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The feel in spring training is that he would go to Springfield.
So deserving for Tony Messsenger.
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He has not been a player I've heard that they have interest in, not since last checking around on such players that would fit that opening. There are two reasons for this: The Cardinals have shifted again to the extra reliever, and if they add a position player they like having Munoz and Martinez around so that they could face the velocity at the end of games. They've become less dependent on handedness and more reliant on the splits and other detailed metrics.
I don't know -- that pitch he threw to complete the inning was rather filthy. He did pitch well against the Dodgers. The movement he has on his pitches and the groundballs and swings and misses he seems likely to get with location sure has the look of a reliever. I saw more to the good in that appearance for him than the Puig homer, honestly. Again, that pitch to Suarez plays. It had like split plunge on it. Can he do it consistently? Then he's a big-league reliever.
He has not, not according to the Cardinals. Trust me, they've heard the sales pitch on him.
Like any young pitcher, you mean? Yes. And then he was dominant in a relief role as a rookie.
I'm not sure what you don't see. I guess I could take a guess. What they see is versatility. They see a lefthanded bat with pop against righthanded pitching. Good solid numbers there. They see a player working on his strike zone discipline and trying to become more reliable at the middle-infield positions.
They do practice a lot against 'high cheese," and they use a pitching machine set to high velocity and used at point-blank range to do so. Paul Goldschmidt and others have been out working off that machine on the field at Busch -- not down in the stadium. Albert also throws to groups and he's real close to the cage when he throws so that he can better simulate the high velocity and high register pitches that players are going to see.
Unknown at this time because he's not ready at this time. If the rotation continues to have ups and downs like this, the possibility is open to needing Martinez in it. But he's not close to ready, so they're not close to having to make a decision.
I think you bring up a fair concern and it's one the Cardinals are going to have to live with. In play for either player in the near future will likely be the designated hitter. Carpenter's deal is not prohibitive to go out and sign another player, and his versatility really allows him to move around more than maybe you'd first expect. He could be in LF, for example. I think it was a conversation Carpenter chased, and the Cardinals have clearly prioritized a few legacy players with Molina, Wainwright, and Carpenter who are going to be the trinity that plays a Cardinal and stays a Cardinal.
You could go with that stat. You could also compare K-rates and BB walks to get a ratio. The Cardinals' bullpen is the worst in the National League when it comes to K/BB. They have a 1.65 K/BB and that ranks 27th in baseball. For comparison, Houston has a 5.18 K/BB and Milwaukee is rather average with 2.19 K/BB.
I think it does yes. Actions speak loudly. But do keep in mind that O'Neill batted ahead of Fowler in part because it put Fowler as a lefthanded hitter there. If we accept your premise -- and I think it's a fine premise -- then you also have to consider that Fowler has hit ahead of Bader regularly, and he has hit ahead of Wong regularly, and so what does that say about the lineup's view of them if buy completely into O'Neill's spot as revealing about him.