There's plenty of coverage in the bullpen with two more starters out there in Poncedeleon and Weaver and the potential for Wacha to join Martinez there. Gallegos does intrigue me, though. Bowman is at Memphis but it doesn't look as if he's coming back.
I'm sure everyone is disappointed Carlos hasn't taken the next step and you wonder how much he has been concerned about his arm all season long. I'd like to see what happens if he's healthy at the start of next season. But he still has some growing up to do.
That decision seems to have been made by putting Wainwright in the rotation. Ross will be in the bullpen but it seems as if he you can trust him because he's been a big factor in two recent games even though he is not used to the role.
I think 5000-game veteran Joe West is one of the best ball-and-strike umpires still _ despite his propensity to find trouble.
I would never rule that out but Washington's hurlers were exactly Annie Oakleys either, walking six. Gant has been walking people almost all season but allowing few hits and Flaherty has had his moments there, too.
I like him better at third. And he did make one good catch and nearly another in right field in the ninth although another ball eluded him. I would say third and the outfield are his best spots, other than home plate. He can hit.
I was wondering, too, but he was committed to giving Hudson a night off Monday and that was probably the only other pitcher I would have turned to. Norris has had two bad games. If this was June, it wouldn't be as big a deal.
Why don't we implore the players to slide better. This was not a problem when players knew how to slide.
Wacha flew commercial to his start in Palm Beach. Waino flew commercial to Nashville. The trips to Springfield are by car. No real magic here. No chartered jets either.
Shildt has a two-year deal. They could miss the playoffs and he still is their manager. The dye has been cast.
You're always looking for veteran starters. But they have two in Wacha and Martinez. I'm counting on them. There's nothing that physically wrong with them that can't be fixed by next year.
Martinez is at something of a crossroads with the Cardinals. I foresee him being back in the rotation for next spring but I am expecting more results _ physically, performance-wise and maturity-wise. They have other options now but he still is a good one.
Ozuna seemed all right last night. Martinez needs to take a day or two and work on some things. The Cardinals are going to need both of them to make this work. There's pressure on every pitch now.
Ozuna's defense is fine, other than his arm. His range is very good for a left fielder. And you can't take both him and Martinez out for defense. They're the top two RBI men on the club.
He was made a starter because they wanted a lefthanded starter. Gomber also is pitching better than he was earlier in the season when he was in the bullpen.
I just see Martinez trying to make way too much happen on every pitch. His swings have become long and he might be taking his eye off the ball, too.
He will have to hit way better than .240 to be a regular. But it does make sense to me to see him completely healthy, if that's possible, before you run him out of town on a rail.
If I told you, it wouldn't be magic. Seriously, they always have been there. It's just that there are more teams and more races now to make them a bigger part of the speculation fabric.
Somebody would take him to camp if he was interested in playing. There has been too much igood n his career vs. the disappointment here not to take a chance _ as long there wasn't $45 million involved.
Any time you can get a Harper, it's a smart move. Now, there is a certain price he will command and the Cardinals might decide that is too pricey.