Not now they aren't. Not sure the Cardinals want them to be. Rosters haven't been set for Class AAA teams, and really who knows who will be there on April 15 let alone May 17 or June 21. Those teams are super-volatile so if the Redbirds were a favorite it would be because Stubby Clapp is there, not because of anything else that the PCL could count on for the Redbirds. But, let's be honest, the Cardinals would rather the best players be in the majors and producing there, not winning another PCL.
Seems reasonable to say right there. Sure.
What's a rumbling? Is that not quite a rumor and certainly not a report, or is it almost a report and a little more than a rumor? Can rumblings be generated on Twitter or do they have to have a basic in actual fact? I need a guidebook. I need syntax literary in this case.
Never really thought of it. The Swifties probably.
December, 2016. Dexter Fowler. That's my bold prediction. Sticking by it.
If they get there, then they're good enough to beat whoever else is there, too. The season will have tested them and given us that answer.
Standings don't lie.
The eye test does matter, because there are some things that teams still don't have a great handle on when it comes to metrics. Defense for one. They're trying. They are trying to suck the eye test right out of the game and make only empirical decisions, but as long as we don't have a way to measure leadership or chemistry or interaction with players or rising to the occasion or how a player reacts to failure or any of those things then you're still going to have value in what is deduced from watching a player. Maybe it's not watching a player on the mound or in the box. Maybe it's watching that player interact in the stands with teammates or in the dugout when getting reprimanded by a coach. The scout that does that is going to learn about a player too, and there isn't a computer that is going to pick up on that.
Goodness, if $80m is "cheap dumpster diving" then we're in La La Land and we'll never have a reasonable conversation about spending again.
Dice and cards, and Scrabble has neither so Scrabble is a sport. Huzzah!
Why keep Wainwright when his contract is just going to expire after the end of this year?
Why not trade Wacha, I mean he's just going to be a free agent after 2019?
Makes no sense to re-sign Yadier Molina when they could have let him walk, or to keep Matt Carpenter when his deal is up in a few years, too, and goodness there are about six or seven contracts that will expire before 2020, so why keep them around?
Oh, I know.
Because there will be baseball in 2018. It will happen. Games can be won. Might as well try.
Today, I think. Story tomorrow.
It was a real Few Good Men moment, too. Ask Hochman. I was all Tom Cruise. Mozeliak was all Jack Nicholson. I shifted to Michael Keaton. He stayed Jack Nicholson. Hochman had a moment as Adam Sandler, and Mozeliak was still Jack Nicholson, though awkwardly. I was back to Cruise by then, maybe a little Kevin Pollak, and I wanted to know who ordered the closer the committee, who ordered the closer by committee, because when has that ever worked, and Mozeliak answered the question before having to step away because he had a call, and you want him on that call, you need him on that call.
Defense matters when it comes to WAR. But it's not everything when it comes to Pujols.
Indeed. I guess they just don't want to. Or, they are convinced they don't need to.
Exactly. Hence, I'm sticking with Pujols. He was Lou Gehrig to Trout's Mickey Mantle.
Allow me to tell you a story from my flight down here to Florida. As I was boarding the plane, two businessmen behind me were talking baseball and their frustrations with their team.
"I just don't get why they haven't done anything this winter."
"They need another pitcher."
"It's like they don't want to spend money, at all, they're saving it, maybe?"
"For next year? Wouldn't count on it."
"That's frustrating. They have the money."
Sounds like a pair of Cardinals fans, no?
They were Cubs fans.
Depends on the stat. Mikolas may throw more innings. Good bet.
I might have to cover games from one at this rate.
It's worth repeating: The Cardinals didn't sign Bud Norris for the same role the Cubs signed Yu Darvish. The Cardinals didn't sign Edward Mujica for the same role as the Cubs signed Brendan Morrow, just as the Cubs didn't trade for Marcell Ozuna because they really dig Kyle Schwarber and have spent a whole lot of money on Jason Heyward, and you know what the Cardinals don't want to do is trade Ozuna for either of those outfielders, straight up. So. It's better to compare apples to apples, Mikolas to Chatwood, if you will, Morrow to Gregerson, and those moves along with the rosters already in place give Cubs the better bushel of apples heading into spring. Darvish enhances that. Doesn't change it.