Doesn't seem so, no. He may eventually have to consider not being a switch-hitter. That wouldn't unusual, but at this point he's comfortable seeing pitchers from that point of view, he's unlocked the power, and the Cardinals need that balance from him given how righthanded they are.
He said that last night at the dinner. And I don't think Bruce Sutter is closing anymore. I also don't think that 11 championships flying on the scoreboard is going to send an opponent's pulse racing in the bottom of the ninth and do the job better than a wicked slider.
It would be, yes. Believe it or not, baseball's math has improved, but it's not precise that they can accurately project that this amount of wins will be a wild-card but this number of wins would be a division winner. Look at 2015. It took 100 wins to claim the division and 97 to get the second wild-card. How do you plan for that. If you target 97 wins for most years and plan to be the wild card, then ooops! you will likely trip into a division title by accident. Nope. Plan to win 90 games. Plan to win 95 games. Plan to win the division. Settle for the wild card.
I'm not sure I understand the question. But some players have written into their early contracts -- like say a Puig or Cespedes -- that they can opt out of the deal and go into arbitration or take the salary guaranteed by the contract. Kolten Wong and Stephen Piscotty don't have those same clauses. They're in long-term deals and they'll be paid based on those deals, not arbitration. Grichuk and Wacha don't have contracts for the coming years and will be in the arbitration system to determine their salary. The purpose of an extension for players like Wong, Piscotty, Carpenter is to give the team cost certainty and not have to wait for the winds of arbitration to set the salary. The purpose of contracts like Cespedes' is to sign him as a free agent, guarantee some dollars, but not limit him if his production or service time outruns the original contract he signed.
Must step aside here briefly for an interview. I'll provide some multi-media.
Alright. Back at it for a lightning round.
Lord of the Flies is one I'll be re-reading soon, I think. Hamlet. To contend or not to contend, that is the question.
I asked around about this today and received some interesting theories on why there was just such light foot traffic throughout the Winter Warm-up. One truth kept coming up. The lack of playoffs has cooled the excitement about the team. No postseason. No buzz. And not even Marcell Ozuna's debut here really jazzed up the lines when you took a look Saturday.
He's opposed, as he's said before, because he prefers the NL-style game. The switches. The strategy. The pitcher having to hit. The team-building that it comes with. Mozeliak has really only known the NL in his career in the majors, starting with the Rockies and moving and staying with the Cardinals. His preference is in the NL style of the game, he's said before.
The Cardinals would benefit from the addition of another pitcher. No doubt.
Somewhat. In 2015, they had a rather dominant team that won 100 games, and they were able to build that team with a lot of the same approaches they use now. What the Cardinals really seem to bet on over and over and over and over again is in-house options. This is what they did with Grichuk and Piscotty in the outfield, this is what they're doing now with the bullpen. It's not really what they did in 2011, when you think back. They went outside and signed a Lance Berkman and signed a Ryan Theriot, and then before 2012 went and got a Carlos Beltran. Ozuna fits into that mold -- but also hints at how the market has changed for the Cardinals and is going to require a change from the Cardinals. This has been pretty steady in the coverage of them: The market continues to shout to the Cardinals that they must do something uncomfortable. And the Cardinals shout back: You won't make use. Eventually the market will win.
They could revisit at any time.
That assumption is based on facts not entered into evidence. I asked DeWitt if he uses the Warm-up at all as a barometer for the excitement of the team. He said there are a lot of factors that go into the Warm-up and he can sense there's questions about this team, about the closer, but he said there are just as many fans who tell them they like what the team has done. So he said he can find an answer either way. In reality, the true measure is ticket sales. Ticket sales. Ticket sales. The Cardinals continue to do good business there, as you know, and until that changes then the Cardinals press on.
Tony Watson, sure. Could see that.
Could you stop submitting this question 20 times so I could actually read it and respond? You scratch my back I'll scratch yours. Oh, wait, now I've read this. You're not scratching my back at all. Alright, dig in.
1) OK. While the OPS wasn't directly addressed, what has been discussed is how the Japan league is far different in style than in the majors and there have been questions -- to Mikolas -- about how that difference helped him, and also how that will translate to the majors. Here's a pro tip: He hasn't thrown a pitch yet. They haven't had a game yet. And some of these things will be explored in greater detail during spring training when there is actual, you know, action to hang the conversation on.
2) This was in the paper this weekend. This weekend. In the paper.
3), 4) Absolutely a point of discussion. See 1)
5) This crud has not been spewed by anyone who I have read. The last time he spent time with Maddux he was a completely different pitcher with little command, little feel for his secondary pitches, and used sparingly. Maddux and him have both said that their interactions were limited, and you know what, the transaction record and stats will show that.
6) That's Mozeliak's stance. Take it up with him.
7) Ryan Vogelsong, off the top of my had. Cardinals experienced that. Remember?
It cost the Cardinals two years of a commitment and less money than they gave Mike Leake for one year of his service. This is the contract that has you firing off manifestos over and over and over and over again when there are genuine issues like, oh, the bullpen, and the fundamentals of the team, and so many other things you could wear your keyboard out asking about? Maybe you need less lizard in your diet.
I think it also reflects that access fans have to platforms where they can complain. Twitter. Chats like this. Message boards. One of the things that used to happen long long long ago when papers ran letters to the editor was that people were far more prone to take the effort to write a letter when they were angry or wanted to complain about something than when they were content or wanted to compliment something. Makes sense, right? If you're content, just abide, dude. But if you got a problem, squeaky the wheel. Squeaky away. Now, we just have more ways to do that. Look at Twitter. The tone on Twitter -- from all corners of society, ballpark to White House, pop star to author -- has become enraged, angry, more prone to negative than positive. So, don't discount that being an engine behind discontent.
Hicks could head to Class AA, and the Cardinals see Class AA as one step away from the majors, not two. Rosenthal for example leaped from Springfield to the majors without stopping at Memphis.
Yep. Thanks for pointing that out. I meant to write how that was an outdated notion.