Yes. Especially when it comes to the first 100 innings of his season.
They will likely set the final roster in Memphis or in the hours after that game. They'll know what it looks like when they leave Florida, probably, and then let the individuals know as they're there in Memphis. Garcia is on the team.
They're hosting a doubleheader here at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. So they're trying to get the Nats-Yankees in and then the Astros-Cards at night. It could be a test for the new place. You're talking about two of the largest traveling fan bases for spring of any teams -- Yankees bring the crowds from south Florida, and the Cardinals fans still hit the away games because tickets are available. No one is really sure how smoothly this is going to work.
There are several questions like this in the hopper and more likely to come. First, I was not in attendance at Wainwright's start this past weekend vs. Mets. I was on the back fields watching Delvin Perez and then, as Wainwright returned to the facility, actually talking with Perez for the story in Sunday's paper. That said, I did hear about it and ask about it. He had no feel for his fastball, no command of it, and whatever happened started there. That's a) not unusual for a pitcher at this point and b) not unusual for Wainwright at this point. It's been a few years since he's had this much work in spring. He was limited to about seven starts total the previous two years, and this year he's zipping toward six. When he's had this many before he usually enters into a "dead arm" zone at some point -- and other pitchers feel the same. Tonight's start would be about that time for Mike Leake. Next start would be that zone for Lance Lynn. Wainwright has come through that zone before and been stronger and ready to throw 100 pitches at the end of spring. As have others. I haven't heard this as an explanation; I'm just suggesting that the results and the timing indicate it could me.
Yes. And it is not special to spring training. Cardinals games at Coors are pretty much home games.
No more so than he does or will in this one.
You're starting to see why teams were interested in Jordan Hicks this winter, especially as part of any deals that the Cardinals were discussing. He is one of the favorites of the organizations. And Derian is putting himself in that mix as well. Had a scout recently remind me how I should have ranked Derian Gonzalez in the top 30 for the Cardinals and that if I had two misses for Baseball America it was with Gonzalez and Ortega, the teen catcher. See how they climb for next year, the scout told me. Gonzalez has looked good. Saw him and Hicks throw already this spring. Like Hicks athleticism and what that means for him having consistent mechanics and developing other pitches as he goes. Both are going to move forward as starters. No doubt. One will, within the next 12 months, emerge as next year's Sandy Alcantara.
Surprised at how many people expect Peralta to re-sign with the Cardinals for 2018.
He has not. He modified it so that it wasn't only a BP swing and could actually be used at game speed. That was the issue. His timing, like Piscotty's, was afoul. Piscotty just needed to get used to a later timing, but Adams had to move everything up quicker. He remains with a lower hand position, and that is giving him a more direct, less loop path to the ball. He's seen greater carry for it. The test for him continues to be how it all works together against off-speed pitches and whether or not the speed up of the new swing gives him time to have the pitch recognition not to sell-out and get caught on a change, for example.
I agree that of that group Darvish is interesting. Heard today speculation -- and that's all it was -- of what Arrieta would look in a Cardinals uniform next year and how the Cardinals have that kind of money. I'm eager to see what kind of deal Arrieta is trying to get. That will be telling. The Cardinals do like the depth of the free-agent pitcher class for the coming year and have looked at Lynn and looked his fellow free-agent classmates and discussed keeping their options open.
The priority fielder will play center there. Right now, that's Bader. Adolis Garcia is the wild-card for all of the center field assignments because Class AA was set to be former shortstop Oscar Mercado. Cardinals could see Sierra go to Class AA (as he will at some point this season), bump Mercado, and then where Garcia goes further alters that look. Arozarena could be in Palm Beach at center and the priority CFs would Bader, Sierra, Ad. Garcia, and Arozarena -- in that order. Machado and Perez are likely to open the seasons in extended spring training.
You said it. Either that player emerges from a place that's not clear, or they need to go shopping.
Lou Grant? He's got spunk. Not sure about options.
John Gant? The pitcher? Yes, he has option years remaining.
Probably so. Still an interesting response.
Not at all. That's the WBC. That's part of the gig. Teams have to support it because it's a joint venture by MLB and the MLBPA, and the pitchers go there knowing that they'll be full-go. Can't compete at that level with that intensity any other way. Guys aren't holding back. As one official recently told me, you just have to come to grips with the risk because all it will do is keep you up at night. It's not changing. The Cardinals didn't expect anything less than the Full Carlos.