Let's give it some time. But, early returns, it is safe to say, are not good.
I am not surprised by too much in either category so far. DeJong is hitting as he hit all spring. Bader is still swinging and missing too much. Flaherty is the best 20-19 career pitcher I know. The Cardinals have plenty of bullpen depth with more on the way in Gallegos now and Reyes and Cabrera soon.
Gonzales has been for Seattle what the Cardinals had hoped he would be for them. This year will be the acid test because Tyler O'Neill, who came in return, will get his first shot at being a regular. Letting Lynn leave could be interpreted as a mistake but the Cardinals liked their pitching depth. Alcantara went to Miami in a deal that brought to the Cardinals Marcell Ozuna, who gave them two decent years. Alcantara could develop into an ace but not yet. That trade didn't bother me.
I wasn't aware the season was a 10 at-bat experience although he has struck out four times. Just before that, though, Carpenter hit a couple of home runs in intrasquad games and had a double and triple against Kansas City. I know the season is much shorter this year but he should get a longer rope than this.
I wouldn't say Sunday's game was a horrific outing. Four runs in 4 1/3 innings. He will start at Milwaukee next Sunday so let's see how that goes. He had a lot of the plate with some pitches yesterday, though.
The Cardinals only lose a year of control with Whitley if he is up for 61 of 66 days, which he almost certainly won't be with Gallegos, Reyes and Cabrera probably to be on the club in a week to 10 days. The Cardinals would lose a year of options because they would have to use an option to send Whitley back to the alternate camp after adding him to the 40-man roster. .
The first hitter reached on an error and Kim admitted he was nervous because it was his first big-league game in an unfamiliar role. He managed to escape the inning with the lead and the save. Your standards are high. That was the first earned run he has allowed since he got over here.
The even more promising part is that both Goldschmidt and DeJong have started well. But they weren't going to be the issue. The question was whether the bottom of the order was going to produce, meaning all the outfielders. A mixed bag so far. Fowler and O'Neill both have homered and knocked in two runs. The center fielders are hitless.
To my knowledge that rule carries over. I don't mind it if it didn't come into play until after 12 innings. The 10th inning is too soon and teams have plenty of pitchers still left by then.
I think it's better to be aggressive than to be passive. I didn't mind Wong's attempt at all nor did I mind Goldschmidt, trying to get into scoring position, making the final out of the sixth inning yesterday.
Either a coach or manager might talk to the player after the game. But the message more likely would be to be more aggressive rather than to try to restrict the player.
Maybe it's cooler out there in the outfield with no fans around.
High-fiving and close proximity always have been concerns since baseball decided to go ahead with this season. The Marlins' disaster should serve as a reminder but I have my doubts how that will be heeded.
Don't forget Hulu and Amazon, too. I don't see where football has much chance of getting a season, whether college or pro, off the ground, for quite some time. As for the NBA and NHL, we'll see how tight those bubbles were in Florida and Canada. I would be surprised if any of these sports finishes its season and playoffs, as scheduled.
The Pirates have some good-looking relievers, if not starters. Their players are on scholarship, too.
But the Marlins don't have Gallen either. Re: Ozuna. I would make that deal again. The player I didn't want to see go was Sierra, but he might be only a spare part player, as it turns out. ,
This probably is a case by case situation. There may be more traffic if a bunch of teams turn into non-contenders, even with expanded playoffs, and some higher salaried veterans with expiring contracts are placed on the market.