This is true. And the homestand is oh-so-favorable if the Cardinals play well.
Possibly. Haven't had a chance to ask directly yet, but know that the Cardinals and Carpenter are always conscious of oblique/lower back soreness for him. He had some in spring training and that led to him missing the World Baseball Classic. He and the team were looking for clues of possible future injury -- see: Cardinals insider this past weekend -- and trying to be proactive with rest that they could give him during spring training. That is an issue he's had to play through before.
Some of the questions were answered previously in the chat. Lyons' absence as Broxton struggled is certainly a question, and I know there is a bullpen story in the works at The Post-Dispatch to explore how the relievers are sorting into place, as Broxton struggles. An dive into the quality control role was previously mentioned. Please scroll back. It's lengthy.
As for Carpenter: This question of his eyes has come up a few times in the hopper here, and I haven't had a chance to ask directly, but having been to Miller Park before it's possible there was something about the glare or backdrop there that caused trouble. We saw that with Ryan Braun in one of the games over the weekend. That field has some quirks when it comes to picking up the ball everywhere but out of the pitcher's hand. So, it's either Miller Park, or Javy Baez was running around in Carpenter's field of vision wearing a white Maddon-approved shirt and causing all kinds of havoc.
Which, by the way, when did Chris Bosio turn heel?
My how things have changed in less than 12 months.
Javy Baez. White Maddon shirt. Go with that.
We figured the relievers would be a work in progress this early in the season. The temptation here is always to go with the fundamental. The one thing on the list that the Cardinals can truly control. So, I'll pick ... Hitting. Right now, it's the one that is leaving all the other flaws, from minor to major, exposed. No margin for error when there are so few crooked numbers.
There could always be an injury that happens. Or a concern. The 10-day DL makes a lot of things possible. But, to your point, Socolovich is more likely to get through waivers than Lyons, and his recent use could be a tell.
I don't like the Jays' chances for a third year.
The Cardinals Way is a handbook, most often used by coaches.
(And, yes, we clearly know who the athlete is. These legs aren't going 26.2.)
They are calculated by the individual sites that do them. Baseball Info Solutions calculates their own. FanGraphs uses a formula that it has for gathering the info. Yes, teams have their own internal valuations that use whatever approach they've cooked up and believe in. Major League Baseball's foray into this is StatCast, and MLBAM is making most of that information available to the public. It uses real-time analysis of data from ballparks to determine its numbers.
If it starts with a 4, it's elite. If it starts with a 2, it's not good. The 100 in the middle is carved at, let's say .333, to good and passable depending on the power that goes with it. The MLB average for OBP right now is .312. Last year it was .321.
On bunts: He had the stat gurus in the Cardinals analytics department put together a rather tall stack of data on bunts, and that has influenced his reduced use of the bunt. As far as hit-and-runs go -- you're going to see less of those if you have a lineup with strikeouts in it. There have been several hit-and-runs with Yadier Molina and Aledmys Diaz, but with the other hitters Matheny has been less likely to make a go-go of it.
They see that as part of his game, and it does need to be. I see where you're coming from. They've got to find that balance of when to go -- and when to get instincts -- and when not to even try because the risk is too much. These outs matter.
You are forgetting that it's a hit-and-run. That order matters.