The glass half full of fans would say the Cardinals should be 5-0 by now. The half empty would say 1-4. They're clearly somewhere in between but not playing badly, unless you consider a strikeout a bad out. And I do. Fire awa.
So you're saying a "little chin music" may be in order? I'm OK with that but I'm also on board for pitching around him because Braun, the next batter, is not going to hit that well all season at this stage of his career.
The Astros have a better team than the Cardinals and, making contact is part of it. The Cardinals averaged 8.5 strikeouts a game last year so this is nothing new although they have taken it to a different level so far. There will be time to talk to Jeff Albert if this trend continues but I refuse to offer five games as a large enough sample size.
Lack of innings seems to be a problem for every team at this stage of the season. The starting pitchers, for the most part, aren't as strong as they're going to be, and with some indoor and West Coast exceptions, aren't pitching in optimum weather conditions.
He just needs to keep doing what he's doing.
I would think the Cardinals would make a call as early as they could on Thursday morning. They no doubt have talking about the possibilities and probabilities. Friday purports to be a cool day but dry.
I was watching from comfort of my own home. The conditions were excellent, as I saw it.
Hicks' most recent outing was his best in a long time. He has two other pitches besides his 100-plus heater and his control seems good enough. He is the closer, no questions asked, right now.
When Fowler is out, I would think O'Neill would get the early starts in right field over Martinez because Martinez is such a valuable weapon to use late in the game when you want him at the plate at a precise moment. Fowler has been all right so far although he had foot trouble last year, too. This one doesn't look as bad but I can see him being out till the home opener, at least. His shelf life has not expired yet, however,
Two things here. The Cardinals also got a righthanded reliever, Gallegos, in the trade, and he has a chance. Second, when Voit was traded, he was a starting first baseman _ at Memphis. He barely was playing here because you couldn't have both him and Martinez. Addressing Shreve, he would have to clear waivers to come back up, which presumably he would, because he cleared them going down.
Neither one yet, until this season is over. They are both top-drawer talents and it would be hard to choose. I don't think they've even thinking about extensions for those two right now.
Waino's first start was no worse than those of Mikolas, Flaherty or Hudson. Only Wacha was good the first time, through. Waino has a couple of more starts, at least. You'll notice he didn't allow any home runs.
Leone, Gant,. Wong on surprise list. Miller, Ozuna, Carpenter, Mikolas, Fowler on other list. So far.
The same as it was on Thursday, depending on the condition of Fowler's foot. They've projected this outfield the entire off-season. They're not going to blow it up yet.
He brings patience, for one thing. You have exceedingly high standards if pitchers aren't allowed to have one or two bad days, and that's all it's been. As for Ponce and Gomber, the other teams have scholarship players, too. These two just have to get better command of their pitches.
This is not an easy fix. You are what you are basically. But there are times when a shorter swing perhaps might be in order to advance a runner rather than trying to drive every pitch to the gap or over the wall. The main thing is to get control of the count early and not swing at the first thing you see.
I'm not sure that's necessary. It's hard to say anybody's more ready than someone else because they haven't started their season yet.'
Take a deep breath. This train ride is a long one. But don't get sucked into the vortex that Ozuna is the only one lagging here, because he's not.