Dexter Fowler has new cleats. And so does Stephen Piscotty. As we continue the fashion report.
Follow the pitching, and the pitching says yes.
Without know the context, I'm going to guess it was an accident that comes from just talking to much. I still have that goal, especially when writing.
My answer? I continue to be intrigued by DeJong, a power bat showing infield versatility. And Jordan Hicks, from a pitcher perspective.
He'll have to stop hitting.
Not this year. It's a first.
His elbow? He's recovering from elbow reconstruction, and yes he's advanced to a point where he can workout, do things for his legs, for his torso, for his other arm, and all the other things that go with working out for general health, strength. He is doing his rehab at Busch Stadium, and that means that he and Duke are going through the work together. Duke is months ahead, but he's able to help Reyes prepare for what he's going to face, and they do spend time together going through workouts. Reyes will be careful with his arm, and the first step is improving range of motion. That's been the area he's working on.
(And, yes, players call it Groundhog Day, and not because it happens once a year.)
Sure. Peralta is more likely than Adams, but there's been no movement on either in the first month of the season that makes me think either is on their way off the roster or out of town.
Third base is the position in play, because that's where the bats are going to be found and the availability, yes. The defensively gifted shortstops are just there for the taking, not at this point. But if third base is in play -- and it is -- then of course Diaz is in play for third base. That's part of the conversation. It's more likely given the current market that a third baseman could be added than the upside shortstop you're describing. If that changes, then one scenario is Diaz to third.
Profound disappointment -- and concern. A lot of good reporters and writers (and friends!) were caught in the vice. Mark Saxon made the Cardinals beat better, and his presence around the ballpark was welcomed by us all, not to mention the fact that he brought his family home to St. Louis not too long ago. For many writers of my generation, Jayson Stark was a role model -- someone who opened up baseball to us in new ways and showed us all how to cover the game with creativity and class. One of the best parts of working at the ballpark and being in this career is how writers who taught me how to do this job -- whether they intended to or not -- have become friends, and I continue to learn so much from Stark and the others about how to do this job and push this job to new places. That's why the disappointment is so deep. Baseball writer and baseball coverage is momentarily worse because of ESPN's decision and I look forward to another place snapping these writers up to bring the game back to full strength.
Now, for the concern.
Beat writers are the bedrock of an informed populace -- whether that's for politics or sport. There are many media outlets that build their coverage on the foundation laid by beat writers. Pundits get on TV and talk about teams that they don't cover on a day to day basis, and yet speak knowledgeable about that team because they have access to the information the beat writers provide. Anchors and sportscasters and sports radio hosts and bloggers galore opine on the latest move the Cardinals made or the latest move the Cardinals might make only after reading about that move in the pages of The Post-Dispatch, online at MLB.com, or from ESPN.com's beat work. I get. Some networks want shouting. Some want brands and opinion and "hot takes" and subversive blogs and wild speculation and increasingly we're seeing people seek out media that supports/validates their view, not informs it. But what all of those things have in common is someone providing the base elements of the coverage which can then be used to construct whatever megaphone they want to use. Beat writers provide those base elements. They're the drones, fine. The worker bees collecting pollen and nectar. If the pollen goes away, so does the spread of accurate information. If the nectar goes away, so does the honey. It worries me that big entities built for the selling and promotion of honey and who lean on accurate information for that product are so eager to dismiss the people doing that work. What happens when an talking head doesn't have a beat writer to words in his/her mouth? There are some places that are going to find out.
We have a minor-league insider that runs every Sunday in the paper.
Potential power, not plus. Not from I've read.
Interesting question. When it comes to judging what is going on with a fielder who looks off, I always consider what the other player doing the same job looks like in the same situations. Both right fielders looked off yesterday. Both had similar reactions to balls in play. That makes me think something was up with the conditions. That could be a red herring because the quality of the right fielders was different in yesterday's game. The Cardinals' RF is above average, and the Reds' RF is ... not. So, comparing the two could be a red herring. I just don't want to dismiss the possibility that you bring up. I doubt it was the sun on an overcast day, but it can be how the lights bounce off the backdrop of a steel-gray sky.
Agreed. He's off to quite the slugging start at Class AAA, and that's the scouting report on the Lafayette High grad and Missouri State grad. He's got a 1.074 OPS for the Redbirds through 24 games, and 13 of his 27 hits have gone for extra bases. (He also has 20 strikeouts.) That is true to form -- if even more immediately powerful than expected. He's viewed as that basher. He's got power and an approach that he has to prove adapts to each level.
The writer. First line of defense.
(I cannot even pronounce that word, let alone use it.)
It's 51 degrees on 5/1. Yikes.