Why would you assume that? And why would this be the option? Cardinals spend most of the season looking for a leadoff hitter -- and find the guy they signed to be their leadoff hitter -- and now you want to move that leadoff hitter. How many kicks down the road do you want to give this can?
The Cubs sent two relievers to Boston, one of whom was named Chris Carpenter. If I remember correctly, the Sox also sent a young player back -- a teenager -- who then balanced the deal.
I didn't blame the "overworked" bullpen because the bullpen has been remarkably NOT overworked. Impressively so, candidly. Think back to the Maness, Bowman, and Rosenthal workloads and there's not going to be a righthanded pitcher blistered like that.
Stuff. Experience. Belief in him from the people making decisions.
It is not. It's honest and accurate and a handy, accessible portrayal of the standings. If the Cardinals win six games -- all against DC and all against Arizona -- and they lose all seven to the Cubs, they still assure a tie for the division if the Cubs don't get THREE other wins somewhere else. Period. That's how it works.
See previous answer. I stand by this description, though: The route to October for the Cardinals or Cubs is through each other. That's it. Same as it ever was. This has not changed from opening day.
Can he pitch? Bat cleanup?
Depends on the game. Wild card? Well, then Cabrera and Helsley are going and one of the starters isn't. Division series? Well, then it's a hard call and where Wacha fits will be have to be discussed. Helsley has an edge right now for one of the spots along with Miller, Webb, Brebbia, Gant, Gallegos, and Martinez (if healthy). Usage is the clue. Watch who Shildt uses, and then you'll know who he's going to want for October.
Probably not. That's the game these days. Streaky and power and strikeouts.
Sure. It's out there somewhere in the universe. I'll get to it. I promise. Just going to answer other questions along way. Think of them as breadcrumbs that get us back to Oz.
That sounds kind of like the Cubs, too.
I'm not sure. Had this discussion on Twitter with a Washington Post reporter who suggested it wasn't even close and that it was overstated how hard baseball was, particularly how hard it was to hit a curveball. The numbers do not back his assertion. They don't come close, candidly. we agreed to disagree, I guess, when he declined to offer research/statistics that refuted my point. Granted, it's a hard to thing to measure, but we can start by saying how often is a strike put in play for a hit. Not hit/ABs .... hits/strike. Because that's what it means to get a hit. It means that you took a pitch in the strike zone and didn't whiff and got a hit. You're going to see that rate plummet from the league average of .250 with H/AB. That said, I still think that hitting a moving puck on ice with a curved stick while wearing skates is up there as a hard thing in sports to do. A one-time is bonkers hard. Some of the things elite gymnasts do that other elite elite gymnasts can't are incredible hard, and so on and so on. Baseball is up there, But there is room at the top for many things to be hard.
They would shrink, but not by that much. Gallegos exists.
(Along with 14 or so of their closest friends.)
Just being honest. It's the promise that I've made to you the chatters.
He seems to have been placed in the long relief role. He was warming up in case the Cardinals tied the game Sunday.
Suspended at the minimum. Investigation launched. Unpaid time off the roster to last the length of that investigation and then the suspension determined once there is a result. Could be released. There are several teams with a no-tolerance approach that would make that move. You would not have seen the player picked up as a waiver claim right before game time in fantasy baseball that's for sure. Let alone playing.
We have seen examples of this. Price. Stanton. Heyward. So start there and draw lines out to similar players. Not Scherzer. We can see where the overlaps are and the styles and what ownership has pressed to make happen. Remember it was DeWitt that championed a move for Stanton and the front office that argued it was good to do as an exercise to then make a move for the next outfielder, preferably Yelich but possibly Ozuna. Saw how that played out.