They can put him on the 10-day IL at the start of the season and then 60, if necessary, which it might not be.
It depends on whom Boston would be seeking. Anything beginning with the word "Jack" doesn't appeal to me very much.
My prediction, on Oct. 28, 2019 is Flaherty, Hudson, Mikolas, Carlos Martinez, Ponce de Leon. I would reverse the last spot if Gomber, a lefthander, is healthy enough and good enough.
There normally isn't a lot of overhaul here and there doesn't have to be much now. They should be able to improve their offense with a key acquisition or two, without going crazy financially. That's what the front office will have to sort out. But at least it has the problem areas targeted: Offense. And more offense.
Previous question about Matt Carpenter. I think he'll probably get some time in left field this spring and we may find out if his arm can handle it.
Folks in one of them may are likely to be wearing rings next spring.
I would like to see him get a shot in the spring but it's awfully crowded in the outfield now. Hard to believe, though, a team lacking in power can have a 32-homer guy at Triple-A and not give him a chance.
Max would have had to be very good to beat Cole last night. It doesn't make that much difference because Scherzer might able to start Game 7, if there is one, rather than a bullpen game like last night's was.
All I can counter with here _ and don't discount this _ is most everybody figured the Cardinals would be playing the Dodgers, not the Nats, and they wouldn't have been home that weekend at all. The home games in the NLCS would have been Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
You may be right. He'll get that chance.
You don't think Molina could start for either of those teams? Or that Wong couldn't start over Asdrubal Cabrera or Howie Kendrick? Tangible improvement has to come from all three (Carlson, free agency or trade).
I'd take a run at him although trades rarely are made within the division. A lefthanded hitter might help more, though.
There will be 26 players rather than 25 on regular season rosters until September and then no more than 28 the rest of the season. For the 26 portion, 13 of them are likely to be pitchers. That ought to be enough pitchers to protect everyone. I don't think Gant was abused. Over-worked? Debatable. Over-rated? Probably.
They will have to know fairly quickly and Adam, I'm sure, will comply. I think every time you saw him pitch late in the season, you knew it might be his last time and treated him as such when he left the game.
Hadn't thought about that. I don't know that he has, either, though. He really enjoys the spring training part of it.
They are all in on Albert's philosophy and if results aren't significantly better next year, that will be the last year of that particular philosophy. But there is philosophy and talent. The Cardinals need more of the latter. Albert came from Houston, which has a similar philosophy but better offensive talent.
When you bring in Puig, there is baggage that comes with it. If I was going to take that kind of chance, I would rather have a lefthanded hitter. I, however, would not reject him.
Both. The difference in the Astros is that they've had contributions from the bottom of the lineup. Journeyman catchers Chirinos and Maldonado have had three homers between them and Marisnick and Reddick also have contributed from the Houston outfield as eighth- or ninth-place hitters.
Thanks for the kind words. I'm keeping an open mind about this three-batter thing. And also keep in mind that if the inning ends before a pitcher has faced three hitters, the rule doesn't carry over until the next inning. I see little difference, so far unless you're bringing in your specialist at the start of an inning or with no one out. The rule will be in, though.
The only one they probably over-reacted on was extending Carpenter. They already had him. Fowler gave them two pretty decent years and one bad one so far as a free agent. The next two years, for both, are up for grabs.