We would have had one heck of a story, for sure.
They are, yes. That is usually instructed. Also, runners know that.
No, there was a need for offense and Shildt bet on that move and may have put himself in a bind with the bullpen later.
I do not believe they are in a roster "gridlock," and would not offer that as an excuse for inaction.
Only if we listen to the version sung by Paul Rudd.
It does make sense, and thank you for clarifying. This was explored way earlier in the chat -- right as we got going with it today, honestly -- and I see where you're coming from in the ninth. If we can use the term progressive to describe a team free of the closer hook, then let's say the Cardinals weren't as progressive in the ninth as they initially advertised. Maddux and Shildt both agreed when I asked them if they had shifted away from their spring descriptions. They had. Hicks convinced them. There is the other part of performance and availability. Miller's early hiccups meant some rewriting of the plan, just as Gallegos' performance has put him in a prominent spot. I think there has been some modern use when it come to him, Gant, and to a lesser extent Martinez. There hasn't always been results.
Not sure what to tell you. I'm not picking by names as much as I on subject and availability.
Interesting question. It's up there. Truly. The whole weekend was a remarkable experience to watch unfold, and I was thinking today about how fortunate I am to cover baseball in a town where that is possible, heck, where that's expected. St. Louis has a special relationship with baseball and this baseball team, and I only hope to live up to the challenge of capturing that in print, daily. Musial resisting help so that he could pantomime his swing is up there. Mariano Rivera warming up alone at the All-Star Game in New York is one of the most remarkable moments I've ever seen in person. Matt Holliday's final weekend with the Cardinals was a gift for him, and I think a lot of folks will remember being there for those pinch-hit appearances and how well that was handled with him going out to left field and then being called in. I imagine as far as weekend's like this one are concerned, that was just an appetizer of what it could be like when Yadier Molina announces his retirement and takes a victory lap. Those final at-bats will be something.
Both. The lower ranks of the system had been thinned on pitching, and it was catching up with them all around the organization. They knew they had to refill the ranks this year and that the draft was going to be a chance to do that with the college pitchers available. It is also their wheelhouse.
Why not indeed? Make it happen. Bauer is going to be pricey. Cleveland will want his replacement for a year or two from now, and the Cardinals probably have that in the Class AA or Class AAA staff, and then a power arm and some other upside prospect. Tyler O'Neill? Could see his power being part of that discussion.
I completely understand that. That is a fans right to believe that. You're right -- it would be magic if it was reciprocated. And sometimes it is. But the faith that it will be reciprocated is sometimes misplaced. You ask me where the fans can have any say in the team spending more or adding more or whatever -- well, it's not always relying on the better angels of a business. No pun intended.
It was about starting the discussion. The type of deal that Cleveland would be looking to make.
Michael Wacha will be a free agent at the end of the year. This is not the deal those teams want. Nope.
I would imagine it would be when they have the Yankees' approach to building a team, right down to the Brinks truck to spend out of problems. Or when they have the Yankees pinstripes that mean Stanton will say yes to trade. Either of those things. There's a good point in here about layering insurance and paying the price of having a deep roster, but not a top-heavy or even all-heavy roster. But in the end it comes down to the players you have performing at the expectations and levels you have for them. If Paul Goldschmidt is having the first half that nets a seventh consecutive All-Star nod and MVP discussion, your question would look a lot different.
I think there's something to this, and it's actually something that the front office acknowledges. They accept the criticism of them being conservative. They prefer the term data-driven. Mozeliak did not like when I asked him if that made them "risk-averse," there is an element to that. The Cardinals can point to deals they made out of urgency and emotion and how it cost them. They can point to deals they didn't make because they restrained themselves, trust in the process of their evaluation, and held back. They point to deals they almost made and would have regretted later (Heyward, perhaps). So, yes, there is an element of being reactive inherent in that approach. Good managers are reactive. Great managers or proactive. There's an element of the same for front offices, but probably more at stake when you're talking about moving players (like the trade story from this past weekend) or committing cash (like, say, the Angels did with Pujols and what they've been able to do since). Teams constantly prepare for injuries, but there are some that every team only reacts to. The one that Hicks is that. The Cardinals could not have been proactive to go get a guy who throws 100 mph just so they have a spare in case Hicks is injured. And before you say Kimbrel, let's acknowledge that he got a multi-year deal that would have then blocked Hicks at a high dollar from being the closer he should be. So, some injuries only invite reactive moves. The Cardinals pitching staff and the division race, as things stand right now, could go to the team that is most proactive with the next move, with the trade.
Seems like a good spot to end. We've got an excellent look at how some decisions are made, and in ALL CAPS, and we have my own words being used against me in a court of chat. I dig that. Well done. The Cardinals are hitting the road later this week for San Diego and then an interleague series in Seattle. I will be on my way to Seattle next Monday, and that means that Rick Hummel will have the keyboard for the weekly Cardinals chat. I'll be on the daily coverage for the team. Hummel has all of the Hicks news up at StlToday.com, and there is more coming with columns from Ben Frederickson and Benjamin Hochman on the Cardinals. Stay tuned.