One time through the order. Keep the woeful Giants at bay. Hand the game to the bullpen. That's how the Cardinals have it set up. That's the "opener" they hope for.
I think it's an intriguing experiment that Shildt has been teasing for awhile with his thoughts on the "opener" and how to use it like Texas did. Makes sense. And it does keep everything else in line for the coming weeks to get Flaherty against division rivals, and so on. Wacha is doing this to avoid a rewrite of the schedule -- only his is being altered.
They can. We can debate whether that's the wise move or not. But they can.
Climate change, I guess. It's got us all stressed out.
Might depend on who is playing 3B. The roster is a whole, and it's going to be approached that way in this coming season. Carlson is a factor. He'll have a shot at being a regular in 2020. That could be in left. That could be in right. That could be in center. We'll see. We'll see how his spring goes, how Bader arrives, and who is left from the inevitable trade coming this winter.
No such thing as too much talent. And haven't we seen them do this before? They need more impact players, less players they want to move around to de-clutter.
It's September, so not really. The front office had its meetings this past week in Milwaukee to start evaluating this season and plotting for next. They're not allowed to talk with agents about pending free agents at this point. That would be tampering. And they're going to prepare information and evaluations for all the major free agents and explore how that pursuit would work. That goes for Rendon and Cole and the handful of other free agents out there. That goes for Wacha, too. Probably not Greg Holland. But name the free agent and there's a good bit the Cardinals will in the coming month(s) have prepared some opinion and talking points and level of interest. Cole will be in that group. But there's nothing brewing now on it, because there cannot be.
Adolis Garcia and Daniel Ponce de Leon are the player and pitcher of the month in the Cardinals organization, respectively.
They really don't have to be today, candidly. They can still wait to see how it plays out and who is left and who is playing well come 2020. I think I'm getting this question something like six, seven times already in the chat. It's really either too early or a decision they just don't have to make. Again, there's no such thing as too much talent.
Important. Essential. An A. He's changed every aspect of the team.
Interrupted by injury. Incomplete as a result.
Not sure. Maybe because he has a month left? I don't recall if Arrieta had the buzz going into September. I do recall it getting noisy and noisier toward the end of the year as the Cubs made their push. So it's still possible. If Flaherty continues on this track, he'll get Cy Young Award votes, for sure. The voting approach has changed with the voting group pulling away from traditional stats to the better, advanced stats for that award.
Paul Goldschmidt is rather good at hitting baseballs. Marcell Ozuna has the ability. The Cardinals need those players to be their baseball cards, and then you have the answer.
The Dodgers are the best. The Cubs can look like a mess. The rest are the same.
Yep. There are 30 ballots. The Cy Young race is still pretty interesting. Not sure what number you prefer but WAR will give you a different answer than ERA. Wins won't tell you much about the leaders. And strikeouts pull up a familiar cast of candidates. A good month and he's in the conversation. A great month and he's moving ahead of some of today's favorites. He'll get his way into receiving votes, for sure.