If the Pirates were looking for revenge, the time to do it was not when they were trying to protect a lead they later blew. The pitcher hit the next hitter, Knizner, too. And then came the slam. Not the Pirates don't have a head-hunting reputation. But that was not the time.
I would presume the fans would be happy with a playoff appearance and a five-game division series would suggest that the Cardinals weren't outclassed. Three games and out _ or even one game and out _ might be perceived differently.
MLB picks up the tab for all travel costs, etc. I suspect the Cardinals get at least some of the cut of the gate because those are their home games. But MLB also has scheduled the Cubs into St. Louis for two four-game weekend series during the season.
And thank you. We'll see what happens with Thomas and perhaps Arozarena the rest of the season.
That was interesting, wasn't it. I'm sure Hendricks has one or two more starts lined up against the Cardinals in the final two weekends of the season.
Perhaps not as much as they thought, but his work with pitchers sometimes can't be categorized statistically. Plus, he is at least a .260 hitter with power when he can swing the bat with more than one hand.
This evaluation is for the end of the season now, as to how far away they actually are from elite status. They may not be as close as they think but let's see how this plays out. You put Hicks on this team and it looks a little different. And if you get any offensive uptick out of three or four players, that makes it look different, too.
He either pitches for the Cardinals or not at all. He has shown he has something left in the tank for this year. He has to decide if it's worth it to try to push the envelope one more time, especially now that he and his wife have adopted a baby and I'm sure he would like to be around more.
I've heard nothing to that effect. In the old days, when each league had its own umpires, you might run into those types of things in the World Series. But now, the umpiring crews change every series and you might see each crew only two or three times a year.
You probably are right on this one. Fowler is well-liked and highly respected in the clubhouse. His absence would be noticed and he has hit 13 homers this season. Not an easy decision for the front office to make after the year and Fowler has contractural power over any potential move..
Ponce de Leon is one more good start from returning. But Wacha will get that "fifth-starter" nod sometime in the Cincinnati series. The Cardinals will be in a stretch of 16 consecutive games beginning tomorrow night, so they won't be able to go with just four starters for a while.
The second one is easy. Yes, because many more hitters now are trying to hit home runs than merely advancing runners. As to the first, pitchers are bigger and stronger, as a rule, than they were before but the mechanisms for clocking a pitch have changed. I suspect Bob Gibson was in the mid- to high-90s more often than might have been shown but technology didn't help him and nobody much cared about that then, or how far a home run was hit _ just that it was a home run.
Carp has swung the bat better lately and has played very well in the field. He is the third baseman more often than not, at least at the beginning of games. This is crunch time and he has been a crunch time player for a few years here. He will get that chance but it isn't a lifetime pass.
With them being four to five games behind those teams and still under .500, I don't see the Reds passing either. This year. Next year could be a different story.
Jose Martinez until I hear differently. You could use Carpenter.
Bader will be here before Sept. 1. Maybe even tomorrow.
I'm just giving you the facts, as they are now. There will be plenty of bullpen coverage but he has pitched well in some outings this year. Just not consistently.
It used to be about four years' service time, I think.
That ball should have been caught and then the inning possibly could have been scoreless. But bad things happen to bad teams.