Next year and beyond, you will see different rules. All teams will carry 28 players in September. What has happened in baseball for years has been unfair. Some teams would have 32 players in September. Others would have 39 or 40. How would that work in football? Not well, I say. But there still will be a problem in baseball this year .
The emergence of Helsley and Fernandez and the re-emergence of Leone will be factprs in limiting the usage of Gant, who was the MVP for the first few months of the season.
Not quite sure. They wanted Bader to come back and play center field and right fielder Fowler has been a big part of their surge in the past three weeks.
I'm guessing everybody will get extra rest and Wacha and Ponce de Leon will start on Saturday. Waino Sunday. There aren't many more occasions left when the rotation members can get an extra day, so the Cardinals will take advantage of that this week.
There are many, many people in that New York office. And they have all the broadcasts.
Helsley could be anywhere the Cardinals want him to be next year. But he will be somewhere prominent.
Getting out key lefthanded hitters. He's been better at it lately and he's walking and hitting fewer people. Very few postseason pitchers have his pedrigee.
There will not be three catchers in the playoffs. If one gets hurt, you can replace him with Knizner the next day, providing that the injured catcher sits out the next round, too. They'll have plenty of pinch hitters with Martinez, Thomas, perhaps Carp and Munoz.
I never have said that the Mariners didn't have the high side of that deal but Gonzales had plenty of chances here and either didn't do it or was hurt or both. The Cardinals didn't see it happening and the Cardinals had the likes of Lynn and Leake then and didn't figure they needed Marco. Now, Lynn's absence is another story. That didn't have to happen.
Every team should have the same number of players available to it every day to make it a fair playing field, especially in extra-inning games. Also, managers tend to manage differently in September with huge rosters and try to use as many players as they can. They should have to manage, relatively speaking, the same way in September as in the other months.
The Cardinals' starting pitching, beyond Flaherty and Hudson, is iffy. The Cubs' rotation is starting to fade, too, but their bullpen beyond Kimbrel, should be of the most concern.
He's there most days during a home stand working out.
I don't rest anybody now that doesn't need it. Ozuna has had plenty of rest already on the IL. Fowler might need a day or so, but everybody else is full bore, including Molina, who also has had plenty of rest this summer. . Outfield is Ozuna, Bader and Fowler until further notice. You may see a different look in one or both of the doubleheader games this weekend.
Perhaps to have more of the people handling analytics having more background in baseball and the human experience of it. The eye-test will always play, I hope. .
I don't know if Ozuna would accept the qualifying offer _ he probably wouldn't. But he will get one, if he's not signed before then.
Same for Washington losing Doolittle with knee issue. I think GMs are going nuts not checking the waiver wires every day.
Tommy was the nickname for Cirilo. He had only about 10 at-bats.
I think 88 will win it. But 90 always is my benchmark for a good season.
Thank you very much. I don't have a stat for Goldschmidt's defensive saves but it's probably at least one a week. The clubhouse seems very harmonious although out exposure to it is somewhat limited. Tommy Cruz is your last 17.