He is having an issue yes -- especially with the Cubs. He is pitching against them like he pitched when he got into trouble during that first tour of the majors. Where he gets to the edges of the strike zone or stays out of it. That means he's behind in the counts, and comes back over the plate and invites those flares and singles and base bloops that the Cubs have turned into such success against him. He is not as aggressive in the strike zone as he needs to be, and those walks are more alarming given his style than the ERA. I guess they go hand in hand. But, yes, he's breaking from the approach that makes him successful -- and the Cubs have shown what happens when he does.
It is on the ground at this point. Lots of hard ground balls. Like last night.
Best player possible until the much later rounds when the picks will be used to fill out the rosters at the lower levels with catchers and needed position players/pitchers. Cardinals are happy to have to give picks to Houston this year. Gives them more flexibility with bonus pool too.
The Cardinals just swept the Cubs in dramatic fashion. You can imagine the tone of the questions today. You are welcome at any time, Fred, to bring the heat. Looks like you may have wasted that chance to make a joke. Oh well.
Automatic. They wouldn't trust me with such important content.
Good question. Been asking around about this moreso in the past week. There are some high-performers there in Peoria. Juan Yepez has been impressive. .415 average, an OPS greater than 1.000. And he's still young, right in that strong age for that level. One thing to also consider about how impressive Yepez's start has been is the 10 doubles. As a player ages, especially a hitter like him who isn't legging out doubles, some of those doubles become home runs, and it's why when a player gets to Class AA and the Texas League the 20+, 30+ doubles players are highly regarded as future power elements. Elehuris Montero is a prospect to watch, too. He might have the rising upside of that group there at Peoria, and is getting a chance to show off the production that goes with his raw tools. Montero has a .940 OPS, an average near .360, Evan Guillory has pitched well there. Anthony Shew has been in command at High-A Palm Beach with six strikeouts for every one of his walks. That works well in those parks, at that level, and bodes well as he moves ahead. Andy Young, an infielder, has six homers for the PB-Cardinals and that's in the pitcher-dominated league. Had to look this up: Young has 52 total bases and only 15 strikeouts. He and Max Schrock and the aforementioned Yepez have been among the most impressive infielders -- and that's an area where the Cardinals have been searching for prospect depth.
Alex Reyes, to start. I think the front office is trying to determine if the lineup needs a bounce somewhere -- and what position would be best to find that bat. They're not sold on the need at this point, but that is part of the conversation.
Beginning to question Maddon? Oh boy, that was sport coming out of the 2016 World Series, especially after the Game 7 befuddlement. And they won that game. Yeah, the Cubs should look familiar to the Cardinals. They've had teams with a lot of talent that cannot find that rhythm, that groove, and one of the reasons for that is because the Cubs look like a team that cannot find the consistent pitching that a team needs to contend and that a manager needs to look smart.
The new CBA has pushed a handful of new off days into the schedule, and to accommodate those days and still pull off the reasonable travel there are some Wednesday off days. The season also started midweek, so we've also seen a few weird Friday off days. The driving force behind this is the players and the union that wanted more sanity with the travel (especially for the West Coast teams like San Francisco, Oakland, and Seattle) and the additional off days negotiated for the current CBA.
Class AA Springfield finished off a win this afternoon. Adam Wainwright went five scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, and he threw strike after strike after strike. Of his 59 pitches to get 15 outs, he threw 45 strikes. Wainwright did not walk a batter. He struck out two and he got four groundouts to five flyouts.
Tampa Bay's ballpark is a good place to work for writers. I just wish it were better for baseball.
The Cardinals want him to do both -- hybrid.
That vote is geared toward the fans making the choice. The fans spoke. Through all the years of doing this job and talking about the Hall of Fame and all of that I always got the sense that the fans wanted more control, and the Cardinals have given that to you. If this is your opinion, or it's one you share, I would hope that it would also influence how you view the writers' vote on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and how difficult it is to get into Cooperstown -- for a reason. The Cardinals do want a popularity contest for some of their Hall inductees, and that's fine, it feeds the fan and even fits the theme that they're trying to strike for their Hall. It works. But such thing would not work for Cooperstown, not to me.
He hasn't galvanized the support from the fans. I imagine that's because for a whole generation or two of fans he's a Mets player, not a Cardinals player.
A weighted rotation seems to be a good idea.
At its best today? Sure, I could see that. At its best, based on the roster, not really. This team is still at its peak when it has Carpenter, Fowler doing the OBP thing and Ozuna doing the SLG thing and Pham all OPS all the time. That's when this lineup will be at its best, and the Cardinals could use that for a stretch of the summer, especially now. The team that is playing the best right now has Wong and Gyorko playing their part -- for sure -- but the best team the Cardinals could play still features a strong, rolling Carpenter as a part of the lineup.
Still no, no. There was just a question on MLB Network about whether the Orioles would accept Flaherty, O'Neill, and Gomber for Machado. Let's parse this. That's 5+ years of Flaherty, six years of O'Neill, and six years of Gomber for eight weeks of Machado -- AND NO DRAFT PICK when he bolts for another team. I get where you could make the argument that you're dealing 17 years of control and one of the top, most-polished starting pitcher prospects in the division for the chance to create a momentary super-lineup that could do damage in October. I get that. Seems like a move that maybe a Red Sox team would make. Not one the Cardinals have made a habit of doing.
You sound as if he's a toaster and just needs to get repaired. I don't view bodies like that. Players should so all they can to avoid surgery because there's always the chance a player doesn't return from surgery -- and trying to get through or get by or get stronger is always preferable than surgery. I think sometimes we as writers and fans downplay the severity of just having surgery. This is especially true when we throw around Tommy John surgery like it's a flu shot. Nope. Yes, it has a high degree of success, but it's not 100 percent and any time it's not 100 percent that means there's a chance the player's career is over because he might be the one that balances all the others.
The Cardinals would be unwise to make that deal.
(Which is why it's not a deal. It's not a real. It's a tweet. It's conversation.)