He projects to be a No. 2 hitter in a major-league lineup for a contending team. He's a switch hitter with a great feel for the strike zone, power that is growing with him (he's young still), and he rap out the doubles. He may be able to play center, but if not there's always left and right field for him to play. I don't know what you're reading about him, but we are drawing information from different wells, clearly.
It's hot in St. Louis. That's why they do it. Also, it absorbs quickly. They're constant trying to keep it from parching, flaking, and playing like concrete.
Today? I've been chatting with you not with them. So we'll see.
No clue at this point. They don't want that to happen. They also don't control both sides of the equation.
No guarantee. They're setting up the rotation for him to start in the near future. That was clear yesterday from the comments made by Shildt. They don't need the fifth starter for a bit, and positioning him as a starter today could be about upping his value in conversations that the Cardinals are going to have as Wednesday approaches. He did them a solid in his last outing -- both for the bullpen and for talks about him.
Sure. The purpose of the chat though is to provide correct answers, right? I wasn't aware you came here for wrong answers. That would seem to be a bad business model for a chat and for a newspaper, no?
(Quick aside: There was a time when I got an email that criticized me for being a "know-it-all in the chat and always having an answer for everything." Um, guilty as charged? Isn't that the point of the chat? Answer questions you know ... Not sure what to do here. I'll answer I don't know when I don't. But how long would a chat last if I didn't have any answers?)
Montero stands now as the best defender. You put it well: the playing field is more level than maybe the rankings suggest, especially when you consider the hitter that Nunez could be in 12 months, or what his ceiling is with his raw talent.
That is not their hope at this point. They would like to add that lefty from outside, and then look to Cabrera as part of the mix for 2020. They're still high on his ability, for sure. He's not been consistent at all this season. That has to come.
This was discussed earlier in the chat.
Gotcha. Too many to recount, I'm sure. I bet there are many people on Twitter with those get-save. Maybe even in the chat.
Hardly. Access doesn't work that way. Not with Molina, not with most players. I spoke from the heart there. That is my personal opinion. I thought you, the chatters, deserved honesty from me, so you got it.
I don't see it that way, no. But then I'm not one to have a litmus test of make the majors or failure when it comes to signings. Maybe I'm wrong on that, but I think a willingness to at least take risks in that international market and try to find talent is going to pay off -- not always, but it does sometime.
I think Greinke can make up his own mind. He's a smart smart guy.
Highly doubtful. They're busy doing other stuff today.
No earthly idea. There shouldn't be. He's a valuable contributor to the team, and I'll be hearing arguments he should get a look at leadoff ...
A fair idea. I don't think the rentals are as good as the players available for control. That's one reason. I get the sense from the Cardinals they agree with that premise. For example, you're talking about Roark being a rental at starter. First, he's with Cincinnati and that's a conversation that hasn't happened in while, and second, we've outlined multiple pitchers who would be upgrades that the Cardinals could use and they have the added year or more of control.
Nope. I've stated it in the chat. It's important to be consistent.