Fourth outfielder. Bullpen jobs. And no, they are not.
Panic? Not at all. Questions and some concern, sure.
I imagine if you wanted to you could find rumors on him, too. As far as reports go, Cardinals have not had any interest in Lynn and have not pursued any dialogue with his agent, to date. Interest in Arrieta has been hinged on whether he seeks a shorter deal than currently advertised, and the Cardinals would now, in the recent words of someone who knows, be late to those talks at this point. Those are reports. Cobb hasn't come up around here much.
Rick Hummel is going strong. Cannot get the guy to take a day off.
Let's attack this question on multiple fronts. First, don't pay attention to ERA during the spring, or give it too much credence. Remember you're talking about only a few innings and one bad inning could warp an ERA and mislead what's actually happening. Instead look at the MEANS not the ENDS, and the means have Mikolas not getting many swings and misses and getting hit hard, and whether he has a 1.00 ERA or a 100.00 ERA it's the MEANS that have the Cardinals and Mikolas' attention, not the stats at this point. Second, even if Mikolas had a 0.00 ERA and was storming through the Grapefruit League, the Cardinals would benefit from another starting pitcher, and that's been a consistent statement in this chat -- or at least that they would benefit from another pitcher. I should say that. Pitcher. Doubtful that sends the Cardinals running to the two you mentioned. See previous answer.
Cardinals score their run on a double steal, and then go up on an RBI hit by Adolis Garcia. Now lead the Nats, 2-1.
The price was right now. DeJong's interest, like Piscotty's, drove this.
Leone has one. Gant has one. Brebbia, Bowman each have three. Tuivailala and Lyons no longer have options. Gregerson doesn't matter. Sherriff has two. Gilmartin is on a minor-league deal, and so is Schafer. Lucas has two. Mayers has one. That's a good sense of it, right?
Thanks, Donald. The Cardinals have just not shown much/any interest in engaging with Lance Lynn at all. They told him that his time had come to end when he went out to become a free agent, an they didn't have any substantive talks last season about an extension. They seem happy today to accept the draft pick instead. What's driving this? Multiple things from what I can tell. The front office always like a little churn and uses the expiration of contracts as a natural means of doing that, from Suppan to Lohse, Holliday to Motte, and now Lynn and Rosenthal, for example. It also seems like they have a makeup of their rotation that they're trying to get, and at no time has a player of Lynn's age, Lynn's familiarity, and Lynn's presumed contract when mentioned as a fit.
He had the expected difficulty adjusting to the pro game with those serious flashes of raw power and the athleticism that has scouts intrested. He hit .161/.242/.280 at GCL, and he hit three homers with 49 strikeouts in 118 at-bats. Minor-league camp opens Tuesday, and that will be a chance to see more on the back fields, as to this point I really have only been able to stick with the big0-league club. Next week is a chance to roam a bit, and the off day for the big-leauge club will be spent watching some of the minor-league games, no doubt.
All of the above. We discuss short-term immediate coverage such as blogs for the next few hours, and we discuss news that needs to get up now, now, now, and then be covered in the next day's paper. Hummel and I also talk about long-term plans -- what are we going to try and collect for the coming week, and even what we want to write in the month or so ahead or during the season. We've had talks about what are some of the Sunday stories that we think would fit during the regular-season and what reporting we can do now that will inform or illuminate those stories. Last week on the road trip with the Cardinals, I collected interviews and facts on stories that appeared that day, later that week (like the third-time-through story), already this week, and, of course, in the special section. Hummel and I really try to figure out how to squeeze the most out of the access and not just think about what's due that day -- but how to use that day to inform stories down the road and make them batter.
Betting on the wild-card is a bad bet. Too volatile of a game. Better to try to win the division. That should be the goal, and you're right a nudge above .500 isn't likely to do that. When you aim for 90 and the Cubs aim for 95, maybe try to aim for 95. That said, a marginally above average farm system? Not sure where you're getting that from 12th because farm systems are not bell curves. The gaps are different, and the Cardinals, according to other teams, continue to have one of the more desirable farm systems when it comes to pitchers.
Wacha. Mayers. Gant. Derian Gonzalez has also been good.
That information is posted daily, when we have it, at StlToday.com. Hummel cannot be stopped. He usually gets it posted before I can even log onto the computer to do so.
They have hope. This coming season is a defining year for recent first-round picks. No doubt.
My take? I don't understand the Pitcher Under Glass. The Use Only in Emergency pitcher. I believe that it is a self-fulfilling role that will never be used because the manager doesn't want to use a pitcher only for use when the team is out of the game because that would mean acknowledging that the team is out of the game. It's like Joseph Heller writes this stuff. The Cardinals want to carry a pitcher to cover innings when they're in trouble. The Cardinals don't ever want to admit they're out of game. So they don't use that pitcher. Even though they are in trouble. And they have that pitcher. Using that pitcher would admit defeat. It's self-defeating. And odd. We saw this with Shelby Miller in 2013, and we saw it again with Michael Wacha in 2014 until we didn't see the Cardinals in the postseason anymore. And it continues to make little sense. Now, this bullpen may not need a guy like that -- it may be versatile enough and not carry a specialist so there's no need for the under-glass pitcher. But I can think of far more times the Cardinals were caught with a short bench (Hello, Oh up with the bases loaded!) than caught without a pitcher.
They may sell more than 3 million. But that's not the goal. They want to sell 3.4 million, and as you suggest they've already given indications that ticket sales have slowed for the coming year. Look at some of the offers and the $5 deals they're giving for the coming year. Opening day is said to be sold out, chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. told Jesus Ortiz and me this morning. But they've had a sag in season-ticket sales this winter, and they are expecting to have to drum up sales in new ways for 2018. The tell is in their deals, their actions, their increased bobbleheads.
Heck, he's positioned himself as the possible fourth outfielder. He's in the conversation for opening day.
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That decision is on the horizon for the team. Seriously. Like in the next week or so. They have him in the mix as a starter for Memphis now, but in the coming days they want to decide whether having him focus on relief is better. Matheny is intrigued by him in that role.