No reason to jump. I would call this is a "make" year for Matheny. There will be no "break" if the Cardinals don't make the playoffs this year. They have too many years invested in him and the results, for the most part, have been favorable in the first five years.
Nothing wrong with Martinez and I'm sure he'll at least get a start or two when the DH is available this weekend at Yankee Stadium. Mike Matheny apparently thinks that Adams can do more damage at bat, i.e., hit for power than Martinez and most of the pitching the Cardinals faced were righthanders. The downside for Martinez is that he was hot leaving spring training, as was Adams, and he wasn't able to keep it going because he wasn't playing. Let's see what happens this week although the regular outfield is back together now, so neither one will see too much time out there.
A manager more likely will lose more games than win games during the course of the season. The players are the ones who do the winning. Let's say a bad manager loses six or eight games a season. A good manager steals three or four.wins.
Adams won't be the answer in left field but nobody ever said he was. The ball did find him a few times on the home stand, as it always does when neophytes are out there. Keep in mind now that Piscotty is healthy, so we're not going to see a lot of Adams in left field. I did think he was not horrible and I still think there are times you can use him out there. But it won't be three times a week.
Thank you for your kind words. Martinez probably should have had one start but he is not a regular and keep in mind he didn't compile these stats when the pitchers were at their best. I think you will see him more this week but he is a bench player, and no more.
If none of the above happens, it will be a very long season.
My point was that the overall team record in spring doesn't matter. Yes, the younger players on clubs often win spring training games so take solace that the Cardinals have some good younger players on the horizon.
Not sure how you can say there was a lack of power last year. They led the league with 225 home runs. Now, Holliday and Moss have moved on, to 45 to 50 homers are gone there. It shouldn't take as much power to instigate scoring if Fowler, Diaz and Carpenter _ the top three in the order _ are on base as much as they were last year. This is where Piscotty comes in. And he hasn't hit all spring but I think that he will. .
It's a very tough call to make when Lyons is ready. He has proven his worth in the bullpen, and as a spot starter. Socolovich is out of options, so he could be claimed on waivers if the club tried to send him out. Bowman has options left but has been very reliable. The needle might point in Broxton's direction but he is a valuable person on the club as a veteran. Somehow, these things always work because somebody else will get hurt.
Piscotty will be the cleanup man more often than not when he finds his stroke. Down the line, Grichuk could be that guy but he needs to be more consistent. I'm not willing to bury Peralta quite yet, though.
If you're counting bases given up, Adams is not the leader. The bullpen has given up six home runs in six games. That's 24 bases and nobody seems to be talking about that. At least not here, not yet.
I think Diaz will be a No. 3 hitter for a long time in his career and I might even do it now against lefthanded pitching. I wouldn't at all be adverse to putting Carpenter back into the No. 1 spot, if Fowler lags. Again, let's give this a little more time.
I'm not that big on video. I'm big on experience and no one had seen Garrett. Add to that, Feldman, Sunday's version of Walter Johnson, hadn't faced the Cardinals in four years and very few players had more than three at-bats against him.
The only Gold Glove, or close to it, will be Molina. Silver slugger is a little hard to envision when six regulars are under .220.
I'm fascinated. And Kansas surely won't want to play Mizzou now, will it?
Down the line, Diaz will be either at third or second and Delvin Perez or Edmundo Sosa will be at shortstop. As for this year, it will be Peralta, then Gyorko, then possibly Carpenter and then try to trade for Even Longoria. Even Greg Garcia might get a sniff this year and why isn't anyone bemoaning his lack of action, relative to Martinez? He's actually had a season of success in the majors.
Little hard to move Carpenter to third just yet. He hasn't been working there. I do like Garcia getting some time.
The Cardinals are always in position to do some trading. Now, they rarely have done so lately when they haven't been trying to take a run for the title rather than unloading players. The prospects of which you speak might come into play more in trade philosophies if the Cardinals are out of the race and they want to move some veterans. But, other than third base, where do people think the Cardinals actually can improve themselves much now?
You aren't likely to see the Cardinals get the top tier free agents but they, of course, would inquire. I would think Baltimore and Toronto would be very eager to keep those two players, though.
You win with starting pitching and the Cardinals have it. The offense won't hit .208 all season. Will it be one of the best offenses in the league? Maybe not. But the starting staff could be.
I don't know how aggressively the Cardinals pursued LA's Turner. But the Cardinals to have an infielder who hit 30 homers last year who can play some third base and I'm thinking Gyorko will get that chance.