Seems that way today, for sure.
Walks/Hits per Innings Pitch has value as a stat, for sure.
OK. I'm still not convinced.
I'd probably just wear a Porg tee shirt. I've never been one to get in costume. Have to stay on brand: bland.
The more and more I read and the more and more I study and the more and more I ask around, the more and more I'm starting to believe that the No. 3 spot needs some modernization from the traditional best-hitter approach. Makes sense when there are two OBP monsters to put ahead of the No. 3 hitter, but in this case, for this team, it makes just as much sense to put a guy who doesn't hit into double plays and does damage when he hits the ball and puts the ball in the air. Enter DeJong. Getting him more at-bats probably plays out well, too. I get the look of that and think the cleanup hitter is going to hit as much with runners on base, or close to as much, and we know that the No. 3 hitter has a greater chance of coming up with two outs and no one more than any other spot in the lineup. That neutralizes some of the threat for that hitter.
I'm going to guess it was because he was asked. Not sure of the timing. He has declined to do so for other outlets, including The Post-Dispatch, that have asked in recent years. He did not want that kind of interview in recent years. Not sure what changed that he would grant this one. Could be the situation, could be how he's feeling, could be a relationship/situation that other reporters didn't have.
Thanks for the compliment. I mean it when I say that Shildt is not knee-jerk with his moves. I think he's more subtle than that. The move with Reyes is an example. He gave Reyes several good looks, and then in his discussion with Reyes and with the media explained why and how those next looks have to come in the minors -- not in some lower-leverage spots. He wants to script those appearances. Same with Martinez moving in and O'Neill getting playing time. Shildt isn't doing this stuff today without having prepped the players for such moves all spring, or with conversations leading into the games. Earlier in the chat I talked about how he is siding with players in roles the Cardinals paid them to fill -- or in some cases Shildt chose them to fill -- and not yanking them out immediately. There's more nuance to how he runs things, and I think that is clear how he's double-switches and how he's been able to show a commitment to Ozuna and Fowler and yet also find ways for O'Neill to impact that series in Pittsburgh.
Quite concerning. For this team to be good, the starters have to offer more.
Gomber would appear to be next in line before Cardinals would look outside. They'll keep tabs on the market outside their roster, but if we've learned anything over the past decade, they'll look and try internally first.
Potential. But if it happens, the Cardinals have hit Yahtzee and how often does that happen?
Let's see if they lead to earlier finishes. Our deadlines would be appreciative.
There was concern, yes, around baseball about his health. That has been covered and known and discussed throughout this process.
I think Dylan Carlson has put his hands against the ceiling original placed on him and pushed it ever higher. He was really impressive during spring training -- and that was building off a strong year, according to scouts and coaches. Carlson impressed peers, too. One way to get a sense of how a player is going to do in the majors -- or if he'll even reach the majors -- is to talk to the players already there. They know what it takes. They see it others, too. They saw it in Carlson, according to players I spoken with. Montero and Mendoza also earned nods from peers, and scouts who saw the Cardinals this spring, especially those who did on the back fields. Montero has defining year ahead. He could assert himself as the best and closest to the majors of that third base/corner infielder group. Mendoza has the glove, the corner versatility, and there's a sense he'll contribute in some way at the majors. What way -- he'll get to determine that with production. So, in order: Mendoza could arrive as a contributor, bench player; Carlson could be competing for a starting job by 2020 and a large role in the team's future; Montero will define a lot of where he's headed this season.
Was just having this conversation with a few people on the field. It was better. We saw it in drills -- with our own eyes. Saw it recently too when Ozuna was playing catch with Willie McGee, as he does regularly. It has not translated much to games. I asked Shildt and Ozuna about that recently. Ozuna said he has no excuses because he has health. Shildt wonders if he's just yet in position in the field to uncork the throw -- meaning he's played sore for so long that he's changing how his body moves and gets ready to throw and he's not ready to unleash, or that he hesitates in the game when he doesn't in drills. There's something to this. And the way the front office has said it: Ozuna needs to play more aggressive. He should trust his health -- it's there in drills -- and get that willingness into games. They're waiting on it to arrive.
That's possible. He's on the path paved by Chris Carpenter more than McGee.