Notably the last part. He seems to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time more often than you would like. He has had at least one punctuality issue this season, too.
I would say Flaherty is first right now. And Mikolas second. That seems to be the way the rotation is set up right now.
The agent could be a help. The team has tried to keep him in the U.S. more and less in the D.R. in the offseason. But you can't keep him out of the Dominican Republic. It's where he grew up. No easy answers here. Again, not a problem at this moment.
The rule is in place that the manager has to make the decision to look at the play in 30 seconds. That actually isn't very long to get a reading from a club's video staff.
I think he tacitly is saying that by telling the team and reporters he isn't ready to be a starter now. He doesn't the strength in his arm to do that.
Yes, this could happen to this group of young pitchers, too. All the injuries this year have been different. Elbow, shoulder, oblique. No guarantees for what is a very unnatural motion such as pitching but, no question, they are throwing harder now, whether they are trying to or not.
Well said. I would think most fans are pretty happy with what's happened lately, especially in August.
Despite how you, or others, might view it, Wainwright is that type of player. Wacha could be that type player, too. You'll note, for instance, that Donaldson still hasn't played for Cleveland. He's still on injury rehab.
His rehab start, whenever it is, will give us a better idea. He may not be able to start here but he still could pitch out of the bullpen like Martinez.
I'm sure coaches Budaska and Greer are looking at all the possibilities. Just as Mabry and Mueller would, if they were still here. Sometimes, it's not the coach's fault.
I do but, again, the next prominent hitter who comes here almost has to be a lefthanded hitter. Carpenter could always play third. And I wouldn't rule out Wisdom, who has shown power since coming up. Or even Gyorko although he has been susceptible to late-season injuries.
He never really said anything about something really bothering him until he suffered the fracture in his book. But he's not like that.
Better than November. At least the Series is slated to end this year in October.
The Cardinals have reason to be wary, given some of their recent ventures into the free-agent market. Cecil, Fowler, Leake, Holland, Gregerson. They generally have done better through the trade avenue.
They really don't have much to trade, other than pitching. They would like to keep most but if they want an impact hitter, they may have to part with something and hope Reyes or somebody else can fill that gap. But you're right in that the next wave isn't close yet.
I see no problem with this in that Molina probably won't be off the rest of the season anyway and Pena has worked with the staff more this year than Kelly. Besides, in theory, Kelly represents more of a threat off the bench than Pena. There are bigger issues in the last month than this one.
Hard to watch? Almost every game is a nail-biter. Yes, too many walks but an entertaining, vibrant club. I don't know that the Cubs were the only team that wanted Hamels but they had what it took to get him. Perhaps the Cardinals didn't match up right with Texas.
I understand your point but the Mets think they have enough to contend in that division if they can keep their top-of-the-line starters healthy and add through free agency. Look how quickly Atlanta and Philadelphia got to the top in the East without trading away their young pitching talent. Would I want deGrlom? Sure. But the Mets don't have a chance if they don't have him. They don't want O'Neill or Sosa or Gyorko or Carlos' money. .
You can propose it _ if the Angels' GM is unconscious. The Angels need pitching. Lots of it.
But you're not going to have Ross, or probably Wainwright or Adams or Bowman or perhaps Norris or perhaps Leone or perhaps even Greg Garcia or Pena. There should be plenty of room to add what they need.
Lefthanded hitting and lefthanded pitching, preferably in the bullpen.