Nah. Maybe if this was high school football. It's not. Cardinals have always believed in themselves more than the media did. Baseball tends to be pretty pragmatic. Baseball players know they aren't deciding the games on dry-erase markerboards in Secausus, N.J. So, edges are nice. Games are better.
He does not have all of his options intact. He has lost at least two, though there is a twist. His injuries do make it possible, I believe, for the Cardinals to request an additional option year, if needed. We saw that with Anthony Reyes years back, if you recall. (And Mitchell Boggs once recouped an option when he was given the service time.)
Possibly, Dear Dunce. Possibly. Have to turn in my lit cred card.
I don't have the answer. I don't. It a) doesn't happen in a vacuum and b) would be alarming because it's the second year of it, third in some cases, and that presents a chronic concern and a trend that is impossible to ignore if there are better options nearby. It's a tough question. That's my point. And there is no surefire, always-the-answer approach, and every team is going to be different about it. This is a case where I definitely know what the question is -- and I'm eager to see what the answer is.
OK. That's Wainwright. He talks a lot about that. Maybe I misunderstood the usage of the term "bulletin board material." To me, that phrase means something is tacked up in the clubhouse or read for all to read as some sort of rallying cry. I don't see that much in baseball. Now, many managers like to pit their team against the media. Matheny would talk about how the media doubted the team and was not be trusted when it came to its views on the team, or that the media would seek to divide the team. Dusty Baker is famous for pitting his team against a universal, if nebulous doubter -- be it the media or other teams. I know some managers will suggest that front office doubts a clubhouse as a way to motivate it. La Russa would use the media as well, suggesting that the media doubts the team and will always see the negative in the team and so on. That's pretty common stuff. Maybe that's what you meant. That's certainly what Wainwright was talking about -- he finds doubters on Twitter, in social media, and burns that coal for fuel. I've never thought of that as "bulletin board" material. I've heard that referred to as "haters" and the like. But maybe that's what you're talking about.
Yes. I'm more interested in the ripple effect. It may win tonight. What's it mean for tomorrow. The team that pulled this off the best this season was San Diego, and I was really impressive with how they set up their bullpen games -- no pitcher followed a similar pitcher into game, changing looks, changing hands, changing styles -- and still didn't exhaust the bullpen for the next day. And Green did that with a 25-man roster. Against the Cardinals this season at Busch Stadium, that was one of the most impressively managed series I've seen.
Alright. It's time to relocate. I'll take the chat mobile. Good chance to catch up on the previous answers, fire in some new questions, and brace yourself for the coverage coming your way from the ballpark. We'll take this chat up to first pitch, if you've got enough questions and interest to keep it going.
Those are good, interesting, compelling numbers. I think we have established the what. That’s the question.
The question is why.
Hope so. Deserves it. Deserves it to be in the Nationals league, or even division.
All true. Like defence and defencemen, Centre (and not Center), or even better toward and towards. You’ll see a lot of towards, and that’s fine in the UK and elsewhere, but I was taught toward is the word we print even if towards is the word we say. I welcome the use of towards and judgement when we take the chat abroad to a pub in London. Deal?
I need a tag team partner for the Chat so when a question gets me in a headlock I can tag someone else in and catch my breath.
The goal is to avoid this. As with Wacha.
Kolten Wong is running sprints in right field as I type this trying to prove his readiness.
The Cardinals are 26-19 against lefties. No other team in the NL Central has more than 22 wins.
Yes, they do. If they feel the injury is imminent, they'll never avoid it, or they can improve their durability and their results with it. This happens often. It's worked on in the minors. And different teams have different philosophies.
A good question. One I wonder. It hasn't helped them yet. So, maybe there's something about his stuff. The Brewers are not one of the better teams against sliders, and Flaherty has one of the better sliders out there. So does Patrick Corbin -- arguably the best -- and the Brewers tagged him for four runs in six innings.