Alright, let's get a head start on the chat this afternoon. Could be a busy one. Cardinals have already made a roster move with Michael Wacha (knee) going to the IL and outfielder Drew Robinson returning to face -- who else? -- the Brewers. He apparently has been given the Milwaukee assignments this year. Rick Hummel is reporting that Daniel Ponce de Leon is in line for Tuesday's start. For the eighth time in 22 games the Cardinals will face the Brewers, this time at home. That means a full slate of chatting, reporting, and a brief appearance on MLB Network coming up here at 1:20 p.m. St. Louis time. If you've got the questions, I've got the time, and we'll go as close to first pitch as the questions take us ... Onward.
I'm not sure what the narrative is around him, honestly. It can be difficult to keep track because there doesn't seem to be one unifying clearing house for narratives. The perception of a player changes depending on the audience. Twitter says one thing. Chat says another. Message boards insist they're right. Emails have a different view. And then we get to radio, TV, print ... It's rather noisy when it comes to narratives. That said, dominant hitting is what the Cardinals got him for, and dominant hitting is what they need from him, and dominant hitting will make him a lot of money as a free agent, so whatever the "narrative" the best way for him to shape it and control it is to hit dominantly, like you say. Then whatever else is going on is on the periphery and what he's known for is dominant hitting.
Not really, no. He's played well, and he's hit and hit and hit.
Fair question. Mostly because it's a home run, I gather from watching official scorers through the years. Had it gone off his glove and then off the wall and then down to his feet and the runner had gone trotting into third base it might have been a three-base error. I wonder -- and this is a good question for Mike Smith, who is an official scorer -- if there is allowance for a "four-base error." There has to be, but it's not traditionally used for a ball that goes over the wall. Heck, Jose Martinez's dad was credited with a home run off Jose Canseco's noggin many years ago ...
Nope. It's time for Andrew Miller to get him out.
Ugh. Please be Liverpool. I guess.
Carlos Martinez isn't close to being ready. He's throwing a bullpen today that would be the equivalent of the second week of spring training. Not close. Austin Gomber pitched Saturday so he doesn't have enough rest. Daniel Ponce de Leon, as Rick Hummel has reported, is in line to make the start because it's his turn. He's not listed as a probably starter for Memphis in the official pitching announcement for the Redbirds. All signs point that, as Hummel has reported over at StlToday.com.
I don't think his time in that role is entirely over, but he shouldn't see it for awhile. He's earned today at-bats tomorrow and at-bats next week and a good run as a starter until he slows or someone else proves better. Impressive work he's done to seize the opportunity.
MLB is expected to finalize this announcement as part of the ceremony of the 2019 series in London. So that's in late June. The Yankees and Red Sox are headed over for the first series there, ever. During the pomp, circumstance and press conferences that will inevitably happen there's likely to be the grand unveiling of the 2020 participants, officially, though it's widely known who MLB is planning on sending.
To anywhere but the injured list, no.
Keep the questions coming. I'm going to hop over to MLB Network for a little chat about 104.2 and Christian Yelich.
Yairo Munoz is already on the team. He came up days ago.
I do not. Son has a baseball game that night. That's priority. Then we'll see how it goes after that.
I have no idea. I just don't. I agree with your question and don't have a reasonable explanation to defend the answer.
Doesn't have a nice ring to it.