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Tyler O'Neill has been billed that way in the Mariner's organization. So it translates. Not like the Cardinals have somebody else standing out. DeJong's growth as a hitter and how that walk-rate improves and how his approach evolves will be interesting. Power says he's could be.
He's Aledmys Diaz 2.0 at this point, and you saw what happened to Diaz because of the lack of walks and the changes in approach to him. DeJong has to stay ahead of that curve. His walk rate is low, his extra-base hits are high, and he's got a high BABIP to go with a high strikeout rate. All of that means he's going to have to change his offensive profile to be more consistent, more consistently productive, because as well as he's played in the field at shortstop what will keep him in the lineup is the upside bat and the reliable glove, not just the reliable glove.
I think if you believe he was embarrassed by that play and therefore did not want to help a major-league team win a major-league game against its major-league rival, then there is something far more serious than a fake leg cramp going on. That's a rather serious indictment of a professional's competitive vigor or integrity, no? So, I'm not buying that. He was dehydrated. He had an awkward slide. He was removed before the Cardinals had a cramp become a tear -- and that has happened before, you'll recall.
He was sent home. He was out by a long, long. It was not a good play. It was unwise aggressiveness.
It's like 108 degrees in St. Louis. We're all on hot seats.
I don't get. Not nearly as much as I see on Twitter or elsewhere.
Dial it down to 4 for sure. Market has not gone that way.
I have heard and reported and explained in the chat the exact opposite of that.
The. Exact. Opposite. Of. That.
Probably for Adams. Certainly for Adams. Remains to be seen on Garcia. I'm not so sure.
One of the things, I think, that made Gary Pinkel so fascinating and so successful as Mizzou's football coach was how he would continual develop talent. A player would emerge better, would grow, and sometimes he would take raw ability and coach it into an NFL draft-bound player. That was impressive to me, and it stood in contrast to the basketball team that seemed to get players in and they stayed at the same level year after year after year after year. There wasn't improvement. There wasn't development. There wasn't that base element of coaching that right across campus we saw every Saturday in the fall. I do find it interesting that the Cardinals -- heck, the game -- has gone younger and younger at the big-league level and yet we still hear how it's no place for development. Well, yeah it is. It is now. Whatever is wrong with a young player's swing eventually he can't just go for the rinse cycle in Memphis to fix it.
At some point there is going to be a litmus test for the Cardinals and what they've been unable to untap with some of the young players -- perhaps it's Grichuk going to another team --- and then there will be a good look at how another approach might yield another result.
Top five. In that first week of August, I'm going to do the Bird land 7 again. He'll be in it.
I saw Kris Bryant score from first on a bloop to shallow left-center field. I guess it's possible.
All of that is a fair view of things. I do think the manager sets the tone and sets the "culture" and sets the schedule to improve on these things, and credit where credit is due: We saw improvements throughout spring training. Anyone who saw this team in spring, during March games, and then dropped down without a clue of what has happened since would not recognize these Cardinals. That is part of makes this season so ... odd. They were better. They played better. And then the offense vanished and all the frays started to show up again.
I guess 1 in 3. But I don't see Bader like the other two. He's got a different skillset.
Thoughts? I'm never really sure what that means, whether it's a rhetorical statement that says only offer an answer if you agree with my statement. But I'll stand with what I've reported: The owner makes that call. The owner has not wavered from his support of Matheny. This season however has put quicksand under everyone's feet.
Could have been that, yes. Or he saw something from Contreras and tried to sneak one against him. That is also possible. Molina was looking for that lapse where he could grab a bag, similar to what he watches in the runner when they're going to back third base and he picks them off.
When those actually happen, we'll find out. If those actually happen.
Sierra. Kelly. There are people who like Sosa's glove. Jonathan Machado looks good in center. A lot of life to his game out there.
A heads up. There are questions coming in quicker than I can even read them today, and I appreciate all the activity. But it means I'm going to have to try and reload the system here to get them where I can actually read and answer them. Thanks.