There wasn't anything not to like about Martinez's work in the bullpen. But he was there only because his body wasn't allowing him to pitch enough innings as a starter. The Cardinals gave him a five-year deal to start. And that's what he will do until his body tells him otherwise.
I would not underestimate John Brebbia, Michael Wacha and Dominic Leone, as pitchers. Offensively, Yairo Munoz.
They like Wong's defense that much. Wong is a better on-base bet than Moustakas, who rarely walks, and has no speed. The Cardinals have enough home runs in their lineup. And Carpenter should only play third base.
You can go either way on this but one of your points is valid. Harper has not been one of the top players in the game, just potentially so. He has hit under .250 in two of the past three seasons.
They're going to take a look at Drew Robinson, acquired from Texas, as a potential fill-in at short. But, you're right. DeJong largely is irreplaceable, as we saw last year. Tommy Edman might be an answer in the future. But they would go to Robinson and then Munoz first as Edman opens in Triple-A.
Tyler O'Neill, Jose Martinez. Lane Thomas. Roughly, in that order.
If that happens, Shildt would be a very strong candidate for Manager of the Year.
Even Waino says he isn't being handed anything, nor does he deserve to be. But he was good enough at the end of last season to merit the first chance at the final spot in the rotation. This is written in pencil, not pen, and there are other candidates as you point out.
I want to see how some of these spring training projects play out. You can always augment your roster later in the spring, just before the season starts, if you find a flaw.
It's going to be very close. He and Clemens were at 59 percent or so this year, with three years left. I can see them getting to 70 percent of the votes in the final year. Not sure about 75. But if it happens, it happens. It will happen without me, though.
The hitters are supposed to keep one foot in the box between pitches unless there has been a foul ball. This hasn't been enforced very rigidly. Putting more balls in play will solve the pace of game problem if enough teams come around to that way of thinking instead of "Chicks dig the long ball."
San Francisco would be a spot and so would Kansas City. Ned Yost had the same job as Matheny in the Royals' system before he was elevated to manager.
It's not broken but it's bruised. Players, agents and owners all should share in the blame but you can't make the owners hire somebody they don't want.
The easiest way to measure discontent is at the box office and 3.4 million folks thought it was OK to buy tickets to Cardinals games last year. As for Holland and Darvish, a lot of it has to do with signing late. So, from now on, we'll see how some of the late signees do this year.
I'm in favor of any legislation that covers situations where there is nobody on base. With men on, pitchers taking more time is part of slowing down the running game.
He thinks he didn't get the benefit of the doubt from the manager or the fans. He will try to use that feeling to his advantage this year. Whatever happened last year is last year. He should be judged now on what happens from here on out.
Not sure about Sosa. But you are correct.
Gregerson is healthier. Not healthy enough to compete yet. Some of the others have turned out to be miles of bad road.
Waino is mentally prepared for a lot of things. We don't have to worry about this. He is an honest assessor of his own talents and, moreover, he knows the talents of those in waiting. This would not be a painful situation (no pun intended).
Munoz made many of those errors at shortstop and third base, which probably aren't his best two spots. His best position is hitter but he can help a lot because he can play six positions and maybe seven, if you count first base. Edmundo Sosa and Tommy Edman are minor league infielders of note but neither is ready yet..
Not currently. Again. players of his ilk become available late in camp when teams don't want to pay them for the entire season and cut them loose.