Dodgers. Four games. No doubt.
Interesting question. I expect his name to come up, yes. Either way, the Cardinals understand that a conversation about Clapps' place and role with the team is coming this winter, and it could lead to his departure. That's a possibility.
He does, and that's why there were so many attempts to try and link the Cardinals to Moustakas. Over and over again, I was told by sources outside the organization what a good fit he was for them and how odd it was they weren't more aggressive chasing him, and I was told by sources inside the organization that they saw him as a redundancy with Gyorko already at the position -- and Gyorko was better. The internal view of Gyorko was that his value, his production, and his defense was enough to outweigh the lack of a lefthanded bat. It became clear in spring training that also part of the consideration was the want to get more at-bats from Jose Martinez. The addition of Moustakas as the all-power, average glove would have taken away playing time from two players the Cardinals did not want that to happen to -- Gyorko and Martinez.
Evidently, I cannot. I can only shout so many times from the top of the chat before I go hoarse. We have so many examples of that at this point. Hicks can dominant on the job and learn on the job. I would be surprised that the Cardinals would a) send him back to the minors to improve/learn when b) he can impact whether they win in the majors, and that's ultimately the most important thing.
OK. Time to relocate. Must head to the ballpark. Will rejoin the chat from there with details of the lineup, etc. So stay tuned. And thanks for the patience.
RF Ozuna, with healthy shoulder.
I did. You are welcome to check the coverage. That’s how you and other outlets know about it. I reported it when I was able to confirm it. Perhaps I didn’t do a good job of explaining myself — I was reporting on many things, including the late arrival, for News/story and preparing to write that story the same weekend Matheny was fired. The angle of my story that I reported had to change for that reason. The details, the news did not — but I think you would agree it would be odd to have Matheny comment on issues he no longer had a role in addressing.
It can’t be bargained with. It doesn’t feel fear, pity, or remorse.
Thought about that. I hesitated only because, honestly, expanded roster. Wasn’t sure if I should stick to 25, or what would be.
He must opt out of his contract. He may. Then he would be.
J. Martínez RF
Nope. He stands out. Big guy, gregarious personality.
I do not. It’s unscientific. Prisoner of the moment.
MLB now has a role. Must get approval because of playing conditions. Haven’t seen it this year for that reason.
Yes. With help from Marmol and input from Warner and Shildt.
He has the super-sub job. The team is open to him producing and playing his way into a larger role, of course. That won’t be closed off to him.
Poncedeleon starting Wednesday. Sets up for Dodgers series.