Please let that happen. What ab absurdity. Then Molina hits a first-pitch homer and the starter has allowed two runs and thrown only one pitch. Brilliant.
Yes. All of them have contracts. Hitting coaches would have to be renewed and offered new Deals for 2019. Oquendo, McGee, and of course Maddux have multi year Deals as part of joining the staff for this season.
Stats mean a lot. They can also mislead. Know the signal from the noise.
Have not spoken to him about either of those things. He is scheduled to speak later this week at Six Flags, I believe. I know that at least one team has tried to reach out to him/has reached out to him about a role. It’s expected that one or two others would. The Cardinals at some point will approach him about his future and whether another role within this organization is mutually agreeable. There has been no movement on that talk, obviously. In Kansas City, there is at least a discussion about if he’s a fit there and in what role. The Royals are intrigued by him. He has let people know — not me, but other reporters, confidantes — that he would like to manage again.
Yes on Mikolas. That could be a spring conversation. There has not been movement in that direction with Wacha. He has another year of arbitration and doesn’t appear motivated to give up free agent years, which is what it would take at this point. The team will approach him with some kind of discussion this winter, just out of due diligence. Initially there won’t be much traction, it seems.
Interesting question. Only if they decide to pass on hiring him. Then he would get that chance. Right now he’s under contract with the Cardinals as their interim manager. Same with Riggleman in Cincy. If that changes and a new Manager is hired, protocol would be to allow the interim to seek that job elsewhere, if offered.
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BFIB. Best Flow in Baseball.
I do. How he gets outs, how he pitches, the pitches he has — all of that has staying power.
PNC Park. Walk the Clemente bridge.
News: Carlos Martinez will return as a reliever, not a starter. He will be used in high leverage spots, and this is because the innings are limited for him to build up arm strength.
As mentioned earlier, he is intensifying his throwing program. Intends to be out for tuneup in the near future and back by early Sept. as a member of the bullpen.
Nope. Checked out ok. Was throwing today. Shildt said he was even available yesterday.
You also didn’t have to face Josh Gibson. So, stay in your lane, Cy.
Both fair points. Both likely mitigated by the fact that warming for a relief appearance is different than the whole start thing — less prep, always ready. Could be a good jolt for him.
Not at all. This is about ability to stretch, workload, and lack of runway on the calendar. That’s all.
They aren’t pitching him in relief tonight. This is for when he is healthy.
Alright. Let's get some speed going, now that I've got the phone back up and running and can get some pace going here. We've got a few hours before first pitch. I'm ready. Got a few filibusters left in me.
The idea, as of today, is that Wacha is enough ahead of Martinez that he would be able to return as a starter, and that gives the Cardinals the sub-in that you're talking about. I wouldn't discount Tyson Ross also playing a part in that rotation. When you think of a rotation of Mikolas, Flaherty, Wacha and then a mix of Gomber, Weaver, Gant, and Ross that has the look of a rotation that can steady a team in back-to-back series -- and that's what is needed to remain in the race. It still has a better look at that point than, say, the Brewers' rotation. Cubs are top-heavy, so it's depth where that rotation starts to tatter.