Thanks Patrick. Happy they helped. Hudson has the velocity that shrinks that margin.
Well, he won this week's against the Dodgers. He just keeps winning them. I bet the Yelich Show doesn't play as well at Busch. That's just a hunch.
Sure seems to be trending that way, yes. That's silly to me. Overvaluing a draft pick. Undervaluing having the player.
I'm not sure I agree. Some of those throws aren't about getting the player out. They're about getting him closer to first base so he doesn't go first to third on a single, so he doesn't score on a double. You'd have to take those measures into account, too. That's about controlling the next base he takes after second, not just whether he'll steal second. I think they have value.
Yes. Let's start with the fact that they're a better team. But also, yes, they do seem to adjust better, and think some of that comes from Goldschmidt and Carpenter at the top of the order.
I'm not exactly sure who to measure that in baseball, like say they would in the SEC for football or they do for basketball. But this many games against the Brewers definitely beefs it up, and then it also puts the Brewers right there with them. Brewers are in a stretch where they play the Cardinals and Dodgers back to back to back to back. That's absurd. And that is a high degree of difficulty, one ahead of the Cardinals, who sneak in a series against the Reds and the Mets at the same time. Records don't seem to be the best measure of strength of schedule at this point, and neither does predictions for the season. Have to go by feel. And the feel is the Cardinals schedule has been difficult -- the travel has been weird, too; I feel that with my own travel schedule -- but only slightly less so than the Brewers' schedule has been. If they're tied and you want to give the Cardinals the tiebreaker it's Milwaukee was home more.
Thanks for the kind words. They have positioned this roster to be built around strong starting pitching, and given the chance to back away from that recently the front office did not. They still see that being the engine of their contending, the force by which they can lay claim to the division. But that brings us back to the discussion we've had a few times in the chat: there is a difference between depth and impact, between quality and quantity. The Cardinals have quantity of pitching, for sure. Quality? TBD.
Alas, I do not. And it's confusing. There is going to be a hole in what could be a Hall of Fame career. These are saves that he's not getting, stats that he's not collecting, and rungs up the career ladder he's not climbing.
I wouldn't say that hole is completely filled, but at this point the one that really stands out to me is shortstop, even as we were just talking about it. Or middle infield. That surefire starter at a middle infield position is not readily apparent. There are candidates (Sosa, Urias, Edman...) but not certainties.
Always. Time is what I'm lacking, not ideas. Got to write and then rewrite a book that touches on the current Cardinals and dives deeper into some of the team's history -- and even some new looks at old stories. That book just hit shelves 20 days ago and is still available around town. And on Amazon, etc. I'm working on another project in between assignments for the paper that has my attention now -- needs to have more of my attention. It's a challenge I want to meet and if I can pull it off I will be really annoying about promoting it. Promise.
I'm not sure. I've yet to have someone tell me why it shouldn't be done except for the tradition. To me, it's the simplest fix and so much better than all the other nonsense.
In the draft. Every team could have. He was a fourth-round pick.
Is there a difference? Getting to the playoffs is necessary to win the World Series. And once in the playoffs, everything is so random than there is no such thing as a certain World Series winner. Get in, see what happens. Get in, have the pitchers to advance. That's how the playoff works, and that's why every team talks about getting to the playoffs as the goal and finding a way to win a championship. Now, keep in mind -- at spring training and around the ballpark, the Cardinals talk about winning the World Series. The t-shirts they're wearing doesn't have an opening on the back for a 12th trip to the playoffs. Nope, it's for a World Series. When teams talk about building a team, when the Cubs talk bout it, the Sox, the Yankees, the Dodgers, they all talk about building to get into the playoffs because that's the only way to win a World Series.
Rick Hummel reported earlier today that it was Daniel Ponce de Leon. Cardinals have confirmed.
Great question. Like I said, I don't get it.
I'm betting it has been so long since he pitched healthy that his body has adopted habits to protect itself from harm that he now has to break. That's not unusual.
Sometimes. I enjoy the game. My son and I talk about it. My wife does not ask me much about the sport. We talk about journalism. We're a newspaper/journalism family with a baseball fondness.
He was not adamant about calling the game from the dugout. Quite the opposite. He was a former catcher who was all about the catcher having ownership. He was a big proponent of the catcher being prepped to the call the game with the scouting report that Duncan would keep. What you describe I don't recall at all from my time covering Duncan or talking about pitching with him.