None that have popped up yet. Moises Rodriguez, the Cardinals' assistant general manager, is going to get a look from some teams in the near future. Not sure if that's now, but his name is out there and climbing when it comes to the next Cardinal exec other teams may try to snag.
They get to compete for the center field job in spring training. Bader will return as the incumbent, but expect quite a free-for-all for that job, and it's a competition that may not be settled until June, July, and then the everyday center fielder will take over for the final two months. It seems like the Cardinals are setting up quite an audition at that spot, quite a group of challengers for Bader.
Depends on what the score is at the time. Expanded rosters at the time the Cardinals are finally visiting Coors Field -- that's a bit of a scheduling coup and always helps.
No thanks. If it can't be perfect, then why bother. I would worry for unintended consequences if the robots aren't perfect. What outlet does a player have or a manager have for the time the robot misses a key call -- maybe its first all year -- and that inanimate object just cost a team a game, a title, or something serious. Nope. It better be perfect. Or what's the point?
Um, is this a Cecil question? I'm not sure. Brett Cecil is prepping for 2020, and if he's not ready and not successful in spring training then the Cardinals will move on. They've already guaranteed that salary for 2020, so they're at a point where they should see what they can get before preemptively deciding it's nothing. I guess it only costs the spot on the 40-man roster, and that's no small cost, but it's one the Cardinals are willing to stomach.
Actually, the Cardinals were one of the first teams to adopt those exact factors when determining ticket price, not too long after the San Francisco Giants. So, yep, the pitching matchup does factor into ticket prices. Series that influence the postseason get a bump, too, like the coming series against Milwaukee, or Washington or whatever. Those are all baked in there. And have been for years now. That is part of the "dynamic pricing" approach.
Sure. They keep an eye on this. It's part of the smorgasbord of stats that evaluate the pitcher and how a catcher calls a game.
In your dream, it appears, only the Astros are. Imagine the puns in the headlines.
He should be a top-10 prospect -- in all of baseball. He's a switch-hitter who can play center field and has power that is only starting to develop. He's legit. A genuine prospect, as good a young hitter as the Cardinals have had in their system since the late Oscar Taveras.
Wong is signed through 2020 with a club option for 2021.
It could. I don't think that will be a big deal. The pitchers that they're going to rely on seem to have a good feel for what September is like after going through it last season. Sure, the Cardinals are inexperienced in October -- from the manager down, if you think of it. But some of the things they've done to approach this season, to talk about these series, etc., would fit well into how we've seen La Russa approach the postseason before. They line up, and I think having Molina and Wainwright around always will help. Carpenter could start. Carpenter definitely has to be the position player who is there should any of them have questions or thoughts about what October brings. He and Molina and Wong are really the only ones who have been through it at all. Goldschmidt has with Arizona.
I don't buy into this, at all. Why bother having him on the roster if that's the goal? Save the money. Don't have him travel with the team. Don't give him the per diem. Don't pay for his hotel. If you want teams to dream on his potential and not see him fail, then send him off for some rest so that he can play again in Mexico and hit like .400. Teams see through that. He's up for a reason. That reason is to run, start some times, and allow for double-switches to improve the defense late in games in September. If they wanted to avoid him failing they could also avoid spending any money on him at all. So why do that?
His slider really has betrayed him at times this season. There are a few reasons for this. It could be that he's lost his feel for the pitch and gets it back sporadically. One idea brought up early in the season is that for the first time in awhile he's feeling healthy and not compensating with his mechanics for some knee pain or shoulder trouble or whatever, and that with free and clean mechanics he actually has unfamiliar mechanics. There was a time in the season when that did seem to be the case. It's a really good question, and it's one that Miller has been asking himself too in the times I've talked to him about.
As mentioned earlier -- way, way, way earlier in the chat -- they like his stuff. They also were really high on what he did in high-leverage spots at Memphis during his last stint there. Shildt volunteered his fondness for what Mayers did, so in a way that usage was telegraphed.
I have not. I imagine he would point out the differences. Still, I go with the comp. The issue will be that Cole will shoot for a larger contract than Scherzer got.
They'll go with four to start and then let the series dictate who goes when. Flaherty, Mikolas, Hudson, and Wainwright will be the four.
Yes. But it's a fair question and any concern is warranted based on what happened. But they are not relying on one guy to carry them like last year's team did coming into September, as least as far as the offense was concerned.
The rules, mostly. Pitchers may want them, batters don't, umpires ditch them.
Thanks for the backup. The rule of thumb when writing for a newspaper, however, is the shorter the better. There are several words that can use one-l or two-ls -- like traveling or travelling. It's a way to save space over the long haul to use traveling, and not travelling. When it comes to the L, it's not a big space, like say if we could reduce the double-Ms in a word, but it still could matter. That's why it's a bad habit that I've gotten into with typing preventive and preventative.
There's a huge difference. Carpenter is OPS. Wong is OBP. That's their game. Wong can do damage with his speed, with his doubles, and with his triples, and if he hits 10 homers that's lagniappe. Carpenter has come into being a 30-homer hitter. He's there to do damage. He's there to put it where the shift cannot catch it -- over the wall. Way different hitters. Also, they are pitched accordingly and this year more and more and more Carpenter has been pitched in on his hands, in on his feet, and they'll dare him to try to pull that into his shift, pull that into his feet, or flare it to the left fielder, or take his walks -- and sometimes take his called K.
He neared an agreed upon pitch limit that appeared to be in the 35-45 territory.
Well, Nolan Arenado certainly did Rendon a solid -- as did the Colorado Rockies. Arenado, to me, is the best all-around player in the league. Cody Bellinger is in the conversation and may overtake Arenado, may have already, and that's fine. Anthony Rendon is also in the conversation. Solid all-around player and he doesn't have some of the thin-air inflated stats that catch the eye like Arenado, but he's still incredibly productive. Does that mean he's going to get the wowzer deal that Arenado got? No. But it's the neighborhood. Rendon is a year older than Arenado, and that's going to lop a year of the length of the deal or reduce the late-year salary so that it changes the overall annual value. In other words, you're talking about a 6 year deal with one AAV, or a seven-year deal with a lesser AAV to accommodate (there's one of those double-m words!) the age difference. Arenado got a deal somewhere near $37m per season, and you could definitely see how Boras would shoot for that platform. A few things are going to influence these negotiations. One, Arenado was under control and headed for arbitration and arbitration is the greater engine for raises these days than straight free-agency, except for the elite. Two, Rockies were bidding against losing Arenado, not against other teams. Rendon appears well positioned to benefit from both. It seems reasonable to shoot for that six-year, $200m range -- six years, $210m puts him at $35 per. Machado was younger and got a 10-year deal with a $30m AAV, so you can see where Rendon would fit between those two, right? Shorter deal than both, some AAV in the middle, given his ability. The Washington Post has reported that Rendon's camp -- led by agent Scott Boras -- is using Arenado's deal as a "jumping off point." That means as a guide, not necessarily as a floor.