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Cardinals v Giants NLCS Game 4

Oscar Taveras hits a single in the eighth inning during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Photo Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com

COMMENT: Everyone assumes that if tragedy had not struck with Oscar Taveras, the Cardinals would not have a RF problem now; that he would have been the big bat they needed — a No. 3 hitter for 15 years. I know you can trace back some of the challenges his untimely death caused, but the Cards still would have needed more offense. In the short time he was in the majors, he did not rake, although he did have the potential. It seems the Cards have been trying to fill that hole for some time, but there were more holes to fill than what Oscar would have been able to cover.

GOOLD: I think that's fair. Look at 1B. Taveras wasn't going to play first base, and the Cardinals have been looking for 1B-level production from that position for several years, and when they got it this past season it happened to be Matt Carpenter providing it.

Producing multiple offensive prospects has been something the Cardinals are searching for ...

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