This has been a theme for the Cardinals since 2013, and I didn't get it during the 2013 World Series and still don't get it entirely now. But it's their roster. The front office would prefer to have the setup you suggest. They see it like you do. The coaching staff and Matheny don't want to run out of pitching -- and they want to be aggressive with the relievers this year. That's why they carry the extra pitcher. If they use all eight, it makes more sense. It's the pitcher under glass that perplexes me most. Why would you willingly play with a 23-man roster? The season is hard enough. The travel grueling. The usage challenging. Why impose a limit that you don't have to have? They prefer to have the insurance, even if presence is the only impact.
That was Rick Hummel's article. And there hasn't been one that has surfaced, no. It's something the Cardinals are definitely on the hunt for, if possible, though their motivation isn't as urgent now as rosters shake loose as maybe they thought it would coming into spring training.
I have covered multiple hockey games here in Montreal and I have been to the ballpark, but I've never covered a game here. I'm excited to do so and add another to the list. Some longtime chatters may recall that last year, with a visit to Yankee Stadium, I covered at a game in the Bronx for the first time. (Been there many times, but never covered a game. It was a fitting last place for me considering I got into baseball writers in part because of my fondness for Yankee Stadium, the old one.) I keep a running list of the stadiums I've been in the stands and in the press box, and Montreal's will be No. 35 for me, as far as current or former big-league ballparks. It will be the 43rd ballpark I've been to for a game, if you include all the ones I've seen from the stands.
Luke Gregerson's injury is more severe. He's expected to miss at least two weeks -- and that appears to be two weeks into the season. Should be clearer after he gets a week to let the injury calm down. Adam Wainwright is set to miss two starts, depending on how the Cardinals manipulate the rotation around his absence.
AT&T Park is way up there. Probably No. 1 when it comes to these criteria.
Oh, and Dodger Stadium. Dodger Stadium. Gosh, tied for first.
Smith has been in the past. Haven't heard him come up this time 'round, though. Your think in the right arena, the right region.
So who do you knock out today? This moment. Signing Holland means someone has to go. And not just from the bullpen, we didn't even get to the 40-man conversation.
I attended a game in the snow, back at Mile High Stadium. It wasn't the opener, but it was in the first week of the Colorado Rockies's existence. I think there's been some freezing rain. I'm braced for the chill -- here and in New York.
Luke Weaver was so impressive he made it seem downright nonchalant. He was good, and right there behind him was Michael Wacha. Jack Flaherty had the more discussed spring training, but Weaver and Wacha had the better springs. The ease with which Weaver got ready and got through his starts was remarkable. Reliever? Mayers. Hands down. Surprise? Yairo Munoz. Had heard different scouting reports about him -- and I mean very different. Was told he was a good bat in search of a position, was told he had a reliable glove and no certainty of hitting at higher levels. He showed during spring that he was a bit of all of that and a strong addition for the bench. Disappointment? More Jordan Hicks. Less injuries from sprinting drills.
Writing stories for Saturday's paper, honestly.
Oh, wait. Friday. It depends on the schedule, honestly. But I may get to visit MLB Network while working on those stories. That's a possibility.
That works until MLB comes down on those manipulating the 10-day DL like the Dodgers clearly did a year ago. The Cardinals were in a double-bind there, really. There were teams frustrated and skeptical of the Dodgers usage, and here were the Cardinals with executives on the board that negotiated that CBA and Mozeliak on the board that oversees rules in the game. If MLB starts imposing penalties for doing that or scolding teams for doing that, how does it look if one of the teams doing it has people involved in the writing and implementation of the rules?
That is the Cardinals' stance, yes.
Max Schrock. Yes, he's healthy. Before leaving Jupiter, I saw him play on the back fields. Has the bat as advertised. He was playing some second base, so I didn't see him move around the field as he likely would have in the major-league camp. Good swing.
I do not, honestly. That is a popular stance in this chat, from what I can tell. I get the sense that it's the Backup Quarterback Factor in full effect.