I wouldn't call Matheny "reluctant" to make lineup changes. He might be "selectively reluctant" when it comes to the players the lineup is built around. Carpenter. Fowler. And Holliday before that. But Molina hits everywhere. Piscotty has moved all over the place. Pham produces one place and is another the next day. There's constant lineup churn outside of the tent poles. And that is mainly because those players were signed or committed to for a reason. The Cardinals need Fowler and Carpenter to produce at the top of the order or they are not the team they imagined. They're going to -- in the term of the day -- "sink or swim" with that tandem.
A stride below. Reyes was the top pitching prospect in all the minors. I could see Hicks being in the top 20, top 25 range when it comes to a top 100 list. Lots to like. But he doesn't have the overpowering production and skillset that Reyes showed early on.
He has been around most of the year.
See how it plays out for the next month. Then more moves -- either to fortify a contender or to pivot toward 2018. Pretty simple. Mozeliak laid out the challenge, and the next moves will reveal what direction he thinks it's headed. This is going to be a volatile time for the Cardinals.
Huh? Maloney was moved to third base when the Cardinals, in the final weeks of spring training, had to adjust to the absence of Oquendo. His knee injury and need for surgery made it impossible to put him on the field. His quality of life was going to be at stake, and thus there was an insurance concern. I think that has been lost in all this. He needed knee replacement surgery. No small thing. And not something that the team could knowingly put him at risk of damaging by being at third base where, you may have noticed, the coach has to move around a bit. So the Cardinals went with the guy who had been a third-base coach -- and graded as a third-base coach -- in the minors. Maloney. Other options where Bill Mueller and David Bell. They could have chosen either and stuck with Maloney at first base. So part of it was comfort, and part of ti was the grades they had on Maloney's work in the minors as manager/third-base coach.
Let's put this in perspective. It was the Phillies. The Cardinals turned things around against a team that was worse in the standings. I'm not sure I see the matches you do, not with the Yankees. Rosenthal has interested the Rockies' before, but they also dig building their own pitching prospects, and their current success would seem to reinforce that approach.
He has input. He knew who "they" were thinking about starting, regardless of the pronoun he used. Mozeliak and Matheny are going to come to that decision at the same time because it doesn't matter roster/lineup in that case. If Mozeliak adds Weaver, and Matheny goes thanks, I'll start Lyons, what good does that do? Seriously? They're going to discuss it, decide on it, and agree on it. Don't get hung up on pronouns.
Uptick. The expected velocity has arrived.
No. But they're important for the 2017 and 2018 Cardinals, for sure.
That's the hope, yes. There have been other podcasts that featured Cubs writers, too. Those are still available at StlToday.com.
Let's ask Ron Washington.
You are reading too much into the comment. Martinez is doing quite well, and Alcantara has the upside of Reyes with more horsepower, but less of a track record of production.
I'll stand by the description that he'll be an All-Star. Thought it could be this season. Could be next year. Could even be with the Cardinals. Imagine that.
Nope. They would want to bank those pitches and let him be available for the next day -- in most cases. Now, if Oh isn't available, the equation is different.
(Or, if Rosenthal is the closer, the equation is different.)
They are both pizzas in the same sense that a whale and I are both mammals.
I promise, I did earlier. His status won't be definite until he reports to the ballpark tomorrow morning for the game. They want to see how treatment and rest worked for him. The expectation is that he'll be in the lineup tomorrow.
Yes. To the granular degree.
Alright, need to get a break in here. Give you a chance to fill the hopper again. Draft coverage begins later tonight on StlToday, with baseball writers fanning out to cover the news and prep for the Cardinals joining the mix Tuesday. Check back here, because if there's a chance while we watch the draft unfold, I'll try to get to a few more questions. I have another assignment to handle here for a bit, and I need to relocate. So it could be a stretch. But we'll spend some of the draft time chatting.