Solid depth. We've seen pitchers like him become pitchers in roles like Lyons has had or pitchers in relief spots like Bowman has had. Wouldn't be a shock to see Reyes or Gant elbowing away at that role -- the middle-inning, groundball-getter guy.
Interesting questions. Fowler's health is definitely in play in the coming days when it comes to what the Cardinals do with Sierra. If Fowler is compromised then Sierra's presence is all the more valuable. If Fowler is ready to go, full-speed, full-time, no limitations, and Piscotty is back then Sierra's playing time shrinks and his return to the minors is imminent. The two things are definitely connected.
Not as much no. But Robert will put them over, and they'll be taxed on some of it.
DeJong is rounding into a hitter and fielder than sets him apart from the outfielders, even if they all have similar profiles at the plate. DeJong's power at shortstop or at second or at third base looks different than his power at left, or Bader in left. So, I see where you're going but I would divorce DeJong from that group and suggest the conversation centers more around the outfielders and the traffic developing there.
Thanks for putting in the time.
This home stand is the litmus test you desire. That was the premise of the Insider for this past weekend. And the Cardinals are 2-1 so far. Stay tuned.
One is Cyrano. You choose.
GCL hasn't started yet, as you probably know. And, yes, this is exactly the kind of thing that Sierra went through, and eventually got better as a result. This was a chance to test Carlson in a way that Carson Kelly was also once tested.
That's on you then. We each choose our yard sticks.
There's always next week. I'll add it to the list. It was a small personal achievement that I once used tangram in a story for the paper.
Tony La Russa advocated for the managers having a role in it to make it more exciting and part of the strategy at the disposal of the manager. MLB bought into that idea and the mimicry of NFL's challenge system, even once considering a flag that would be tossed from the dugout. So, yeah, that's why.
I was asked for my favorite. That's a solid book. But I regret not putting Ball Four on there.
The Tigers don't have one planned either, come to think of it. And they don't have a ring to fill that hollow sensation.
He wasn't injured. This is the abuse that the teams were worried about.
(Cardinals couldn't bring it up as a concern -- and then do it.)
This was true last year. I don't have the data at my fingertips, but I do recall Rick Hummel looking into it and finding that the Cardinals did struggle more against opposing pitchers -- walks, hits -- than other teams did in the NL. That was more than just anecdotal.