McCutcheon has a lot to play for this year, inasmuch as the Pirates seemed very eager to deal him this off-season. I would expect a good year although I do think his best years are behind him and I would not expect him to be in Pittsburgh after this year or even at the end of the year if the Pirates are out of the race. .
Carpenter still is learning the nuances of first base. I do not foresee Matheny moving him back and forth between first and third unless neither Peralta nor Gyorko is doing the job at third. Adams will get his time although Grichuk appears intent that it will not come at his expense in left field.
Garcia is the emergency catcher. Gyorko says he has _ and could _ do it.
If Cooney is healthy, I'm sure some team, perhaps even the Cardinals, will sign him to a minor-league deal. For now, though, the cub is satisfied with its pitching prospects.
Opening day is a grand stage for baseball experts. Let's see a few more games before we establish how good or bad Mike Matheny is at handling a bullpen. I believe the Cardinals are 1-0 so far, no matter the kneejerk verdict on his managing.
Oh, indeed, got a blown save and a win. Not fair, of course, in the second instance but nobody said baseball was fair.
Molina transcends what you see on the field every night. He will be an important part in the continued development of Martinez and Alcantara and Junior Fernandez and Jack Flaherty and any other young pitcher you can name, And, for that matter, Carson Kelly will be a better catcher the longer Molina is around. Sentiment always is involved to some degree. But this made good business sense, too. Remember the last iconic player who was coming up The two sides couldn't agree on dollars either before the or during the season and Albert Pujols walked.
The only problem I had with Martinez starting the eighth _ and really, the Cubs were doing absolutely nothing with him _ was that the Cardinals had what seemed to be a long seventh inning at bat, even though they didn't score.
Stephen Piscotty will be the cleanup hitter for two-thirds of the games this season. He has proven himself to be a tough out in RBI situations and he doesn't really have to hit a lot of home runs with Fowler, Diaz and Carpenter, who reached five times in total on Sunday, ahead of him in the lineup.
Relax now. If Oh is used to 30 or more pitches again Tuesday, then we may have an issue. I do think it makes sense to employ Cecil as soon as possible and I'm sure manager Matheny will do that. I do not see Siegrist wearing down that much from his usage. Rosenthal's potential usage will be a very important item the rest of the season.
Carpenter had some family issues to attend to this week. He had hoped to make the ceremony but he was there for the last week of games in Jupiter, Fla.
It looked to me that Fowler's slide was not only to the player but to the base and was entirely legal. Good to see that aggressive style and nobody got hurt. Managers can challenge that play if they like but the only real challenge to be made on that play was if Addison Russell was on second when he caught the relay.
Even Ozzie Smith shook hands with La Russa, with whom he was at odds during their only season together in 1996. Tony probably doesn't get enough credit for some of the young players and coaches he helped when he was here and too often is linked to being able to manage only veteran-laden teams.
Not a bad idea. There should be no white signs behind the plate. We note this was the only ball not handled, though.
This will be a story worth watching perhaps all season. The Cardinals aren't good enough to keep a 30-homer man like Gyorko on the bench but they may not be athletic enough without Wong. They hit plenty of home runs last year but the net result wasn't there.
Never doubt for a moment that the club does not give contracts like this one to young players if there isn't some benefit to the club on the back side. Piscotty's contract would be relatively easy to move in a trade although that is not the intent. .
Grichuk probably is the next position player the Cardinals would try to lock up but management wants to see more consistency in his game before that move would be made. For now, he will be a first-time arbitration player at the end of this season.
I'm thinking Allen Craig does not make Pawtucket his full-time home although he now is eligible to vote there. Yes, the Cardinals did luck out on that contract. Piscotty, however, seems to have a bit more defensive and speed upside than Craig although the two are similar hitters at the same stage. .
If Piscotty had been better this spring, Matheny would be hitting him fourth. That day will come. Molina was quite good hitting fifth last year. And if Peralta has to worry about striking out three times in a row last night, then Bryant should be worried, too.