s that never ending rumor that the Cardinals have been trying to get Josh Donaldson.

What do these three players have in common? They all play corner infield spots, possible homes for Matt Carpenter.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Carp and that I would hate to see him traded or reduced to a bench role.

I’ll set aside the fan in me though and try to look at it from a GM’s perspective by comparing the three and Carpenter.

This all assumes two things:

1) We keep Jedd Gyorko. By the way, I can easily see Gyorko sliding over to 1B to part of the rotation there if we get either of the two 3B options mentioned here. He has played all over the infield. Not many reps at 1B, but I think he’d do ok there.

2) Carpenter gets moved after we get any of the three. (I could see him being part of the Donaldson deal)

First up, we have Eric Hosmer. He’s a 4 time Gold Glove winner at 1B coming off of a career year where he hit .318 with a .385 OBP and homered and 25 times. Plus he’s entering his age 28 season, which is the prime of a players career.

As for negatives, well, his power isn’t what we’ve come from 1B these days, though his D offsets that a little.

Another issue is consistency. He has a bit of an even year/odd year thing going on. In 2012, 2014 and 2016, he didn’t hit above .270 and didn’t have an OBP above .328. S 2013, 2015, and 2017, his BA was .297 or higher each year, and his OBP was higher than .350 each year.

Given how much he’s going to make (thank you Scott Boras), I’d want someone I know is going to be consistent year in and year out. Plus, next year is an even year.

Next, we have Mike Moustakas.

Moustakas hit 38 homers and like Hosmer, is in his prime. Those 38 homers were a career high though. After those 38, his next highest is  22. Plus, even with all of those homers, he was only worth 1.8 WAR (Carpenter was worth 2.9) Part of that is, even though he hit a decent .270, he only had an OBP of .314. Plus, unlike Hosmer, he’s not a GG at his position. He’s a better fielder than Carpenter, but all of these guys are.

Even with those homers, last year wasn’t his best year. 2015 was by a longshot. In fact, he’s only had two years where he’s had a WAR above 2: 2012, 2015. Again, I’d like more consistency please.

Finally, there’s Donaldson.

Donaldson is a former MVP and he hit .270 with 33 homers and 78 RBI’s. The problem here is he’s entering his age 32 season. Historically the decline phase of a player’s career starts around their age 32 or 33 seasons, so while he was productive last year, how long will he remain so?  Plus, the cost to acquire him in a trade won’t be cheap. Toronto has been reluctant to move him (we’ve been banging on their door for a while now) so we’d likely have to make them an offer they can’t refuse, a deal that’s lopsided in their favor. No thanks.

In the end, I think we should keep Carpenter and our assets rather than try our luck on any of the three listed above.

Now Manny Machado next off-season? That’s another story…

As always, thanks for reading.



(Editor’s note: Perhaps due to Doug’s vacation, he seemed to miss the fact that Sierra went in the Marcell Ozuna deal.  We are sorry for the error.)

Hope everybody had a good holiday break!

Like everybody else, I was excited by the trade to acquire Ozuna.

I will miss Stephen Piscotty, as I think he’s a prime bounce back candidate next season.

But an outfield consisting of Tommy Pham, Ozuna and Dexter Fowler has the potential to be very, very good.

My question is what happens after those three? Who’s the primary fourth outfielder?

I’m afraid it’s going to be Randal Grichuk.

While Grichuk is admittedly still young at 25, I think we have two younger guys who could use the AB’s: Harrison Bader and Magnueris Sierra.

Grichuk did hit 22 homers last year, but he also struck out 133 times in 442 plate appearances. I realize strikeouts are up overall as more players try to hit the ball from the USA to Japan every AB, but that’s still a lot of strikeouts. His average was also low, at .238, along with a poor OBP of .285.

My concern is since Grichuk is the known commodity, he’ll become Matheny’s “guy” and swallow up all the AB’s that could go to the kids, who I think may have higher upside than Grichuk.

Bader, for example, did well in AAA last year. He hit .285 with a .347 OBP, and hit 20 homers. He did struggle in a big league cameo last year, hitting .235 in 85 AB’s, but that is a small sample size and you shouldn’t read too much into it.

The same can be said of Sierra, only from the other end of the spectrum. While Bader needs more AB’s to show he’s the hitter he was in the minors, Sierra needs more AB’s to prove what he did in his cameo was legit. In 60 AB’s, Sierra hit .317 with a .359 OBP, not bad for a 21 year old. He only hit .269 in AA though, so he needs more AB’s to prove that wasn’t just a small sample size fluke.

So will the kids get the AB’s they need? We’ll see. It’s important to note that sometimes Matheny does in fact go with the kids. Paul DeJong, for example, got his chance last year and made the most of it. I hope they two young outfielders do, as I don’t view Grichuk as the long term solution here. I think he’s more valuable as trade bait at this point.


As always, thanks for reading.



What Willie McGee has to offer…

Hey there folks, I’m back from vacation. I had a good time, and it felt good to get away. On to blogging.

A while back, the Cards hired an old friend of the organization, former player Willie McGee, to be a coach. Willie’s role wasn’t specified.

A little disclaimer: I grew up in the 80’s, and Willie was my favorite player, but for reasons other than stats. I liked him because he was like me. I was this super skinny kid with a long neck, and there was a player who looked like me in regards to physical build, not necessarily like what you’d imagine a baseball player to look like. he was my Altuve.

As a player, Willie flashed a variety of skills. He won an MVP, a Silver Slugger, 2 batting titles, 3 Gold Gloves, and stole 352 bases. He didn’t hit many homers (79 in 2201 games) but power wasn’t emphasized as much in the 80’s, when he won the MVP with 10 homers (though his slugging percentage was over .500 thanks to a league leading 18 triples.) His career average was .295, with lifetime of .333, so he was more of a contact hitter than an obp guy.

That wide range of skills opens a lot of doors for him coaching wise. Willie could work with our outfielders on their defense, giving them positioning tips, etc. He could be a baserunning coach, giving tips there as well. Kolten Wong has some speed, having stolen 20 bases a few years back. Willie could help him get back in touch with his inner speedster.

The most interesting role for him though would be as a hitting coach, simply because he doesn’t fit, but in a good way.

Willie is a throwback to a bygone era where players didn’t need power to be successful. he wasn’t a power hitter coming up, and he didn’t try to change that. That’s a mindset current players don’t necessarily allow themselves to have. They change who they are in order to succeed, and sometimes become worse players in the process.

As a hitting coach, he could help players work with who they already are, using himself as an example. He could help them become the best version of themselves as a hitter.

He’d certainly be a better choice for the job than John Mabry, who’s the ultimate “Those who can’t, teach” hitting coach.

Just some food for thought on our new coach. Welcome back Willie, from one skinny guy with a long neck to another.


As always, thanks for reading.


Why Release Rosenthal?

The Cards yesterday cut Trevor Rosenthal, who had reclaimed the closers job in our bullpen before getting injured.

Rosenthal needed Tommy John surgery, which makes him a risk, as there are no guarantees he’ll be the same pitcher when he gets back.

Plus he made 6.4 million dollars last year, not exactly pocket change.

Still, given what closers have been getting on the FA market (Mark Melancon signed a monster deal last off-season, Greg Holland might decline a roughly 17 million dollar qualifying offer to test the FA market) it is cheap.

Why not wait it out? After all, you gave a qualifying offer to a guy who *did* overcome Tommy John (Lance Lynn), so we have evidence that recovery and regaining the ability to perform at a high level is possible right on our own team. If Rosie signs with another team, recovers and performs, all for what’s considered reasonable money these days (don’t get me started on salary inflation) we’re gonna look a little silly, especially if we blow our money on a guy like Holland.

I’m just afraid the Cards haven’t learned anything from the Mike Leake and Brett Cecil disasters and will go out and throw money at a guy like Holland. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe, given how volatile relievers can be, that they aren’t worth that kind of money. Maybe a rich team like the Dodgers or Yankees can get away with spending that kind of money on a one inning pitcher like Aroldis Chapman, but a middle market team like the Cards needs to be smarter with its money.

I realize that the bullpen has gained more prevalence these days. People who didn’t already know that saw it watching the playoffs. I’m not sure offhand if any starter made it into the 9th inning, maybe Justin Verlander. Otherwise it was bullpen, bullpen, and more bullpen.

That, of course influence other teams to follow that path. Playoff success can be a Siren’s song to other teams. believe the Cards shouldn’t listen to that song. Don’t go out and blow money on a closer (or an expensive setup reliever) guys. There are better places to use our money.


As always, thanks for reading.



2018 Bullpen

To me, the bullpen is always one of the more interesting areas to evaluate on a yearly basis, as it tends to be volatile and fluctuate on a yearly basis. Teams often promote or acquire releivers both in the offseason and in season. The Yankees for example, signed Aroldis Chapman during the offseason, and then traded for David Robertson during the season. Those guys, along with the rest of the Yankees dynamic bullpen, have that team banging on the World Series door.

As for the Cards, well going into the 2017 season, our big acquisition in the ‘pen was Brett Cecil, formerly a Blue Jay. Cecil signed for 4 years and 30.5 Million. I was skeptically of the signing when it happened, and a 2-4 record with a 3.88 era in 76 innings seems to have proved me right. Hopefully next year will be better for Cecil, but so far the signing looks like a mistake.

that sets the tone for the bullpen overall, as it was disappointing as a whole. Incumbent closer Sueng-hwan Oh was disappointing, getting 20 saves but posting a 4.10 era.

There was some good parts, like Trevor Rosenthal looking a little better this year, with 76 K’s in 47 innings (leading to a shiny K rate of 14.3 per 9 innings.) and not terrible 3.40 era. Rosie got injured though and had the dreaded Tommy John surgery, removing him from the equation until the middle of the 2018 season at earliest.

John Brebbia was also a nice surprise, with a 2.44 era in 50 games and 51.2 innings. He also had a respectable 8.9 K’s per 9 innings. He also made his debut at the age of 27 though, so if he was that good, why wasn’t he brought up earlier?

Another nice surprise was Juan Nicasio, who came over late in the season, and got 4 saves in a brief 11 inning cameo. Overall, combined between the Pirates and Cardinals, he had a 2.65 era in 72.1 innings and a K rate of 9 per 9 innings. 3017 was easily the best year of his career though, and he sports a career era of 4.55.

So what does all of this mean for 2018?

For starters, I’d remove Oh from the closer spot for good, and see if Nicasio can build off of last season. Slot Oh into middle relief and make him earn a setup spot. Put Brebbia into a setup role.

I’d slot either Tyler Lyons or Sam Tuivailala In the second setup spot and use the other guy as our use more often middle reliever, and mix and match with the rest of the bullpen.

As for free agency, well, after the Brett Cecil disaster, I’d be reluctant to go that route.

Greg Holland is interesting, but he faded in the second half and ended the season with a 3.61 era. Coors Field or not, that’s high for a closer. plus he is no spring chicken at the age of 31 and missed the entire 2016 season due to injury.

I’d pass on Holland and stick with our internal options. We don’t want another Cecil fiasco.


As always, thanks for reading.



Sentimental Fool…

I was having a discussion with a colleague a few weeks back about (has it been that long?) my previous post. Specifically, we were talking about first base and Matt Carpenter.

I would say, Yadier Molina and Carp are my two favorite players on the team. Yadi isn’t going anywhere, but Carp…

Carp mainly plays three positions: 1B, 2B, and 3B.

We have Jose Martinez, who did a great job this season, to possibly man 1B for the future. Kolten Wong is our 2B.

That leaves 3B.

Jedd Gyorko had a solid year last year, hitting .272 with 20 homers and a solid .341 OBP. The 20 homers, however, were a drop from the previous year, when he hit 30 in a similar number of plate appearances. (438 in 2017, 481 in 2017, so more appearances, less homers.)

Carp, despite hitting .241, over 30 points less, dwarfs Gyorko’s OBP having a .384 OBP. He also hit 3 more homers than Gyorko, though admittedly in more plate appearances. Roughly 140 in fact. But power, as mentioned above, isn’t the key to Carp’s game.

Good OBP skills are perhaps my favorite offensive trait, not the ability to hit homers, or steal bases, or any other offensive skill. My favorite non-Cardinal is probably Joey Votto, due to his OBP skills. The man had an insane .454 OBP this year, which is only the 3rd best OBP of his career. (The best is a .474 OBP in 2012, a year which he finished a mind-bogglingly 14th in the MVP vote.)

Anyways, back to Carpenter and Gyorko. Gyorko’s OBP this year was easily a career high. His 2nd best was a. 306 OBP last season. By contrast, this was Carp’s second best, and third of .380 or higher.

Both men play the same positions, so having the pair of them is redundant, especially if Jose Martinez is for real. If it obvious yet, my vote would be to trade Gyorko. I like Carp’s skills better, and the intangibles point in his direction as well: He came up with the team, whereas Gyorko came to us via a trade with San Diego. Carp has also emerged as part of the leadership group of the team, along with Yadi and Adam Wainwright.

So if you really have to trade one, keep Carpenter and trade Gyorko.


As always, thanks for reading.


2018 Infield

Compared to the rest of the team, the infield is actually the most stable unit, in my opinion, heading into next season.

Currently, Baseball Reference has it listed this way:

1B) Matt Carpenter
2B) Kolten Wong
SS) Paul DeJong
3B) Jedd Gyorko
C) Yadier Molina

The biggest question in my mind is shortstop.

Is Paul DeJong legit? Was Aledmys Diaz a flash in the pan?

Looking at his minor league stats, DeJong had shown some pop in the minors, hitting 23 homers last season in AA, then hitting 13 in 190 PA’s this season at AAA. Now, of course, he has 24 homers for the big league club. His overall slash line is .280/.320/.523. I’d like the plate discipline to better, but given his success this season, that’s nitpicking. Still, it is something to watch going forward.

DeJong, of course, is this year’s version of Aledmys Diaz. Diaz who was recalled recently, was a stud last year, declined this year, having a .263/.295/.399 slash line while not being the best defensive SS. That opened up SS for DeJong, who has a solid grip on it now. I wonder though if the Diaz of last year was just a flash in the pan? He’d never hit .300 in the minors, but his minor league career was relatively brief at just two seasons, so I’m not really sure. What I do know is, unless DeJong regresses next year, he has a lock on the position unless Diaz turns into Ted Williams on offense or Ozzie Smith on defense. Otherwise, Diaz is now a utility infielder for the club going forward.

The other question I have is first base.

Obviously, Matt Carpenter is the incumbent, and rightfully so, but Jose Martinez has had a very good season, with 13 homers in 289 PA’s and an overall slash line of .309/.378/.516, rightfully earning more playing time. Still, I feel bad for Carpenter. with 3 straight seasons of 3 WAR or better and a career .378 OBP, he’s earned a permanent position but seems to bounce around the infield at the Cardinals whim. He handles it well, and his versatility can be beneficial (see Ben Zobrist) but I can’t help but wonder if he wouldn’t mind having a permanent home. With Jedd Gyorko and Kolten Wong both doing well, either Carpenter or Martinez has to sit. At the very least it gives us depth and flexibility, and if either Wong or Gyorko struggles, Carpenter can jump right in.

Catcher is Yadier Molina’s until he retires.


All in all, I think the infield is in pretty good shape for next season.


As always, thanks for reading.


2018 Outfield.

Hey all, hope everything is going well, and that anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey is safe and well, and I also pray in advance for the people that will be affected by Hurricane Irma.

With the excitement of being in the playoff hunt, many people would focus on what’s going on now and worry about next year in the off-season, but I’m a long term kind of guy, and the success of call-ups, as well as a mid-career renaissance or two, have left us with a variety of options for next year. Today we’ll look at the outfield.

Going into the season, we had penciled in a starting outfield of Randall Grichuk, Dexter Fowler, and Stephen Piscotty.

Now things look a little different.

We’ve had not one but two guys with a mid-career re-birth in Tommy Pham and Jose Martinez.

Pham, 29,  has a .311/.408/.517 slash line with 19 homers in 440 Plate Appearances (PA’s) while Martinez, 28, has a .310/.374/.567 slash line with 13 homers in 228 PA’s.

Grichuk struggled early and only has a .238 BA, but he has flashed his power and has 19 homers so far. Piscotty also struggled and hasn’t shown the power he had last year when he hit 22 homers (he has 8), but he currently has a solid .351 OBP. Fowler started slowly, but currently, has a solid .262/.361/.483 slash line with 19 homers in 424 PA’s.

So that’s 5 guys for 3 spots.

Oh, I almost forgot, there’s that Bader kid.

Rookie Harrison Bader, our top AAA hitting prospect, is doing better in his second trip to the bigs, hitting 3 homers in 5 games since being called up.

6 guys, 3 spots.

Obviously, we’ll have utility OF’s, likely 2 of them. Unless the 6th guy embraces his inner Ben Zobrist, that leaves one man out. Who would that be?

I think Pham has earned his shot, and I’d start him in left over Grichuk, Fowler and his contract aren’t going anywhere, and even without the power, I like Piscotty in right.

Grichuk, Martinez, Bader. Who stays and who goes?

I think Bader would benefit from the big league experience and have been impressed with Martinez. That leaves Grichuk.

While he’s always had power, Grichuk has had the bad combo of a lot of strikeouts and a low OBP. I would shop him in the off-season and see if we can’t get a decent prospect or two for him.


As always, thanks for reading.



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Kolten Wong: New And Improved?

Man, I’m getting dizzy.

The Cardinals have been on a roller coaster all season long, struggling with inconsistency. Just when it looked like we had found some momentum (thank you Rally Cat!) we follow up our winning streak with a three game losing streak. Fun. (Not really.)

Focusing on the positives, one thing I, and others I’m sure, have noticed is the turnaround of Kolten Wong.

In 252 AB’s, (which admittedly is a bit of a small sample size) Wong has hit .310 this season with a pair of homers. He still has a solid .448 Slugging Percentage, or SLG,  though, thanks to having smacked 23 doubles (and 3 triples).

My favorite stat, though, is his .398 OBP. The man is getting on base and a nice clip, creating opportunities for people behind him.

His plate discipline is actually similar to what it was last year. He hit .240 then, with a .327 OBP, an 87 point difference, only one less than this years 88 point difference.

The key then has been getting more hits. Indeed, the .310 average is easily a career high. He hasn’t come close to .300 before in fact, as his best average before this was .262. The question is whether that is sustainable or not.

Looking at his Batting Average on Balls in Play, or BABIP, I begin to wonder.

Before this year, his career high BABIP was .296 in 2014, the best year of his career so far, until this season. Currently, he has a .360 BABIP for 2017.

Given his past performance, that BABIP seems unsustainable, or at least it would if Wong were older. He is still just 26, after all, just entering his prime. He could, in fact, be making “the leap” that players sometimes make after they’ve gotten some big league experience under their belt. That, of course, is an optimistic viewpoint, but when has a little optimism hurt anybody?

Time will tell, of course, but here’s hoping I’m right, and the new and improved Wong becomes the Wong we see for the rest of his career.


As always, thanks for reading.





Mirage Or Mainstay?

Hey there folks, it’s been a while. I’m working on trying to get back to be a regular, and this post is a step in that direction.


I remember last year when Aledmys Diaz had a slash line of .300/.369/.510 with 17 homers and 65 RBI. Many, including myself, thought he was our shortstop of the future.

Fast forward to this season. Diaz had a line of .260/.293/.396 before being re-assigned to the minors. He appears to have been a bit of a mirage, regressing all around. The problem with such a good rookie season is that it raises expectations for the future. However, even if our expectations had been a bit lower, his season before being re-assigned would’ve still been disappointing, specifically the .293 OBP. Admittedly I’m a bit of an OBP junkie, but an OBP below .300 isn’t acceptable. His slugging percentage, or SLG, had also dropped below .400 making him nothing special this year.

In his place, we have Paul DeJong, who has a line of .284/.308/.550 with 15 homers in 227 plate appearances, or PA’s

On the surface, those are impressive numbers. I don’t know the specific number off hand, but that projects to easily over 30 homers in a full season.

However, I become concerned when I look at that line and see only a 24 point difference between the BA and the OBP. Right now, DeJong is pure contact, so what happens when pitchers get used to him? Do we have, in a sense, another Diaz? His OBP is just above .300, so if that batting average drops 10 points, say to a seemingly respectable .274, his OBP drops below .300.

In a sense, DeJong is doing what Diaz did last year: he’s creating expectations. Next year everyone will expect the guy with the .280 average and 15 homers in less than half a season. The question is, will this season be a mirage, like Diaz’ seemingly was last year, or do we have a new mainstay at SS?

The key, I think, will be having reasonable expectations for both. Pitchers adjusted to Diaz, now he needs to adjust back. The same thing will happen to DeJong.

Personally, I think DeJong will slow down but still be productive. He’d better learn some plate discipline soon though (8 walks, 72 strikeouts in 232 plate appearances. ouch. That’ll be a big part of his adjusting.) I also think Diaz will earn another shot soon.

Time will tell.


As always, thanks for reading.


I watched a recap of the All-Star Game as I had to work, and in that recap the announcer who called Robinson Cano‘s homer yelled “Sweet swingin’ Robbie Cano!” as Cano rounded the bases.

Well, earlier in the night, someone else sent a ball flying out of the park, our own Yadier Molina. And this wasn’t your typical ASG. Only 3 total runs crossed the plate. In that light, Yadi’s homer is impressive.

I know Yadi isn’t the same hitter he used to be. Sports analysts love to bring that up, calling his ASG appearance a “respect” appearance more than anything, and when you look at his stats for this season on the surface you can see why they think that.

He has a .270/.303/.411 slash line. the average is down from .307 last year but has been climbing lately. I think he’ll end up in the .280’s. The OBP is concerning, but he’s never been a high OBP guy. He’s more of a contact hitter. the .411 SLUG, while slightly down from last year, is solid, and he’s on pace to have his most homers since his 22 homer season in 2012.

So on the surface, solid, but not all star worthy.

But here’s an interesting stat for you: Yadi has hit safely in 56 out 75 games he’s played in this year. Let’s compare that to Jedd Gyorko, who is hitting .300 and leads our team with 3.4 WAR (and should’ve been at the ASG). Gyorko has a hit in 49 of the 78 games he’s appeared in.

Part of that is due to two hitting streaks of 15 games or more of Yadi. One is uncommon, but two have two in the same season is very rare.

So on a day by day basis, Yadi has contributed more consistently, and it’s not like Jedd’s blowing away Yadi in the homers department either, as he only has 4 more. Don’t get me wrong, Gyorko *has* been more valuable on offense, but if you dig deeper, you (and the analysts) might find, through his consistency, that Yadi contributed to the team on offense more than you think.

As always, thanks for reading.


An Alternate Reality…

The Cardinals exist in two realities lately: when they play the Phillies, and when they play everyone else.

Going into our first series against the Phightin’ Phils, we had lost 6 in a row, including losing a series to a team that had lost 5 of it’s previous 6 (Cincinnati). We proceeded to sweep the Phils, making it look like we had turned things around. Then we lost 5 of our next 7, losing a series to Milwaukee, the current NL Central division leader, and a series to Baltimore, a team currently tied for last in the AL East.

Of all the teams we played in that stretch, starting from that 6 game losing streak until now, Philly has the worst record and isn’t close. Philly is currently 22-48. The next worse team is Cincinnati at 30-41.

That leads to an ominous conclusion: Right now, we can only beat really bad teams.

Now, obviously, that is a simplified conclusion, and this stretch of games, going from the losing streak until now (18 games) is a small sample size compared to a 162 game season.

Still, there were some bad signs during that stretch.

First, Mike Leake looked like he was human after all. Until yesterday’s win against the Phils, Leake had lost three in a row. Leake, along with Carlos Martinez, had been one of the staff’s anchors. If he starts to struggle, then we could be in trouble. Those three losses were against teams with good offenses (Cincinnati, Chicago, and Milwaukee) So I put more weight in those games than I do in games against the Phils.

Second, other starters are struggling as well.

Michael Wacha has a 4.76 ERA, and had a bad June, only getting past the 5th inning in one start. Adam Wainwright, who had looked like he was getting better, has gotten hammered in two of his last three starts, ballooning his ERA to 5.75 on the season. Guess who the good start was against? The Phils.

Third, the bullpen is being overused.

I noticed a lot of starts by Wacha, Wainwright and Lynn where those guys didn’t get out of the 5th inning. That’s going to expose our bullpen, and we don’t have an Andrew Miller or Chris Devinski to lean on, or a pen like the Royals of a couple years ago.

Fourth, the offense continues to struggle.

The offense is having some good games, don’t get me wrong, but given how the majority of the rotation is struggling and the over-exposure of our bullpen, it needs to have more of them. We need to be able to lean on the offense more, or the struggles will likely continue. Carlos Martinez can’t pitch every game.

Lest I be considered Captain Gloom and Doom, I will point out that there some bright spots as well.

First, Tommy Pham has been Phamtastic! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) He’s hit .286 with 9 homers and a .521 slugging percentage. However, if you take a closer look at those homers…6 against the Phils and Braves, two teams not currently known for their pitching, and two at the homer haven that is Coors Field, there is a small reason to be skeptical. Still, I think the average is legit at least, as is the .374 OBP. I’ll gladly take those, even without the power. He has helped give the offense a boost, and been a steady presence in LF, something we sorely needed after Randal Grichuk‘s struggles.

Second, Carlos has been Carlos. Outside a rough stretch from Mid-April to Mid-May, he’s performed well, and been our ace, somebody we can rely on. We sorely need that.

Third, Jedd Gyorko has quietly been having a good season. .297/11 homers/.514 Slugging percentage? More please.

So there are bright spots, but until we return to have success outside of playing the Phils, I’ll remain a skeptic.


As always, thanks for reading.




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