Perhaps more than ever before, yes.
Because the season has not started yet, and it's 162 games long. Why rush to get rid of Gant when a) you don't have to make that call yet and b) a starter could get hurt at any moment. Hudson's making a strong case to be in the rotation, but it has to be a strong case to alter the baseball business as usual approach to this situation. He might wind up doing it, too. But Gant is not just an arm to toss to the side. He's been much more reliable and producive than most realize.
Your question was laughed off because you implied Martin is trending toward the hot seat. That's laughable. If you want to talk about how the team needs to improve, then heck yeah, we can have that talk. But to have it without an understanding of the deep hole he is trying to pull the program from, and the back-to-back injuries to the team's most important players in back-to-back seasons, and the fact that THE TIGERS WENT TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT LAST SEASON AFTER BEING A JOKE OF A PROGRAM FOR THREE YEARS seems like a pretty superficial conversation to have. Tilmon got better this season, though his problems with foul troubles overshadowed it. A talented young core is starting to take shape, including Pickett and Watson. Losing Geist hurts, but that's it. Team will be better next season.
There is not one. MLS prefers a floating process unlike other leagues. It's intentionally and frustratingly vague, even for those directly involved. The league has meetings in Cali in April. It could go down then, but it's not guaranteed.
Noted. And I'm just noting I think you're wrong.
That should always be on the list of concerns when you're dealing with head-injury issues. They're tricky. And they should be treated with extreme caution.
Another reason to not rush a guy like Gant off the team, yes. Wainwright is battling, and getting decent results, but it's fair to wonder if it can hold up. He's gotta be dang near perfect to stay ahead of hitters with his current velocity.
Same. He brought life back to a proud program that had become a zombie. Talented in-state players are viewing Mizzou as an option again. Jayson Tatum's dad has said he might have considered Mizzou if Martin was there. Every team in the country would have loved to have Michael and Jontay. Bad luck. Dang near cursed. And still the Tigers went to the tournament in the first season. Young guys took steps forward this season. Tilmon has to put it together, and this was not the year he needed to have once Jontay went down. But every game, the Tigers play their tails off. They have to get better at closing out games. Of course. Part of that is needing a point guard. Geist had a great senior season, but he melted down in close/late situations. These are not incurable fixes. Recruiting is the lifeblood of the sport. Martin's got it up and running again.
Working on that. All positive reports so far. Tyler O'Neill has great things to say about him. Shildt loves him.
Three of the last six, with one trip to the Sweet 16, is also true and sounds a bit different, no?
Would you rather a) get tackled by Jordan Hicks of Arizona or b) get hit by a fastball from Jordan Hicks of St. Louis?
He has not proven he's one of the best three outfielders. He might. Not yet. He's 23 years old. Not exactly rotting on the vine. And he's going to get his chances to turn chances into something more permanent. Ozuna is a free agent after the season, and has concerns about his shoulder power and hitting impact at the moment. Bader is not exactly tearing it up at the plate. Fowler, well, we know the conversation there. O'Neill is in a good spot. He's helped himself this camp.
I am. The Braves are giving him the business. I think he'll survive.
I don't think quality pitching depth is much of a concern. If a case can be made, it's for an elite starter addition. Sign Keuchel. Trade for Kluber. That's a conversation P-D colleague Derrick Goold and I were having just recently. That's the hole, if there is one. As for depth? There's a bunch of it.
Doubtful. If Molina feels good, he wants to play, whether Wieters or Pena or Posey is backing him up.
I don't want to put a reckless number on it. We know what needs to happen. The ownership group needs to secure major sponsors not named Enterprise or World Wide Technology. If it can do that, and MLS moves the goalposts, then you have to question if the league wants STL or wants to use STL as a stalking horse.
There's also this: Hudson's son, born in early May, has only been alive for one home run hit off his dad.