Martinez stepped in last year to the point that he was the regular first baseman and cleanup hitter down the stretch. No team is forthcoming about injuries. Check out hockey.
The last I saw the Red Sox finished well ahead of the Yankees last year during the regular season. Who's chasing whom? It's a different mentality there because both teams have been good at the same time for a long time. Cardinals and Cubs rarely have contended at the same time.
It is February, albeit late February. But February.
Koufax might have been the most dominant pitcher I ever saw _ but most, if not all, my viewing of him was on television. It looked as if more hitters had less chance against him.
I guarantee you no team starts the season wanting to be the wild card. Way over-rated. You settle for that when nothing is left, which is not say it can't be a goal in September. But not in February. Or July.
I'm sorry. I refuse to analyze more than one year at a time,
That would be an issue if Carpenter would be out for a long time. Well, he has been out what seems a long time but there are still 32 days before the first real game.
To be accurate, Lynn pitched 186 1/3 innings. But these days that is a notable accomplishment, too.
A young pitcher able to be in the rotation and at least one young position player who could start right away.
Jack Flaherty and Jordan Hicks have been the most impressive of the youth brigade. Mike Mayers most surprising. John Brebbia no longer a surprise. All very small sample sizes, so far, though.
Edmonds already is off the ballot. Rolen started out at about 11 percent, which is very far from 75. So, I'll say no until they get to veterans' committees.
Jack Flaherty will be in the Cardinals' rotation by mid-May if not before.
Yes, there is some perspective we need to keep in mind, good or bad. But, generally, the rule of thumb is that readers want to read about young players doing well and projecting how long it will be until they get to the big leagues. As for veterans who are starting slowly, we have to keep in mind that, to varying degrees, they already have proven themselves.,
So, are you saying that Ozuna is not better than Odorizzi, Reed and Morrison?
Say what you want, but Matheny's six straight seasons of his teams winning more than they lose will stand him in good stead if he chose to go anywhere else.
Maybe Molina could start for the Cubs? Maybe Ozuna could start for the Cubs? Maybe Pham could start for the Cubs? Fowler is not better than Heyward? I admit the Cubs are a lot better at first and third but let's not let that skew the analysis of the other positions. At last report, all teams are 0-0 (with the possible exception of Tampa Bay).
Wisdom is their insurance policy, so far, at third base. But they might look elsewhere if Gyorko would have a problem.
The gate isn't even open yet. If you charge out and play all your regulars all the time now, they'll be burned out by April 15. I assure you there will be a different lineup every game this spring.
The umpires would have to exercise discretion on this. Sounds like it would not be a visit unless they get to closer to the mound.