Gant was really good as a fill-in last season, so I would lean toward experience in filling that spot. But the Cardinals do like Hudson as a starter for the long haul, despite his bullpen success last season, so he is getting his chance to grab that spot. That would bump Gant into long relief, a role he also could do a solid job with this season. It appears Ponde De Leon and Gomber are likely to be in the Memphis rotation. Hudson could start there, too, if he struggles in the final days of spring training. But as Derrick Goold notes, Hudson has made a very strong impression on the field staff so far this spring.
Again, I believe the Cardinals are curious to see if he could get his stuff together after losing so much weight. It's a process. The front office is not interested in paying him to pitch well elsewhere. One option would be to have him agree to work in the minors to get right. At this point, that is likely the best offer he would get from any MLB team.
Aside from Andrew Miller, there is not much to be excited about from the left side of the Cardinals bullpen this spring. Shreve was just OK last year for the Cardinals after arriving in midseason and he has lacked command this spring. The Cardinals don't want to just give him away, but then again they can't afford to hide anybody in their bullpen this season. The competition within the division will be far too strong for that. Lots of questions remain about this relief corps. The staffing could remain fluid this season.
As I noted earlier, I am not a beer snob. I refuse to order a Natty Light in public, but then again I seldom hit a microbrewery. So I am no help on this question.
Not Gary Gaetti. Or Pedro Guerrero, for that matter, although the dude could rake. But I really haven't spend any time looking at who is in the Cardinals Hall of Fame versus who should be in. I did point out that putting Keith Hernandez in would be difficult given the circumstances surrounding his departure.
The standard answer when teams aren't scoring goals is to go to the net and get greasy goals. But it's not like the Blues woke up last week and said, "You know what, I'd rather play on the perimeter for the rest of the season and take long-distance wristers like Petr Nedved did back in the day." So much of creating offense is the timing of a screen or cut to the net. Will that coincide with the puck arriving? Will the shooter miss the net entirely when I get there? Cycling behind the net is something the Blues always seek to do. It increases offensive zone time, maintains pressure on the opposing defense. tilts the ice against the opponent, leads to fatigue and penalties from the opponent and, yes, creates scoring chances when the players are in sync. And, yes, the Blues want to and need to create more off the rush.
The David Freese game is still No. 1 for me. I was not at the Wainwright/Beltran game live, so that would be cool too.
I was at this game and this moment was something I'd like to see again.
Me, personally, yes. Play the kid! What's the worst he can do, not score?
Murray State. The top of the Ohio Valley Conference was very good this season and the Racers have one of the most explosive players in the country,
Dude bought a nice house here. Not sure he ever lived in it.
The market for free agent pitching has gone bad. I'd make Wacha a qualifying offer for the giant one-year money for 2020 and dare him to turn it down. But, yeah, broadly speaking this team has lots of starting pitching coming. Reinvesting long-term on a guy with major injury concerns doesn't sound like something Bill DeWitt Jr. is eager to do. And Wacha doubtlessly wants the security.
Nedved. He was actually quite talented. Creighton is a great guy, but he was pretty inert. Giant guy for that day and age, but there was not a lot happening when he was on the ice. Petr broke into the NHL in 1990 didn't quit playing in Europe until 2014. He played in the '14 Olympics for the Czechs at age 42.
OK, that's it for today. We'll see you next time. Have a nice weekend!