Good, I think. He wants to be here, and made a great impression.
Reyes is 23 with a TJ under his belt after 46 innings pitched pitched in the majors. Need to see how he rebounds.
It's like family. You can crack jokes, but someone else better not.
Sure. The goal is to get better at turning limitless data into information that can lead to better decision making in real time. Getting from point a to point b during an inning, during an at-bat. There is so much that can be processed, beyond L/R splits and the traditional things we think of. So much of this data is available online, to average joes like us. A lot of it is in-house stuff the team tracks and follows. There's no shortage of number crunching going on. What is being sought is a better funnel from the number guys to the manager who actually makes the decisions.
That doesn't mesh with Mike Matheny's definition. He was calling Wainwright the ace all season. Because of what Wainwrigth's leadership meant to the team. I'm not saying I agree. I'm saying the definition changes based on person. Personally, I think your ace needs to be your best pitcher, and we should look beyond the flawed win stat to help determine that. But winning -- not the stat but the opposite of losing -- needs to happen when your ace starts. I think Martinez is close. I think he can and will be that guy. I don't think he was there this year.
Goold and I debated/discussed this on his podcast a while back. There was a sense that Turner had no real interest in leaving Los Angeles. But man, talk about a guy who might have been worth trying to persuade. That's the kind of bat this lineup lacked. And on one talks about his defense, but it's outstanding.
About this Stanton doesn't want to play here thing ... All I've read on that is a source-based tweet that has since gathered dust. Maybe it's true, I guess. But perhaps we shouldn't treat it as gospel.
I'm pessimistic until I hear a plan for a stadium.
If any team was willing to stomach the entire contract, he would not have passed through waivers. It's all about how much Miami would agree to eat. And which team needs him most. San Francisco needs that guy. Philadelphia? Cardinals not only one looking. But no one wanted that contract at face value.
Sliver of hope. But you could argue that's been the case for a very long time. No stadium, no team.
Sterk was here at the Post-Dispatch last month. He said then he does not approve of making in-season decisions on a coach. That means he'll examined after the year. And what, exactly, does he have to feel good about at this point? These next 6 games are against not-good teams. I guess that's harsh on Florida. OK, five of the next six games are against bad teams. Odom has time to get some momentum, but the talk of rebuild and need for time isn't going to guarantee he gets it. He needs wins.
Promising because he avoided the DL and pitched 160-plus innings. Promising because maybe this is the training program and regimen that will work for his problematic shoulder moving forward. Disappointing, to some degree, because every year that does not match All-Star season in 2015 makes you wonder if he will ever be that version of himself again
Right now it's not even close to that