He may not show it, but I'm sure Ozuna is highly motivated _ for next year's potential contract _ and the fact this team has a chance to win. He can hurt himself or help himself this year and you would presume he would choose to do the latter.
He got conservative when the ball bounced back to Cervelli faster than Wieters had thought. What he didn't know was that Molina had a much better read where he was at second and took off, forcing Wieters' hand, ultimately. Yes, Wieters probably should have scored but it was the first time he had been on base in a real game since last year.
Carp had eight or so bunt hits last year and I'm confident he will turn in that direction again. He will have to push himself to do that because it goes against his nature.
In Hicks' case, a coach might tell him not to try to throw everything 105. A mere 98 to 100 with movement will be even better.
I don't really know, may be a mile or two. But that's insignificant because of two other pitches that are good.
The Cardinals were hoping they would get 2017 Ozuna this year. They haven't come off that hope yet.
I'm sure the Cardinals are not playing September in April. They don't have to worry about a qualifying offer to Ozuna just now.
Umpires have told me they are particularly sensitive to players criticizing other members of their crew, as if to say Carp might have said to Carapazza, "Your buddy (insert word) me, too."
The Cardinals, you'll remember, had traded for Stanton. He didn't want to come. Ozuna was next on the list. Yelich, at the time the Cardinals were in pursuit of an outfielder, wasn't available, according to the Marlins.
Shreve was good enough to be in the Yankees' bullpen for four years and they had baseball's best bullpen, including Andrew Miller, for much of that time. Voit was not going to play here and the Yankees really don't want to play him at first base. They would rather he DH, which he can do in that league.
He said he trouble gripping the ball but noted that Archer seemed not to have the same trouble in the same weather.
It was his breakout week. But there could be more of those forthcoming.
I would more often rather have Martinez for that one big at-bat. If you start him, you'll be taking him out for defense late in the game and he won't hit in the eighth or ninth.
I believe him when he says he is having no arm trouble or knee trouble. The rest?I presume his control will improve. It will have to.
The question is, though, and not answered by one week. . . can Wong get on base often enough to make this work?
It will still play if he can keep his fastball closer to 90 than to 85 so he could have enough separation from that to his off-speed pitches. Let's keep an eye on how hard he actually he can throw it because he isn't likely to top 90 any more.
Shildt said would have walked Yelich had there been two out. But that's tough to put the winning run at second with nobody out, where Hicks has on leeway.
I guess David just looked older. And perhaps that could apply to Ozuna, too. But isn't as if he is 90.
Your first inclination is correct. It's too early. And they have him for basically two more years. So they can't afford to panic. It would do no good.
Oznua will go if the Cardinals are out of the race. Anything other than that is very premature.
The only reliever who has had trouble handling lefthanded hittters is Miller himself. Look at the games so far. Righthanders have been getting lefthanders out in early every at-bat other than the ones to Yelich and Moran's homer off Mayers.