No. I'm not a showcase believer. They play. Scouts are smarter than that.
Schafer is on a minor-league contract, so he doesn't need to be optioned out of camp. He just gets assigned to the Class AAA roster, and he'll have an opt out in his deal later on. Martinez has two options remaining.
Rocked? Interesting. Must have looked at the box score. A guy throwing in an exhibition game for the first time in forever hit 94 mph with his fastball. He hit his spots. He got squeezed on a strike zone. He broke a bat for a flair single, and then yes got rocked for a double. So rocked, it is. Goodness. This is a pretty big deal in baseball terms, to be honest. He had the Seth Maness surgery -- the primary repair. So what he's doing has not been done yet. Harris was on the mound and in a game before Maness, and he had a torn ligament and was on the mound and in a game in less than a year. Rocked? Methinks not.
Haven't had a chance to see him. That is a question we'll revisit later in spring.
Indeed! In tomorrow's paper. Absolutely. I have to deliver on this tease. I realize that.
Not if he's with another team.
Fascinating question. Let me ask the folks around me.
Benjamin Hochman, PD: Stephen Piscotty
Mark Saxon, ESPN.com: Matt Carpenter
Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com: Stephen Piscotty
JJ Bailey, KMOV.com: Aledmys Diaz
Derrick Goold, PD: Aledmys Diaz
That's the group, and the discussion continues.
No clue. We'll know more when the WBC is over and those conversations start. At this point, all we have to go on is the mutual interest in an extension, the fact that Carson Kelly exists, and that Yadier Molina wants to be a starter and not a part-time player. Oh, and the Cardinals have said they want to keep icon players and have only done so when the players' health, not his contract, brings him to the end.
Yes. Once he's recognizes contact and speed will catch up to him as fielders get better.
Errors are a lousy way to judge defense at this point of the year, and they are even a misleading number when it comes to the regular season, in my opinion. Sure they show that a play should have made, but they never show a player that could have been made -- and rarely do they reveal a double play not turned. It's why we try to track Plays Not Made. That includes cumbersome, lumbering range and misthrows and of course double plays that aren't turned and thus prolong an inning. We're seeing less of those this spring. Look to Mike Leake's starts. See how his innings are going. See his efficiency. That tells you as much about the Cardinals defense as any E column ever will this spring.
Solely on making the playoffs. It's a rather Ends by any Means value because if they've gotten to the playoffs they they know those players helped -- or were replaced by players who will. Simple.
Well, when you're in the minors and can outrun any throw from the left side, you do what you can to get a hit.
Are you thinking about the press box? Sheesh. I'm working on it.
Absolutely. Travis Wood did this last year with the Cubs. Todd Worrell did it famously with the Cardinals. Other relievers have done the same. They come in for a batter, they hide in the outfield, and then they return to the mound. As long as they are not replaced, they can do whatever position needed on the field, including pitcher. If an AL team does it, that AL team loses the DH. There is no such catch in the NL. There is a catch with Schafer, however. The other day he entered as a pinch-hit and that means when he went to the mound he had already been in the game and the number of throws he had to warm up was less than if he had just come in as a reliever. So he has to warm up on fewer pitches.
Asked and just answered. It's a wrinkle in the process they have to adjust for.
Imagine if he were the second coming of Bob Uecker. Such a festival of quotes I'd about to be covering. It would be podcast magic. Bring back the Tuba!
This is the deadly embrace. It's a fascinating dilemma.
Doesn't appear to be the case, no. They are outfitting him with more coaches to keep track of things going on when it comes to day to day management. It has not been spelled out entirely. But, something that Shildt will likely be doing is monitoring the rough edges of play and some fatigue elements so that he can know what is slipping and address it the next day, that way it doesn't slip through the cracks because all the other coaches are focused on winning that one game. Matheny has mentioned something like this before. His job is to win that day's game, somehow someway. Having someone who is focused on something else -- a larger picture, trends, etc. -- is helpful because it means that Matheny has a backup and that David Bell, the bench coach, can also shift to more immediate, in-game focus. That's the idea, at least.
Training staff. And mostly Pena. Pena mostly. Don't forget the power service time can bring.
Footwork is improving. Absolutely. Needs game-speed reps and is getting them. Diaz has upside. His track record at every level is this: He rises to the level of play and passes it. It just takes experience for him to do so, and then he accelerates.
Molina will have control over that. If the season has gone that out of hand, goodness, trading Molina will be only one of the headlines that emanate from a failed year.