I have fully admitted, in this very forum, that if I had to put money on the Central I'd pick the Cardinals to win it. However, the Cardinals have some pretty glaring issues that I refuse to ignore even if the majority of the Cards fans in this forum won't.
I really appreciate the realism that sstark bring here. I live in the heart of Cardinal country and I hear about it every day from non-realistic Cardinal fans.
Honestly, this Cardinals team probably isn't more than a couple wins better than what it was last year at best, and at worst they are probably around an 84 win team.
I have a hard time not responding to blind optimism, and that includes the Cubs forum. There are a lot of posters there that I HATE because they are either stupid or unrealistic.
Thing is, in the Cubs forum people usually say what I would say before I can so its redundant for me to repeat. In here it's pretty slow so when someone says something I have a lot more time to respond.
I realize that there are issues with this lineup and one of them is that we are going to rely on young guys heavily. We will have a rookie starting 3rd baseman and thats something that cant be overlooked. Our bench is young & we are couple major injuries away from falling out of contention. We lost quite a few people that could still contribute. I honestly think that this season will depend alot on Penny, Lohse, & Franklin. We need Penny & Lohse to have Piniero-like years as opposed to Wellemeyer years and Franklin is going to have to be the pre allstar game closer from last year or close to it. There is no question that we have setbacks the same as any other team.
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but dont try and call me out when u obviously havent even looked on rotoworld when i clearly put it up on the 1st post.
It was completely hypothetical based on the suggestion of a 4 man rotation. If you take into account that Wainwright is coming off a season in which he has pitched more than he ever has before, adding another 300+ innings in a 4 man rotation would likely lead to injury in his near future. Also, his mechanics are very questionable. Just for reference, his are similar to John Smoltz, who is the epitome of talented and injured.
As for Carpenter, you're probably right that I shouldn't have just said he would be injured in the completely unrealistic situation that will never happen. But it would be likely.
That's a link to examples of pitchers with Inverted W mechanics, which is a red flag to a lot of scouts.
There is some method to my madness, here. I'm not just spouting off negativity....just possibilities.
Wow alot of words getting tossed around in here. Haven't been on here for a bit but man I'm back.
As for the Jaime Garcia being named the 5th starter, Hellz yeah! I'm actually really happy they are giving this kid a shot for a couple of reasons. 1) He's young and has tons of talent. 2) He's a lefty and is something we could definitely use in our rotation.
Oh yeah I will throw out a prediction lol 25 wins for Jaime!
Just kidding lol totally sarcastic on that there!