It was not ideal, according to officials. They were, however, prepped for it as Matheny explained that the inability to use Marco Gonzales at all in that game meant someone else had to take that role, and he was putting Wacha in it. The counter to that was -- ok, ok, fine, then Wacha is used in the mid- to late- innings in that role, but when the season, series, game is on the line in the final inning go with the best pitcher available (Lynn) and not adhere so strictly to a role that was invented that afternoon.
By that definition of "conservative" I would consider 23 teams to be the same amount of "conservative."
Yep. Asked yesterday about who is a candidate to close, Matheny said: "Everybody. Everybody."
Heck, Lyons just started doing the role that we've been talking about him doing in this chat for how long? And he's doing well at it? And now you want to move him back into the rotation? If the Cardinals had a need in the rotation, Weaver is the next man up, and then possibly Flaherty and then Mayers, and who is fresh and available would be a determining factor here as the team tries to avoid using the 40-man roster. Lyons could be a starter -- maybe some day or if something else were to happen in the rotation, but let this ride a bit. He's in a good role for him as long as the Cardinals really, truly continue to be committed to using him.
Thanks for the kind notes. Doing what I can. I agree with you: We haven't seen the angst online translate into absences in the park, with the exception of late last year when the stands were noticeable empty and, yes, the players and management took notice. We're not seeing it yet this year. And there have been times when I thought, oh, here's a night here they're going to feel the pinch for their play in attendance -- even if they don't with ticket sales. And it doesn't happen. There's some giveaway to compensate and draw. I don't have a good feel for where the level of patience is for the fan base. It could be that the Cardinals have reached a point where the history of the team and the loyalty to the team is the draw and the tradition and it will take several years of mediocrity for discontentment to reach the ticket office. That's possible. Maybe it goes back to some of the comments about fan frustration. It's very easy to vent online anonymously or scream online from state far away, but when it comes to actually taking a stand and withholding a buck or not watching on TV or not buying that jersey then it's a harder habit to break, a harder stance to take.
Flaherty. Hicks. Woodford. Mercado is getting interest. Perez. Alcantara. Junior Fernandez. And of course Carson Kelly. That is not a complete list.
Alright. He was benched recently for spiking his helmet, and there has been the usual conversation between player and manager about how to handle himself in front of fans and with the frustration that comes with better opponents. He had two hits in the first half of a doubleheader, and that is almost half of his offensive production so far this season. He's batting .172 (five-for-29) with a .250 on-base percentage and all of his hits have been singles. He has two walks, two steals, and six strikeouts.
I agree with that. About 2/3 of the games have not had 40,000 in the seats. Some have been paltry -- but that was when there was bad weather or unattractive opponents. This past month, the crowds have been larger, and the team lost the most in a month as it ever has under Matheny. So, what's the indicator? Weather.
Thanks. I hope you can understand that I cannot possible remember week to week or even moment to moment here who is asking what questions, and what questions have been asked by whom in weeks past. It's not feasible. My gerbil-sized brain can store only so much. I'm just a beat writer, bud.
Then it must be true. Or, Matt Carpenter is just a gifted hitter.
More likely at this point that they find the answer for the bullpen internally, and the answer for the middle of the order hitter (MOTO, if you will) we know is not going to come from within the organization. It's going to come from outside. It could come from Miami.
We have. We've done a live podcast with questions from people in attendance, and there is one that will be planned for later this year at one of the most historic venues in town. That's the hope. We want to make it happen for the Best Podcast in Baseball. The Post-Dispatch has a promotion for coffee with Tony Messenger. I'd do coffee sometime ... because, hey, free coffee.
Unfair? Seriously. Goodness. Yes, he could be traded but not because it's unfair that he's in Class AAA. I will refer you to last week when I did my best to remind everyone about how old Kelly is and how that compares to other elite catchers and when they got their start in the majors.