Nope. That's the cost of using that lever.
Yes. Yes to all of that. Improvements are spreading.
Tradition. Trial and error. And mostly error when we see closer by committees faltering. There's an adage in college football that if a team says it has two quarterback it really has none. There's a lot of truth to that. Same with baseball and closing, or at least that's been my experience. If a team says it has a number of closers it really has none, and opponents know it. Look, it's not ideal and in some ways it should have been stopped years ago -- but it's become this self-fulling prophecy that the ninth means more and the ninth is harder and we've all said it enough times that players believe it, teams believe it, teams pay for it, players chase it, and managers rely on it and that's how it has become true. It's like Matt Carpenter batting leadoff only on the galactic scale. And at some point Sisyphus can only push the boulder so far up the hill before relenting.
Here's hoping. But I imagine Tyson Ross might have an opinion on this.
I say Ozuna. Close second, Martinez, if he's the closer.
I don't know. I did not pick them to make the playoffs in our preseason predictions.
This will be discussed annually for sure, and it will be something the Cardinals explore this winter. One of the major reasons they will stick with him as a reliever is something that Greg Holland hinted at with his comments to me this past week in Washington. He said Hicks could close for 27 teams. He did not mention the three specific teams, but we can take a good educated guess that he means Yankees, Boston, and Dodgers, if all closers are healthy. Those happen to be the three teams that have the closers who, year in and year out, have defied the volatile trends of the position and locked down the ninth over and over and over again for their teams. That shows you how rare someone doing that is. That's why the Cardinals were so interested in having Trevor Rosenthal hold down that role, and no you see Hicks speeding toward that same situation. They see in him an elite closer, who could hold the position for year after year, and give them something in the ninth that few teams have -- or can count on year to year.
Miles Mikolas will be in it, for sure.
I did not. I have not for many years.
He's that good. Those picks were that young, and there were also injuries that they had.
Always something to that. Managers are always concerned about their message and aware that it has an expiration date. This was brought up as an example with Matheny, and it's something that Tony La Russa would always talk to us about. He thought that his limit was 10 years. Then he stayed for an 11th, and so on. Sometimes it takes changing the roster and not the manager to extend that message. In the Cubs case you have a team that has accomplished what it set out to do with Maddon and the core -- win a World Series -- and that group, nucleus remains to chase another. Obviously, stale is a concern.
You see what the Cardinals see and what fans who ask whether he's ready for the bright lights, big stage of the postseason should probably consider.
Not clear, at this time. But, the Cardinals and Wainwright are not closed off to the idea of Wainwright as a reliever in 2019. It's just how that contract would look that is in question, and if Wainwright has a better offer out there at that point.
He did, yes. He had a shoulder issue, if I remember correctly.
Andrew Knizner would be one. Ryan Helsley is another. Giovanny Gallegos. Derian Gonzalez, maybe. Justin Williams. A handful.
That 10-9 record does not bode well for a berth, no.