I'm guessing that the club's estimation of his skills isn't as high as yours. I have not been overly impressed with Sosa but, agreed, it is hard to draw much judgment when he rarely plays. And true, the Cardinals don't need any more Arozarenas or Garcias or Voits.
Teams are leery of having said position players hurting their arms or something else by pitching, so they can't play their regular positions, no matter how slowly they are throwing. For instance, they aren't used to fielding line drives hit right back at them.
I'm with you. Too many reviews. Too many new rules. Most importantly, too few balls put into play. Strikeouts and walks take a lot longer to execute.
You're making too much of a three-game series, I think. The Rockies are in the NL West and they didn't look too good when they were here.
Well said. There is that element that wants to be mad every Monday and mostly at Mo, I guess. But, in fairness, I don't see or hear anybody complaining too much about that trade for Arenado, who is first-rate in every department and the main reason why anybody would even mention postseason around here.
A work stoppage is something MLB must absolutely avoid. The game, as resilient as it's been, won't recover from another one. Not in these times.
The Cubs' series will be a good tipoff. I would expect to see between 27,000 and 30,000 every game this weekend.
I would not include Gallegos in your assessment. The Cardinals' staff holds some responsibility but not as much as the guys holding the ball. Let's see what the Cardinals do when they have their real staff out there in the next week or two, minus only Hicks.
I hope Albert is happy with the Dodgers' situation and performs more to the levels we got used to seeing. That could be fun in early September when the Dodgers are here for four games and both teams could be contending.
I suspect that somebody has the information on that but it would take some research. I do not recall such an instance.
I haven't seen that type of slide into a baseman that far from the bag. I think it was borderline dirty although nobody much complained at the time.
I believe you know who I mean. Oviedo, Fernandez, Woodford, Elledge.
Yes, that was a bad three games, no question. And it cost the Cardinals all of one game in the standings because if you haven't noticed, nobody else in the Central is exactly tearing it up.
I believe it has happened. But, generally, such a minor league assignment has occurred when there has been some type of injury and that player can get as many as 20 to 30 days on a minor league rehab option.
There are fans in the stands now and it is not as easy to hear anymore. But somebody has to be louder than the other guy.
Reinforcements to the Cardinals' staff are on their way from the injured list. Several should arrive this week.