Its the Cardinals so somehow he will find a way to maintain that crazy high BABIP thar he had to help them into the playoffs last year and be a nice player for them despite the fact his line was .236/.308/.344/.652 over 2752 minor league PA with just a .610 OPS in 243 AAA games in a great hitters league.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
My guess is that the Cards will now be dealing for a SS. I cannot see them being dumb enough to attempt an entire season with bench players like Kozma and Descalzo doing a poor tag team at the most important defensive position in the game.
Last edited by traderumor; 03-08-2013 at 09:47 AM.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
They are likely dumb enough to go with a 3B at 2nd though and hope that the increased offense makes up for the decrease in defense. Remember, they put OF(s) there before.
I think the regression of some of their pitching over the last few years is more a result of less balls being caught than an actual decrease in pitching.
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By the way, the Cardinals just signed Craig to a 5 year, $31 million deal.
In 2009 and 2010 the Cards defense turned balls hit into play into outs 8th and 9th best in the majors, and theri team ERA was ranked 4th both years in the NL. Above average ERA, above average defense.
In 2011 and 2012, the defense regressed to being 20th and 21st in the majors in turning balls hit into play into outs. The team pitching also regresed to 6th and 8th in the NL.
Notice I didn't cherry pick just a portion of their pitching, I used the whole staff, based on a larger sample size being better.
The fact of the matter is, the Cards pitching over the last two years has regressed, and one of the reasons is entirely attributable to the fact that less balls are being caught by the defense.
EDIT: If the Reds had those options in the bullpen, even with their spectacular defense, I'm willing to bet you're bullpen would be awful. They're horrible pitchers, bottom line.
Last edited by MikeThierry; 03-08-2013 at 01:53 PM.
And aside from Kyle Lohse, no starter on the team was really above average in 2012 for the Cardinals. They had ERA+ of 109, 102, 98, 97 and 97 (with Lohse as a 134).
Last edited by dougdirt; 03-08-2013 at 02:02 PM.
More balls caught means less hits, less hits mean less baserunners, less baserunners means less runs, less runs means better pitchers. Starters and relievers.
It wasn't that long ago that many Cards fans were pumping up Matre, Fuents, JC Romero and Salas. Choate is simply this year's Romero, who was last year's Trevor Miller. Mujica is a 4 ERA guy who had a lucky BABIP induced run in St. Luois. He might be talking about him this year like you talked about salas last year. Rosenthal is the only real difference maker you have this year over last, and he looks great.
You overstate things when you say Cardinals fans were "pumped up" about those pitchers. Saying a pitcher did well for a certain period of time, like I did about Salas, doesn't mean I'm pumped up about him. I'm just stating how I feel about a pitcher at a given time. In 2011, Salas did a good job, which isn't very debatable if you look at the stats involved.
As a LOOGY, Randy Choate has always been good against left handed hitters. He will do ok for the role he's asked to do, esp. since he won't be the only left handed pitcher in the bullpen.
You're right that Rosenthal is a difference maker but you treat that as if it's a minor thing. He fills a role where the Cardinals lost a lot of games last season, the 6th/7th inning role. Also, there's a chance that Joe Kelly or Shelby Miller go to the bullpen and Salas might not even make the team this year out of camp. Both of those pitchers are upgrades over what they had last season in the bullpen. Eduardo Sanchez has looked good this spring and he might make the team. Again, another player that gives the Cardinals better options than what they had last season.