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  • #31
    Originally posted by jtur88 View Post
    I don't see Peralta as a weak spot. Looks like he will be at 3b with Carpenter at 1b, improving the defense at both positions. Adams is quality trade bait, but I don't see anyone around the league that I think would help the overall lineup much, unless you talk about an expensive superstar. Until a quality rookie comes along, the Cards look like an also ran with barely wild-card potential.

    For years, I've been begging for a decent back-up catcher, Molina can't keep catching every day forever. I guess they think they can always get one off the waiver wire if they need one, but thats not how you join the winner's circle.
    Peralta is old, injury prone, is an average fielder (at best) at his age and has had a wRC+ WELL under 100 since the ASB of 2016. He isn't garbage - but there were big upgrades availabe cheaply. Very likely the worst everyday player on the team. Don;t be shocked if Gyrko (who isn't loads better) doesn't start most games at 3B.

    This team, which won 86 games last year with peripherals and a run differential much better than that, have improved. This is a good, not great team. Guess it depends on what you would say is an "also-ran."
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    • #32
      BTW why not keep carp at third and get one of those cheap first base men like chris carter? Carter is of course not good but he will give you like a 110 ops+ with a lot of bombs.

      Of course 110 at first base is not good but 110 at first and 125 or so at third is better then 125+95 (or what every the Peralta/gyorko platoon will give you). Or is carp defensively so bad that that would eat up that gain?
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      • #33
        Originally posted by dominik View Post
        Or is carp defensively so bad that that would eat up that gain?
        That is the idea. Chris Carter's OPS+ isn't projected THAT much better than Gyrko or Peralta. Not enough to offset the gap between Carp and Carters defense at 1B AND the Carp/Peralta's defense at 3B.

        It is probably true too.
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        • #34
          Happy 94th birthday to Cardinals' great and National Baseball Of Famer, Red Schoendienst (Feb. 3).

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          • #35
            Well, Reyes might be on his way to TJ.

            Not a good way to start. How many years lately have the Cards lost a top 3 starter to season ending surgery before the season started. 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017...
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            • #36
              Originally posted by Bothrops Atrox View Post
              Well, Reyes might be on his way to TJ.

              Not a good way to start. How many years lately have the Cards lost a top 3 starter to season ending surgery before the season started. 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017...
              At least he's getting his surgery while he is young.

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              • #37
                So the Cards open the grapefruit play with essentially the same team, but with Fowler replacing Holliday. Carpenter at first base, but Fowler leading off.

                Looks like none of the lineup chaos from last season has been resolved.

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                • #38
                  The Cardinals will be fine this season.
                  "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Herr28 View Post
                    The Cardinals will be fine this season.
                    Yes - but "fine" means borderline for postseason. Which is "fine."
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