The Cardinals have had good first basemen since Pujols left. Berkman, Craig, etc, but nobody steady. Carpenter could be that guy. So could Martinez. Or even Voit. But I would like to see a better defender at that spot than we've seen for a while.
Thanks for your support, Larry. I don't know what the front-office nerds come up with but I'd be willing to bêt that on many teams there are 25 to 35 starts that aren't made by the original five starters.
Fowler is more used to leading off. And teams like the consistent extra-base threat that Pham provides in the No. 2 spot. The days of a No. 1 guy being the team's best base stealer are gone, although I'm not quite sure why.
Back fields (2 through 5). You'll see pitchers facing hitters and many defensive drills.
Yes, most of these players presumably have been working out on their own. Anybody in camp by March 15 should be ready for the start of the season.
No. And probably not in anybody else's system either.
No doubt extended spring training for most of the time because his workload and the weather are easier to control..
Ozuna already has fit in. The area where Carlos Martinez, Ozuna, Pham, Fowler and Moilna dress draws many players and Ozuna can hold his own in the give-and-take. .
Not even Trout would I give eight years to. Too many things can happen, injury wise.
I do not. A slower game helps me catch up on my "running" story.
No, but they have Larry Luebbers in their sights.
From what I hear and what I see, much better. But nobody has played a game yet.
I'm not sure what stats you're using but Lyons' ERA was 2.83 last year and 3.38 the year before.
Willie McGee and Jose Oquendo are being counted on to do some of that and Ozzie Smith is here for a week to offer any thoughts. No question the Cardinals have to be better base runners. Not necessarily faster, but smarter.
DeJong will be the shortstop for the next couple of years. Then, you might be talking about Edmundo Sosa or Delvin Perez.
Thank you and I do not discern any rift between Matheny and C. Martinez. The former just wants the latter to be a more productive pitcher, as in winning 18 games rather than 12.
Happy to be here. Pham's vision seems fine. But could it re-occur? We'd be naïve to say that it couldn't.
No new set of downs here. I'm sure options for both long have been exhausted, plus you would have to get permission to option them out because of their service time.
To answer the first part. . . yes, that is what the front office believes. If Waino has one good season in him, the FO would be delighted.