The Cardinals saw a pitcher who had high strikeout rates in a low-strikeout league. They saw a pitcher who had pulled his delivery together and gained command of multiple pitches. They saw velocity, upward of 95 mph. They saw the same stats that you or I could when looking through Japan's pro league. They scouted him on video. They had their pro scouts and some of the coaches evaluate him, and they run him through the in-house statistical centrifuge to spit out what his stats over there would look like here. He's a free agent, so they put him on the list to pursue and they initiated interest by reaching out to his agent -- and off they went.
There's a chance. He has to overcome Bader and Munoz at this point. He's a sleeper pick.
It's spring training. You don't want him pitching five, six innings yet. That would be unfair to his arm. Better approach here is to watch how he gets through those innings. MEANS not ENDS. And see how effective that curveball is, see how he elevates.
Entirely predictable. As we discussed a month ago in this chat, you could see it coming. I may not be the right guy to ask on this. I was high on Aledmys Diaz and still am. He hits. Probably won't stick at shortstop. But I've been aggressive about how the rankings should see Paul DeJong from the day he was drafted. Didn't have to look far to see his tools, his upside, and how he brought an element the Cardinals didn't have much of: power. Oh, and then he learned to play shortstop.
Bold. Not sure the Cardinals want to see that season, not from Carlos Martinez's perspective.
Greg Garcia bats lefthanded. The Cardinals do need SOMEONE to do that.
Outside pitcher, not starter. It should be said that the look would be for an outside pitcher.
That's the goal. Can't count on the production, but can at least help tell about the person. The Mikolas family was kind enough to let us tag along for an evening and see the town through their eyes. With the two of them sitting on the bench that serves as a memorial for his cousin and tell how they met because of that cousin -- that was a story I didn't expect.
Of course, he is the manager. He does not have final say.
Eric Thames seemed OK. There are just few who have done it, so there's not the large sample size or the easily predicted outcomes.
Missing the playoffs would be bad. A losing record would be far worse. Think in those terms.
Matt Holliday existed and he was really good.
(And, yes, that was 2009 and it remains the largest contract the Cardinals have ever finalized with a free agent, and all of that should be taken into account here as the Cardinals rethink their approach, but seriously ... just to gloss over an era that included a title? Is that what's happened?)
Blame the media. It's a tradition. I look forward to the bristling tweets holding me accountable.
Yeah, that Lance Berkman was pretty good.
I don't. But I do wonder if "flexibility" is the alternative to "certainty," and certainty, while expensive, is also necessary to contend. I'd take certainty over flexibility than any day. It's a little like the college football quote about quarterbacks and hockey thought about goalies: If you talk about how many you have, then you don't have one.
They are loosing games, indeed. Loosing them right into losses.
I have never said that, no.
Destined for free agency. He's rep'd by Scott Boras. He'll go to market unless he pushes his agent to complete a deal, and one month into knowing Ozuna in the clubhouse it's impossible to know what it would take for him to want to make that happen. More likely he hits free agency.
It's been a good game, you're right. Better play here. Both sides. Well-pitched on Cardinals side.