After Bruce Sutter went to the Atlanta Braves in 1985, the Cardinals "closed by committee" with Jeff Lahti, Ken Dayley, Rick Horton, Bill Campbell, etc., until Todd Worrell came up in September. That team won the pennant. But Gregerson is the closer so far.
I don't know that any hitter prefers to be down in the count by two strikes. Now if the count is 2-2 or 3-2, it's different because the smart hitter knows that the pitcher isn't apt to throw his second- or third-best pitch in those counts.
Flaherty could pitch 160 innings right now. Reyes will have to build up to that. But, yes, those two plus Dakota Hudson were more appealing to them than Lynn or Arrieta.
A little early to tell but his shoulder doesn't hurt, which means it shouldn't bother him when he's hitting. He's not going to play that many games at third anyway.
I would have to say "under" unless he gets 400 at-bats. Not sure how that will happen. I can see 300.
Baseball surely has more problems than whether the game takes 3 hours 5 minutes to play or 2:55. I do think we could stand a few less visits to the mound by the catchers. And it would be good if more balls were put in play rather than the huge proliferation of strikeouts.
Barring injury (to him) Jack Flaherty will get at least 10 to 15 starts. As for Carson Kelly, he might be in Memphis for at least half a season _ that's all he was there for last year.
Yes, is is a dream. Martinez doesn't have great hands but the club is hoping he can be at least serviceable either there or in the outfield.
Machado's numbers look better as a shortstop, though. He plays every day. But Harper is the more impactful and feared hitter.
Actually I think both Garcia and Munoz will be on the team, Munoz for his bat and defensive flexibility. Garcia for his versatility and that he is one of the few left-handed hitters they have.
I predict the bullpen will consist of eight relievers which would mean, for the moment, Bader would be in Memphis. Mike Matheny and Mike Maddux both seem to prefer an eight-man bullpen.
Hicks knocked off three scoreless innings the other day. Message received? Time will tell.
Jose Oquendo and Willie McGee have been charged with bringing some of that back.
When Martinez plays, those are precisely the positions in which he will be hitting.
I wonder how new manager Aaron Boone, who remembers how the game used to be played, will feel about all the strikeouts. I still think they'll have a hard time beating out the Red Sox.
Kzizner has his most value in that he can catch and he's getting better at it. First base only adds to the resume.
No reason now to bring in a catcher who doesn't know the staff.
Adolis Garcia needs to play every day in Memphis until there is a need for an outfielder on a regular basis. He will be here for many years.