This is a fair and important argument and innings are a problem for the Cardinals. Innings. Innings. Innings. A known quantity of innings from the rotation is a must for a contender, though it doesn't have to be only five pitchers providing it. It can come by committee. That's just not idea. What the Cardinals are in position to bank on is one of the pitchers rising to that 180 or 200 inning level like Wacha or Weaver.
Years could be part of it, yes. Wanting to go in a new direction could also be a part of it.
I have asked and await a reasonable answer. One possible explanation is that decisions are made with the best outcome in mind, not always the splits or recent performance -- but the hope that this is the moment it turns around and past trends or perceived trends arrive. That is one possible explanation that has applied with past decisions. I'll let you know if I get an answer.
Next year: The debut of a nine-man bullpen. That will solve it.
Because his business, the one that allowed him to purchase the Cardinals, is in Cincinnati and has been located there, where he lives, for more than three decades.
They do rake at the gates, and they're about to hit the jackpot on TV. I am not sure what numbers you're going on here, but my own bookkeeping on the payroll and a double-check with two other sources has them in the top 10 in four of the past six years. But places calculate payroll differently. Teams go with the cost of their 40-man roster. Some sites only go with the opening day 25. All of that leads us here: It took a step back in 2017. The Cardinals are on the verge of a payday like they've never had, they had 3.4 million in ticket sales again, and they took a step back in payroll, into the middle of the pack, around or less than the league average. That is noteworthy. If it's a step back to slingshot forward -- clearing cash to spend it -- then take note. If the Cardinals are stymied and stand pat that is also noteworthy because while that powder stays dry the Cardinals' chances to contend will be under water.
Salary cap leagues are different.
Andrew Cashner interest you? He'd be a name to know.
Several reasons. One, they know what Lynn wants and what Lynn will pursue, and clearly they are not willing to go there with him. Two, so in order to know whether Lynn will actually get that or that the market will take them there to get a pitcher they need a third party -- either another pitcher to play off of or another team to play off of. That's how the market works. At this point, the Cardinals and Lynn are operating in a binary equation. Lynn has set a price. The Cardinals don't want to meet that price if they don't have to. That's a deadly embrace. A third party willing to meet Lynn's price or a third party that proves the Cardinals have the right view would break the tie and move the market.
That's what my next few weeks will be spent looking into, honestly. I'll have a little more time in October to get a head start on reporting and researching that I usually do in November on prospects.
Yep. I didn't say he was Kershaw. Just suggested he'd be a starter to watch. One of the reasons the market might work that way for him is because of stats like that.
It makes loads of sense. He'll reject it. They get the pick.
Haven't heard much interest in either pitcher from the Cardinals, but particularly quiet when it comes to Darvish. Seems like they have a sense the market is going to go beyond anywhere they would want to go with him. Can't say the same thing about Tanaka, mainly because I've heard so little -- one way or the other -- about possible or existing interest in him.
Why stop there? Make the list longer. Let's get our pound of flesh!
Jose Martinez wins the rookie of the month award for the National League.