Probably three or four. And when's the last time you saw a Cardinals first baseman start a double play, let alone two in the same game?. Not since Pujols on a consistent basis.
There have been plenty of off days so far. Shildt's managing style may change a bit in the midst of this 17-games-in-17-days stretch that the Cardinals have.
Yes, Cardinals management is in wait-and-see mode in light of Ozuna's past shoulder problems and the thought he didn't work hard enough at strengthening it at certain points of the off-season. But you have to like his bat.
It's hard for Gyorko and Munoz to stay sharp and a younger player like Munoz might benefit from a couple of weeks in the minors to get some at-bats. They already have sent him out once to do that and I wouldn't be surprised if that happened again.
I'm all for it. I thought it would happen this year but perhaps there are more voters who remember 2006 rather than 1982. I think it would happen next year.
Gregerson would pitch just one inning at a time but that's not unusual these days. He should be ready for big-league usage by the end of the week.
Most of these fall under what Molina sees. Again, case by case examples and the pitching coaches have a lot to do with it, but Molina has the most. As he should.
Very early. But I'll go with Cardinals, Washington, Los Angeles. Chicago, Philadelphia. Then, Houston, Boston, New York, Minnesota and Tampa Bay.
Keep scoring runs without the DH being needed.
Mostly his own videos. But Moyer rarely threw 90 when he was young. Wainwright gets it up there at 90 two or three times a game, at least, at age 37..
Consistently good defense in the infield has been a benchmark so far and will continue to be.
There isn't much wrong with Martinez in the outfield. He's serviceable in right field. At first base, he was among the worst I'd seen because, in part, he had little background there. In the outfield, there have been many worse. Roger Freed, good hit, no field, comes to mind.
Somehow, Mr. Maddux would adjust. .
I think the Cardinals and everybody else would like to see him pitch at the big-league level before such a decision would be made. If Reyes is good enough, and sturdy enough, you keep him.
You're not going to see much in the way of trades until July. There aren't enough teams that don't think they can win just yet.
I don't know the particulars. But this is a player that hasn't drawn too much interest, as I understand it.
The key is that among Carpenter, Goldschmidt and DeJong, somebody (or more than one) generally is on base when Ozuna comes to bat. You have to throw him a strike more often in those situations, especially with Martinez coming up next.
Edgar Renteria, some 15 years ago, was that type of shortstop for the Cardinals. But DeJong is the real deal _ and that isn't just my opinion.
There are plenty of other options in the system if the Cardinals need them. Reyes could be a help later on, maybe Martinez. Maybe even Woodford. Let alone Ponce de Leon, Gomber and Helsley.