I said he's having a curious spring training. He hasn't thrown as much as I expected. Nothing to do with the performance. Just when and how he's pitching. Leone seems to throw all the time. Gregerson and Lyons and Tuivailala are not throwing all that much in games. That's all. I don't know what you've read. Matheny has urged Tuivailala through the years to throw a cutter that he didn't have or couldn't get, and this past year Matheny acknowledged that the suggestion didn't work and he should have had Tuivailala with the power curve all along. The manager was candid about that, and Tuivailala was better as a result of it.
Not if Matt Carpenter is healthy.
I can't imagine the Twins falling out of contention. I think they're a sneaky good team.
He has, yes. He's been searching offensively.
It will be after Competitive Balance Round B. Or shortly after the second round.
I don't, no. Sorry. Not something I really kept track of. Honestly, that's a chance for me to catch up on blogging during the game or writing, not tracking visits. Guess, I'll have to come up with a way to score that this year. Swell.
No. Once only. Cardinals got it.
I agree that the Cardinals in the most difficult position in baseball these days: The Middle. In the current edition of Baseball Prospectus I referred to them as the Jan Brady of baseball. There's truth to that, and it's one they acknowledge. They aren't tanking. They aren't drafting high. They have to find another way, and the game isn't rewarding that way.
If you tell me what they need when he's ready, I'll tell you what he'll do. In reality, they want him to be a hybrid. He'll start some. He'll relieve some. He'll get to 90, 100 innings that way, and then he'll be all set to go and ready to be a starter for 2019.
Running out of time before the coffee shop closes. So let's go with the lightning round.
That's an interesting question. And in hindsight it has only become clearer how they preferred Mikolas to that group -- and again it's not because of production entirely, it's because of value. Value. I don't think a) Arrieta would accept the deal offer Mikolas, no reason he would and b) the Cardinals would offer Arrieta the contract he got from Philly; no reason they would. They want Mikolas more than Lynn. They couldn't be more clear on that. Argue away on that point all you want, and there are arguments that they would be better with Lynn, but those arguments aren't going to change the Cardinals' view at this point. The Cardinals had no interest in Darvish. Not at his price. Not at this moment. I don't think I heard them connected at all, not even by Darvish on Twitter or when the Cardinals had chats with his agent.
I would like to find a way to answer that question. That's my quest.
Have you seen the Pirates' roster? Might I introduce you to Google. The race to the bottom has been won, man.
Odd, sure. But change is what they wanted. Had to come somewhere. Change is what fans wanted, too, lest I remind you. Not sure why so many questions here are hung up on the Cardinals not repeating 2017 but so many others wonder why they didn't bring back 2017 players. It's a contradiction that does not compute.
He is considered one of the two best catching prospects in all of baseball. That is from outside teams and outside rankings. That, yes, has value. He's been a Gold Glove winner in the minors -- and that's not in his league or at his level that is for all of the minors. He was considered the finest defensive catcher in all of the minors. They didn't give that award by lottery either. And his bat is better than its been this spring. I'm not sure where your assertions are coming from, but they don't line up with facts already entered into evidence.
Exactly. They cannot really script his uses, but they can put the clamp down when he's not available. This also leads to an eight-man bullpen. What the Cardinals want to avoid is having him gather rust in the bullpen unused or only used to 50-60 innings in the majors and then how can they ask him to handle 160 next season as a starter. That's on their mind.
The Cubs, Twins, Orioles, and at least one other team offered Mikolas a similar deal.
Yes. Uppercut swings don't catch up to fastballs like that. More swings and misses. More popups. More foul balls. This is a good idea.
He's talented. Should be hyped accordingly.