And especially if I have a good story about Big Bird, I'll answer about Big Bird.
Bumgarner. Not a question.
Doubtful. He and Wong both believe that approach, that style is what keeps them here. Throttle down. Ease up and they'll be headed out. That's how they describe it when I ask.
You are not. This prompted an extended discussion in the clubhouse and in the manager's office. Wainwright would have preferred the chance to hit, but understood that there was some odds playing there. Shildt suggested that he was going with the give based on how the opponent was set up, and that he thought that the odds were better of Wainwright getting the bunt down and Carpenter producing or walking and moving the chain. He outlined the numbers on his side for us. He added that it's not a slam dunk, and there was some deliberation. A different spot in the game. A different look from the opposing team, and maybe a different decision. It didn't stir a lot of talk.
Gorman is the priority third baseman there. He's getting everyday starts. Nunez's arrival seems to suggest Gorman may not be there for long.
Fair question. Bud Norris, Pat Neshek -- those have been the better finds for the Cardinals. It's too early to render a verdict on Andrew Miller.
I doubt he would. But I get where you're coming from, and you'll recall that day it just seemed odd. For a good stretch there Shildt was varying the times he gave regulars rest. One one day, maybe two the next, but then it was a matchup option. That was the first time we saw the wholesale rest, and it was odd because he acknowledged some of it was based on the fact they'd won the first three of the series. OK. Well, go for the four, right? I get that the day game at Wrigley was a nuisance. Trust me. Two games in 24 hours in two different time zones -- that was a brutal day for me, with the 5 a.m. trip to the airport just to make it to Wrigley, and I didn't have to play a professional sport. So, he chose that as a way to get ready for the Cubs. That's one that could be first-guessed, and second-guessed and we'll never really know if that was the cause, or if it could have been handled better.
They were making a deal for the player, and they were clearing a spot for Marcell Ozuna in the outfield. Those two moves in concert led to Piscotty being dealt to Oakland. The comparison, if you want to make one, is whether Piscotty or Ozuna has been more productive since that deal because the choice the Cardinals were making, baseball-wise, was that they'd rather have Ozuna in left and in the lineup than Piscotty in right and in the lineup.
This past first inning was a step back for sure. Then he was more of the same that we've seen from recent starts. He is definitely learning on the job in a way we haven't seen a starter do that for awhile. Not for this long. There are indications of improvement for sure. How he stabilized and got through six innings Sunday. That was a sign of getting better.
These are the same masses that were caught up two weeks ago in the thrill of a multi-faceted offence that had the best record in the National League? Or different masses?
The initial tweet came from Melvin Roman's agency. He made the announcement on Twitter about an hour or so ago. Melvin Roman represents Yadier Molina, and that is important when it comes to the Cardinals. Roman and the Cardinals have a great working relationship. He's not always about getting a player to free agency, though he does seek his player's worth, and he was able to get Yadier Molina $20-million per year and in the coming year or so he's likely to get Molina an extension with the Cardinals because he has leverage of Molina being a legacy player. Roman also represents Francisco Pena, for example, and a handful of other catchers. We'll see what this means. It's intriguing. I'm not sure it changes things for Ozuna at this moment. The Cardinals have other options that they are intrigued by in LF for the future, and they have some thought the spending will be coming their way on pitching -- keeping or acquiring.
I can trust you on the foresight claim. The pinch-run move was interesting. I agree. This came up in the press box as well. It was odd that Bader wasn't the move there, and what it could have meant later too as the game unfolded. I would suggest that bad moves -- like bad at-bats, bad pitches, etc. -- are all magnified by losses. One thing, Shildt does explain the moves, good or bad, whether they work or not, and that has helped us all, I hope, understand the reasons by the moves.
It's a hockey day in St. Louis. I'm trying to do my part.
We're waiting. Let's see. This is that moment in the season we could find out.
Piscotty and Fowler had a season together. This was during the time that Fowler was CF.
Yes. There will be a pitcher sent down later this week, possibly, as Martinez returns. And the Cardinals are in the process of determining whether they want to shrink down to a seven-man bullpen this week, or when Martinez returns. That's a possibility, especially as O'Neill becomes eligible for a return to the majors.
Interesting. Not earth-shaking. Just interesting. Have to imagine it might have something to do with Molina, Ozuna's relationship with Molina, trust that Molina's agent clearly has with Molina. That kind of thing. I've seen other players move from agent to agent based on who they meet with a new team and who they get to know and what trust that creates.
Well, Williams has been moved to a minor-league roster. But, yes, that is true. Two of them. I believe it was Atlanta that had a punching bag just off the dugout. I'm sure of it. It was Atlanta at the old ballpark.