He has, yes. He's getting outs with them, and it's somewhat comfort and control. He's got it for those pitches, and he knows it. The sinker can be a bit more flighty.
Not to me. Maybe to someone. I'd line up the lineup by who'd you like to see get more plate appearances. That's just me.
Evidently not. There are on secrets in this league. They would -- and did -- when they thought his arm was limited and his arm poor.
None at all. They need to beat the Cubs. That's it. That's all. That's how the division should be won, and that's how it will have to be won. It's like Luke and Vader, man. Luke had to face Vader one more time to be a Jedi. The Cardinals are going to have to face the Cubs and win, face to face, to get to October. How it should be.
Only since they signed him. Only since then. Only for almost a decade.
I doubt he would, but I do find the thought of it fascinating. If he wants to stay in St. Louis it would be one way to assure a big pay day, and them come out as a free agent without that pesky draft pick attached to him and still be young, at 29.
I think Cole comes away Houston being just fine, being Cy Young capable and being ready to take what he learned there and still pitch dominantly elsewhere.
Your math is the way to go. Well stated, well presented, and ban on. This is how to start viewing things from here on.
I hesitate to take a guess because things have changed so much in the previous 10 years. I would imagine you're going to see more outlets adopt a model like The Athletic's subscription approach, and you'll be able to get more ala carte and even on-demand sports coverage. That could mean buying into an outlet that takes its cues from what readers want to read and then provides it. I imagine that I'll be doing this chat via Bluetooth hardwired into my head so I just have to think the answer and it appears and there's no more of this silly typing business. Instead, I can use my hands to edit the podcast I will also be simultaneously recording for a real-time audience that is sending in suggestions about what the next topic should be and if I don't comply I get shocked, or something.
Those are the questions that spring immediately to mind. Cabrera could yet pitch his way into the discussion as a third lefty, depending on the matchups. You don't have Ryan Helsley in there and given the comments and how he's being used speak to a growing confidence in him and that hints at an October role. Lots of time left, but I wouldn't discount O'Neill for power, especially with Lane Thomas now officially out for the season.
Rick Hummel and I cover the Cardinals as a beat. Last year, we had an intern that was able to help us on the beat. From 2004 to 2012, Hummel, Joe Strauss, and I covered the beat with Strauss leading the way, Hummel writing more national stories and some national baseball columns. In 2013, I became what the paper calls the lead beat writer, and at the same time Strauss became a general sports columnist and was able to move and comment on the Blues and Rams and Mizzou and the whole spectrum of sports. Hummel remains on the beat, though he will write national baseball stories and baseball columns. If I'm not at a series on the road, Hummel is and the other way around, too. Our columnists at the paper are Jeff Gordon, Ben Frederickson, and as you mentioned Benjamin Hochman. He has only ever been a sports columnist at the paper.
There is nothing wrong with two No. 2 pitchers. The team doesn't see pitchers in the same way you suggest here, so this question rests on loose ground.
We did not have one this season. That is an exceptional program. The first and only of its kind, based on my research, especially as we looked to set it up with Mizzou and the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It has helped launch some tremendous writers, including MLB.com Orioles beat writer Joe Trezza, two Mizzou beat writers, Mitchell Forde and Peter Baugh, and of course Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson. All were Hummel interns. The program is important to me, to us, and there's hope it will continue in 2020.
He has, but all signs point to Knizner.
Thank you for your concern. I come from good solid Wisconsin-bred, Chicago-born, Colorado-raised stock. I might as well be made of cheese curds, snow, deep-dish pizza, The Untouchables, steel, and rock. Sets of all the metal detectors.
Inevitably. But right now we're going to see it swing in the Shildt and Snitker direction for awhile. It's a copycat business, and teams are going to look into what made them successful and start promoting from within for awhile. That also fits two things: One, it will the cost of the manager lower at a time that coaches are making more and more and more money because of the competition for them. Two, it will cater to the current game which is a GMs game and a GMs league and the manager is the daily extension of the front office as much as a rep for the clubhouse. That's not to say that Shildt and Snitker aren't influential. We can see how they are. But I get what you're saying about the rockstar manager.
There is a natural churn caused by free agency, injury, and of course leaving players unprotected. Trades are going to be a part of it. Remember last year the Cardinals explored deals for Jose Martinez and that ended up with him getting a two-year extension to stick around for a bit. They'll do the same with outfielders this season to see if there's interest, to see if there's a match, and then they'll move on it. They'll make trades like that. Heck, they made a trade like that with Mercado just to get some return for him before they had to choose between Thomas and him for a spot on the 40-man roster. They got two younger outfielders on the horizon for a guy who was going to have to be on the 40-man or lost for pennies on the dollar of his true value.