And thank you. I hope some of this makes sense to you, if not to everyone, apparently.
You must have missed the last three games. All scoreless outings by Cecil. Now, can he do it with a lead? That might be a better question.
Not without an investigation from the commissioner's office.
If a player is on the 40-man roster in the spring, he is considered a big leaguer. He then can be optioned to the minors for only three years' worth of options during a season. There is no limitation as to how long he can be on the 40-man without being called up, but there is on how many years he can be optioned. The Rule 5 players are those who have been left off the 40-man roster and have been in the minor leagues for either three or four full seasons, depending on when they signed
There are different kinds of payroll listings but, generally the ones who see cover the players who still are active.
I think the Cardinals needs now are three-fold _ a middle-of-the-order hitter who strikes fear into the opponents; a top-of-the-line starter (Lynn may fill that bill) and a lockdown closer, of which they have none, as of this writing.
Two or three top-of-the-line starters, a lockdown closer in Jansen, power from the infield and the outfield and the fact that fading veteran Adrian Gonzalez was hurt, giving them a chance to play Bellinger at first base and Puig and Taylor in the outfield.
I'm anxious to see Tampa Bay closer Colome this weekend. He's 36 for 41 this year in saves. Lynn might be as good as any starter they could acquire outside the organization. Josh Donaldson of Toronto has had a big last month and could be a trade possibility, as, of course, any of the Miami outfielders _ Stanton, Yelich (a lefthanded hitter, which they need) and Ozuna.
There is an umpire observer at every big-league game and often at games in the high minors. Their reports go to a clearing house in the commissioner's office and, after that, I'm not sure what's done with the reports. But fans _ and players, managers, etc., _ need only care about the ball-strike performances because those are about the only things that are not subject to replay. And don't be knocking Cowboy Joe. He is one of the best, albeit with a little flair.
Baseball may have to look into the way some clubs have handled their 10-day disabled lists. The Dodgers have made it like a ferryboat but they're just playing within the rules.
Other teams aren't likely to eat even that much of Leake's contract for the next three years. The Cardinals should be able to sign Lynn and keep Leake if they want to.
Yes, Tony La Russa did start a reliever when rain was about to come. And the Reds guessed wrong and had their starter used up early. On Saturday, both sides brought back their starters after two-hour delays. Wacha had trouble. The Pirates' pitcher didn't. I'm sure Matheny considered all these aspects although, according to the forecasts, it wasn't supposed to rain as long as it did.
Matt Carpenter is a key figure in the Cardinals' present and future. He may well have had his best year in 2013, but then again, not many current players have had one as good. But he has to be better. Perhaps staying at one position for a second straight year will help.
I'm going with Washington- Cleveland, with Cleveland winning. Don't go to sleep on the Indians. Their starting pitching and bullpen are deep. And Jay Bruce is just what they needed.
If the Cardinals were to trade an outfielder _ and they will _ the one who could go is Grichuk. But the danger is that he is the one most with the most upside, with a low batting average as his only downside. He has power, speed, range and arm. If it came down to putting Sierra or Bader in a deal, I would keep Sierra. His speed is stunning and he will hit for more power.
I do think so. Probably in the next two years.
It's not that easy, is it? Alcantata's control probably isn't big-league ready. The starters are just going to have to stay out there longer, whoever they are. And the offense will have to continue to score runs, assuming nothing unless Martinez or Lynn is pitching.
Depending on who had to pitch to get into the wild-card playoff, I would take Martinez. He is the one likely to give you the most innings. You, of course, are assuming the Cardinals also pass the Brewers, which is not exactly a done deal.
The Cardinals are not required to tender Rosenthal for next season but they would have to be sure he would miss most of the season. And a non-tender would mean that they probably never would get him back.