I don't know the exact number, but it is something to consider to avoid the ads for sure. The subscription will pay off within in a few days, especially when it comes to spring training coverage.
Chances shrink by the day.
Yes. Exactly. Sorry, should have made that clear. I need to state that more clearly: There is an understanding that announcements and news isn't made on World Series days -- which is why there is an announcement today, but there may not be comments or explanations on Tuesday or for a few days beyond the tweets. I apologize. I was trying to find out the answer to that myself while also answering yours, and got the two confused. My fault.
I had no role in it. I passed along the info.
This isn't the move they have in mind, now. WAR loves Cain's defense.
No. Cardinals Nation, I think, was hungering for some news it could celebrate. This is it, for sure. The return of Oquendo is a big deal -- and it means a lot to people who have been asking and yearning and pining for two years.
Highly doubt that. But they did have to talk him back into the fold. This was clear over the weekend. What wasn't was the role he would have.
He wants to see free agency, it appears. Pretty standard.
Nah. I'm good. Thanks, though.
Sorry about the delay. Some phone calls had to be made. Will be back chatting soon.
I think this is something that baseball should not turn a blind eye toward, especially in the case of the Houston Astros. Their willingness to lose and lose a lot for several years in a row tilted the balance of power in the American League -- not only allowing the West teams a greater chance to gobble up wins and win the wild card(s) but also when it comes to spiraling toward the first pick in the draft. That last part should be of concern for MLB, and perhaps lead to a lottery system of sorts in the future, one that either makes it more complicated than just "tanking" to get the first pick.
They're moving in that direction as comp picks can be traded now and international purse value can also be moved around, as the Cardinals have done already for 2017-18 (and will continue to do).
It would be part of it. Push-button baseball.
There is a sizable gap, yes. Look at Astros lineup and compare.
Oquendo will be returning to the role that he had with a lot of the same responsibilities, yes, though he'll be augmented by the work that Marmol has done. Those two worked a lot together during spring training, and they work well together. There is definitely a master/padawan combo there. He'll be fine. And what he doesn't have from two years away from the game (and really that's not an issue) the data, info, and coaches already in place will more than make up for.
As will Oquendo's unparalleled instincts.
He was a strong pitching coach. I don't know what his next step is. I was just wondering this same thing as I've been calling around, and don't rightly know. How does one step from manager to pitching coach? Does Farrell want to do that? I don't have a read/feel for it at all.
Mercado, Knizner, and Alcantara have drawn the loudest praise for their performance. Mercado is putting himself on the map, and that can be a positive for the Cardinals as they decide what to do with him and the 40-man roster or see if there's a market for him in any of the moves they want to make. Keep that in mind when you think about the timetable of moves: The Cardinals have motivation to make their moves in November to clear up the 40-man before it has to be locked for the Rule 5 draft.
Took me a bit to look this up, but the Cardinals ranked 24th in curveball rate. They threw curveballs at 8.2 percent of the time, just behind the Colorado Rockies and their allergy to curveballs at 8.4 percent. A huge part of the Cardinals' lack of curveballs this season was the absence for a stretch of Adam Wainwright and the fact that two pitchers who rarely throw curves handled so so many of the Cardinals innings. Lance Lynn and Mike Leake threw curveballs only 4.7 and 5.8 percent of the time, respectively. That drove down their numbers.
Yes, the Cardinals are aware of the trend in baseball and they have had their pitchers adapt to it. The Cardinals urged Wacha to develop a curveball and utilize it more often, and he did so about 12 percent of the time. Sam Tuivailala also returned to the power curve that he had such success with previously, and that will be a good pitch for him. But if a pitcher doesn't have a curve, he shouldn't fake it because faked curveballs tend to become souvenirs.
They work with what they've got. They've been a sinkerballer team, and really that is their identity -- two-seam fastballs that cut or sink and preferably a pitcher who does both.