That was pretty much his ticket out of town. The back story is that he was playing with a bad leg and Whitey told him not to overexert himself. So, Tempy didn't, when he struck out on a ball in the dirt, not knowing the ball had gone all the way to the backstop.
I guess it's not set in stone that Wacha would start when he comes back, but they surely could use one more veteran there down the stretch. This year's numbers the third time through the order haven't seemed as daunting as in other years.
Who would you take? And you can't say Carpenter, because he's not going anywhere out of leadoff this year. Ozuna is their next best power option with the possible exception of DeJong, who still isn't hitting for very much average since he came off the DL.
Budaska is considered the hitting coach and Greer the assistant hitting coach, as far as I know. But it really doesn't matter.
They've been searching for the right mix ever since Oscar Taveras was killed and Jason Heyward went free agent. Either or both would have been the lefthanded batters they craved. But it has been a scramble.
He said no when asked that two weeks ago.
I'm hearing the NL is pretty steadfast, still, against the DH. We might be able to survive a little longer.
Ankiel won't sign with anybody until the season is over. He may have to have a throwing audition somewhere so people can see him.
Most of the call-ups will be the players who have been injured _ Wainwright, Leone, Wacha. Kelly will be added as another catcher. There will be a pitcher sent down when C. Martinez is activated who will be called up. Wisdom is likely to go back when Munoz is activated but he would return. Bowman, in the bullpen, might be the only other pitcher to come back although Gallegos, acquired in a trade, could come up Aroldis Garcia could help on defense and off the bench and he's on the 40-man, too. Some of those fellows will stay in Memphis until their playoffs are over. The clock already has started on almost all of these men.
Yes, the wild-card game is considered a series in itself.
No, but you might like one more if the game went into a lengthy extra-inning affair.
Yes, he would come off the disabled list, too.
We're not sure how good Taveras would have been. We were pretty sure about Scherzer. But the Cardinals already had Taveras. All things considered, I would say Scherzer would have helped more.
Play-in games, as many as it takes, which is going to be tough because the wild-card game is slated for Tuesday, just two days after the end of the season. The tiebreakers, head-to-head, etc., would determine the home field basically. .
They could do worse than to bring him to camp as a non-roster player. He already lives there.
The Cardinals are on the hook for whatever is left of the $14 million for Holland, minus the pro-rated minimum salary, which the next team has to pay. The minimum is about $535,000.
Just for the record, they can't say anything about any of these players until they become free agents, because they belong to somebody else. And Arenado is not even a free agent. They would have to trade for him. I can see them having interest in Arenado and, possibly Harper, if the numbers weren't too outlandish.
It would have been interesting to see if MM would have had the same success. In an ideal world, I would say yes, but the front office thought there needed to be a shakeup that got everybody's attention, both inside and outside the clubhouse, and that was to fire the manager.
I'd like two of three for wild card. But, better yet, best-of-seven in the divisional round. That would expose the wild-card team even more potentially.