A late start today – daughter’s first dance recital is kind of a big deal – but we’re here now and ready to go. Today, instead of focusing on just one or two topics, we’re going to take a shotgun approach and throw a few different discussion-worthy pieces at you from all over the National League. Take a look…
Is Matt Carpenter the best leadoff hitter in the National League? The Cardinals’ second baseman moved into the leadoff spot when Jon Jay struggled, but no one knew just how successful he would be at the top of baseball’s most efficient offense. Click here to read about Carpenter’s impressive numbers as a leadoff hitter for the Redbirds’ offense (via Yahoo! Sports).
How ’bout that Reds vs. Cardinals rivalry? The East Coast can keep Red Sox vs. Yankees…I’ll take Reds vs. Cardinals any day. Sure, I’m biased, but the high level of competition and a genuine dislike for each other makes Reds/Cardinals a must-watch MLB event. Click here to read about the history of the rivalry and why it’s such a heated series every time these two teams meet (via Yahoo! Sports).
Matt Holliday has been a mainstay in the middle of the Cardinals’ order for years now, but many fans still call him “overpaid.” Consistent, top-tier production like what Holliday has given the Redbirds since mid-2009 is not cheap. Just look at what the Nationals paid for years of Jayson Werth, and what the Phillies gave Ryan Howard to spend five more years in Philadelphia…come to think of it, let’s do exactly that: Click here to read about how Werth and Howard’s contracts make Holliday’s $17 million a year look like a bargain (via Yahoo! Sports).
The Yadier Molina or Buster Posey debate is one of the best – and most complicated – in baseball. Giants fans love their feature hitter in San Francisco, but Cardinals fans are enamored with Molina’s defensive dominance. The discussion may be remembered as our generation’s version of “Willie, Mickey, or The Duke?” in twenty years. Click here to read a balanced, head-to-head discussion of each catcher’s strengths and weaknesses (via Yahoo! Sports).
The Hero of Game 6 appears to be swinging like the David Freese of old. Freese’s slump to start the season had fans wondering if he was going to be the team’s long-term solution at third base – especially with the success Matt Carpenter is having as the team’s leadoff hitter and Kolten Wong’s success at Triple-A as a second baseman – but Bill Ivie takes a moment to appreciate the sudden surge by the Cardinals current, and perhaps future, third sacker. Click here to read about David Freese’s sudden recovery (via Yahoo! Sports).
That’ll do it for today. Enjoy the second game against the Reds in Cincinnati this evening. With Tyler Lyons throwing for the Redbirds, this could be the perfect game for the Reds offensive machine to get on track against their arch nemesis…but hopefully not…