I think the most amazing part of this whole thing, is this list of Regularly Starting, NL Central 10 game leadin', 2004 STL Cardinal outfielders ....
Ray Lankford .. 174 AB Marlon Anderson .. 149 AB John Mabry .. 100 AB So Taguchi .. 90 AB ..
Can somebody get Tony a fricking outfielder all ready
Well he does have a couple of other outfielders in Edmonds and Sanders. Anderson is really more of a 2B, he only has about half of those 150 AB playing the OF. I completely agree that LaRussa deserves the NL MOY simply for how he has handled a pitching staff that look well below average before the season started. To the victor should go the spoils.
As much as it pains me to say as a Cub fan, LaRussa gets the award.
What pitching coach Dave Duncan's done with Carpenter/Marquis is remarkable. He's done something with Marquis that Atlanta pitching guru Leo Mazzone (whom you hear a helluva lot more about) couldn't in making him a very productive MLB pitcher. Many people within the Cards organization believe Marquis has the best stuff of all the pitchers....and they might not be wrong.
Atlanta's been a nice story, but the Cardinals are destroying the team that was thought to be the NL powerhouse coming into the year in the Cubbies and the Astros.
I do think the Cards could be the Mariners' of a couple years ago...great regular season but 1st round and out w/o a dominant starter. I don't know who they'd play 1st round, but I look at it like if they play the Giants that the Giants only have to win one game out of 3 with Schmidt bound to go twice in Games 1 and 4 or 5.