The biggest voids would be at first and third if Goldschmidt and Arenado would be out. Sosa would be OK at short but that would be a big drop-off, too. Not to mention catcher if Molina would be out for a long time. Most teams don't have a whole lot of depth these days unless it's pitching.
Haven't heard how close baseball is to vaccinating players and staff. From a personal standpoint, I would like to have mine first, please. I'm sure there are many others in my boat, too.
Actually 0 for 11. Some balls hit hard but not a great start. Three weeks to go yet and he has looked good in the field. It's not as if the club is looking at him as a starter right now.
Too early to make that call yet. I'm not going to say it's not going to happen but he can help in a lot of ways as somebody who can play three infield positions and still has power. Let's let this play out a few more. Again, he's not a player counted on as a starter right now.
I think those contracts, notably the last three, have been mentioned time and again. The front office and ownership often are linked. Bill DeWitt Jr. has signed off on all these.
Mo didn't feel the need to offer a multi-year deal to a starting pitcher when he feels he has plenty of internal talent. Reyes still is in the wings. Had Odorizzi accepted one year, that might have been different. .
Without having pitched in a year--Parsons wasn't in the alternate camp last year--he needs to pile up innings in the minors. But he's on his way to leaving a calling card however the club ends up using him. He has a knack of getting outs with men on base and he's been facing big-league hitters coming into the game as early as he has.
The runner on second is considered to have reached on a phantom error, so that first run in the inning is unearned. Anything else that crosses is on the pitcher(s).
Wainwright, Tommy Parsons, Lane Thomas, Reyes
Is the starting pitching going to be deep enough without Mikolas for a while (or even with Mikolas)? Is the offense going to be good enough in the outfield?
That could happen but John Gant appears as if he will get the first crack at the fifth starting spot with Reyes the fallback option. Reyes will be starting before the year's over but the club just has to decide when. The front office wants him strong for the stretch drive rather than using up his innings estimate before that. .
I don't know the answer but I will try to find out. You would think they would be sort of uniform.
I'm not concerned about most players who are struggling now nor am I euphoric about those doing well. Check back in a couple of weeks when veteran pitchers and hitters are ramping up to opening-day levels. I haven't noticed anything startlingly off with DeJong.
That decision already has been made with Gant, I think. Ponce de Leon could also slide in. Mikolas wouldn't be needed until about 10 days into the season so he doesn't have to be ready on April 1 because he's not slated to start the first week or maybe not even the second. .
It's spring training for them, too. We haven't seen too many of the better umpires yet. MLB localizes them in spring training, especially if umpires live in a certain part of Florida or Arizona.
Perez needs to have a strong season (or two) before you see him here on any regular basis. Doubtful if it would be this year, with Sosa and several minor league veterans available, like Jose Rondon and Max Moroff.
That is a question that might have to be answered, but it is not being asked just yet by the front office. Carpenter deserves an entire spring training to give the club an idea of what he has to offer, both offensively and defensively at second base. The Cardinals know he can play third base pretty well and first base not as well.
Woodford was very good on Sunday and could be a security blanket at the alternate site, if that's where he winds up. He is a big-league pitcher, though.
I actually answered the Woodford question before if officially was asked. If the team kept 14 pitchers, he might be one of them. My guess is 13 pitchers and your extra men are Carpenter, Sosa, Knizner, Thomas, Dean.
Working aggressively probably is how Mikolas aggravated his shoulder anyway this spring. The first week of the season is no more important than any other week, so there is no real rush if you have a capable backup for a compromised pitcher.