Some guy named Flaherty. Word is he's pretty good.
How Jake Allen looked in the last game of the season should not determine anything, period. The Blues would not have been in that spot if Allen had not been Swiss Cheese against the Blackhawks in the last home game of the season. But that game should not determine anything, either. It has to be a big-picture decision. And the big picture says moving forward with Jake Allen as your primary goalie opens your team up to the turmoil of having an annual goalie crisis, where he loses his way in a major way for a significant period of time. Personally, I've seen enough to believe Jake Allen won't take this team where it wants to go. I'm also not the one on the hook for his contract. That complicates matters. He's not the hottest trade chip at the moment. Army has many tough questions on his plate. How to handle Allen, and determining the cost-benefit of risking another Allen collapse versus moving Allen (no matter the cost) is perhaps the biggest puzzle. I would find a way to move on.
Collision at first base with Lorenzo Cain. Bruised achilles. The word after the game was that it was not as bad as it looked.
There’s no sense in drawing conclusions on a rotation after 10 games. That includes Wainwright, no matter how many people are lining up to dance on his pitching grave.
Front office, not Matheny, sent Holland to STL. He’s an All-Star closer. He doesnt need to be babied. If he was not physically ready, he should not have been made available. THAT SAID, when it became obvious he did not have a bit of control, I don’t know why he wasn’t pulled.
A good reminder that it's 10 games in. Pirates are on pace for more wins than average fans per game.
Doesn't seem to be much of an issue, at all. My prediction stands: It will be a non-issue until it throws a wrench in a big game, probably a postseason game.
Not true. He was regularly above 90 mph in the first inning. He said he decreased velocity in order to try to find better control. I know some aren't buying that, but he was above 90 in the first inning. Multiple times.
Perhaps. His velo would likely be better in a relief role. That's the case for most.
Might want to check in on Munoz's at-bats so far this season.
Munoz is a bench player who is not performing well at the moment.
It's silly to suggest him taking the place of a starter with a track record of performance who happens to be underperforming 10 games into the season.
Good question. Fascinating one. If all signs point to last night being a fluke, and not a physical problem or lack of preparedness, then you would think the Cardinals would want to get him out there to get that bad debut behind him. I'm guessing this will come up before the game today.
I wonder the same thing.
The front office has voiced full support of the manager.
If the Cardinals are within reach, I would not expect an in-season change.
If they are so far behind they can't make it, then you would expect some changes, and that could be one.
But I doubt the Cardinals will be so far out of it at the All-Star break that they don't have a mathematical shot at the postseason.
That would be the logical move, yes.
Adam Wainwright is not going to get shipped after one start. But the window to prove he is more help than harm is closing, in part due to the intrigue of Flaherty and others on their way. I'm not sure why this is so hard for people to understand. You don't make this move based off one start. You don't ignore that he pitched well in spring training because it doesn't fit the argument you want to make.