The bullpen often is only as good as the starters ahead of it. Mikolas must make at least five and probably six innings tonight. Otherwise, it should be in pretty good shape tonight. Martinez is rested. Hudson is available. Hicks, too. In some form, that could be your 7-8-9. I would go back to Norris on Friday, if necessary. Maybe even the ninth, depending on the score.
I don't think the Angels will release somebody with three years left on his contract and the 700-homer milestone in the offing before the contract is up. I have little doubt that Pujols will be back with the Cardinals in some capacity some day. But it would be hard to bring him back as a player if his body wouldn't allow him to play in the field very much. .
We did not realize how rampant it was. There were suspicions but we didn't know then as much as we probably should have.
It wouldn't have mattered if the Cardinals put in a claim or not. Washington had little interest in dealing him and could pull him back if anybody had claimed him. I don't doubt that there were claims, though but, with the Cardinals' place in the standings, there may have been teams lower than them that could have filed a claim.
Well, if you'll note, all of the relievers got at least one out in Tuesday's game. You can see that Washington's bullpen wasn't exactly in lockdown mode either. Generally, pitching seems to weaken more than hitting at this stage of the season. .
Garcia actually has done quite well in the last few games. Big day offensively on Sunday. Diving stop to end last night's game. But, no, he hasn't hit much otherwise and Wong will play second base most of the time when activated.
I do not believe we'll see Weaver start unless they're out of the race. Wainwright is returning to rotation and, down the line, Wacha might be able to start,too.
Mo and Girsch will be checking on that every day, but I don't think there's too much out there. Now that Poncedeleon and Weaver are not starting anymore, they will be ready in the bullpen starting tonight. And both have been pretty good out of the bullpen.
I'm a big fan of the player. During the playoffs in 2012, he answered one of my questions by saying, 'Who are you? My hitting coach?" I wasn't that offended, but some of my fellow scribes were. At the time, he was still very young. At least, that's what I chalked it up to.
Aaaah. . . but it depends on what the secret ingredient is.
Wow. How many guys do you want to trade for deGrom? I'm not parting with Reyes just yet and nobody will want to acquire him either until he proves he is healthy. You always ask about obtaining veteran pitching stars like deGrom but Flaherty is not too far from becoming that type of pitcher.
Cecil has engendered very little confidence if you look at last night's game when he wasn't even warming up. He'll get another chance in the spring. Two years to go on his contract and, presumably, he will be healthy.
Wainwright will pitch on Monday as long as he is effective. He can make 90 pitches but he doesn't have to. This isn't a tryout camp. They have considerable long relief in Ross, Poncedeleon and Weaver and lefthanded help in Shreve.
Certainly, he is a plus-plus defender in center field who might even get better once he learns the hitters, his pitchers and the league. As a hitter, he would seem to be in the .260 to .270 range unless he can curb his strikeouts a bit and put more balls in play to utilize his speed.
Munoz will see time at third but Gyorko will play there the most beginning either Sunday or next Monday. He should be all right to play in the field by then. But, with Wisdom they have coverage and they could even put Carpenter there if Adams is used at first. As for Jose Martinez, I would give him tonight off with a day off slated for tomorrow. He's hit the wall and is swinging at everything. I would look for ONeill or even Munoz to be in right field tonight, especially if Wong is playing second.
Fowler was playing pretty well when he got hurt. But his injury has given O'Neill more time and even J. Martinez, who was going to be a bench player before the got a chance to go back to the outfield, where he has been passable.
I'm surprised the Yankees gave Voit the chance but Bird was so bad, they had to. I'm not surprised by the numbers. He's getting a chance to play every day, a situation he never got here and still wouldn't have got. He wasn't going to play ahead of Carp or J Mart at first base.
I do not envision Mayers doing much the rest of the season although with as many as 40 players available, there is no reason to rule him out. But it might be better to rest him for next year because I can see a late-inning role for him.
If you were paying attention, I said Garcia had a strong game on Sunday _ two hits, a walk, two RBIs. And he made a very good defensive play to end last night's game. I didn't say he was Joe Morgan.