I think it's fair to say there have been some raised eyebrows.
It depends on how good their team is at the time. Good teams may need only a minor tweak to get over the top. The Cardinals don't see themselves as having too many weaknesses so far, other than perhaps lefthanded pitching. But I do see them as being active in the market, if need be..
Or they could be really good. That's the charm of the game every year. Nobody has the perfect team. Every club needs somebody or a couple of somebodies to come through and not too many somebodies to fall on their faces.
After tonight's game in Memphis, they will head directly to Milwaukee where they will find something to do on a mandatory off day on Tuesday and then work out on Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.
Gyorko is more valuable to some teams than others. He makes a lot of money for a bench player and really doesn't stay healthy long enough to be a sure-fire regular.
I haven't heard any reports about Cabrera. But I'm sure we'll see him this season because his arm is too live not to.
The Cardinals like their rotation and you might find Martinez and Reyes candidates for it a couple of months into the season, with Gomber and Ponce de Leon not far behind. There are whispers that Keuchel might not be completely healthy.
Thomas will be fine. Garcia was not good this spring but will get a chance to play a full season in Triple-A. Carlson benefited, as did Hurst and Arozarena, who suffered a broken bone in his right hand when he was playing well at the end of camp. . gareavbroed a brokgArci
We had heard more about and seen more from Flaherty than Wainwright at similar ages. Who had the better talent? Maybe Flaherty was in the big leagues at age 21 and Wainwright not until he was 24.
Success for Wainwright will be making the starts he's supposed to make and not having to burn up the bullpen when he's out there. The stats are important but I guess the hammer comes down on durability.
Nothing announced but you can expect the usual cavalcade of Hall of Famers and that's enough for me.
He was in it last year. And now he has nine.
Anything more than 300 at-bats for a bench player is considered a good year. I think Martinez has to get that many. That's like 12 at-bats a week.
The reason for lack of offense, and it's not underlying, is that too many players still are trying to hit the ball to the moon. But you're right. We don't see many "beanball" wars anymore. ayme t seecon't s
Carlos still is playing catch. Nothing off mound that I've seen yet.
Hard to say but Gant is a pretty good pitcher who can either start or relieve. Not everybody can do that. Webb wasn't great this spring but all right.
He can't be eligible until several years after he stops playing. But I imagine he'll have some support although his time as a Cardinal won't be as lengthy as that of some of his competitors.
Gomber and Ponce de Leon did take a step back but they had been in the big leagues less than a year. They wouldn't have had the chance to start last year if Wacha hadn't been hurt and now Wacha is back and Dakota Hudson has arrived.
That's part of it. DeJong has been a much better hitter with men on base and Carpenter and Goldschmidt figure to be on base. I do see DeJong breaking out with close to 30 homers.
I think if Tony shared anything, it might be his thought that Goldy would like it in St. Louis and would be a good fit there.