He pitched his way into them seeking alternatives first. Enter Nicasio.
Absolutely, if he's the Cardinals best option exiting spring training.
Can't stress this enough -- though I've tried in print and in the chat -- the Cardinals will entertain/seek conversations with other teams about all of the outfielders they have. They see the outfield as an area of depth and strength for them and a place where they can trade from to get upgrades elsewhere. Yes, that includes Fowler and Pham and Sierra and Piscotty. If a player plays outfield for the Cardinals at Class AA or higher, his name is going to come up in some form of trade talks this winter.
This is also true of dozens more players in the majors.
I wonder if this is where Flaherty goes if they make a playoff series.
(Could also be Brett Cecil.)
Who counts as a minor-league at this point. DeJong is the obvious answer, right? But he cannot count at this point. Does Flaherty? Weaver? Either of them is a fair answer this question. The player who is still in the minors today that could have as much upside as any of them and really alter the course of the Cardinals' pitching a year from now is Dakota Hudson. That would be the answer that leaps to mind.
WAR includes his defense in the sense that it says it includes his defense. Even the most devout WARriors agree that WAR fails when it comes to measuring catchers and cannot possibly take into account all of the things that a catcher influences through the course of the game, or what changes that catcher makes to how a team is pitched, pitching, or even what an opposing team does on the basepaths. I've told the story about how there was a team, the Diamondbacks, that just did not run on the Cardinals. Nope. It was part of their meetings. Don't run on the Cardinals. There is no measurement for that in WAR. But it definitely speaks to the influence that Molina has on the game. I think that the more the electorate embraces the statistics you're talking about, the more likely they are to see where those statistics also fail and seek out better ones -- or seek out other ways to evaluate players.
Elimination number. True to the standings.
He has been banged up all year. He started the year, you'll remember, trying to protect against an oblique strain -- or dealing with a mild one, depending on the description or the day. He also said that the shoulder has been bothering him since spring, and it's possible that he arrived at spring training with that soreness, or that they could be connected in some way. In San Diego this past week, talking with a few of us, Carpenter said he did not want to lump all of his troubles on the shoulder or on the earlier oblique concern, but he also said he wouldn't be telling the truth if he didn't admit the limitations. The way he put it was this: There were times he felt like he was 60 percent of what he could be because of the injuries, and that it was up to Matheny then if 60 percent of Carpenter was worth getting in the lineup. But it does explain some of the difficulties he's had, from throwing the ball to getting extension at the plate.
But none of that has happened. You're argument has become a moving target and that often means you don't have anything solid to stake it on.
Ahead of Aledmys Diaz, no less.
Matheny really likes Mejia's glove.
That seems highly unlikely.
He has a role with the team. It was last held by Matt Adams. That kind of role.
I hear you, man. The chat is my once-a-week binge cure for writer's block.
There are, yes. The only one that I have any involvement is the Rick Hummel Internship. This is the internship that introduced the PD to Ben Frederickson and his talent, and it's one that for years has allowed a student from Mizzou to work in the Post-Dispatch's sport section. The internship was started to honor Hummel's induction into the writers' wing of the Hall of Fame as a Spink winner. And it's happened every year since, save one. Applications for that internship, which is paid for by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, will be available soon at the Mizzou J-School if you're a student there.
As for other options, ones run by the PD, you would have better luck calling, 800-365-0820, and asking there for the right person to contact. Best of luck. The more talent we have coming in the better.
Probably not. I imagine there's a deal out there for everyone. Would really be tricky to get around Yadier Molina's no-trade clause I imagine.
As explained earlier: Irrevocable waivers (this is calling outrighting a player, like the Caridnals did with Kevin Siegrist) goes in reverse order of standings, not just by league. Revocable waivers -- the ones most commonly used in August for the purposes of trades -- go through the league first and then through the other league, in reverse order of standings.
Let me try illustrate this again.
If an NL player is on revocable waivers, Cardinals would be 9th in line.
If an AL player is on revocable waivers, Cardinals would be 24th in line.
If a player has been outrighted off the 40-man, Cardinals are 20th in line.
Hope that helps.
Matheny likes how he plays defense.
He's playing for Class AAA Memphis in the playoffs, as their everyday center fielder and leadoff hitter, and getting a chance to win with that group.