One start, Shildt stressed.
Pitching. Same as it ever was. They've got pitching. Maybe an outfielder or two that they could move. But they've got power arms in the lower levels and pitchers at Class AAA that would draw attention.
I have not heard that, no.
But then what would we chat about all March?
That would not be, no. The Cubs make some sense because they could lavish Betts with a big contract (so long Kris Bryant?) and Epstein was part of the group that drafted Betts and identified the talent he had. A reunion would be appealing for that front office. And also he's really, really good. You're talking about a handful of Gormans to make that deal.
More likely given the Cardinals past track record? Well, then, No. 1. More likely given what would really change the look of this team for the better and give them a needed jolt midseason that could turn that from contender to favorite? That's No. 2. We'll get to see which team the Cardinals front office wants it to be: The one it's been, or the one it could be.
The biggest change this team could make is by adding a legit, bona fide, front-end innings-hog starter from outside the organization. Or, vintage Carlos Martinez, I guess. But that level of talent coming from a place that isn't readily on the roster now.
Agreed. He should be part of the solution and the criticism, too. It's his game to call, and we just heard how pitch sequencing is part of the issue with controlling Yelich, not just pitch selection. The catcher is part of that equation. He's setting the sequencing. All around the Cardinals needed to look at and audit how they're pitching to Yelich. They need a new approach. Yelich 2.0.
Plenty, and that's a fair point. One we should note more often than we do. But the schedule has to be played. And those numbers are even more bloated than the Cardinals would want, given the challenge.
Hard to see how the Cardinals get to mid-May without his return if he performs. Shildt would like him as an option on the pitching staff. That is quite clear.
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Not as of today. A time in Memphis for O'Neill was part of the script for him this season so that he could get playing time if none was available in the majors.
I don't believe that was one of the Reds reporters. He's an author who co-wrote a book on Reds history. It was a false argument based on a false premise. Classic strawman stuff.
He did well. I'm not sure I understand the question. Wacha pitched inside.
Meh. You're entitled to your opinion.
The Cardinals ought to let need dictate that, and right now the bullpen is fine -- if overworked. Hudson's role would not be clear in the bullpen, and his innings would not be what he needs out there to get right as a starter. I'd lean toward the bigger payoff would be having him go to Memphis, get starts and work and everything there, and then bounce back. As mentioned earlier in the chat, that was part of the program entering the season. They did that with Wacha. They did that with Flaherty. Hudson would fit right in that same mix.
I am not familiar with that site. I use ESPN, MLB, FanGraphs, and I abuse Baseball-Reference.com, which is the best invention for a baseball writer since the credential.
Wacha did well. He showed how he can get Yelich out. Not sure how much of that relates to the other pitchers who don't have that same angle to the plate. But it's worth looking at the location of the pitches and how Wacha used that inside edge to open up more of the strike zone for himself.
Let's go with sturdy over strong. I hear where you're coming from, I do, and it's been so thin for so long that the depth chart right now looks like a bounty of riches. Impact is another level, though. There's DeJong. He's an impact player at shortstop. Sosa, Edman -- they're showing where they fit on that depth chart. This is a big year for Perez to show he has a place in the depth chart, even down ballot as he is right now. DeJong's presence raises the group to what you're talking about -- standing above what they've had for years and years and years, going back before Renteria because they just haven't produced a shortstop like DeJong from the system in a long time. But I'm not ready to say that the depth has impact, yet.
Who is to say they haven't? I'd argue that Dave Duncan was doing that long, long ago with his scouting reports and tendencies. We just didn't call it sabermetrics back then.