Very few major leaguers demand to be in the minors. If he says his hip is fine and his mechanics are fine, then let's find out. They're not paying him $14 million to be at Springfield.
Then, the Cardinals would have no lefthanded relief. They have little, as it is.
If you'll notice, they are three games above the Pirates and only four out of first place in the division. If this is the most important week of the year, wht happens to the other 15?
Here's a question from a reader that got lost in the process: Why does Matheny continue to hit Molina 5th. Seems like a perfect spot for J. Martinez.
Yes, but a week ago, they hadn't thrown out any, so there is that. They are a bad base running team, no doubt about it. One of the reasons is that a couple of their good base runners, Fowler and Wong, can't get on. Another is that Pham still is working through how to be a productive base stealer.
We aren't quite there yet. Weaver hasn't been all that bad lately, but there is Dakota Hudson atop the PCL in a couple of categories.
I believe they believe that this, indeed, is fantasy land. But that's OK. They care.
Very few significant trades are made within the division. You have to play each other too many times.
Your question or comment, please. . .
Of course, the teams have talked. The Orioles surely would have to ask about Hicks or Flaherty or Hudson or any combination thereof. The presence of Gyorko in a deal would mean little to Baltimore.
It's too hard to throw for a strike, basically.
This is harder than you think. Timing, knowledge of tendencies, how to get the proper jump. I'm just telling you what Pham is telling me _ that he needs to get better jumps.