Spring training. Maybe winter meetings. I could see a talk there. The Cardinals have a good rapport with his agents, and I imagine this will come up during the winter -- and may gain momentum there toward spring like we've seen before. I'll have to give some thought to what that deal would look like. His is an interesting case. True free agent dollars at the end of this two-year deal, strong first year but it is really his first full year as a starter -- lots of things that make him a unique case and not just a simple compare/contrast with, say, Kyle Lohse. That would be a framework to start, a launching off point.
Opportunity, mostly. He wasn't getting at-bats ahead of Carpenter and Martinez. Only so many feet can fit around first base. Good that Voit has gotten his chance.
In baseball's tiebreaker rules there is not a formula to sort this out. The three-way tie would have to be expanded and modified so that some cocktail of head-to-head, record in league, record in division, would determine a round-robin tiebreaker.
Agreed. An interesting trio for a position of need, especially on the horizon. Mendoza is considered the best of the three at this moment defensively, and he was decorated as such in Class AA. Gorman is the rising teen with the plus-plus upside as a hitter, and possibility that he'll move to first base at some point. They'll keep him at third as long as that works and that spot is open at the level he plays. He'll always be the priority prospect. Montero has the best mix of the two, and there some scouts that lobbied for him to be the "sleeper" pick -- the highest upside of the prospects that aren't yet household names. Impressive year. He has strong fans in the organization.
Tyson Ross exists, and will be ready.
The Rockies have seven games ... at home .. against two teams trying to stay above .500 ... and those teams may not throw their best pitchers at Coors Field. So, yes, their path is easier. Their climb is also steeper.
This is an entirely fair and worthwhile topic to explore, and it strikes at the point I've been trying to make about the team and the player having to determine why. Why. Why. What was the bat sluggish? Is one fix to turn him into a lefthaned hitter and do away with switch-hitting? I've asked, and I get push back from the team that suggests there isn't any indication from his splits that he needs to make that choice. Is a speed player aging and losing the plus-asset he had (speed)? That's not all that uncommon. It is something that the Cardinals disagree with when they suggest that Fowler's plus asset is OBP (working the count, getting on base, finding ways, however, etc.) and that it should not erode as speed does with age. I think the stats that you point out, as mentioned before, can be a canary in the coal mine -- but for what? Fowler thinks he has the answer to improve and rebound. The Cardinals believe him at this point -- and have every reason, financially too, to give him that chance while he's on the roster.
One of the reasons the "interim" tag was removed was for the team to give a clear message that this is the manager they'll be going with for future years. That was first a message to the clubhouse so that doubt didn't sneak in there. That was also a message for the market and for the game, for sure. Yes, it gives the Cardinals a chance to approach free agents with a clear manager in place -- though if they had completed the search in November the same would be true. They can multitask. Now they don't have to do the search.
He would need 140+ hits to reach 2,000 next season. That would right in his average but more than he's had in four of the previous five seasons. That seems like a hard total to reach. So, 2020, early, unless next year is favorable. I don't think 2,000 hits is some magical number he'll get and then retire. He'll play on.
Serious enough that it's causing issues with his hamstring that continue to keep him off the field. It's no small thing that he's playing through. He, Gyorko, and Molina are all going to play with some level of pain and a high level of caution.
I have not taken that into account when voting for the MVP award.
And then have Flaherty close the final four innings? Someone must.
I await the answer from the Cubs on this, but knowing that team, that manager, and this whole rivalry, it sure seems like they would relish ending the Cardinals season at Wrigley -- and not seeing the Cardinals douse the visitors' cubicle with champagne.
The Cardinals are only going to face the Brewers' bullpen tonight, so late or early they're going to have to get to the bullpen to win. Milwaukee has lined up a parade for Monday's game.
Piscotty. That deal was not about baseball, and they liked the hitter he has become.
Gives you a sense of the factors that shape a market.
I think it exists. Wainwright has not hid his preference to remain a Cardinal for his entire career. And he recognizes that will flexibility on his side -- flexibility of role, flexibility of salary. That said, the Cardinals may not be bidding alone for his services, and that's a wrinkle that he'll have to consider -- and the Cardinals will, too. We've seen how they can ignore nostalgia and legacy, and how they did so with Matt Holliday. And others, too. This will be an interesting dance this winter. The owner is a fan of Wainwright's The front office, too. What price they put on that will determine if he returns, because he's already acknowledged that he should have the role he earns -- not a guaranteed one.
Strong trailer. Welcome and overdue addition to the universe they've created. To me, the next big storyline they'll go after is "Secret Invasion." Plays well after the Infinity resolution because some heroes can claim to have returned -- but aren't really themselves. It's the perfect cover for new actors playing some of the heroes and for some heroes to suddenly be "alive" but not really themselves. Not that I've given this too much thought. You know. Or spent hours on a plane considering how to pull this off. No. Nope.