I think you'll see what when the weather improves everywhere, pitcher's grips on the ball will be better. Other than that, I see no reason not to throw strike one. Nola did that nearly every time yesterday. That resulted in no walks and 10 strikeouts.
This is what makes managers and hitting coaches scratch their collective heads. This would qualify s the epitome of inconsistency. And it might cause a manager to even rant once in a while.
The 100-pitch mark seems to be in vogue more than ever because pitchers had only two-fifths of a season last year and few of them even pitched 50 or 60 innings. With a 162-game season slated, managers are looking to protect their starters so they can make it to the finish line. It was something to see a one-pitcher shutout, wasn't it? Lance Lynn had one a couple of weeks ago, too.
The batboy is a pretty good-sized lad. As for the outfielders, let's see the ones they were supposed to have in there--O'Neill, Bader, Carlson, left to right. If that doesn't work, then the Cardinals were wrong.
Any good player like that the Royals are going to keep. But, yes, the offense here can be boring.
I blink my eyes (I just did it) and it's April 20.
In fact, I blinked them again and it was still April 19.
There was a lefthanded starter for the Phillies on Saturday and the Cardinals wanted as many righthanded batters (like Dean) in it. He and Carpenter were the only switch and Dean did not have any of the hits on Saturday.
A trade for an outfielder wouldn't likely happen until at least June. I see Oviedo as a better starting candidate than Ponce but I think Gant has done all right. He's been the club's second best starter although 11 walks in 14 innings is too high a total.
I'm not in favor of it but Shildt has done it to break up the righthanded hitters.
Teams will want Gorman or Liberatore or Thompson. I would trust the Cardinals would hold onto all three. There won't be much trade talk until the All-Star break or trade deadline when more teams see that they (a) are either out of the race of (b) can't re-sign a particular player who is going to be a free agent.
That's an interesting question but all the teams took advantage of that rule in the spring and all of them are not suffering the problems of their starters making past the fifth.
No way Molina goes anywhere, unless they want mutiny from the fan base. .
I'm still over although 84 isn't much of a season.
Once he gains control, and he appears as if he's on his way, Cabrera could help as either a starter or reliever. He came from Tampa Bay with Williams in Pham trade. Pham hitting .140 for San Diego now. For those keeping score, and apparently there are many, that one goes on the Cardinals' side.
Rondon isn't the answer. He didn't finish the spring strongly and he is not a quality defender. O'Neill should be back this week, I would think.
Oviedo will take a start during the next home stand, I think, as the starting pitchers all get the rest of five days they have been getting but there won't be any off days in the schedule for 17 days beginning on Friday.
I would like to see Reyes starting by the end of the season so that he could start next year. I've heard 80 innings and I've heard 100 innings this year. Eighty doesn't leave him many starts.
I think they're looking for the right stadium to play Nogowski in left. He doesn't cover much ground although I'm sure he could use a start because he is laboring as a pinch hitter. Right now, if they can't hit, they've got to catch the ball and Nogowski in left doesn't seem like an answer.
I haven't heard it expressed or dismissed. But you can't do that too much now because Reyes will get to 80 innings before you want him to. Besides, Gant is good for five every time he starts, which is something, I guess.
Balloting has ended, so I would think sometime next month. And there will be only one because the ceremony for last year's honorees will be held this year, too.