Hello from not so sunny Florida today. A little rain here but Cardinals game is in Fort Myers and probably won't be affected. Questions and comments on anything Cardinals or baseball-related are welcome, so let's go.
I think the Cardinals would settle for Mikolas to be Mike Leake right now. One game doth not a spring make but there is no sugar-coating that Mikolas' fastball didn't have movement nor was his breaking ball very sharp on Sunday. It's the first game. No panic until there's a trend. As for Morrison, the Cardinals are happy with Jose Martinez/Luke Voit if Carp would be laid up.
In this bullpen, quite a few pitchers have shots, Motte included. More likely, he'll wind up in Memphis at the start of the season but he will get a legit chance down here.
Unscheduled so far. Might interfere with his golf game.
At some point, if Pham is to be a regular player, he will have to dial it down a notch. But who's going to be the one to convince him?
Best guess is O'Neill in left, Garcia in center and Mercado in right. Garcia might have a chance to make the big club but Bader seems more likely as a fourth or fifth outfielder, if you count Martinez as the fourth.
So you're assuming that Ozuna is no longer here, that Fowler has been traded and Pham has been hurt? But, in your projection, don't forget about Arozarena,
Actually, it is a few days shorter this year because the season starts on March 29. Mostly, it is to make sure the pitchers are up to speed. The position players don't need as long.
That is a significant question. No way of telling so far but he's been off the field for more than a week now although said to be improving.
It's fair to see Pham play more than one season and see how Fowler handles right. Coleman, McGee and Van Slyke not too bad nor was Lonnie Smith, McGee, Hendrick combination (noting Smith's poor defense). Even Reggie Sanders, Edmonds, Walker was good.
He's here _ because he lives here. But no signing imminent that I know of.
I didn't hear anything negative regarding his play so no apparent concern. Even though it's fun to watch games in February, much too early to draw too many, if any conclusions.
If Waino would falter, he likely would be slotted in sort of middle relief role. But he'll be given at least a month, I would hope, as a starter. I think he can contribute there.
I would think both would be signed by the end of the week.
Of all the young outfielders, Garcia has the chance to be the best because of his power-speed-arm combination. He can be a star. The others, I think, can be good players.
Lucas might turn up as the closer at Memphis this year. He'll get some chances this spring but there already were a lot of righthanded relievers around and they signed two more in Norris and Motte. I do not think they have given up on Lucas but he also might fall behind Hudson, Helsley and Hicks if/when they become relievers.
Montreal always was my favorite stop on the circuit because of its restaurants/brasseries. If a team with good ownership would move there and build a new park, a franchise would certainly succeed. What to look for in the spring? Probably the easiest answer is how healthy the key players are when they leave. That really is the big issue.
I have to think Holliday would sign only with a team that trains in Florida so he can be near his family. I also think he wants to play one more year and retire on his own terms rather than be physically compromised as he was in the second half last year.
I assume you mean his next start. It should be Saturday at Disney against Atlanta.
Gomber is really the only prominent lefthanded starter the Cardinals have in their system. He also could relieve. He'll be here by the end of this season or certainly next year, if he doesn't get hurt.
No one here is talking about being a wild card or "rebuilding" mode. I'm not sure how good they're going to be but they think they're going to be good. Never say never about making moves. They've already made more since the end of last year than most teams in the league.