The odds are even money that Matheny will be managing in the majors soon _ and probably in the next couple of years. Whatever you might think, he never had a losing record in 6 1/2 years and those types of guys will regularly be interviewed for jobs. He'll get one of them.
He was here for the home stand. I saw him in the clubhouse and he has been in the dugout. They don't take players who are on the DL on the road unless they are close to playing.
Good question. Budaska likely would have the better chance of staying here. Greer may prefer to return to minor league position.
When your teams win multiple championships, either pennants, or World Series, as Herzog and La Russa have done, they are not over-rated. But they would be among the first to tell you that their players won those championships.
From my first days covering big league ball, when a talented, young player or pitcher arrived after several years in the minors, he was expected to be ready and to be able to stay. It's like a carousel now. Very few rookies avoid going back to the minors, with Jordan Hicks a notable exception.
I don't miss any of them. The working conditions have improved considerably in virtually every city.
I am not certain that that was the precise offer _ or what the Blue Jays wanted.
Martinez, Wacha, Flaherty, Mikolas, Gant/ Gomber.
I haven't seen Simmons enough to offer good commentary. I just know the Cardinals now like DeJong at the position and more likely would be looking at third basemen.
I would have some interest in David Peralta of Arizona, who used to be a pitcher in the Cardinals' system a few years back. So far, 28 homers, 82 RBIs, nearly .300 average.
Still teachable, or learnable, I say. Neither has had a full season in the majors yet. We'll all have a better idea by this time next year _ if you can wait that long.
In general, I would say a lefthanded hitter with pop. They could get by with Gomber as a lefthanded starter at the back of the rotation.
This depends on some degree on Adams, who can be a free agent. The Cardinals can't promise him a regular job. He might think he can find one somewhere else. He won't be an early signee anywhere.
I can see Kelly as the backup to Molina next year with Knizner the regular at Memphis. But, soon, they'll have to decide who to trade and who to keep. They might have missed their best return on Kelly, who has yet to show he can hit big-league pitching, albeit with little regular work.
Waino will have a spot. Gomber probably has the other one available. I do not see any more sixth starters with two days off coming up.
Ozuna tracks the ball very well and throws to the right base. It's just that his throws don't have much on them until he gets his shoulder either fixed or rests it. Those who watched him play left field last year say he was deserving of the Gold.
Six innings is about all anybody pitches any more, including Kershaw, you'll note. The Cardinals have some issues until they get to the back of the bullpen but there wasn't one Dodger who wanted any part of being in there against Hicks last night. And they have a formidable offense. His control is an issue but he's still a kid. 104 will always play.
So. . . it wasn't the hitting coaches? Imagine that. The Cardinals' offense certainly hasn't been good enough lately, but Carpenter has to be in there and JMart will appear more, too. You play what you have now. '
This is not a recent occurrence. And not limited to St. Louis. Every team strikes out eight to 10 times a game.