High pitch counts have been a concern for Weaver and, to some extent, Flaherty, in a smaller sample size. But, with arms such as they have, the issue can be corrected. Fans can, of course, question management's judgment at any turn. They're fans.
I fully expect Bader to play against most lefthanders and some righthanders. He does provide energy besides his skills.
I wouldn't think the exam wouldn't take place until later today or tomorrow. Club likely will have some sort of statement before tomorrow's game. I do not think he would submit to a major surgery.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Molina back in the clubhouse, at least, during the next home stand.
This makes sense to me, granted that there are some big "ifs" involved.
There might have been other years, and perhaps even later this year, when Markakis, who has more than 2,000 hits, would be available. But the young Braves have arrived ahead of schedule and certainly must think they have enough to at least contend. Markakis, at .344, is a big part of that. But, yes, the Cardinals could use a lefthanded bat with thump. They do not really have that now.
I know you don't want to hear this but the latter "default" position still is very much in vogue.
As for the Cubs' series, I saw it with my own eyes. Or perhaps Neptune was playing out of position, I don't know. The DeWitts are baseball people. They like winning. And since everyone seems to be concerned about pace, that tracks to 94 wins. They would be happy with that.
To reiterate, the Cardinals already are doing something. They are sitting Fowler and Carpenter, to a degree, against lefthanded pitching. Also to reiterate, six weeks is not six months, as doth a season make. Fowler and Carpenter will get more chances starting now. But this not a blank check, no matter their contracts. The Cardinals would find other ways to go if they had to. They aren't about to eat $60 million on Fowler, just yet, though.
I haven't seen Ozuna enough to see if his style has changed. But if this is as bad as it gets, he still is on track for 85 RBIs, which isn't horrible. It just isn't 120.
I refuse to blame the bullpen for allowing one run over the last seven innings of a 13-inning game. What's wrong with scoring one?
All the Cardinals managers in that time have been in my face in one form or another in that time if they didn't like was written or said. But it didn't happen much and only Ken Boyer closed the door behind us when he did.
There might come a time when Carpenter would hit down in the lineup but as not a very fast runner, he might be tough to bunt over when he did get on if he was hitting eighth.
I think they expect Lyons to be back reasonably soon.
I see your point. But the idea is not in trying to avoid losing the game but in somehow winning it. And how would have you felt if Tui or Brebbia had pitched the ninth in a tie game and not Norris, with the Cardinals losing then? I do agree that I was looking for a double switch with Mayers and Kelly coming in at the start of the inning but Matheny apparently was trying to keep his other catcher back until a pinch hit opportunity would arise or if Pena was injured.
I was not privy to this conversation. All I can say is that Wainwright probably was saying he had had this before and pitched through it. On that day, he worked five scoreless innings. There is a rare day when a pitcher's arm is 100 percent but, in this instance, given Waino's recent injury history, it could have been a red flag.
The Cardinals really don't have anybody in category. All their elite prospects already have been here, meaning Flaherty, Reyes, O'Neill. I don't think anybody else at Memphis really qualifies yet.
This has gone for years by catchers. Nobody really knew it until television jumped in with its graphics. It's hard call for the umpires and about the only ones not reviewable.
Now I wish Adams was here, too, but ask yourself who the better average hitter is. You would say, or should say, Jose Martinez. Also, Adams has, among others, Trey Turner and Bryce Harper hitting in front of him. Martinez often has had a .150 hitter batting in front of hm. Make no mistake that Adams has been hot. Over the course of a year, though, I do not consider him a better hitter than Martinez.