Regression to the mean and fatigue. They remain undefeated.
I hope it doesn't. Talented people, regardless of their profession, should get every penny they can for their talents. I would wish the same for you in your profession that I do for Gerrit Cole in his. It's just that his draws 40,000 to the ballpark to watch.
The Cardinals have not expressed any interest in him, to the best of my knowledge. Now, if he hit lefthanded ...
Depends on what they would get in return.
This is a question that puts me in a position to perpetually disappoint. It's why I'm awful at dinner parties. Sorry. I am not a fan of the Cardinals and don't really have a feeling one way or the other on this. I'm not a part of any camp. I'm off in the distance, on the bluff, overlooking and trying to build my own fire. If Pujols had stayed, I would have tried to do my best to rise to the occasion as he made history. I know that I would have to write that as well as I possibly could because there would be people clipping and saving those articles -- or, at least I hope they would. My responsibility would be to cover those events in the moment with enough quality that years from now we don't wince at how I swung and missed as he swung and made history. He didn't stay. So, I try to do my best covering the team that is still here and the stories other players have to be told, the history other players have to be captured. The only thoughts I have on this is how it will influence the hat he wears into Cooperstown. He'll be an employee of the Angels, most likely. He'll have hit significant milestones with the Angels. Does that pave the way for his bronzed hat to be the Angels, or does he take the La Russa escape hatch and go in with a blank hat. I cannot imagine the Angels liking that choice ...
Sure. This chat has been consistent, year to year, with the believe that Kolten Wong will be an All-Star at some point in his career. There for awhile it sure looked like he would have to be with another team.
The Cardinals have stated that they think they're "covered" when it comes to the innings they saw open from the rotation. So, yeah, that to me says they're not exactly shopping for starting pitchers at this point. They will shop for relievers, as mentioned earlier. Rather, they still have an interest in adding a reliever.
Less than Kwang Hyun Kim's, better than Zack Thompson's. So about, let's say, 57.84 percent.
I'm skeptical. Especially in today's game. I think I'd prefer damage somewhere than on-base percentage everywhere. I get the idea that eventually if everyone gets on base then there's nowhere else for some of the runners to go than home. And the idea is to make as few outs as possible on offense, and a team with OBP throughout the lineup would do that. But this is a damage game. This is a crooked number game. And somewhere in there needs to be a SLG option. I would welcome arguments on the other side of this because I can be swayed.
I'm not sure how to square the circles of your question. If he's not going to "make any type of impact" for the Cardinals then it would be because of his injury history and where it's placed him. That's not a secret. So, why would another team be interested in him -- let alone why they would trade a certain hitter for him? That's not going to happen. For him to get that kind of return he wouldn't just need to look like a pitcher ready to make an impact, he would have already started making that impact, and then the Cardinals would like to keephim around.
Well, that would be a strong team with both damage and on-base percentage considering that's above league average at every position, right? MLB average was .757. So you're talking about a deep, strong, and damaging lineup there ... Would it be the same, however if the team was .400 OBP and .400 slugging vs. 350 OBP and .450 SLG. That's the question I'd like to explore.
There would be as many as three in the bullpen. That's the idea.
This trade was driven by the salary he was about to command. Rays always trying to move away from the high-dollar and into the high-value.
I will return. I have a quick interview to do. Thanks for your patience.
Still working on an interview for a story that will appear in tomorrow's paper. I appreciate the patience.
There are too many variables to know at this point, candidly. Carlos Martinez and his role are completely up in the air until he shows he can handle the workload and regimen of a starter -- and he cannot get that chance now, not until March. There's usually an injury or two that completely upend the plans as well. If the Cardinals have the team they want, the best case scenario team, it sure seems like Kim is in relief at that point.