But check out how many Mikes are here at Cardinals camp: manager Mike Matheny, pitching coach Mike Maddux, general manager Mike Girsch, coach Mike Shildt, broadcaster Mike Shannon, pitchers "Mike" Wacha, Mike Mayers and Miles MIKE-o-las, and KMOX's Mike Claiborne.
Ha I hear ya. I will say this though -- how different is the Cubs' run if the Astros go for hitting in the 2013 draft and take, with the No. 1 overall pick, Kris Bryant? And then the Cubs get a guy Theo coveted, the actual No. 1 overall pick, pitcher Mark Appel? Obviously things happened the way they did, but just know that there is some luck that happens in all of this. But yes, Chicago sure has built a monster. Chicago sure will be in the mix again this season. Chicago also has two pitchers in Lester and Darvish who have haunting contracts that could affect the Cubs in the near future.
The guy I just loved loved loved was Brandon Morrow, and I just don't know if he would've come here. I would've also really honed in on trying to trade for Chris Archer, and it's possible they still might do that. But I wouldn't have overspent on JD Martinez or Hosmer or anything like that, if that's what you're asking.
Hopefully the three Ws will provide more than three Ws.
Or to quote a rap song I liked like a decade ago: "Up in the club, I'm so crazy/these other rappers actors like Patrick Swayze."
One has to wonder if the next manager of the Cardinals, regardless of when it happens, is currently on the staff, be it Shildt or Oquendo?
Fair points! My elbow hurts just reading about that slider usage!
Fascinating stuff in reference to the Bill PECOTA forecasts.. Yeah, I think the Cards will win 91 games, a prediction that could change depending on free agency this month.
I'm high on Kolten Wong. I think he had a stellar run last season, before he got banged up. Let's not forget what he produced a year ago -- .285 batting average and .376 OBP with eight steals in 108 games. A full year and he should have his highest OPS+ ever and maybe even crack the All-Star team.
I think before the surgery, the thought was All-Star ace ... possibly maturing into A-lister. Now, it's just a matter of seeing who is Alex Reyes post-Tommy John. Maybe he'll be, well, Tommy John ... but maybe Tommy Glavine.
I just look at it as a compliment about McGee -- that players just soak up everything that comes out of his mouth, and who wouldn't soak up words from a dude who's won Rookie of the Year, MVP, batting title and is a World Champion ballplayer, who also truly cares about a player's development? I don't know if it was intended to be a dig at Matheny. I think it was more saying -- hey, Matheny was smart for bringing in a new voice on his staff. Also, the choice of pig and the weight of 39 pounds is delightfully random.
Oh this is fantastic news. My sister lives there too so I'll have to ask her about that. My favorite music is Beatles, Hamilton and songs from Cash Money Records.
Good question. I think let's take it one step at a time with Willie. For years, he helped out a lot as an instructional coach, but only now has he agreed to give a full year as a coach. Let's see if he truly enjoys this intense grind this season. But clearly he has the respect of the players.
It is fair to make the argument of -- if people are expecting huge things for Ozuna based, in part, on his big stat season of 2017, why not the same for Hosmer? Heading into last season though, for his career, Hosmer slashed .277/.335/.428. Yes, he has a glove of gold. But is that worth a long-term deal? Maybe not. But it's possible he could sign a pillow deal like you mentioned, with high AAV over shorter term, with some team. But you've got to have Carp at one of the corner positions at all time. So just how much of an upgrade is Hosmer over Jose Martinez and Jedd? I do wonder if much of Hosmer's luster comes with him being a World Series fixture for a couple years there?
Hey what's up Ethan, thank you. I'm always looking for story ideas, even when chatting with fans at John P. Fields in Clayton or the Applebee's in Festus. As for finding them in the chats, surely Qs have inspired smart-thinking before, and as for that example, it's quite possible that the reader and the writer were both on the same wavelength. A lot of time story ideas are based around player availability for interviews and, of course, breaking news. If you ever have a cool STL story idea, Cards or other sports, never hesitate to email me!
Man, that would be a fascinating curveball. He is extremely well-respected in the game, regardless of his PED history. He's done well at all his stops. He's got a red jacket. I'd still probably go Shildt or Oquendo though.
Never say never, but the question is always -- who's spot on the roster would he take? Who doesn't make the team then? Voit? But the bat that caught my eye is Logan Morrison. He hit 38 homers in 2017 and 14 in 353 at-bats in 2016, both with Tampa Bay. But he Ks a lot.
Yup Fowler made his first appearance today and will speak to the media tomorrow. And let's be cautious with giving Fowler that mentality. I will say this -- many of these elite level players are on such a routine with their body and system that they know best how to preserve energy, that they know how to maximize minutes. Heck, as Derrick Goold wrote today, the Cards are honing in on rest and sleep as good things -- just two years ago in camp, so many players were talking about over-working themselves just to stay afloat. So anyway, long answer. Dex is here.
True, except if they sign Logan Morrison, maybe Bader and O'Neill both are in the minors. Or they trade one? But again, this might all just be for a hypothetical since I don't think they're going to sign Logan Morrison.
Hi Jac.. I mean, I here ya, but again, whose the guy they could've signed and he was a sure thing offensively? JD Martinez? But for how many years of average JD Martinez are you paying for in the future? The Ozuna acquisition was pretty big!
OK friends, I've gotta start writing my piece for tomorrow's paper/stltoday.com ... thanks for all of your Qs and passion!!