He's pitched OK at Wrigley. He's pitched far better at home. The move gets him a start at home and allows the Reds to upshift to a six-man rotation. Not ideal for the Cardinals, for sure, but the Reds are making choices on what's best for their pitcher, not the Cardinals.
Entirely possible. Credit the Rockies for pitching well against the Cardinals -- and showing every opponent from there how to approach them, and then do so again if they should reach the playoffs.
A physical reason that keeps the player from performing on the field in front of a paid crowd is news, and all should be reported the same way. There are times when the player refuses to reveal the reason -- and that is his right. There is privacy protection, after all, and this has been something that baseball and other professional sports have dealt with in the past decade or so. I'm sure I told the story before about the pitcher who got so tired of talking about his injury with the media he asked for the organization to let him sign something, anything so that the trainer could be allowed to discuss. He was willing to, on paper, waive his right to privacy in this regard just so he could offer the media clarity. In the past two years, I can think of a few times when a player has declined to disclose the reason for the injury -- and it is at that time that we have to determine after additional reporting if the the newsworthiness of the injury is worth the breach of the player's right to privacy. Sometimes you read about an injury and the team hasn't revealed it at all, reporting has. I don't think the distinctions are as cut and dry as you suggest because each player is going to have a different preference -- but the motive for the reporting is this: An ailment that keeps them from performing or appearing in front of the paid crowd is news, and should the player express some reluctance about the details of his injury/ailment/issue then it's up to the report to determine the greater good of reporting those details. My rule of thumb: I'm human first.
They fired the assistant hitting coach in a show of support for Albert. Sure seems like they are happy and committed and willing to take the costly move of dismissing a longtime hitting coach who had many fans in the clubhouse to make that clear.
That would be a demotion for him, so Boston would have to compensate the Cardinals -- or they would have to beef-up that job. Mozeliak has shown no inclination for job-hunting or looking elsewhere. This is classic dot-connecting. His daughter goes to college in that area so therefore ipso facto must be maybe like a game of Clue Mozeliak at The Fens with a Bowtie. The reporting from reporters on who Boston wants is someone with Boston ties to bring that stability. Volatile job for sure. Considering Mozeliak's past comments, it's not a role he'd seek.
I'm not sure. He's the third baseman today, for sure.
The spillover from offensive troubles is clear, yes. For reasons they have advertised, the Cardinals felt like they could play the long-game with the offensive philosophy and create an organizational ethos while having success in the majors. It has been an ongoing issue -- not isolated to this season -- that imported players have struggled and seen a reduction in production coming to the Cardinals. It's an issue for the team.
I don't think it was lost in it. He was impressive. Many people asked about him in the postgame. He just wasn't the biggest part of a game that swung wildly at the end. Cabrera and Helsley are getting a look it appears for the postseason roster. That has been clear with their assignments ahead of other candidates.
I believe Daniel Ponce de Leon is also on the roster. I'm almost certain.
The Post-Dispatch will have a beat writer and columnist Ben Frederickson at Wrigley Field.
Posted earlier in the chat. Cubs must go 10-3. Brewers 11-2.
I don't bet. I certainly don't bet when being shouted out. I was asked to predict by the newspaper how this season would finish. I picked the Cubs to win the division and the Cardinals to reach the playoffs as a wild card. If we're going to make those predictions, shouldn't we stick by them?
There has not been. He's set to be evaluated at some point this afternoon. Could be within in the hour, or within two. At that point there will be an update provided at the ballpark. I'll do my best to pass it along here to the chat, and we'll have the news at StlToday.com, of course.
It's September, so my inclination is no. Three walks cost the game. If Gant throws strikes and gets out, Shildt is being heralded today for using his best relievers at the best time and leaving the scrapheap ninth inning to not Gallegos and not Miller.
Marcell Ozuna had a rough day in the field. This was not discussed in any of the interviews I attended. It seemed to be on the peripheral of why they lost. I don't recall the other miss by Bader that would have influenced the game and been worth asking about.
I don't believe Molina spoke after Sunday's game. I didn't see him. But as discussed earlier in the chat they were going with Fernandez's strengths. You want heat, bring in Mayers.
Milwaukee has the easiest schedule of the three. However, the issue for Milwaukee is this: In seven of the final 10 games of the season some team they will be chasing will win. The best they can do on those days is hold serve, not gain ground. So even if the Cardinals-Cubs beat up on each other, that's not going to help the Brewers, per se. What the Brewers need is for one of those rivals to absolutely steamroll the other and knock it into a two-team race.
The numbers support the claim that the Cardinals are hardly an offensive juggernaut. Quite the opposite. Of any team with a winning record, I believe they have the lowest OPS in the majors. They are swimming with the dregs. They are inconsistent. They flash issues with situational hitting. And they don't have a hitter who would crack the top five for the Cubs in OPS. That's not ideal. But know thyself. The Cardinals are an exceptional run suppression team, not a good run production team.