By August? Perhaps. Not immediately. He's building a case.
Injuries are a big part of that. Position is also a major part of that. Adams, until recent flirtations, was a first baseman and Pham, to date, had position players ahead of him by the name of Heyward, Holliday, Jon Jay, and so on. Grichuk has power upside and has shown that more consistently than Pham. So, that's the other part of it. Consistency. Pham, as the Cardinals described leading into this past week, tends to get his production in binges. When Pham arrived in Atlanta, Matheny even said that the team hoped it could catch Pham when he's hot because that Pham can elevate a team. Now, they cannot take a sine wave of production, especially not if the troughs are quite low and lengthy with spiky peaks. That's the game Pham has had, and that's the game that he talked with a few us about trying to avoid this time around.
Agreed. Cubs are vulnerable. Their pitching makes them so. This isn't a secret. They would have acknowledged that coming into the season, although so quietly nobody could hear it over the roar of the perpetual parade.
He went to Springfield as the "priority" center fielder, so that tells you about what they think about his defense and his potential. He's sharing that spot a bit with Adolis Garcia. But that isn't because of Mercado or even a reflection of his status. It's just Garcia is viewed as a step ahead at this moment. Also, he's 22. So he's just fine for that level. Even ahead of it.
Right now they are trying to figure out how he fits and whether that production translates to the majors. He has put himself in the conversation, which is saying a lot considering he wasn't in major-league spring training and only saw invites over to a few games. The fact that he has torn through Class AAA so far could reshape how the Cardinals see him in the same way Wisdom did by being in spring training. Strong start for Voit. He should be lauded for what he's done to elbow his way to the doorstep.
Sure. He is still a big part of the team's future -- and would only be moved if he's part of a deal that brings someone back who would be a bigger part of the team's present.
I'm still going with the Brewers as the team that will be a headache down the stretch, a lot like the Cubs were a few years back. Sure, Cincy is playing well and there are examples of a team that plays well learning that it can play well and then speeding up the rebuilding. Wins count, and the Reds have more today than any other team in the division. Those aren't going away. I just don't think they have the pitching depth and they may not improve. Give me the rebuilding team that improves over the course of a season. The Cubs improved as 2014 played out. The Brewers, I bet, will be the team that improves in 2017.
Speed. This is what speed can do for a team. (Also: Atlanta had a head start on thinking about Sierra because the Braves saw his best game of spring and got burned by him.)
Thanks for the kind words. The paper wins the grand slam. Third is preferred, but scouts say I'm where I belong -- nowhere near the field and further and further from it every time they build a new ballpark.
Yes. Kelly has continued to see some work at both corner positions.
I am trying to urge people to read back in the chat, and also I need to clear some questions -- like yours -- to get to even more. They're streaming in still, and I only get to see a few of them at a time. If they're all Bader, Bader, Bader, then ... well, I do what I have to mine for more.
If by dream you mean not appealing for either team, at all, then yes. Dream. I am confused by why some fans are so eager to demote or trade Diaz. He might have the best upside of any hitter on the field.
1) This is the sports page, not a history book.
2) John Jay died in 1829. Rest in peace.
There is no reason for that to happen, not even in the deepest darkest corners of Cardinals Conspiracy Headquarters. The Cardinals would have requested the Angels had they known they weren't going to get them last year at home, and Pujols has openly said he'd like to return. Heck, the Cardinals would love to build a ticket-selling celebration around him, preferably in April when school is in session, and on weekdays when tickets are harder to sell. They would love that.
Yes, it is more than a little strange and a little disappointing and it is not at all what baseball promised when they split the leagues, 15 and 15, but it happened.
You can blame the political conventions. Next time don't pick two MLB cities.
Or an Astro. Sure. He could easily be the heir to Lackey. There's some poetry there.
We're trying to speed up the game, not turn it into Congress. I would like for there to be an appeal of some sorts -- and it can only be initiated by the crew chief. If the crew chief feels that a toss was unwarranted then he should step in, cool the situation, and bring about the right call. I know that would be tricky and maybe even undermine some authority if an ejection is overruled but a case like the other night for Baltimore has to give the leagues pause because we weren't in the heat of the moment but we all saw that it was a curveball and we could even see the hair-trigger on the ejection. An official needs to step in and go, wait, is this really the right thing. There are ramifications.
They will take a look, yes. All 3B are going to be at last discussed.
Braves or Nationals are the options. Matheny has declined to reveal his source.
Because the ball isn't in play. It's a dead ball over the wall. And as long as the guy who hit it is able to touch all the bases without interference, then it's a home run and all runs count. See: Ventura, Robin.