Michael Wacha has an excellent 53-32 record for his Cardinals career although he has been hurt a lot. I would think Trevor Rosenthal, the all-time single-season saves leader for the Cardinals would count, too, even though he no longer is here. .
And thank you. The club will have to decide how many pitchers are going to start the season on the disabled list. So far, I would think Carlos Martinez would be one. Luke Gregerson would be another and perhaps even Brett Cecil. The rub is that Mike Mayers, Chasen Shreve and John Gant are out of options. The latter two are likely to make the club but the Cardinals would hate to try to sneak Mayers through waivers because it wouldn't work. Wieters figures to be the backup catcher although that is not a slam dunk. Pena has played very well so far.
Jordan Hicks is working on trying to throw a four-seam fastball. He's hit a batter with one and got a strikeout with the other. John Gant and Daniel Pon ce Leon are working on curveballs, with varying success. I don't see much new yet among position players although Tyler O'Neill is working harder on strike zone discipline and has drawn as many walks as he's hit homers (three).
I would disagree, but not reject your theory. Wieters is here as a backup. He will be a backup anywhere. I really believe he wants to play on a playoff contender and he thinks he's found his spot here. Plus, you must remember the Cardinals were the only team that showed any interest in him so he is unlikely to turn his back on them unless they have nothing for him at the end of the month.
Tyler Webb has been the most consistently effective lefthanded reliever but he will have to bump either Shreve or Cecil because Andrew Miller is sure to be a lefthander in the bullpen and they're not going to keep four. Webb has options left but you will see him not too deep into the season.
Wong is really concentrating on becoming an effective base stealer to make himself a more complete offensive player. He is two for two so far. Let's see how that translates into the season.
Not really. Ponce ce Leon is working on a curveball and Dakota Hudson on an off-speed pitch. Let's check these fellows the next time out to see if there is any trend. Both pitched well in their initial innings Sunday.
Dexter Fowler has swung the bat well the past few games and is moving freely in the outfield. There is reason for optimism so far.
There might be a middle ground somewhere between TV and MLB, Pace of game mostly depends on having a pace TO the game, i.e., more balls in play.
I think any team is hopeful of having 3 1/2 or four years out of five being good, or serviceable ones, in long-term contracts for pitchers. Mikolas has had no arm trouble. So far.
Addressing the "scoop" question I accidentally passed over, I guess it would be McGwire saying halfway through the 2001 season that he was thinking seriously about quitting after the season. Which he did.
If you'll recall, Lance Lynn had trouble with his rhythm after losing a lot of weight. So, he put a lot of it back on.
This will be the last year the club will put up with the uncertainty surrounding Carlos. Too early to rush to judgment other than that.
I think he would help most in the bullpen, where he was excellent last year. But he wants to start. And, when healthy, Carlos has been _ and may be again _ an outstanding starter.
I had not heard nor seen that particular comparison. But I think O'Neill is going to be a bigger deal than many others may have predicted.
Their extension of Mikolas seems to suggest they will not be doing the same for Wacha. But Wacha can help them win something this year if he is as good as he was last year and healthier longer. If they fall out of the race in late summer, they will move him to a contender for prospects, before he becomes a free agent. Personally, I would like to see an extension but the club wants to see a pattern of good health.
Players' salaries really aren't made public either but agents and certain MLB contacts are helpful about the media getting the dollar amounts. Teams are not much different than many other businesses who do not divulge all their financials.
The thing that has surprised me most about Robinson is his speed on the bases. I haven't seen enough of him at all the positions to decide where he is best, but it appears he is better outfielder than infielder. But the trade was a good one because Robinson has pop in his bat as a lefthanded hitter and Wisdom wasn't going to play here anyway.
To my knowledge, there hasn't been any rumored adjustment of the Rule V draft, but the bargains certainly aren't there anymore. And the Padres seem to have changed their colors lately anyway by signing Machado and at least pursuing Harper.
I don't know that you're wrong anywhere other than there might be another lefthanded reliever (Cecil, Webb, Gomber) on the club. And we still really don't know about Reyes and perhaps Martinez.