Nah, I’m not wrong.
however, If I may my father’s comment half way through a performance of Mahler 8:
” well, I’ve had about as much of this as I can stand. Let’s go find something interesting to eat.“
And that is what I am going to do… God bless you and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
I posted way back at the beginning of the thread that I thought it was possible Nunez had another level of improvement left in him. If I’m guessing (which is all it is), I think Hays and Santander will be better hitters than Nunez at their respective peaks. But I don’t know it for sure. It’s sort of a moot point since we agree Nunez isn’t really competing with those two for at bats. As to Stewart, I’m guessing he will not turn out to be as good a hitter as Nunez, though I’m not sure about that, either.
The St. Louis Cardinals franchise has been around since 1882. That's 139 seasons.
In all of that time (1882-present), who holds the all-time Cardinals franchise record for most consecutive strikeouts in a game?
Is it Bob Gibson ??? Grover Cleveland Alexander ??? Jesse Haines ??? Dizzy Dean ???
While those superstars shined brightly for many years and many games for the Redbirds (especially Gibson and Haines), none of them holds the franchise record (1882-present) for the most consecutive strikeouts in a game.
If not one of them, then who ??? Perhaps Bob Forsch, Steve Carlton, Mort Cooper, or John Tudor ???
Believe it or not, it is none other than JOHN SMOLTZ.
In 2009, in the twilight of his career and well past his prime, future Hall-of-Famer Smoltz struck out 7 consecutive batters on August 23rd against the Padres ........ IN HIS VERY FIRST GAME AS A CARDINAL.
And mind you, this WAS NOT vintage John Smoltz. This was a 42 year-old pitcher who was hanging on at the end of his storied career, probably for no other reason than wanting to get every inch of love out of the game that he had been playing for the better part of his life. In fact, previous to the Cardinals signing him as a free agent that August, Smoltz has been absolutely dreadful pitching for the Red Sox (which is why they released him in the first place), going 2-5 with an 8.33 ERA.
Smoltz pitched 6 more games for the Cardinals, and retired at the end of the season.
Strange, but true.
I’m not sure I buy your Baseball Savant argument. It’s not like Nunez started playing yesterday. We’ve seen him perform for parts of three seasons. His style of hitting (somewhat low BA and OBP, fairly high K rate, good power) has some value. The average team had a .227/.312/.407 OPS at DH last year. Nunez has hit .253/.319/.463 for us the last three years, and better than that last year. So he is a good enough hitter to help some team primarily at DH.
Hays and Santander could be better hitters but they aren’t now and if you want to assume that those guys will get better, Nunez could as well.
Sure, Stewart benefits but he also could get at bats regardless if Nunez is here. I can’t imagine Mancini is an everyday player right off the bat.