Didn't happen. That was on the table for the new CBA, and it just never got traction.
I don't get that sense, no. He does seem to embody a lot of what Carpenter was suggesting for the entire team the other day -- this "spillover" effect. The Cardinals see something go wrong on defense, so they try to push to make something on offense, that goes awry so they try to do something more on baserunning, and get thrown out, so they go for the bigger, better, absurd play on defense. There have been a few errors that Diaz has made this season that were put on him -- and he didn't deserve. One example: If Martinez comes off the bag to catch the ball and hold the runner at third the other day, then there is no error on the play, and everyone is lauding Diaz for keeping the ball in the infield to hold back the key run. That's the edge. It's entirely likely that Diaz's bat and his glove take him to another position at some point, but it's too early to dismiss the possibility that he could be average shortstop. He has the tools. He is gaining the instincts. He could use some help.
It does not, no. First of all, "head case" is too freely used as a term. It's insulting, mostly. Second, whatever your definition of "head case" is I'm going to imagine that Stephen Piscotty is the opposite of that.
Maybe. They could use another core hitter, for sure.
They are. Matheny recently lauded the improvements they've seen from Grichuk and suggested how snug a fit he's become for the back end of the order. They see his cold streaks narrowing.
Thanks. Much appreciated.
Because I think the Cubs are a better team.
So he could sit the bench and get three, four at-bats a week? Yeah, there's not really a role for him on this team if there's not a role for Tommy Pham or if there's still trouble and angst about how they should play Matt Adams. Heck, within the hopper there are questions about why Adams isn't playing more and why Adams is playing as much as he is. So it goes.
Pitching has to be -- and can be -- the Cardinals' edge. That's it. They need the Cubs' pitching to falter to create an opening for them. If the Cubs are the Cubs, they're the better team. They need to slip somewhere for the Cardinals to have a chance.
Piscotty's play in right field has been curious. He has the better arm of the candidates and last year he was a plus-fielder in right. That's a good fit for him, when he's at his best and when he's moving well. Seems like Grichuk in left and Piscotty in right is still the play for now, and moving them around wouldn't yield the upgrade you're trying to produce. Martinez can play either corner adequately. First base is where his inexperience shows.
I picked the Rockies at the beginning of the year. Sticking with the Rockies as the answer.
I cannot think of one, no. Outside of, you know, not playing 27 days consecutive.
Excellent point, and that is what several folks around baseball are eager to see: How the use of the 10-day DL becomes an effective 26-man or 27-man roster (on doubleheader days). It's possible. It's really done it with the pitching staff.
Paul DeJong, mentioned earlier, has just hit another HR.
Depends entirely on the family -- and how many kids they have. At this time of year, many of the kids have school, and they're not spending all the time at the ballpark, just like your kids or kids you know. They probably attend as many games as any season ticket holder with kids. Some families don't even live in St. Louis, so they're not attending many games at all. There is no broad sweeping answer other than there's probably always a family in attendance. Probably a few. It's just not always the same few.
The defense behind him HAS improved. But that is just a further indictment on how ragged the defense was a year ago. He's also learned a little bit about how to pitch differently because of that experience. You're seeing a pitcher who is blending the approach he had last season -- with increased strikeouts -- with the kind of pitcher he always, from quick outs to relentless strikes. That's what is working for him. He's become a blend of the two approaches and this spring showed how much of each to be. There's no reason why he cannot maintain this quality start run.
Updated right off the hop, at the start of the chat.
That revenue is already set then, if you're talking about tickets. What they lose in revenue from a rainout is the food sales, the beer sales, all of the things that go along with a ticket. If someone doesn't then use the ticket for the makeup date, then it's a net zero for the amount of added items/food they purchase. That's where the loss is. So, you'll see the team try to spur spending with value-added tickets or increased offers on those days for all-inclusive seats, etc.
I do not, know. I'm open to hear if any of the chatters have one.
Here's the deal, though: The Padres showed that they were willing to make a move like that before, so it needed to be baked-in to any discussion the Cardinals had about protecting players. Do they protect depth cogs that can be replaced via six-year free agency? (Clearly, in the Hazelbaker case they decided, no, don't protect the six-year free agents) Do they protect impact players, even down in the system, because, news flash, there are teams like the Padres who are tanking and just collecting upside talent, and have already done so once from the Cardinals system? Yeah, probably want to think about protecting those players. Impact players have value. Now Cordoba is building it with some other team.
That said, I would like to find a way to do a story on whether all of this is actually detrimental to Cordoba's development. Blah blah blah about the teams and the teams' concerns -- what about the individual player who could have his true potential abbreviated or apprehended because of this push?