Nolan Arenado is what he is

Following his go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of his first game at Busch Stadium, Nolan Arenado was annointed as a superhero. Sure, St. Louis Cardinals fans would have been excited had John Nogowski or whoever else hit the home run, but because it came off the bat of Nolan Arenado, a player deemed…

Matt Carpenter is out to make all of the haters repent

Last night, Matt Carpenter hit his first home run of the 2021 season for the St. Louis Cardinals, and admittedly, it was a pretty weird experience. It wasn't an especially game-significant home run--besides the offensive explosion of the fifth inning rendering it moot, it only bumped up the Cardinals' win probability from 77% to 89%.…

The Cardinals’ looming outfield disaster

According to Dan Szymborski's ZiPS projection system, which projects the performance of every player and team in Major League Baseball, there are 411 players designated as "outfielders"--this is, if you do some basic back-of-the-napkin math, obviously far more players than there are spots, but this incorporates tons of lifelong minor leaguers and players who aren't…

What to do about Matt Carpenter

It wasn't long ago that Matt Carpenter was an MVP candidate. In 2018, the Cardinals third baseman-turned-second baseman-turned third baseman-turned first baseman-turned third baseman went on an offensive tear that St. Louis baseball fans hadn't seen since Albert Pujols (or possibly Pete Kozma in 2012, I don't really remember). Despite beginning and, to a lesser…