Manager Mike Shildt last year said, “Processing information and being able to execute it and being able to change as the games goes on ... this guy’s got a mental Rolodex that is second to none.” There is no reason that is likely to change, but Molina may have two backups this year if the Cardinals desire, because they can have 30 players at the start of the season or could take a catcher off the three-man taxi squad available to them. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. That is the ultimate in dependability. He has worked hard to improve his range and his ability to backhand the ball in the hole. From the right side, there is even more depth, although that was compromised when on Monday Jordan Hicks — he of the 100 mph-plus fastball and two varieties of sliders — opted out of the season due to his risk level to coronavirus as a Type 1 diabetic. ©  2020 Sports Betting Dime. But you still might see him in the late innings if other options don't work out. “If I can hit .270 to .280 and get on base at the clip I know I’m capable of, it would be a huge deal to our team. Bader has the pluses of power and speed. He was going to be out until August, anyway, as he worked his way back from Tommy John elbow surgery. If young outfielder Dylan Carlson makes the club at some point, outfielder Tyler O’Neill becomes a DH candidate. After decades of the club having a lockdown closer, from Al Hrabosky to Bruce Sutter to Todd Worrell to Lee Smith to Tom Henke to Dennis Eckersley to Jason Motte to Trevor Rosenthal, the Cardinals really have little inkling how this role will evolve this year. (Post-Dispatch photo by Laurie Skrivan). All images are property the copyright holder and are displayed here for informational purposes only. But much of this year’s success will depend on how available and productive 35-year-old Andrew Miller is. The handicapping and odds information (both sports and entertainment) found on is strictly for entertainment purposes. Become a Stathead & surf this site ad-free. We do not endorse illegal online gambling. STL Cardinals Cardinals clinch berth in 2020 postseason 2020 has been one of the most unique and challenging years in Cardinals history. Ryan Helsley is capable of throwing 100 miles an hour and has a breaking ball, too. But, if he wasn’t hitting leadoff — he probably will bat No. St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Perfectos, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Brown Stockings, Winningest Manager: (AP Photo). Other than an occasional power burst from Adam Wainwright or Miles Mikolas, the designated hitter consortium figures to do better than the Cardinals’ pitchers trying to hit. Settled in as a Cardinal in Year Two, Goldschmidt should be a more relaxed player and a more productive one, with 10 to 12 homers and 40 to 45 RBIs as conservative estimates. In a 60-game schedule, no Cardinals player is likely to get more than 100 at-bats as a DH but as many as 10 or 12 could get 20 apiece. Molina often seems to hit with more power in the second half of the season. (Post-Dispatch photo by David Carson). The Illinois State graduate is a sharp, eager student. Total Zone Rating and initial framework for Wins above Replacement calculations provided by Sean Smith. This will be Yadier Molina’s 16th consecutive season as the Cardinals’ starting catcher. 6 to the end. Buzz-bombing Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley were here for the second camp, and one or both could be on the roster at some point, especially when it is at 30. Still, barring injury, having three catchers doesn’t mean the Cardinals will be catching all of them. St. Louis Cardinals Team History & Encyclopedia Team Names: St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Perfectos, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Brown Stockings Seasons: 139 (1882 to 2020… If the DH isn’t Matt Carpenter or Paul Goldschmidt or Paul DeJong on a day off, that spot might be hitting down in the Cardinals’ lineup, anywhere from No. So Goldschmidt can shade even closer to the foul line, knowing that Wong has a good chance of catching or at least knocking down anything else headed on the ground to right field. But Edman would be a suitable replacement, and lefthanded-hitting Brad Miller, signed as a free agent in February, could play third base, too. He has said he wants to play one, and possibly two more seasons with the club. His strike zone discipline has improved. Manager Mike Shildt and pitching coach Mike Maddux seemed intent on righthander Giovanny Gallegos being the ninth-inning pitcher, but Gallegos had mixed results when working ninth innings in the first training camp and was delayed getting into the second one as he wasn't allowed to leave his native Mexico during the coronavirus pandemic. Baseball writer Rick Hummel summarizes the expectations — and the likely reality — at each position. “I’ve got a lot to prove to the fans and my team, but most importantly, to me,” he said. I had close to 500 at-bats. Some defensive statistics Copyright © Baseball Info Solutions, 2010-2020. He drew only 88 walks. 2020 St. Louis Cardinals Summary Summary Stats Schedule Player Usage Depth Chart The depth charts found on the Team Pages are based on projected playing time, NOT the current status of a … Now that Goldschmidt has found that Busch Stadium doesn’t offer up the extra home runs, he might settle for having more doubles. He has a respectable .768 OPS against righthanded pitchers. To do this, Carpenter will have to do a better job of hitting to left field and not into the stifling shifts he faced last season. Then there is Brett Cecil, who on the final year of his $30.5 million, four-year contract, indicated he was healthy this spring although still without a plus fastball. Then there is righthander Dakota Hudson, whose 16 wins were highest for any rookie in 2019. (Post-Dispatch photo by Laurie Skrivan). Full-year historical Major League statistics provided by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette of Hidden Game Sports. Brad Miller takes batting practice at spring training while Matt Carpenter (left) and Dexter Fowler watch. STL -103. And maybe he’ll even run more this year. If Carpenter can hit .270 with a high number of doubles, as he projects, he will be the third baseman for 2020, and then the Cardinals would have to decide about what to do with him the year after. But, even last year, Fowler hit only .211 righthanded and might sit against a number of lefthanders. The Cardinals still would have Knizner if they needed to run for Molina late in a game. Former independent league pitcher John Brebbia had put together three solid seasons, but he's out after Tommy John surgery this spring. The Cardinals don’t have anything close to him defensively in center. Get exclusive betting news and the latest odds from top-rated sportsbooks, straight to your inbox and social feeds. Paul DeJong reached the 30-homer plateau for the first time last season, his second full year in the big leagues. Ideally, yes, if it is Carlos Martinez. Do you have a blog? And, now for the one name that hasn’t been mentioned in this role. Miles Mikolas, who would have missed the start of the original schedule because of a flexor tendon issue, is likely to return nearly full-bore. While not necessarily a power hitter, Ravelo stood in against some top relievers last season and made hard contact, going a respectable .250 as a pinch hitter. Visit ESPN to view the St. Louis Cardinals team schedule for the current and previous seasons Blame the ace, blame the manager, blame the offense -- ultimately it doesn't matter. Webb seems to be a perfect fit for the new rule whereby relievers have to face at least three batters. (Post-Dispatch photo by Christian Gooden). Martinez, however, still is the best option.