Most teams with this many question marks do not turn out to be good teams. The advantage, perhaps, is that the Cardinals' pitching depth in their system is good and they've got plenty of super-charged outfielders. If all things went south, we would see players from both groups sooner than expected.
No question. Mr. Goold has hit several home runs this spring.
Unfortunately, Carp already has declined in recent years. The hope is that Carp and the training staff are out ahead of this one and can figure out how to deal with it in spring training rather than not having much luxury during the year. So far, it is middle to lower back as I understand it but concern, founded or not, grows every day.
It seems likely that Mike Maddux will have a large say in how pitching changes are made during a game. He largely has run his own program this spring.
Motte is on a minor-league deal so far. If he were to be brought up, he could not optioned back because his options long ago have been used.
Hold on now. Mike Mayers has done the Cardinals' best pitching this spring.
Wisdom is a major league player. Is he a regular? Doubtful.
Some of the umpires are assigned as to where they live _ what part of Florida or anywhere in Phoenix area. Others not from those ares get to work where they want basically. Nearly every day, a minor league umpire or two is on a crew to be observed by a number of supervisors. In the Jupiter/West Palm Beach area, Angel Hernandez has a home just south of here, so we see him a lot.
Randy hasn't been seen at second yet and probably won't be. He's too good in the outfield but his resume isn't hurt by the fact he has played there.
It appears it doesn't matter what anybody thinks _ they have little or no interest in investing money or years in a closer outside the organization. They don't think many closers are capable of putting together more than a couple of good back-to-back seasons.
Fowler or Bader would play center. I don't foresee O'Neill being in that mix.
MInor wrist injury. Should play Wednesday or Thursday.
It's spring training. And, as for solid hitting, they scored only in one inning.
Both of the aforementioned. Garcia has a shot at being fifth outfielder (J. Martinez is four) But most likely is that Garcia starts in CF for Memphis and Arozarena in the same spot for Springfield.
You've exaggerated the number of question marks, I think. There's nothing wrong with Wacha's shoulder and they aren't worried about Weaver. The other two are fair game. And Martinez is his own question mark. Will he be able to get out of his own way to be the ace that he can be?
I'm sure there has been some dropoff but sales continue and figures won't be available until later.
Intriguing concept but there haven't been many Clemenses who could pull that off. Hard to believe all pitchers would stay in good enough shape until July.
Gregerson has a chance to have the biggest impact because he'll be the closer. Or it could be Norris. Either way, there will be a big impact, good or bad.
O'Neill has had a particularly poor start. But there is not enough reason to keep Garcia at the major league level at the start of the season if he's not going to play with any regularity. And, barring injury, he won't be. But he is the best prospect.