An interesting Twitter chat has spawned something of a good hypothetical question that lends itself quite nicely to a poll. Since we haven’t done one of these in a while, let’s give it a go.
Assuming the Cardinals trade David Freese at the upcoming deadline, or more likely some time over the winter, what do they do about center field in 2014 ? Before answering, some additional background might be needed to sway you one way or the other.
Without any other deals, the Cardinals every day lineup in a hypothetical batting order would look something like this.
Kolten Wong (l) – 2B
Matt Carpenter (l) – 3B
Matt Holliday (r) – LF
Allen Craig (r) – 1B
Oscar Taveras (l) – OF
Yadier Molina (r) – C
The subject of our poll (?) – OF
The subject of the next poll (?) – SS
Feel free to flip Taveras and Holliday in the batting order. I only put Holliday there to break up the three left handed hitters. I think we will eventually see Taveras in that #3 spot before the season is over, but that is unimportant to our poll question.
Given that the top six hitters all have the potential of hitting .300 or better, and driving in runs in bunches, what should the Cardinals do about center field ?
Feel free to offer up other answers or explain your choice in the comments. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.