Wait, I’m old? That doesn’t bode well for also not being near retirement.
It appears headed that way, yes. Matheny made the point that someone has to hit cleanup, and that seemed to imply options weren’t leaping off the page. DeJong out. Molina out. Fowler struggling. Carpenter, Martinez, Pham batting higher ... so ... It will be interesting to see a lineup that has both Ozuna and O’Neill in it and if that’s the one that prompts a move like you can see on the horizon.
I continue to fail to see how too many players performing well would be a bad thing for the Cardinals. It seems like that is an issue you'd prefer to have. While Bader and O'Neill are playing well -- and let's be careful not to let a few moments in the majors outshine a few weeks, a few months, or a few years -- they've clearly elbowed their way into something of a platoon in the outfield. Fowler has not found his production from the right side of the plate, and those two have. so they can play, and there's still a spot for Fowler and still ample playing time for Ozuna, and it's rather easy for a team to fit four outfielders into three everyday spots. Injuries happen. Matchups are poor. And the team that only needs three outfielders for a season is a team I haven't met.
Yeah, I thought the catcher was part of a promotion for Ant-Man and The Wasp. Looked just like the villain in that next Marvel movie for the summer -- The Ghost. It's personal and style preference, within reason, and then also the idea that you present a clear target for the pitcher. I don't know if that worked or not. I think it's mostly style over function, honestly.
C'mon. We both know that will never die. It's a vampire. Just waiting for the sun to go down.
They would not have to trade at all. There are roster limits or Fantasy Baseball-like starting lineups to compel them to trade talent like you're talking about, no. Besides, they already made some of those moves this past winter by unloading Grichuk, Piscotty, and Siera. So that's three down, and they weren't looking to give them away -- and really only one of those trades was done with charity in mind, and that is the first trade like that many of us have seen. Which made it all the more moving.
I appreciate your use of "wreak." Game recognizes game.
Did you see Molina's injury? Goodness, SML. There isn't a question.
I would take replay out of the hands of the managers and put it in the hands of an umpire who sits in the video booth at the ballpark and monitors the game and makes scoring decisions. Thus, we'd bring balance to the scoring calls throughout baseball and we would use replay the way it was intended -- to get all calls right, now jut the ones challenged, and we'd also speed up play by not having these odd delays when a dugout is reviewing a play. That would all be centralized and under the control of an official.
I have no idea, either. I believe it's a cry for attention that first started on the message boards, but I cannot be sure. Wherever it started, it's origin is warped by a falsehood.
Lyons is on the fast track back. He threw 2/3 of an inning and allowed a couple runs already today for Springfield. He was pretty optimistic about his return and readiness, and it's likely today was more of a tuneup or delay in adding him to the roster, which will happen soon. Reyes and Kelly are in a race. Kelly was moving around well this afternoon at the ballpark as he did some running, played catch, and started testing his leg.
Are you asking if he reads the chat? Because he does not. Are asking if he's been told this? Because he has not. What he sees -- and what he was candid about in San Diego when we spoke for awhile there -- was if he doesn't produce he doesn't have any control. "No one likes to (stink)," he said. And he went on to talk about exactly what every player knows -- a contract and history and track record and resume and name recognition only assures so much this late into the season, and eventually production will determine everything. All of these players have taken their current job from someone who had it before them and didn't keep it -- most likely because that person didn't produce. They aren't blind to how this works.
I have never heard this brought up ever, not with him. Not when he throws strikes.
He as some type of nerve damage that is making it difficult for him to flex and activate his biceps muscle. Yes, that's alarming. It's similar to what Chris Carpenter had.
Flag Day. Flag Day is everything. Mike Claiborne is right.
Sure. But I also cannot predict whether there will be a handful of catcher injuries in the next week that would mean a team needs to pick up a catcher off waivers like Eric Fryer was a year ago. That's hard to know. If it happens, then Baron will be grabbed, and that's how this roster game works.
I think -- going out on a limb here -- but the Cardinals really should just worry about themselves. They have the starting pitcher edge. They can give the games away by not producing offensively (something they are prone to do) and by playing poor defense (less so). They can lose these games more than the Royals can win them, and that's going to be true for a handful of series this season for the Cardinals.