"Pop" Warner is doing most of his work in the minor league developmental area. He wasn't at third base last year for the Cardinals but he was on the staff later in the season and, no doubt, would be added late this season, too.
Umpires are reviewed every year but there are very few firings and no "optioning" of umpires to Class AAA or below unless they are considered minor league "vacation" umpires. In my opinion, Joe West is one of the best. I have little doubt, though, that most of the best umpires available already are here.
Thanks. I think you're onto something. Look how long Brandon Moss lasted. He didn't make it out of spring training.
That phrase "accident waiting to happen," strikes me too often. But perhaps he will get better. His bat always will play.
Cardinals' traveling party fairly light. TV and radio broadcasters, one newspaper writer and one with mlb.com, and The Athletic occasionally. GM is on about half trips. Traveling secretary C.J. Cherre, the absolute best, is on all trips. Has to be.
Carpenter's lack of speed is a factor if he is one base ahead of Pham and Pham wants to run. For instance, Fowler might make it to third on a Pham hit where Carpenter might not. Again, let's give this lineup another week or 10 days, at least.
The Yankees are the ones closest to the Cardinals. But they don't have that great pre-opening game procession of Hall of Famers around the track that the Cardinals do.
Lineup is a strength. Bullpen could be if Holland is what he used to be and Gregerson, too. Not much speed but excellent power. Should contend if there are no serious injuries.
Minor league rosters, I believe are 22 players, perhaps 21. But they have a seven-day disabled list, which helps.
Molina could have gone to first, with Pena catching.
Apparently, split-fingered pitches are more stressful on the arm and perhaps the size of the hand has something to do with it, too. The secondary pitch of choice these days seems to be the cutter.
This is not an isolated case. Every team has a pitcher who doesn't pitch very much.
This will be a challenge for Mike Matheny. Gyorko hit 50 home runs the last two years. That can't be ignored. And it isn't as if either of the other is tearing it up but, in Wong's case, you need to give him some games in a row. His confidence has been fragile in the past and they don't want to lose him.
Perhaps so, but Reyes is on the 60-DL until the end of next month, so I'm not thinking about that scenario just yet.
When the replay system was installed, it was meant to judge boundary calls, such as hone run calls, etc. Too many more mundane plays are available to be challenged and a couple of those can make the game last five minutes or more longer. There's your pace of play. As far as further challenging the replay results, there is no recourse.
So far, they're both scheduled to face the Cubs on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
To be honest, Schrock was out with an oblique injury much of the spring and none of us has seen much of him, especially defensively. But he can hit.
The Cubs would seem to have a very short window unless than can develop some young pitching. But, historically, the Cubs are used to having short windows.
Because if there was a doubleheader, it would be a day-night affair, with two separate admissions. And, I guarantee, a better crowd than you would have on Thursday. That's the way I would do it.
Food for thought. I like my best hitter batting third or even second. And the Cardinals may have done the latter already with Pham.