The Cardinals and Ozuna both appear ready for him to test free agency and see where that goes. There is a lot of season left, so we'll go through all sorts of iterations about this conversation, I bet. But in the end the Cardinals' biggest decision will be whether to present him a qualifying offer or not, and his decision will be to accept it or not. His production will make these decisions obvious, especially if he has a strong season. Ozuna's shoulder is strong, healthy. I'm not sure about 100 percent. All that really matters is that Ozuna believes in it.
Not yet. Soon. Haven't really been in the same city for awhile.
The Cardinals should be concerned about the rotation. It is not providing the stable, reliable innings that are needed for a contender.
He might. Could definitely be a three into two rotation. We've seen that before.
I couldn't disagree more.
That's in the discussion at any point this year, sure. Right now they see him as the best option of the group. Change the group and that could change. It's entirely likely that Hudson gets a spin cycle through Memphis at some point to get a break from the innings, to steal some time off, some time to work, and maybe a start or so where he's not figuring things out at the highest level in games that count against the standings. We've seen that with young pitchers before, and Hudson is no different.
Sure. As Yelich arrives, that seems like a fair concern. Miller has to be a big part of the Cardinals bullpen, especially this series, for them to be the team they want to be.
Sure, pick on the one awful play and conveniently side step the other solid plays he's made out there. That seems fair. Remember that one time I had that heinous typo in the chat. Goodness, you never forgave me.
Nope. Starters must carry their weight.
Probably not. I honestly don't traffic in such lists. He's in a pivotal role and he needs to be better for the Cardinals to be better than just a good team. That's for sure.
Yeah, about five months of the season that we don't know how it will go.
That is what will happen, yes. And that is always what was going to happen. This was telegraphed coming out of spring. There was only a lease on left, center, and right, and production was the down payment on the deed at any of the three spots.
Shildt shot that notion down this past weekend when I brought it up. I agree. Gant has been a revelation in relief for many reasons. First, that he's not marooned out there as the pitcher under glass simply because he was a starter and is now a long reliever capable of handling innings. There was a time where we wouldn't see a pitcher like Gant used for weeks at a time. Second, he's thrived in leverage spots and really has emerged as a strong candidate to be a setup man for Hicks. He and Brebbia have done what Miller has not yet done. Gant has been strong, and it seems from the comments of this past weekend that his success in that role has cemented him in that role. He's been uber-value out of the bullpen when the rotation has flagged.
Honestly, neither is a surprise at all. This is the game they're capable of playing. This is what should be expected.
It has. What's your point? If he made $500,000 it would still be dropped fly balls. Saw a pitcher making minimum drop a throw this past weekend and a fielder making $15.5 million drop a toss to first base and every so often there's a catcher who makes $20 million who lets a passed ball go by. Shocker. Baseball is hard. My point: It sure seems like there is a player who has his negative anecdotes used against him to validate YOUR personal opinion while others have their positive anecdotes lathered over them like some sort of royal robe. It's cherry-picking. You want to make an argument, do better. I'm not saying I'm right and there's no argument that would prove me wrong. I'm saying you haven't made that argument by cherry-picking.
Boston wouldn't, so why bother?
Same as it ever was. He's rehabbing from elbow surgery. I know it's not thrilling, and it's slower moving than a glacier. But that's how it goes. He's rehabbing. He's strengthening. He should be around the Cardinals and getting official work with them next month, with an eye on competition in June. That's how it's been set up from the beginning.
No kidding. This is why I push back. Not to defend the player, per se. But to defend the conversation from nonsense. We can do better.