There might be something to this, but I also think it had to do with the opponent and the ballpark. Look, PNC Park hasn't been kind to Wainwright in his career, and you are totally right that he didn't have a feel for his pitches in the cold. (Who did?) But there was a calculated risk that using him in Pittsburgh was a better bid for Wainwright than into the hothouse in Milwaukee. Look at what happened there tonight. Now, the way Wainwright has pitched the past two games -- and what he did to take Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey -- maybe tat adds to your argument.
I don't know. Not sure of his opinion in St. Louis, just doubt that he would block the Cardinals. That's all. Not really a country/city thing as much as a ballpark, ball club, leverage thing.
This if Carlos Martinez's current plan as one similar to any pitcher in spring training. He is now in his first week of spring training. Bullpen session. Bullpen session. Live BP. Live BP with two sets of 20 pitches. Perhaps another live BP. Bullpen session. Then into games. Now, depending on the role -- and no, that hasn't been set yet; the Cardinals believe they must make that call by the end of the month -- that will determine the length of his rehab assignment. As a reliever, he could go out and have a fortnight on a rehab assignment and zip to the majors. As a starter, he may need four starts (like spring training) to get to 80 pitches and then his next appearance could be in the majors. You don't have to apologize. There are members of the organization that feel the same way.
They signed Wieters to do that this year. Knizner on deck for next year.
No reliever under glass. The bullpen has been set free to bullpen its guts out. What a relief.
Well, that would be silly. I doubt the Cardinals will say that. The might point to O'Neill before they would say that it's Carpenter. Carpenter is already on the team as an everyday player. They aren't adding him.
He is not ready, no. Not close. He just threw a bullpen, his first.
It was more than half full. Detailed earlier: High price of tickets; Palm Sunday.
Sure, all of that. No one knows the "endgame" because it's impossible to know. Fowler and the Cardinals have hopes of what that endgame looks like. The Cardinals have to prepare for alternatives to what that "endgame" might look like. It's really pretty simple, honestly. Produce and play. Don't produce and watch someone else play more often and by the end of the year the job is someone else's because they did produce. There won't be some snap of the fingers or some grand pronouncement that there's a new right fielder. It will happen organically, and you'll only recognize it in hindsight. That's how this stuff usually works. Performance rules, and in the end performance dictates.
No one calls him coach. That's not a thing in baseball. That's not something he or Tony La Russa responded to. Skip and Skipper are names that players call Shildt at times. Most everyone in the clubhouse calls him Shildty. Ozuna. Bader. Wainwright. Carpenter. Goldschmidt. The whole spectrum -- Shildty.
They have the potential to be. Have to play to their ability, and they can be.
They were a big deal. Scroll back through the answers for reasons why. Attendance at the game was only one measure of the "deal" that the Mexico Series was for the teams, for the city, and for the future of Major League Baseball games at that ballpark.
That's on the table. The do need to take a look at Gant's walk, and they must consider that Gant hasn't been one to plunge too deep into games either as a starter. There could be some kind of piggyback developing, and the need for Carlos Martinez as starter would grow if we watch that happen in the coming week, coming two turns of the rotation.
Definitely need to rethink their approach with him. Plus, he's good.
There are two games less in Cincinnati, so yes. That's how it works. The Cardinals did not lose any home games to the international series. That is a possibility as they look toward London in 2020.
They did look at several of those lefties in the offseason, so maybe that provides good groundwork for talks later in the summer. This is one area they will have to consider looking. I think there is still something to the non-traditional approach the Cardinals could have here with Brebbia vs. lefties, and Leone vs. lefties, and how that plays out. It's not the usual lockdown lefty, but as you detailed neither are the lefty lefties that the Cardinals. Minnesota had little interest in making a deal. San Francisco seemed like the more likely partner. So we're back there again -- and it's the middle of April. Not exactly primo dealing time for most teams.
They have not. This was a decision based on travel.
They would be stunned. And then they would call Scott Boras and go do you know what your client just said to us?