As regular chatmeister Derrick Goold covers the Cardinals in Fort Myers today along with Benjamin Hochman, the P-D has waved to the bullpen for the veteran righthander. Fire up your questions and comments. Game on.
Jose's forte is not his glove but he is passable in right field and left field and could fill in at first base. Albeit the sample size is small, but it's a little hard to ignore his hitting seven for 16 last September and cracking three home runs and batting .389 so far this spring.
I think two of the three will be on, with Martinez's firepower off the bench giving him an edge. Schafer is the trendy pick here but let's see him work against some veteran lefthanded hitters in the last couple of weeks of the spring before we decide. John Gant may be too hard to keep out of the bullpen, and if so, Schafer probably isn't on the club at the start of the season but not far away. For now, my money is on Pham and Martinez. .
Good points all but I really think baserunning can be improved on in spring training. Speed can't, so knowing your limitations comes into play here. Baserunners always should be looking to go from first to third, applying pressure to a defense. Just look at the Cardinals' defense when pressure was applied to it last year. These are major leaguers on the other side of the ball, too, but they are not infallible. Make them make the right play. Having said that, it would help if some of the better base runners like Wong actually do get on base.
Sierra will have Dexter Fowler playing a different position in 2019, he is that good in center field. Sierra is a lefthanded hitter with power, speed and a strong throwing arm. But give him two more years in the minors. He still is only 20 years old. But he is one of those players that when you call him up, he stays. For years.
I would be astonished if the Cardinals would fall out of the race, especially if Wacha continues to look as strong as he looks. If they would falter, Lynn, Peralta and Adams would be among the first to go.
Harrison Bader will be in St. Louis by July 31, it says here. He can play left and right and you could use him in center. He has power and a long stride on the bases. Yes, he figures to surpass Pham and Martinez and everyone else if he continues to improve.
You must wait until at least St. Patrick's Day before ordaining anyone as such.
I'm feeling much better, thanks, and, so far, the rotation is healthy. Lyons could be the next man up although I don't know if he'll be ready quite by the start of the season. But Gant is the starter to be groomed at Memphis, if he doesn't start the season in the bullpen.
You never trade young catching prospects. There will be room for both of them here and either could play first base on a part-time basis. If Yadi signs an extension, I presume he would hope to be the regular catcher for at least two more seasons. Kelly can wait and, as often as catchers get hurt, he might play more than you would think anyway. .
Whatever my style might be, I don't want it to change. I want to express baseball as something fans should have run with reading about it and watching it and not agonizing over it.
Sometime, I'm going to assume Wong will play with more confidence and be closer to that player we suspect he could be. But I agree that a hesitant Wong is not a good base runner. He's got to learn how to steal first before he can steal second. As for Piscotty, he will be an average to above average runner despite what mght have been displayed this spring. The club had one really bad game, but mostly the baserunning has been all right.
I think Lankford's candidacy has been hampered by the high expectations people set for him that he didn't quite reach. But, yes, he was a good player here for many years. The feeling among more committee members than not was that he should have been better. Hard to leave National Hall of Famer Carlton off and McGwire's impact on Cardinals baseball would rank among the top 10 to 15 players ever to have worn the uniform.
Fowler and Holliday are different-type leaders and the former's infectious personality seems a good fit in the clubhouse as players gravitate toward him. Yes, there were some chemistry issues afoot last year but it isn't fair to toss them all at Holliday's feet. My take on good chemistry is a winning team. I don't want to have a happy team that is playing .500 ball.
I would hope the Cardinals and Molina reach an agreement on a three-year deal, whether or not that includes the 2018 option year. It would be a very poor decision, both on the field and in fan polling to let Molina get away and the Cardinals are very aware of this. Yes, Carson Kelly could be a very good player. But you already have the best at his position. . .
Relative to his troublesome right shoulder, Wong has looked all right in the field. Carpenter should start swinging in earnest in a couple of days and should be playing by the weekend.
Cecil just had a bad outing. You never ascribe much importance to a veteran's performance in spring training unless he has several in succession. He had two good outings before that one.
Yes, Cardinals pitchers are working on holding runners closer in the spring. But we're not going to know much until the first week of the season and Billy Hamilton comes to town. He stole everything but the Arch last year. i
Some of the Cardinals' outfielders have been promising this spring, but Grichuk has star quality. if he ever learns the strike zone better. No reason to trade him. What would you want?
First, we have to establish how many legitimate pitchers the Cardinals will carry. If Schafer makes the team, is he the 13th pitcher or the 12th? My March 6 scenario has Gant in the bullpen and Pham and Martinez on the roster. I would be tempted, too, to keep Tuivailala as my 12th pitcher. This all changes, of course, when Lyons comes back and he should be here sometime in April.
Any time a team loses a charismatic, rising star like Taveras, it will be hurt. Hard to say the effect, though. Heyward wouldn't have been traded for and he gave the club one great year while Shelby Miller has flamed out. Piscotty might not have had the chance to shine as early as he did, or Grichuk either.