I probably would with Carpenter at third and Gyorko at second since those are the positions each has played the most. Their collective defense would be adequate at best although Gyorko is pretty good at second, too.
They have acquired Ozuna, remember, who hit 37 home runs. I don't know why you can't count on Pham hitting nearly 25 homers. He did it last year and played only five months in the majors. Machado is no closer to the Yankees than anybody else. That was just ballplayer talk.
Carson Kelly is always trade bait, just as any other young catcher would be in an organization that is deep in catching, with a premier catcher at the top of the charts. He can't help himself or the Cardinals as a part-time player. He showed that last year. He needs to play every day so he'll be ready if Molina gets hurt. And he might become more attractive to somebody who would want him if they actually saw him play.
The easy move would be to return Alex Reyes to the 60-day DL since he did pitch at all last year.
Mo still will make the big moves. So far, probably not too much change.
It's a little hard to measure how strained the relationship was but this much seems certain. Mike Maddux will have more say in pitching decisions both during the game and before.
Both. It is clear the Cardinals have a number of pitchers who can pitch effectively between the fifth and the eighth. We do not yet know if any of them can settle in for the ninth on a regular basis. And, yes, it is spring training. ,
Martinez has been disappointing, but not terrible this spring. There is some concern about the fact he continues to start poorly in games, whether it be in the majors or on the back fields, as was the case the other day. . .
I agree that Jose Martinez needs to be in the lineup a lot. He is, however, not a good defensive player and sometimes it might be better to have him available for a key at-bat off the bench rather sitting on the bench, already having been taken out for defense in the seventh inning.
That Carpenter is throwing differently does not mean that he suddenly will have Scott Rolen's arm. Tommy Pham throws kind of funny from center field, too, but he throws accurately. And Carpenter at third is not something you're going to see 100 times a year. Maybe 30.
Jack Flaherty, as impressive as any Cardinals starter the last couple of weeks, would be the first one to come back. It will take Reyes a while to build up his pitch count to be a starter. It's odd that so many fans are upset that Kelly is down but not so many, or any, about Flaherty, who deserved to be on the team more than Kelly.
Pena probably will be the backup and Baron probably will go to Memphis with Kelly. Knizner likely to be in Springfield for a while anyway. He is not on the 40-man roster either.
No question the bullpen is deep, middle to fairly late. Mayers is a sleeper pick to make the team, but with several righthanded relievers having options, Gant, Mayers and Lucan will be seen here often.
Other teams apparently have taken note that Holland had a bad second half last year and no doubt are wondering how healthy he really is. Cardinals don't and never really did have interest.
Haven't heard about any eye issues but that is not to say they couldn't return. Pham did double in his last at-bat but has struck out a lot this spring.
I would pick Arizona and the Cardinals ahead of those other teams but you're probably right. They're all in a hat, which might include Philadelphia, which could pile up some wins playing weak Miami and Atlanta teams in the East. Each team plays its division opponents 19 times and the East has two potentially awful teams while the Central has one in Pittsburgh and the West maybe none.
I do not think Kelly will be the regular catcher here for at least two years. By that time, he probably will have been traded. But all bets are off if Molina gets hurt _ and catchers do get hurt. If that happens, Kelly is the regular.
Voit would be the emergency catcher if he would make the team. I don't see him on the club at the start of the season but that could change very quickly.
I could see Carp bunting once in a while but not as much hitting third. That is a drive-the-ball slot. Adams bunted for his hit as a leadoff man on Sunday.