I would hope all the players would be able to hold onto their jobs for longer than a week. Bader didn't exactly tear up Triple-A last year, so let's let him play there for a while. And he is not better than Grichuk, Piscotty or Fowler. Not now anyway. Wong will bear watching but he did have four walks in the first home stand and that uptick in his game is commendable.
Peralta was one of the Cardinals' best hitters in the last week or so of spring training. I would give him a bit longer but would not be surprised if especially Gyorko gets more time and Garcia gets some time at third.
Sorry. I'll answer Peralta question again. I'm not giving up on Peralta just yet but Gyorko and Garcia will get more time there. As for the "keystone kops" defense, that was one play. For most of the home stand, I found the Cardinals' defense in the "adequate" range, with a couple of misadventures in left.
His teams have had uncommon success on the field in his 22 years of ownership. Attendance for a small market is of big market proportions. And he was chosen as the lead owner in the search for the most recent commissioner.
First, Tommy Pham rarely has been in good health but I loke his varied skills very much. Unfortunately, one of the skills he displayed this spring was a huge tendency for strikeouts. But he will be back. Not sure how, though, unless Cardinals go to 11 pitchers. And that's not happening.
I'd heard that but the team didn't hit all of those 225 home runs last year on the road.
There will not be another 300-game winner in my lifetime (of course, I'm 71) and there may not be one as long as teams stay with five-man pitching rotations and don't use their starters more than seven innings a game.
Folks: Commish needs to break right here to take care of some personal business. He will return to the chat as soon as possible -- probably in about one hour. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Cardinals lineup for tonight's game:
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Aledmys Diaz, SS
3. Matt Carpenter, 1B
4. Stephen Piscotty, RF
5. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Randal Grichuk, LF
8. Kolten Wong, 2B
9. Adam Wainwright, P