Every team is guilty of overvaluing its own prospects except for Boston. And, maybe the Cubs when it comes to pitching prospects. This is not a St. Louis thing.
Probably not. Rosenthal did't throw 102 with sink.
Couldn't be further from the point. And you know that because you've read in this chat how the Cardinals should be judged on what they do. The point: Your arguments should take into account what they tried to do when you're making them. They didn't get Stanton. Judge them on what they did next to recover. But don't concoct some cockamamie conspiracy to retrofit the result. C'mon.
He has not. Quite the opposite. He has said he wants to get through this season, have a good, and then assess with his family what's next. Last year, he suggested he'd like to pitch two years beyond this one.
It was a series of sprints on a new area of the facility where the Cardinals have turf and can set up some tech. They would run sprints and have their timing tracked by laser. That data was then mixed with their body size and type to measure their work. These weren't just straight sprints, either. They were back and forth -- gutbusters, in some realms. Miles Mikolas had one of the swiftest times when body size was factored into the timing, for example.
The Cardinals' plan is to have REyes in some sort of hybrid role unless they need him in a specific role when he's ready. The idea is to get him 90-100 innings so that he can be ready to be a starter next year without being hampered by a reduced workload this year. So you're looking at 90-100 innings during the season, maybe more if they're in contention in September and he's a starter, and of course more if the Cardinals get to October. His whole season will be engineered around those goals -- the innings they want him to pitch and the availability they want him to have for a postseason push.
Your expanded take on your limited observation has been posted for posterity.
It could depend on the lefty. Let's go with a majority of the time, yes.
The answer to the second part is yes, and that is true because he's doing everything he can to keep his injuries in the past -- and that is his new norm. He'll have to do this for his career.
He will have to run. That's part of conditioning.
I have only had coffee today.
Which reminds me. I need to relocate to the ballpark and run a quick errand to get some food. I'll need a pause here in the chat to get packed and on the way. Will join you from the ballpark, or along the way if I can get the phone to cooperate. Deal? Please be patient. There are still more than 200 questions in the hopper. And definitely 50 of them don't have to do with Greg Holland or Jon Jay.
There’s something to this theory, for sure. Definitely in a different direction. And that is something a few teams in baseball crave — if every team sees the players the same you get a winter like this past one, and you get difficulty making trades or, say, trading partners. I’m standing near two right now, considering how many trades the Jays and Cards have made just this past winter. When La Russa took over the DBacks and said a more traditional approach would drive them, there was interest in the rest of the league because a rogue club could make conversations happen, could be a catalyst for trades, etc., because here was a team that valued Deals differently and both sides could “win” from their perspective. Rays have to win. And when then measure a win like Cards do it’s tricky to trade.
There is no plan to at this time.
Union takes an active role in checking for this. But yes keep it in mind. Kolten Wong just went out to test his cleats, for example. And Donaldson isn’t here to protect his legs.
Off the top of my head here from the turf, it is the youngest. And by an average age of a year or two. Now, this isn’t unusual for the Cardinals, who in recent years have been the youngest rotation in the division, and one of the youngest in the NL. Another chatter asked if this group compares to the A’s of Zito, Mulder, and Hudson. You can draw a line from Weaver to Hudson, obviously. That puts Martinez, Wacha, and Flaherty into the other roles, and the Cardinals compare favorably. Cardinals hope they have more longevity.
Remember when the Cardinals wanted Grichuk to be that guy for them?