I did notice that all appeals seemed to result in strike calls. But, on the other hand, I thought most of them were right.
There is ample video available on every pitcher and hitter. But until a hitter steps into the batter's box to see for himself he really doesn't know. The Pirates did induce the Cardinals to swing at a number of balls out of the strike zone. I suspect that other teams are gullible, too, but we don't see them play every day as we do this one.
That one might be above my pay grade since it's never happened in baseball. I know that if the MLB season is canceled, the players get the same service time they had the previous year but they get paid pro rata for just the games they have played.
On the first night, there was some confusion as to when to kneel to honor the Black Lives Matter movement. The anthem is being handled all right, I guess, but I would prefer a standard rendition instead of the video board showing a school group doing it from a previous season.
I'm sure other players are delighted that Betts got his money, fueling the notion, misguided perhaps, that other free agents will reap rewards, too. The Dodgers have taken a chance here but they must have the wherewithal to pull it off.
This depends on when they start taking their pensions. I believe they can do as early as age 45 but would max out at 65. .
Yes, reaction would be different. It's hard to imagine the Yankees or Dodgers not dong everything they could to remain viable and it would be hard to imagine a major league season continuing without either or both. Could you see the NBA playoffs going on without the Lakers and L. James? I don't.
You're right. But we're talking about days rather than weeks, as it might have been before, if somebody faltered.
You may be exactly right. Bader will get opportunities and if he doesn't hit, it won't look as bad if the rest of the lineup produces. But if several are struggling and he is among that group, he won't get as much chance as someone else to play out of it because of that .205 number he hung up last year. Bader might provide a better service as a fourth outfielder and pinch runner when you need defense or speed rather than waiting for him to get on himself.
I wouldn't consider Goldschmidt's play reckless. Thomas came off the bag. Wong tried to make something more out of a triple. These plays aren't always going to work, but we've seen too much station to station baseball here in some other years.
The thing I've noticed is the lack of crowd buildup, whether it's cheers or groans, if a long ball is headed for the seats as a potential homer. I'll have to get used to that.
Actually nothing for eight.
But that No. 9 hitter, especially, has to get on base. Bader was on with two HBPs and an error on Saturday and Thomas with a walk on Sunday. But no hits by either for the weekend.
People are already saying 'One more year,' Waino perhaps included. Health will be key for both.
No multi-hit games out of any of the four but homers by Fowler and O'Neill and run-scoring singles by both. Center field will be the spot to keep your eye on. The other two are going to play.
No one spoke about it but Hudson had trouble staying out of the middle of the plate. He will have six days off before he would pitch again on Sunday in Milwaukee.
Kim easily could transfer back to the rotation if a need arises. Gallegos will be activated and Reyes and Cabrera could be added relatively soon to abet the bullpen.
I was kind of surprised by the Saturday game being an afternoon game, especially because there was no national TV involved. Sunday's was going to be afternoon because the matchup was not on Sunday Night Baseball. Next home stand will have seven night games, including Sunday with Cubs, and only one day game. Better.
With the playoff field being expanded to eight of 15 teams in each league, we're not at make-or-break time just yet. But, as you point out, the urgency for the team to take care of itself off the field is paramount, let alone facing two clubs like Minnesota and Milwaukee in their ball parks, especially in Target Field, where the Cardinals rarely have played.
I'm going to have to do more research on the blackout procedures. You would think with fans banned from attending games, MLB would be a little more agreeable, however.