Yadi will catch 130 to 140 games, no matter the backup. Veteran or kid.
A ninth-inning man (or men) the players have confidence in after, presumably, they have taken the lead. Their offense, despite some unimpressive spring numbers for some its members, should give the pitching staff plenty of support where every game isn't a one-run game.
Kelly didn't hit that well or catch that well this spring to be on the club now. Garcia helps more than Bader because Garcia is a lefthanded batter and an excellent, patient pinch hitter.
Leone will get his chance at the ninth. He never has anywhere before, so we'll have to see how that goes. But Gregerson, who has 66 career saves, was signed to have the first crack at it.
Wong is starting his fifth season in majors. Hit career high. 285 last year. Has been running at will in the spring.
He's actually pretty good in CF. Haven't seen at 1B or 2B, let alone C or P.
Always worth considering such options _ when the time comes. I'm not worried about trade deadline or next season just yet.
We have been. And that might not have been wise. He has the pitches to do it. Does he have the confidence? We may have to find that out.
I suspect at some point they might have looked at him but the Cardinals must feel they have enough in house, or even in the organization, that they don't need him. Other teams need veteran help, too, and they don't seem to be leaping into the breach, so there must be some doubts about his durability or health. Or that he refused to settle for a one-year deal.
If A.Garcia progresses as he did last year, he will be long before September.
Mike Mayers and Josh Lucan made the biggest impression on me from what I had seen last year. I never had seen Munoz before but was impressed that he could be that good with the build of a sports writer.
Carlos Martinez long has been on track to be the opening-day starter and Wainwright on a shorter track to start the home opener. If Martinez isn't good this year, then neither are the Cardinals.
There always seem to be sumors swirling around Carlos but, to my knowledge, MLB has nothing on its plate that mandates suspension.
Lyons and Cecil both have been good this spring, for the most part. Sherriff was going out anyway but really separated himself with a poor outing last weekend in Orlando. But he'll be back during the season because he showed last year he could get righthanded hitters out, too.
I wouldn't rule that theory out, notably when Reyes is ready for action. That's how the club used him when he was brought up in 2016.
I would concur in that assessment. Memphis could even have a better club at the start of the season than it had last year. The Cardinals are going to be good next year and beyond. But most people _ and understandably _ don't want to wait until next year. They want them to be good now. They might be. . .
As reported, Martinez pitched in a minor league game, which he also will do this Saturday when the Cardinals play an exhibition game against the Mets, the opponents for Martinez's first start on March 29. This is the way Mike Maddux rolls. Don't tip your hand too soon.
Ideally, Reyes ultimately would join the rotation if the bullpen is as good as you say it is. But his first outing (s) surely will be in relief.,
I'm not going to argue that the Cardinals are better at third base or first base than the Cubs. But you'll have a hard time convincing me the Cubs are better overall at shortstop and second base or at any position in the outfield. Catcher, too, although the Cubs' backstop is a rising star. It isn't about closing the gap with the Cubs. It's about closing the gap between 83 and at least 90 victories. At 90, you legitimately can talk about playoffs.