He is not likely to be throwing 92-93 with any regularity but he doesn't have to, if there is enough variance in his other pitches.
That is what could happen. Or it could be Jose Martinez.
You're right. I believe Waino was thinking about everybody although I'm sure he's still disturbed that former Atlanta star Kimbrel is still out there.
If Fowler is getting back in form, he could hit in several areas although I still like him sixth. But they'll try him at second for now although I want to see what they'll do on Wednesday when DeJong, Fowler and Goldschmidt will be playing in the same game for the first time.
Yes, another 1000 or 2000 strikeouts are about all we need.
I do think Shildt and Maddux are on the same page about 12 pitchers. The Cardinals don't really have a lefthanded specialist. And they could use that fifth bench player, whether it's Munoz, Robinson, O'Neill or whoever.
Not as much as before because, especially for the Spanish-speaking players, there always are Spanish-speaking coaches to help out, along with the translators that each team has.
Fowler is playing. CMart is resting till March 14 and Ozuna's arm is coming along but he's not ready to play in the field yet.
Gio isn't eating the innings he used to. And there must be something sketchy in his medical file because I don't hear his name much with all the teams that need pitching.
But how good is their pitching? That is the ticket to any team's success and some of that Cubs pitching is getting older or already hurt. Bullpen could be a mess. I don't see them winning 95 or maybe not anyone in the NL Central winning that many because the Pirates and Reds aren't that bad.
I expect to see Ozuna playing on opening day. Don't know about Cecil's availability. I know everyone wants answers now but there's still three weeks of spring games left.
He should be pitching tomorrow.
I've voted for Walker and will continue to do so in his final election. His chances of getting into the Hall should be as good as Lee Smith's in Smith's first year of veterans' ballot eligibility. That won't come for a few more years, though, if Walker misses next year. Walker vs. Martinez? It should be no contest. One was a Gold Glover. But one was punished for playing a lot of games in Denver.
Nothing wrong with Martinez's elbow. Shoulder and, some would say, above the shoulder.
Playing every other day for now. I refuse to judge anybody in the first two weeks.
The Cardinals have what they consider a raft of potential starting candidates, including Martinez, Reyes, Hudson, Gant, Gomber, Ponce de Leon. They are content with that group for now.
Somewhere shy of 100 but not as low as last year.
Waino never has said he wouldn't pitch out of the bullpen. But his success as a starter late last season fostered the belief he had something left to offer there. Jury is still out, of course.
Carlson should be a Class AA player this year. That should put him two years away from the majors. He is getting a lot of late-game looks this spring and, until he is sent back when the other minor leaguers report, he has made an impression, notably defensively.
There surely must be some hesitance for anybody to sign Keuchel because of concerns about his health. It may have something to do with money but when your own team shows no interest, then something might be up.