The players and staff do most of their prep work before the first game of the series. So they're apt to be there anywhere from 2 to 3 before a night game. Those meetings generally last 15 to 20 minutes apiece for hitters and pitchers. Manager Mike Shildt has instituted some "ball talk" sessions periodically. But the outside part of the day starts at about 3:45 or so when the pitchers begin stretching and then have their batting practice, ahead of the position players doing the same thing. The players generally have about a half hour or perhaps longer to themselves in the clubhouse.
Sorry, I interrupted myself there. A long, long time ago we used to have a table football game, replete with dice and cards, that we played in the office or more often outside of it at players' houses or a saloon. I was one of the handful of players who knew how to read the complicated results boards so I had to witness virtually every game. Ergo, the name ""Commish."
All parties are hoping there is no need for surgery other than perhaps a minor cleanup.
Probably the whole process is harder from A to AA because the AA leagues generally encompass more miles and, thus more miles on buses. Also, once you've reached Class AA, generally everybody is still considered a prospect, especially at a certain age. In Triple-A, you have some players who have gone the other way _ from prospects to near rejects,
Waino has three weeks to show a lot. Never bet against him but the odds are long, relative to 2019, unless he is really good.
Hudson will be in the bullpen the rest of the season because Shildt, Maddux and Mo/Girsch think he can help the team more there. He will be a starter candidate in camp next year. He has been relieving for more than a month now and it would be a reach to get him ready to start before the end of the season.
It cost the Cardinals virtually nothing to get Adams, who, for the most part of the season, did more for Washington than did Murphy, who was hurt. The Cubs had to trade talent to get Murphy. That's as far as I can take it because I like Murphy, too.
This, of course, isn't going to happen this season so I don't see this as a problem. Mo said that when he acquired Ross, he didn't figure on Ross as a starter. And they haven't _ $200,000 per start or not. And you'll remember that Ross relieved _ "piggy-backed," as it were _ Poncedeleon and not Weaver.
I appreciate the fervor for next season but I'd kind of like to see how this one plays out first. My Hot Stove League oven is only warm.
He doesn't make any money, he plays right field and is not a disaster there. And he leads the team in RBIs despite his recent skid. I'm not kicking him to the curb.
I long have thought the minor league staffers, including the managers, have been underpaid. But many of those people take those jobs _ at whatever money _ because they love the game so much and/or they can see themselves in the majors some day.
Now that Poncedeleon and Weaver have had enough rest after their weekend starts, you won't have to see many starters labor past four or five innings. Wacha could be in this brigade, too, before the year is over.
The only addendum I would have to that is Arizona, which is very much in the mix but has to play three other division leaders outside the West _ Atlanta, the Cubs and Houston.
My take is that pitches' fatigue is more noticeable at this time of year than hitters. You can always find another hitter to give a guy a day off. Not as easy if he's your closer or one of your starters.
That's the kind that has won the last two World Series. The Cubs did it that way in 2016 and Houston, other than basically, Verlander, did it that way last year.
The Cardinals have a lot of young pitchers who don't know all the umpires or their styles yet. But, after some time, the pitchers will have a book on umpires and what each one is likely to call whenever he sees that umpire behind the plate.
You don't see much of that blocking-type maneuver anymore by general managers. At the time Murphy became available, neither Wong or Gyorko was hurt yet and Carpenter was the hottest hitter on the planet. Murphy wasn't going to play much. As it turns out, he would have. I like Murphy and would have liked to have had him. I'm just trying to show the Cardinals might feel differently.
If you mean now, they liked what Gyorko was doing at third base. If you meant last off-season, they didn't feel Moose, though a lefthanded hitter, was much of an upgrade, versus what it might have taken to sign him. As it turned out, with J. Martinez at first base and Carpenter at third, they were relatively happy with that most of the season once Carpenter started hitting.
I'm astonished that Lee Smith, once the career saves leader, is not in the Hall of Fame. Could it be one misplaced pitch to Garvey in Game 4 of the NLCS in 1984?Usually, when guys have the career lead in an important category like that, they're in the Hall. Perhaps this December will be the Big Man's time as he is likely to be considered by the veterans' committee reviewing that era.
I don't see much here. At this time of year, you have more young pitchers appearing who haven't quite mastered their command yet. I only am concerned when a veteran pitcher is taking too many potshots. He should know better unless he has an agenda.