It's 4.72, and it ranks 22nd in the majors. Brebbia is already up. Montgomery could get the call to contribute, and Gonzales or Gant remain likely to pitch in the majors in relief at some point this year.
It's happened in the past. Baseball went with some of these home-and-home turnaround series after seeing how the four-game (two and two) worked, and also after trying to get teams to have more logical travel schedules. It makes sense for the Cardinals to work their way back from the west if they're going to have a day game on Monday. There is some logic, and baseball is trying to constantly refine the schedule while also create playoff-like feel that comes from series in such close proximity.
Players have some latitude within the realm of the official uniform, especially when it comes to cleats and batting gloves. The Cardinals do have some guidelines because the ownership likes to see red shoes on the field.
No, I don't see him as an untouchable player. He's a talented player.
Please, tell me, how are these things possibly related. There are numerous pro-sports owners who likely bend conservative, and yet their teams have had Pride Nights. Goodness, look north, Roy. The Chicago Cubs have ties to the conservative party. Look east, Roy. The Yankees. We do the topic a disservice when we cannot, for a moment, consider that people might have politics other than our own and baseball is a meeting point. Someone on Twitter recently asked me why there had to be Pride Night and why can't it just be baseball? I suggested he learn history. Baseball needs to be at the vanguard of inclusion, because that's it's place in history. That's why there is a day set aside every April to celebrate baseball's place as part of the civil rights movements and forward progress in society. Any day honoring Jackie Robinson or the other trailblazers in the game, is a day to remember being inclusive.
If it's so important to celebrate, then it's important enough to continue.
If they don't, they should. There were some members at the time that thought it was a mistake.
Babies are notorious for not keeping appointments. Ask someone who has had one sometime.
Limited options. This is a bonkers argument, to me. I saw a lot of folks hanging that loss on Broxton, and conveniently ignoring that the only run the Cardinals scored as on a wild pitch that allowed a run to get all the way home from second base. That was the offense. That was the sum total of the offense. Broxton was not the issue in that game. The guys holding the bat 35+ times that game were the issue.
Interesting question. All of the above is really the answer. Though, at times I've seen the Cardinals pull a pitcher from the schedule to throw bullpens and work on mechanical flaws and delivery issues in a more controlled setting than straight up competition. Going out there and repeating the same issues under competition doesn't always work. There is a point of diminishing returns there. As far as Lilliquist goes -- that is entirely possible, but it would be because of Lilliquist's background as a rehab coordinator and minor-league coach that would invite that. A lot of the coaches that the Cardinals see as teachers are in the minors, and then you have the majors where they do some teaching -- especially with this roster -- but are also focused on scouting, maintaining, and even motivating. The duties are different, and with a minor-league pitcher they're going to want the teachers.
Good question. Few. Very few. That's why Eaton went for so much.
This came upon them suddenly. The expected date was later in June, from what Gyorko told us. I would imagine he told the Cardinals the same thing. With so many road games in June, we were talking about what were the odds that he would be home in St. Louis with his wife when she gave birth. I'm not sure exactly what you want to Mozeliak to do in that case. Since you've had to two children, then you know how things change rapidly, and not everything can be scripted. If anything, the Cardinals were prepared because they have a farm system. Piscotty's family matter came as a surprise to the team, and it seems like the Cardinals are trying to do the right thing by their player -- even if it means playing short.
Peralta also has a 0.00 ERA. Sheesh.
That's sort of how it works. Hope predicated on trends and predictions. It's all they got. The Cubs really hoped they would win the World Series last year and hoped that they would get the season from Rizzo, Bryant, Heyward and others to do so, and this year they really hoped that they could hold back age with their pitchers one more year and they hoped that the players would advance another year and they hoped that Schwarber could handle leadoff and that Heyward's new swing would work, and that their defense would be just as good. Hope. Hope. Hope. It's all hope. It just needs to be educated hope.
Fair question. Last year was a difficult year throughout the organization when it came to baserunning. They didn't really have a team do it well, and that sent up some alarms for the club about how they were working on and drilling that specific skill. The Cardinals insist that some of the defensive issues that you see at the major-league level don't exist at the lower levels. I've heard that from some scouts -- thought outfield defense was brought up as something that the Cardinals could improve upon at Class AAA Memphis. Perhaps it's a speed of the game question, and that's worth exploring. Perhaps, it's an ongoing development issue. I hope I don't speak out of school here -- no pun intended -- but I was always struck by the contrast between the Mizzou football program and the basketball program. Now, I'm not one to put a lot of stock in four- and five-star recruits but I get that there is a way to evaluate talent for both sports based on the interested teams. If Alabama is pursuing a tight end, take note. If Duke wants a shooting guard, take note. That kind of stuff. What got me was how Mizzou could find talent and develop it -- on the job, from year to year -- and see a recruit come in raw, unheralded, and leave as a NFL draft pick. Meanwhile, we saw just static from the basketball program. There wasn't growth. There wasn't development. That player was recruited as three-star guy and he stayed a three-star guy and darn it that's all there was. That's not a program. Programs develop. Where I'm going here is whether the question should be if there is an end to development when the player gets to the major-league level? Does a player arrive as the baseball equivalent of a five-star recruit and ... just ... stay ... there. Do they improve? They must improve to contend. This is the question that weaved through the Cardinals this past winter. Do they need to do more to develop at the major-league level so a player like Diaz or Wong or Piscotty stays ahead of the game, like they were when they arrived, and doesn't just arrive as a prospect and stay at that same level.
The Cardinals are open to Peralta playing some shortstop. Garcia is the choice there now, though.
Rockies are legit. For sure. I enjoy watching Arizona's pitching staff. It's thinner than the Rockies, but has some really intriguing upside, especially when Greinke is pitching like Greinke. I'm less convinced that Arizona has the staying power that Colorado has.
All of this is true. Not all, but most of the predictable ones were.
This is entirely possible, yes.
You can find the full 40-man roster with that information at the team's web site or by Googling the roster. It would take you less time to do that then to read it in the chat.
Kansas City would be a team that will like up with several teams, including the Cardinals. Toronto is another, as we've discussed often in the chat here. Others will emerge by the end of June.
There doesn't seem to be a roster move forthcoming. Check on it. Just FYI. And I need to get to doing that and not chatting, so let me try to speed through a few more minutes and then close it out for the weeks.