His energy shows easily enough. He made only one really bad play in the outfield this year when he climbed the wall only to find that the ball wasn't anywhere near him. His arm is getting better but still only adequate. But he covers more ground than most left fielders.
Not to be revealed until Tuesday, by manager Mike Shildt. But Wacha, Wainwright, Mikolas and Flaherty will appear in come combination, with Flaherty likely on Sunday.
Everyone has the same videos and reports. How each team and each player reacts to them is another matter, but there is something to be said for actually having faced a pitcher before, so sometimes young players who have seen a pitcher in the minors are asked for their opinions.
Too many balls up in the strike zone and perhaps he was upset by a couple of calls he didn't get on close pitches. He had been good lately, despite his record.
Some of this has to do with international games, such as the ones the Cardinals and Reds played in Monterrey or the Yankees and Red Sox in London. Also, the Basic Agreement calls for more off days for players than used to be, so there are some odd _ very odd _ Fridays when no game is played. For instance, many teams will be off the first Friday of next season because everybody will start on Thursday and the cold-weather teams usually give themselves a grace day for the home opener, which in this case would Friday.
I guess we're watching different guys. I see more hard-hit balls and good range in the field. His arm is what it is. His first week back offensively was better than the weeks that had gone before that. And check his record out in Kansas City sometime. He has to play there.
That might happen. You could drop him to sixth, depending on where Molina hits when he rejoins the lineup.
I wish I had a really good answer for this one. I hope this trend does not continue but I fear it will. I did turn the sound off, though, and tried to avoid some of the between-innings schtick.
That entered into it from both sides _ the Dodgers (Tony Cingrani) and the Cardinals'. Jedd wasn't going to play here, especially with Edman doing so well, besides Carpenter being back.
Carp bunted on Saturday night, trying for a hit. It moved runners over although Ozuna then got greedy and tried to score. I trust he won't abandon that part of his game. Edman hasn't walked very much, so his on-base percentage isn't as good as some might think.
He's having his usual season. Twenty-plus homers and a .230 average. But there are quite a few guys doing that these day.
The catcher, Elias Diaz, was trying to prevent an agitated Munoz from going to the mound. Good work by Diaz.
Don't know. It depends on how the last 46 games look and, of course, how many they win. At the end of the season, the evaluation is how close to its potential did the team play? If it is not deemed close, then there will be changes made.
Probably out for the year with shoulder problems.
Some of the angles they see at headquarters in New York are not quite the same ones we see on television replays although I wonder how long Josh Bell's legs actually are.
Garcia got off to a bad start average-wise but he is on a 30-homer pace and his average has been rising. Still a prospect, I presume, if he can be more selective at the plate. Arozarena wasn't very good at Memphis last year but he did hit .396 in 91 at-bats at Springfield. He is just maturing, I guess, at age 24.
Not in the newspaper. Shildt is quoted as saying it's Flaherty and then Hudson for Wednesday.
I have little doubt that when he has been out of the game long enough that Freese will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Cardinals. Then, we'll see if one game, as you say, is enough.
Yes, some, but he wasn't swinging the bat early on, still waiting on his hand to be able to absorb the contact.
They're in a five-man rotation now again but Hudson has regressed recently. His total innings pitches aren't any higher than last year but there surely has been more stress as a big-league starter, so there may be a wall involved.