Ravelo made his mark this spring. I just saw him this morning and he still isn't playing after suffering a rib-cage injury making a diving catch to end the game. He will be ready for the Memphis opener next week and he'll be in the major leagues _ somewhere _ this season. The only thing he doesn't do is hit home runs, but there is a spot for him somewhere. Can he play outfield? I've heard he can, but the Cardinals are well stocked there, so far.
While Fowler looked all right this spring, he did not suggest he was going to be that strong on-base player they want hitting second. I like him hitting sixth or so because he does have power. I find nothing wrong with having Molina as high as fifth. Check his career batting numbers and note that he had 20 homers in 2/3 of a season last year.
They know that Hicks has a chance to be a good closer someday and that Andrew Miller has closed plenty in his career. C. Martinez showed that he could do it, too, if he winds up there.
I'm not sure what "appealing," means in your question but Shildt will be appealing if he wins the division. Matheny was appealing when he was winning divisions, too.
I don't see that because the Cardinals are going to start with a lefthanded hitter in Carpenter and then follow with as many as four or five righthanded batters. And teams that carry only 12 pitchers can't really afford to use too many "openers."
I picked them to win a very tight NL Central.
Bader can steal hitting in front of the pitcher and, in fact, that might be easier than to steal in front of Carpenter, who takes a lot of pitches where a catcher would have a free shot. I don't like the pitcher hitting anywhere but ninth. He is your worst hitter.
Thank you and I am a little concerned about Miller, especially if the manager and coaches would persist in having him worry about base runners rather than worrying about how to strike out the hitter.
The Cardinals' bullpen ranking depends on who's in it. I suspect the rankings were made without Reyes and Martinez both being in it, which could happen.
Wacha is going to have to have a strong _ and healthy _ season to get into a multi-year deal discussion. I would like to see it and, remember, he only 27 years old, not even at his peak. He would have to be a big winner this year, though.
Neither. Three Gold Gloves tops and hard to project a Cy Young from this staff. Maybe Goldy as an MVP candidate.
There can be documentation in the contract that that a young player is paid at two different salaries, for majors and minors. If that is the case, yes, his take-home pay would roller-coaster a bit and so would the player's daily meal money.
I would hope the Goldschmidt contract would ameliorate the fan base at least "somewhat." The Cardinals have spent quite a bit since the end of last season and the start of this one, with Miller, Mikolas, J. Martinez and now Goldschmidt. Wieters is here, basically, because the Cardinals were the only team that called him.
Some hitters aren't patient enough to hit eighth in the National League. But the Cardinals won't make Bader hit eighth all the time. He will move to seventh or sixth against lefthanded pitching with Wong dropping down.
There will be many lineup switches early on because you want to involve all your players, especially your reserves, and not have them sit around. J. Martinez, O'Neill, Munoz, Robinson, Gyorko and, yes, even Wieters (for Molina) will get starts.
He was one of my favorites, too. But when Whitey signed Darrell Porter as his catcher before the 1981 season, Simba was going to play first base with Hernandez in left and Hernandez would finish the game at first. Teddy thought about it a bit, decided he didn't like the idea much of him playing a strange position and asked to be traded.
They've been trying to play catch-up ever since Taveras died. They had Grichuk, Pham and Piscotty at the same time and didn't seem satisfied with that trifecta even though all three had good years (not in the same year, however). Fowler had one good year, one bad. Ozuna will be gone next year, probably. But none of the above can play defensively with Bader as a center fielder. And we wouldn't have found that out if the others were here.
Both will be in the rotation at some point, but not for a couple of months, in the cases of both.
Good question. I think the pitcher almost always has the advantage. He has the ball and everybody else reacts to him. If he's on, he should be able to handle any hitters, especially his former team.