The first-base coach, besides being a repository for batting gloves, etc., tracks how quickly the pitcher throws to first and, if indeed, how good his move to first is. He relays some signs orally to the baserunner and always reminds the runner how many outs there are. You would be surprised how often that element escapes the runner. The coach often also is responsible for some defensive positioning when he's in the dugout.
Grichuk presents a more complete player than any of the other potential reserves. More power, as much speed and experience at all three positions in the outfield. He still is a regular big leaguer in my mind and I can't say that about the competition. He will get his at-bats.
Good question but Kelly has spent an entire year at Triple-A and that's enough. Mike Matheny has to figure out how to get him more time.
Dave Dowling pitched one inning in 1964.
No that would come after 2019 when he would have two-plus seasons in the majors but not three. .
John lives in Boston, regularly takes part in Cardinal Fantasy Camps and still plays hockey. ,
At the moment, the Cardinals have missed the playoffs only two years in a row. He has three more years on his deal, counting this one.
No one really has seen Jay Bruce play first base and I don't think that he wants to, just yet. Power, with a lot of strikeouts. Don't they already have enough of that?
Offense or defense? Simmons for offense. Molina for defense. It would depend on what kind of club each had around him. But Simmons himself says that Molina does things as a catcher that he hasn't seen anyone else do.
My guess is that Molina will hit sixth in the new lineup.
I am aware of those rumors.
Are any of you people related to Yelich? Three or four players for him, with one of them Pham. Who had the better year last year? Pham or Yelich?
This is the first time in a while I've felt good as good about Kolten Wong as a regular second baseman. But, having played just two-thirds of the games last season, he must show he is over his back and other issues. The Cardinals would like to have a regular first and third, a la Pujols and Rolen but I don't know yet who it would be.
I don't see those gentlemen largely improving this team.
He is not a free agent, still belongs to Pittsburgh.
The key is not to get to two strikes in the first place. And that means not giving away the first strike instead of the third.
Tampa Bay is not looking for a 32-year-old infielder to rebuild. If Carpenter went anywhere it would be to good club.