Sorry about the delay. Commish Hummel, who is not tech savvy, here for a chat about Cardinals, Major League Baseball and any other sports topics you which to discuss or harangue about.
Piscotty will drive 90 to 100 runs if he hits fourth all year. He was in the mid-80s last year. Home runs are not the only way to drive in runs although you would have had a hard time proving that last year.
Thanks for your kind words. Cleanup hitters are not necessarily power guys anymore. Zobrist batted fourth occasionally for the Cubs last year and they did all right. Cleanup hitters drive in runs. And Craig did that, without really hitting homers. Piscotty should be an excellent cleanup man, based on his .363 average with men in scoring position.
The Cubs have three solid starters as I see it. Very solid ones in Arrieta, Lester and Hendricks. Lackey looked as if he was having arm trouble at the end of last season and Hammel is gone. So is Chapman, so that should automatically make the Cardinals four or five games better. The Cardinals' rotation is deeper than the Cubs' although not as solid at the top. The Cardinals just need to catch the ball better and throw it straight and their staff should be a 90-win statf.
Peralta was said to be working hard in the off-season although his body will never translate into that of a ballerina. His thumb should be healed and his contract will be up at the end of this season. He has plenty of reason to be at his best, with whatever he has left.
My pleasure to talk to you. I hate the DH. It doesn't make the manager have to manage. And if the manager doesn't have to manage, then how can you criticize him?.
The Cardinals really didn't have any abiding interest in Dozier. They are committed to Wong, at least for now. Dozier hit a lot of home runs, but then so did Gyorko, and they already have him. This is only going to work if Wong is good defensively and . at least passable offensively.
You are too kind. I am only slightly (OK, 20 years) older than the Arch.
You are too kind. I am only slightly older (OK, 20 years) older than the Arch. ,
John Mozeliak left the door open for re-signing Maness to a minor-league deal but that doesn't seem likely. Not known if his arm will be strong enough at the start of spring training but if it is, he can help someone.
Yes, Lou and I are very tight after our fall-out in 1978. His health is good, I understand and I expect to see him at the baseballl writers' dinner on Sunday at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. \
That would be great if the Cardinals wanted to do that. We wanted to honor him at the writers' dinner but we were unable to run him down.
Very hard question. It depends on what you're looking for. Power and defense (Edmonds)? High BA and defense (Flood)? Or two batting titles, an MVP and defense (McGee)? Edmonds has had the most postseason success (except for one marvelous 1982 game by McGee in Milwaukee), so a slight nod might go there.
Thank you for your kind sentiments. I think there's room for both types _ bombast and measured. But, somewhere along the line, the priorities have been shifted where accuracy or fairness no longer seem to be most important sometimes. Being first has become more appealing to some, even if the information imparted is wrong.
The Central Division champion may not have 100 wins this year because the Brewers and Reds figure to be considerably better as their rebuilding programs continue and the big teams won't be beating up on the lesser lights so much. Pittsburgh? I don't know if the Pirates will contend.
Excluding the Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, the best two games I covered might have been in the same October. In 1986, the Mets overcame the Astros in extra innings in Houston to win Game 6 and the NLCS title, rallying for three runs in the top of the ninth, with Mike Scott and his scuffball awaiting them the next day. Then, came the memorable Game 6 of the World Series when the long deprived Red Sox blew a two-run lead in extra innings with the Mets rallying to win that game and then the seventh game.
I would hope the Cardinals would pick up that 2018 option and give Molina an extension although it is possible Kelly could be a regular as early as 2018. I think Molina's 2017 season here is not his last.
I concur, in many areas. Don't go to sleep on Lynn. He has averaged 15 wins a year for the last four seasons he's pitched and he is a "walk-year" player besides, presumably being healthy.
Matheny regards Molina as another manager on the field. You see the Cardinals' pitching coach or manager making relatively few visits to the mound because Molina already has diagnosed the problem.
The Base Burglar interpreted something I wrote as saying he was "done." He proved that theory, whether I espoused it or not, to be a mistake. I'm pretty much OK with the roster although I would move Rosenthal back into a prominent relief role _ even closer.
For those who are saying the Cardinals didn't spend any money, they spent $113 million on Cecil and Fowler. I don't see the big move that needs to be made yet but that doesn't mean you couldn't do something during the season. The April 1 roster often isn't the Aug. 1 roster.
I would like to think there's a place for Adams. I think it's still first base but few agree with me. You don't give him away. And then there isn't need to trade him just yet. He still is a weapon off the bench as he always has been.
Peralta, if healthy, could be a 15 to 18 homer man with 80 RBIs. He will very motivated to play and, when he finally got healthy at the end of last season, he was one of the top players on the club. He should be adequate at third base.