The odds of that being the infield are absurdly slim, if they exist at all.
You have to believe in yourself first.
The Twins facility is one of my favorites here in Florida. They've done a great job of upgrading it without making it just like every other place. Good charm. Great view from press box of the area. Close seats.
Not sure why you'd fixate on Adams from that day. If I remember the game well he was hardly alone struggling against breaking balls that afternoon. Credit the pitcher. But yes acknowledge that Adams has been searching at times for his timing. No doubt. He had no trouble yesterday against the Braves. None. He's coming north with the Cardinals. He has no place in Class AAA. So it's Cardinals now, Cardinals later unless there's a call that leads to a trade.
Any and all things are possible for DeJong. He could prove so proficient at short that he continues on there. He could emerge as Zobrist, with more power. He really, truly has the chance here to make the most out of this opportunity. Playing SS at Memphis is a way to win a job in the majors --- any job. 3B. 2B. UT. Bench. Z-spot. Whatever.
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Pretty good one. Teams would be interested in the best catching prospect in the minors. Catchers are quite valuable. And few teams could even see him as a major-leaguer this season. He certainly could be a part of a deal that lands a helpful player. A larger package around him could even get a standout player.
No. He came to STEP camp, and he recently started on the back fields. The Cardinals' major-league camp has been overloaded with pitchers really. They are running out of innings for the arms they have. A few players, like lefty Phillips, who I just saw on the back fields here at BPPB, didn't do anything to harm his chances, just didn't have access to innings. There's still time. Wouldn't be a shock to see him in that final week.
It wasn't supposed to be a trick question.
Wouldn't at all be surprised if Jhonny Peralta becomes a regular there. My leaning would be toward Randal Grichuk. Fewer DPs there. Less of a chance of squelching a rally with a DP than mushrooming a rally with an extra-base hit.
One reason for that: There are three OF positions, not three SS positions or three 3B positions. So it's natural for a team to acquire more outfielders, develop more outfielders, and seek more outfielders. They are three times more likely to play in a game than, say, 1B. Now, comes the corollary: SS can become OFs, and also become 3B and 2B and some 3B become 1B and then 1B become outfield and so on, so it's not just about collecting and developing any outfielders. It's about collecting and developing CFs for as long as they can. Just like it is SS in the infield. Now, when you look around the Cardinals depth chart there are more SS than I've seen in my time here. Perez. Sosa. Diaz at the top. Cordoba possibly, if he returns from San Diego. (And the growing sense is that he will be headed back to STL.) That's a strong group. That's a legit group. Through in DeJong and Alvarez as upside infielders with the offensive tool as well, and you can see what I mean when I saw it's a group of middle infielders I haven't seen.
Dexter Fowler, by the way, has been scratched from the lineup. Will report why shortly. The lineup posted earlier was the updated lineup that you got to see early. Lucky chatters.
See previous story. Seriously. He explains it. And it is a risk/reward type conversation now.
Carlos Martinez is the Cardinals' Event Pitcher. No doubt.
It speaks to how the Cardinals need to have multiple hitters in that area because they're not going to have the one zooming past 1.000. But, let's also acknowledge that you're describing an elite-level rarity. Sixteen players in the majors had OPS of .900 or better last season. Three called Colorado home for half of the season. One of those three was not named Carlos Gonzalez. You can kind of see where I'm going with this. The concern you have isn't different from the concern others have expressed about the Cardinals need for a core player, about the Cardinals need for a bona fide star, about the Cardinals need for an MVP-level player. Without one of those, they need to get production from more places and the more places you need to have the production the more chance there is for things to go wrong, right? It's what a team does in aggregate, and if there's a 1.000 out there then there's less the rest of the lineup has to carry. As it is right now, the Cardinals have a handful of elite OBP players and a trio of well above average OPS hitters, and they need that group, en masse, to meet those levels to be the offense they intend to be. One slips or one gets injured, and the margin for error, slim as you see it, vanishes.
(Gene submitted this question four times. It's not an ideal way to go because it really limits my ability to see other questions. I do my best to see as many questions as I can. Trust me. Please.)
Naw. They're the action hero dramatically walking away from an explosive and refusing to look back even as it singes the back of his neck. That's the Phillies.
Makes too much sense for it not to happen. The only catch is whether he just doesn't see the playing time that he wants with the Cardinals, or has some level of concern that he'll just share the position.
That's what Mozeliak has been telling anyone who asks. I'm eager to see if it means they can be more aggressive with trading some of them instead of waiting on all of them.
Not possible. The seafood version of Booche's is, by definition, in New Orleans.