I was a bit surprised but I'm guessing Mike Matheny wanted to go with a lefthanded bat there against a pitcher who would seem to give righthanded batters trouble. For the record, both Wong and Gyorko were nothing for one against Edwards.
I believe I have not one, but two, balls on display among the hundreds at Foley's. My good friend, Shawn Clancy honors me for being in the writers' wing at the HOF. I'm thinking one of those on display is near the bathroom.
The Padres aren't very good but the Reds and Brewers in the NL Central aren't exactly top-shelf clubs . And I don't like Pittsburgh much either so there could be wins for the contending teams in that division, too.
It's a good question, no apologies necessary. I tend to think that Piscotty's arm and Grichuk's are about the same. But there is some merit in keeping Piscotty at a position he has been good at and has learned to play. He is a former college pitcher, too, so his arm should be all right.
Is every day the same as one day? Peralta isn't likely to be the cleanup hitter all of this season. But he was swinging the bat better than some of the others when the season started.
Kelly will have plenty of time to learn how to do his job better with Molina still around. Let's let him play at least most of a full season at Memphis and then let[s him back up Molina for as long as it takes. You know catchers get injured, too. It doesn't hurt to have two capable ones. .
The Cardinals seem committed to having Carpenter play just one position. That doesn't mean they couldn't switch him to third if Adams is at first but they already have three other potential third basemen in Peralta, Gyorko and Garcia. I trust Peralta is level-headed enough not to let a three-strikeout game send him to the nearest bridge.
And don't forget that closer Wade Davis had some health issues at the end of last year with Kansas City. The Cubs, like any other team, could be hurt if they lose a star player for any length of time, but, in truth, they played nearly all last season without Schwarber, who is back now.
The leadoff spot is all about on-base percentage, whether you weigh 220 pounds or 160. The day of the "pesty" leadoff man is over. But I would hope there would be always be a spot for David Eckstein in today's game because he was a dangerous hitter, too.
In trade or free agency, I always look for the front-line starter first.
Any walk that Kolten Wong draws is a good thing.
There will be a day when Diaz will be the third-place hitter for this team. But you can see he already can hit in a lot of different spots and he is the team's best base stealer. He was not afraid to run against the Cubs' Jon Lester Sunday, knowing that there was nothing Lester could do about it.
Good point. It doesn't make a lot of sense to give any more than three years to a catcher in his mid-30s even if it is Yadier Molina.
The National Hall of Famers who were Cardinals were honored several times at Busch II, as I recall. The Cardinals HOFs have been honored since there was a Cardinals Hall of Fame, which is four years.
I don't think the Cardinals will send Wong to Memphis any more. They'll lose him (emotionally) if they do.
Catchers look into the dugout to see if the manager has any thoughts about controlling the running game, whether it's a pitchout or throw to first or merely a step-off by the pitcher. The manager controls all these things through his catcher. Molina calls every pitch.
I can see Wainwright catching Forschie for third place on the all-time Cardinals list. Two 15s would do it.
Tough crowd. It was OK for Francona to use Andrew Miller multiple innings during last year's playoffs. I guarantee you Oh will not have more than one or two occasions the rest of the season for a five-out save. But, yes, let's get a look at Cecil. ,
Judging by the statistics, neither pitcher was getting squeezed too much. Lester had one walk and Martinez none.
For now, I'd be more concerned about Rosenthal instead of which relievers are out of options. If Rosenthal isn't healthy and serviceable, this isn't going to work.
There are a number of pitchers who worry that by trying to bust him inside, they'll leave the ball out over the plate. I don't think Gibson and Carpenter would have been two of those pitchers.