No. I think that is too many games. The Cubs are buttressed against such a dip.
Slim. But he'll get discussed at some point during the season. For sure. He's going to create intrigue this spring, in the same way Trevor Rosenthal and Michael Wacha did in past springs that heralded their later major-league arrival that same season.
The pace of spring workouts. The wrinkles that have led to workouts being finished earlier and less downtime. The independent study time for players seems to have really been a hit, and more and more players are seeking out where and what they need to work on, doing it, and then getting out. There's not the eyewash of trying to be the last to leave the cage because the schedule says they should be.
Trick question: Eric Fryer. It's already a given. A sleeper, today would be Huffman or Schafer.
Yes. They have had those discussions. DeWitt and Mozeliak have had those exact discussions about moving him up to a new title and having a general manager, in title, come in under him. DeWitt said it really comes down to title inflation because it wouldn't so much be a change in role or responsibilities. Mozeliak is a GM in name only. He does many more things than the typical GM, and some of his responsibilities are on par with what Epstein has in Chicago, even if his contract isn't. For example, when the Cardinals purchased Class AAA Memphis it was Mozeliak who led that movement and did the deal and figured out a way around the nettlesome structure of the Redbirds. He did that. That's not usual GM stuff. In the coming year, it's possible that Michael Girsch has more of a public presence and that will indicate that a move upstairs to a new title -- even if it's very similar in role -- is coming for Mozeliak.
This is the first spring where Mozeliak's contract does not extend as far as Matheny's. That's another indication of what the next evolution of his contract will look like and the timing of those discussions.
It is entirely possible that Reyes could have had an MRI taken of his elbow 10 days before the opening of camp and not had an issue uncovered. That is possible. Players do have a routine exit-evaluation, and they are also reviewed in January. The Cardinals medical staff sets up shop at the Winter Warmup, and as players come in to sign they also swing by the doctors for tests. That gives the team a good feel for where players are coming into spring training. It wasn't like Reyes left the exam in January, locked his elbow in bubble-wrap, and didn't move from a protective cushioned cell for the next three weeks. He got on the mound. He pitched. Pitching can cause injury. Jhonny Peralta reached for a groundball and blew apart his thumb ligament. The game causes injury. There was no telling Peralta's injury was coming.
It was not possible for so many reasons. First, he had a rupture of the ligament that was not at the bone. For primary report the tear must be at one of the bones. Second, there is zero data on the recovery and success of major-league pitchers when it comes to primary repair. None. Seth Maness is the data and he only just signed with Kansas City. Teams aren't going to be sending young, upside pitchers to have this surgery -- and surgeons won't do it -- until there is another few years of information.
Sure. He has the tools. No doubt.
... their starting pitching was the best in the division, second or third best in the NL.
... their starting pitching was undone by faulty defense and lack of innings due to injury.
For the 125th anniversary season? Seems appropriate. Would like to see Branch Rickey there first.
Exactly. That's a good way to do it, c/o Cardinals. Hummel appreciates fan mail.
I suppose. Not sure it will change.
Uncertain when you're trying to go that deep. The Cardinals are sure up to about 7-8.
I wasn't aware that you couldn't be conservative and progressive, but then a lot of our political language confuses me from time to time. Progressive used to be a good thing, right? Now it's not? Doesn't matter. Most players, by and large, are conservative.
There were new fences constructed around some of the fields that changed the traffic pattern and what fans could clearly see from one area of the campus. The back fields remain as they were.
It's on the table again, and the Cardinals are going to end up there at some point this season. It may not be a full commit, but you're going to see it in June, July, even if it goes by a different name.
That hasn't started yet. Perez isn't here. He's coming for STEP camp later.
They are interested, I've had two sources tell me.
I don't think one follows the other. This is not an If/Then scenario that makes sense. Lester could win twice as many games as Wainwright and Wainwright will have pitched better than Lester.
I prefer to set a lineup by OBP, stacking it at the top to get as few outs as possible and as many people on base ahead of the cleanup and No. 5 as possible. Also you maximize the number of at-bats a player is going to get. A move from No. 2 to No. 5 would cost Diaz a few dozen plate appearances over the course of the season, and if he gets on base once every three times (conservatively) that's four times on base he'd miss for every dozen plate appearances he'd miss. Say he misses 36 PAs by batting lower, that's 12 times on base that he wouldn't have. Really, it's probably 15 or 16. That's runs, man. Runs matter. Maximize the OBP early. Put the K/HR guy at cleanup. Get a contact/doubles guy at No. 5. Crooked numbers happen.
That's how he built a team that won the World Series once, got there twice.
Rosenthal. Weaver. Gomber. Gant. Alcantara. Mayers. They seem to be standing out so far. Lyons when he gets clearance to move off the mound.