He threw out Javier Baez from left field this weekend. No one saw that coming. The arm has flashes where he looks fine. He played really strong defense at Wrigley in this series. Then there are moments when the arm looks more than lacking. It's just odd. Team says he wouldn't be playing if he wasn't healthy. He says he's physically fine. He sure looked healthy when he went on that brief power surge earlier this season.
Charlie Brown is going to stop trying to kick the football the next time he misses, too.
There's always been the sense that DeJong could move to 3B if a defensive upgrade at SS was acquired or developed. That hasn't changed. But I think you're being a bit harsh. Five errors in 13 games back from a pretty significant DL stint for a hand surgery does not mark doom for a guy who was strong there before the injury.
Sounds good to me -- except DeJong has been a better defensive SS than Machado this season. Machado is a 3B but if you have to let him play SS to get him, OK.
It wasn't hard. It just was. And there were moments where it was good, or close to good. I think some of his better interviews actually came during this season. One of the problems, in my opinion, was that he was very aware of anything that he perceived to be negative, meaning it was often something someone else perceived to be negative and told him about. He kept tabs on those but largely ignored anything positive and/or neutral, and that seemed to shape his opinion that the media was out to get him. He wanted to protect his players, and that's honorable, but there were times when that would be warped into protecting himself at the expense of his players. An example: When the Cardinals acquired Fowler, I wrote about Grichuk being not thrilled with not finding out from the team that he was moving from CF. Matheny did not like that, and expressed to me that Grichuk was not pleased by the way his comments were worded. Grichuk had no problem with how his comments came across. I know this because I asked him. Stuff like that.
Reading comprehension check. Said he would not win. Said his numbers are going to create conversation. That's already happening.
Lyons also has the track record of pitching very well for the Cardinals before. Cecil and Holland, not so much.
No offense, but I didn't say it has shown flashes of brilliance. I said, and I quote, "the arm has flashes where he looks fine." Because that is the truth. It adds to the mysteriousness of the whole thing. Yeah, there's a reason Baez attacked. There's also a reason McCutchen didn't in San Francisco. No one knows what to make of Ozuna's arm.
The approach and lineup that results from it has been described as the byproduct of conversations between all involved. But it's Shildt's lineup. He's made it clear that it's his hand that writes the lineup and makes the pitching moves, after taking into consideration all of the voices in the room and on the staff. It would go against a lot of what Mozeliak has praised about Shildt to tell him this is an extended interview, then dictate how he does the job down to who he plays.
It got Javier Baez out from third base. Good enough.
Not at all. Busy day in here. I'll get to them.
Some news: Kolten Wong has been placed on the DL with left knee inflammation
It's a valid point that has reached the point of hilarity. DeWitt needs to sell the team! Mozeliak has lost his fastball! Fire Matheny! Go get someone better than Shildt! I've heard them all, yet Girsch flies under the radar. Good gig, if you can get it.