Greetings, folks: We're going to use a tag-team approach for today's chat, and I hope you'll enjoy that. Commish Hummel will start the chat and go for an hour or two, then Derrick Goold will tag in and complete the chat with a couple hours of his own Q-&-A. Enjoy!
Some teams try to send four regulars to these games. The Cardinals are better than most.
I liked what I saw but let's wait until he faces some hitters on other clubs.
I wouldn't mind if the Cardinals retired Flood's number. Whether the Hall of Fame would do the same is unlikely. But it is worth considering, certainly.
Matheny said he would never hit a position player ninth because he had to do so himself. The question, of course, is whether Wong can get on base often enough to play regularly.
My wife, Melissa, is always on the lookout for such items. But then she he has to tell me which to wear with what.
Let's keep in mind that Kelly did not hit a home run at Memphis last year in more than a month there. Yadi's .365 mark in second half suggests he isn't in decline yet. The issue will be how the Cardinals deal with Molina's option year, which is mutual. They surely must present some long-term proposal some time this season.
Gyorko is expected to play some outfield this spring, along with third, second and first. They might keep only four outfielders if Garcia, Adams and Gyorko are all kept as infield bench men.
I'm optimistic on that but Wacha still has to pitch at least 175 innings. So far, so good, though. There is a big upside here.
Your fears aren't unfounded. But Lynn's surgery was a long time ago. Wainwright should be better a year more removed from his Achilles' surgery. Martinez should be fine. And Leake isn't bad if somebody catches the ball for him.
Weaver could be a starter this season but I think he needs at least half a year in Triple-A.
Garcia, I think, is quite a valuable player but his chances to stay hinge mostly on the Cardinals keeping only four outfielders. Or if Schafer is a pitcher-outfielder.
Pham is vulnerable certainly. Non-roster players Chad Huffman and Todd Cunningham have a chance. So does Jose Martinez.
Adams is going to have to shine this spring, especially in the two to three weeks that Carpenter is gone to the WBC.
Book it. Lance Lynn, imminent free agent, will have a large season. Fifteen or more wins, as always. Keep in mind he had his surgery in November, 2015, nearly 16 months ago and did pitch rehab games last year.
Mayers has excellent stuff. But he surely was scarred by his debut last year. He'll appear in the big leagues at some point this year but you can't count on him just yet.
Folks: Again, we appreciate your patience today. Commish needed to sign off, and soon as I know when Derrick can resume the Q-&-A, I'll be back here with that update.
I have been able to complete the reporting for the day. Give me a moment to catch up here and we'll go ahead.
Makes sense. Let's get going.
With one day at spring training, I would come during one of the early game days. That way you still have a full roster of players to see scattered around the fields and then a game to attend in the afternoon. Grab lunch in between like the players. That is way to get the full spring training experience in one day, and you'll see the workouts early and then the results later. Another option is to wait later into March, say mid-March, and then you can come on a day where there are workouts in the morning and minor-leaguers all around. Those games can start earlier (noon) than the major-league game, so if you're Farmnik it's a chance to see prospects and big leaguers at the same time.
I'm going to go way out on a limb here and suggest that the Cardinals like Matt Carpenter just where he is, on their team, as a middle-order or No. 2 hitter and at first base. I don't understand this notion or how fans eager to canonize him a few years ago now want to trade him. Curious, to say the least.
Somewhat. We're navigating the new order of things and how to maybe report in new ways. Part of the new structure led to my delay coming into the chat after Mr. Hummel ran the first stretch.