OK. Going to have to take a slight pause in the chat here as I have to relocate. Doing a little hotel shuffle this week in Boston, and my room is ready at the new place, so I will take the chat on the go.
I am surprised that's the case. Clearly an oversight that should be addressed. Thanks for bringing it up.
There is a better chance of Matheny getting a Snapchat account than of that being orchestrated.
Alright. Settled in. New hotel. I'll pick up the pace.
Gyorko appears the most likely option at this point. Matt Carpenter would be scheduled for one day with Luke Voit playing first that day. That's how Matheny prefers to handle the DH spot -- as a half day for a regular, when possible.
That's a lot of Pham to get to a question about Piscotty. I understand why. There's this sense that it's Pham or Piscotty for the future. Not so fast. There are three outfield spots, and there is a scenario where the Cardinals see both of them sharing the outfield next season. No doubt. To your question about Piscotty, I don't think anyone knows what this winter will bring for him. The Cardinals floated his name out there as a possible available player at the trade deadline. And they'll do the same in the winter. They'll look to see if there is a market for him (Giants?) and what he can get in return. News flash: They'll do the same for Pham and they'll also do that for Grichuk. They will see what each can get in return, or what a package of players can land in terms of an upgrade. That's how this is going to have to work. Pham has played his way into being desired by other teams. That's not something that I could write at the beginning of the year. He has earned interest from other teams, for sure. For all the reasons you outline. There are teams out there that will prefer cost-controlled Piscotty to producing Pham because of the contract, the age, and what they would view as upside. The Cardinals are one of those teams that tend to side with cost-control above other traits. If Piscotty didn't have a future with the Cardinals, I imagine they could have found a taker for him at the deadline. Instead they're giving him a chance to find his swing at Memphis, and they rearranged prospects to make it happen. That ought to tell you something -- something just as much as Pham's stats do.
It will yes. It will be part of the direction new ownership gives.
Paul DeJong will earn the number he wears, No. 11. He's that good of a player.
The places you mention are often aggregating sites for reports from elsewhere. MLB Trade Rumors does a great job of collecting reports from baseball writers and presenting them so fans can track the timeline and keep immediately up to date on things. But those reports are coming from reporters elsewhere, not necessarily that site. Same thing with the radio, which relies a lot on the beat writers from newspapers and MLB.com around the leagues to unearth info and then opine on it. I know that the team has had past interest in Justin Upton, and I can see that he fits the profile of what the Cardinals were talking about coming out of the trade deadline -- with one hitch: he's righthanded. They have that bat. And as I look into this further you could see how this is a case of them, once again, choosing between riding with Grichuk or going with someone new. Last year, they chose to play Grichuk over trading for Carlos Gomez (remember?). Now, Upton is producing far more than Gomez was at the time. Far, far more. So the decision isn't as cut and dry, and as we ask more questions and poke around more any legit interest will surface. At that time there will be a report, and others will pick it up. Right now, I'm outlining the kind of conversations the Cardinals have had internally, or will.
Aledmys Diaz has already been an All-Star. I'll stand by past statements made in chats through the years that Kolten Wong will be an All-Star at some point in his career. Could easily see that coming sooner rather than later. DeJong has that look -- if he sticks at shortstop. His other positions are a little more competitive in the NL. Pham has All-Star numbers now. There's just no All-Star Game for him to play in right now. So he'll have the repeat to be there in D.C. next year. He's shown he has the ability.
I had no role in it, but I hope by printing your note here the appropriate people will see it.
I had, yes. What I wanted to understand was the context of it, because team meetings happen and don't spawn winning streaks; dinners happen and don't create champions. So, you have to make sure it's a real story -- and not a cliche. I also knew that a colleague was going to write about it and had done the work to report on it. That's what matters to me: Is it going to be in the paper? Are we going to have the news? Are we going to tell the story best? Then, great. It's about the paper. I get enough bylines to prove myself. What I did want to write about was the signal, and attempted to explain it in Friday's paper after Fowler did it to the bullpen, which made me really think it was more than just the normal hand jive teams do, and then when a few players linked it as a symbol of the offense they wanted to become it was important to write. Jesus and I spoke and tried to offer a double-helix of what was happening for the Cardinals in Sunday's newspaper.
See, this is the question that puts in a few words what I was trying to say with so many words earlier in the chat. If a lefthanded obvious complement didn't attract the Cardinals than why would a righthander even with greater production? It's the redundancy that they're trying to avoid.
They're referring to the metrics that have Martinez less of a defensive plus in the corners than his teammates.
Denver, it's near where I grew up.
New York, it has everything, including Two Boots pizza and Midtown Comics and Broadway and ...
It might not be just one thing. It could be a concert of things. He clearly comes into games searching for a feel for his fastball/sinker. Now, that could mean that he's just got to calm his mechanics -- we do see him speed them up at times during the game and that does betray his control -- and it could mean that he comes into a game with a live arm, and the sinker doesn't have the same movement, same control that it does as his arm starts to tire. I've seen a handful of sinkerballers like that. They just come into a game and they're chucking the pitch with a fresh arm and no feel, and that arrives in the second, third, inning and they roll.
I doubt that this is the series of events that happen.
They at least considered him, but I heard of no serious talks with the Mets about him. That could be on me for not being able to unearth that information, or it could be that their posture, which didn't seem high on chasing Bruce before the deadline, remained the same after, as waivers came into play.
Says you. I've had plenty of pizza in New York. Done my part to eat at some of the best and greasiest slice places around. And I'm sticking with Two Boots, man. Hell's Kitchen Two Boots. Or, when in Nashville, a little hot chicken slice from Two Boots. You can call it "touristy" all you want. That's not going to change the taste, not for me. I'm not eating pizza to impress people. I'm eating pizza to enjoy its taste.
I guess there always is, and so we'll ask and ask and ask about it and point it out if/when they do. The answers I get right now is that the Cardinals are not going to ignore four months of troubles and underachieving play just because of a few weeks of being what they thought they would be.
No. Only skunks are apparently allowed in the dugout, at Dodger Stadium.