Hear, hear. Thank you very much. We really are trying to call them as we see them. Some folks are looking at these things through different lenses and that's OK.
I think most fans in the Roger Dean Stadium could ascertain what was wrong. Too many fat fastballs. One cure is to throw something else that he can get over, which he wasn't able to do Sunday.
Depending on how their own third-basing is going and if they are in any race, the Cardinals undoubtedly would talk to Toronto if the Blue Jays are selling.
There is a chance but Garcia doesn't belong on the bench. Bader probably would be of more help as a reserve player while Garcia develops further in Class AAA.
1985 might have been the best. Three starting pitchers who won a total of 60 games. Willie McGee MVP and batting title. Jack Clark hitting home runs. Whitey making moves. Ozzie hitting a lefthanded home run. Coleman stealing 100 bases as a rookie. Andujar doing, well. . . youneverknew.
Whether Voit comes north to St. Louis depends to some degree on Carpenter's health and whether the club wants to keep two reserve outfielders besides Martinez. Voit played left field with no particular incidents on Sunday, so that can help him. But, he is raking.
It makes me a little nervous. This six-visit rule is ridiculous. Let's have the hitters put the ball in play more often. That would move it along.
This is the most athletic group in the Jupiter days. But the ones in the 1980s, including Green were great athletes, too.
Or as one umpire supervisor said the other day, "Who is Contreras?"
Hicks probably doesn't have any variation in his pitches just yet to be a consistent starter in the majors. His stuff plays more for an inning or two now but he might well be a starter here some day soon. .
Not Hicks yet. Wacha won't be a free agent, so he'll be here barring a trade. And they're paying Mikolas $15 million for two years. He isn't going anywhere for a while.
Molina will be making $20 million. And Ozuna might be close to it, through arbitration, if he has a big year. But, yes, there should be some money available because Pham and DeJong still won't break the bank yet.
Ozuna should provide excitement if he drives in 100 runs. When you don't have a fast team, I understand if fans aren't as entertained as if there was some speed. But athleticism is on the way in the system and Ozuna already is here.
I don't recall saying the Cardinals were going to catch the Cubs. But if they're not trying to make themselves contenders, then we're all wasting our time here. First, you make your team much better than it was. If it's good enough to catch the Cubs _ and the Brewers _ then you go from there.
Don't forget Oquendo and Willie McGee.
The rotation coming into camp was Martinez, Wacha, Weaver, Mikolas, Wainwright. It should remain that way for the rest of the spring barring some injury. Flaherty will be ready if needed. Bud Norris also could start.
Thank you. You're pretty close. Valera might even make the team because he can hit lefthanded as a switch-hitter and play both infield and outfield.
Ozuna has some possibilities, I think. Very outgoing. And you never know what Pham is going to say. If Waino bounces back, you've got him. And Martinez is doing his interviews in English this year. Many possibilities, but, alas, no Lance.
Ninety wins is the kind of benchmark for a good season. You aspire for more than that but where 90 gets you isn't entirely in your hands. Teams have won divisions winning 90 games. And they have failed to win them with more than 90. It's only a number but it is 18 more wins than losses and in most estimations, that's a good season.
Jim Lindeman stands out the most in 1986. He was so good in the spring the Cardinals could afford to trade Andy Van Slyke to Pittsburgh for Tony Pena. But then Lindeman hurt his back and never really amounted to much.