The pursuit of fly balls and more power. They go hand in hand. Also the increasing social acceptance of the strikeout, which is something hitters used to studiously avoid. See: Pujols, Albert.
It does. If that's what it takes to get an outfielder. But, remember teams won't want quantity in exchange for a player, they will want quantity and quality. So if the Marlins move Ozuna, you can expect they'll want MLB-ready players at multiple positions, including a pitcher. That's how it works.
Their picks for 2018 are their own.
Refreshed and reloaded. The questions keep coming in. Can't keep up. Here goes.
Agreed. Exactly. It's why on the radio this morning -- and now here in print -- I suggested the Cardinals aren't as good as their record suggests. You cannot claim bad luck on offense and conveniently ignore how a team makes its own bad luck with decisions.
And Glenn Guilbeau is fantastic. Right on.
He has not played center at the same position as last year, and part of that could be the ballpark. He hasn't found that sweet spot in the larger range at Busch that he had last year with Wrigley.
Also, he doesn't have Jason Heyward to his left. That's a major factor.
I don't get the sense that they have any delusions about this roster. They have hopes, but they also are aware that the performance now is a possibility. There's a old scout saying when you see a player have an amazing game: It's in there somewhere. So if you see a pitcher who is always throwing 92-93 suddenly hit 99-100, it's in there somewhere. Yeah, well so is the 92-93. So maybe this roster has the 99-100 in it, and maybe it will get there, but there won't be anyone ignoring that it also has the 92.
An entirely reasonable suggestion. Especially when it comes to Rosenthal.
Not possible. The chatters are a force of nature.
Oh, sure, cause for concern. That concern has been expressed. That question has been asked. And, thus far, there have been satisfactory answers from the pitcher and team about his health. Performance? Yes, reason for concern. Health? Not at this point. As stated.
The Cardinals are trying to run through that list right now, and DeJong's play is certainly a factor in the decision. Look, playing time tells us everything. Everything. And right now the Cardinals are playing DeJong at second and Gyorko at third when they could easily play Peralta at third and Gyorko at second base. Actions speak louder than any words will.
Have you seen Gant pitch? Brebbia? How do you even know it's a fiasco, when there are arms that haven't been used. Would you just like to spruce-up the names on the backs of the jerseys who are going to sit down there?
You'd be better off thinking about July 28, 29, 30, or 31 when the Cubs better add a pitcher to make that possible, otherwise June will be forgotten as they hunger for innings in August.
I sense an urgency from the front office, an intent unlike I've sensed in the past.
Welcome to the bandwagon.
Interesting question. And it's one that I've been trying to do some research on here as we speed toward the draft. It's a little much to recreate on the fly here in the chat, but I'll try after first tackling your question. Short answer: Not really. Longer answer: They have expanded upon the process that Luhnow and others, like Kantrovitz, Correa, and Girsch and Mejdal, all helped create. By that I mean that Luhnow and others pushed the Cardinals to look more analytically at amateurs and to find some gems at lower levels and later in the draft. They've mixed with some better ways of evaluating players from a mentality/personality point of view and also done well to isolate on reasons for appealing analytics -- athleticism for one, a standout pitch for another, gifted versatility for another. And you can see that in some of their picks, right? Like, I'm not sure that Paul DeJong would have been drafted by Luhnow, but the process he started and what others have added to it made DeJong an obvious Cardinals pick in the end. Give me a minute and I'll see if we can illustrate whether there has been a dive in draft success. Working theory: There hasn't been.
A snapshot of the first-rounders taken that had notable impacts (or didn't) for Cardinals:
Rasmus, Chris Perez, Adam Ottavino, Clayton Mortensen, Pete Kozma, Lance Lynn, Brett Wallace, Shelby Miller, Zack Cox, and Kolten Wong.
(Outside of Lynn most of the impact has been as trades)
Piscotty, Ramsey, Wacha, Gonzales, Weaver
(The pitching run really takes hold, and some contributors there)
(still in low minors, a high-ceiling attempt)
(obviously the kind of player the Cardinals have only had the chance to draft once before during the Luhnow era, and that was Porcello, and they passed)
That is one of my favorite movies. I saw it five consecutive Fridays at the theater back in the summer of 1989.
The market set for relievers like Rosenthal certainly makes that feasible. Depends on how many teams are in need of a starter. Lance Lynn would return less possibly because there's no control after this year. Rosenthal brings control.
He's their savviest baserunner. That's how it happens. Oh, and the guys who are supposed to steal more haven't been on base enough to do so. That's also really how it happens.
I'm OK with that. He's a fit, at his best.