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He has made some progress with his throwing, at least relative to last year. (Almost anything would be progress relative to last year). There is no mystery here. He had surgical repairs on his shoulder and now he must rebuild that strength. Has he done the best possible job rehabbing that injury and getting into optimal playing shape? Folks can draw their own conclusions about that. He is back in the lineup today, batting fourth.
Obviously the Cardinals hope that Bader is the long-term answer in center field, given his excellent range and aggressive play. Fowler is under contract for three more years, so he could be here for a while. The Cardinals acquired Tyler O'Neill with the hope that he could emerge as an everyday player. Jose Martinez is a stopgap, so the Next Hope in the system is probably Dylan Carlson -- although Lane Thomas offers power potential and some speed. Look for the Cardinals to continue their years-long gameplan of either developing players or trading for high-upside guys still in development.
Short answer: The failure of his fellow relievers will create more chances for Brebbia. And remember, the modern managerial view is that high-leverage spots can come anywhere in a game. A pivotal moment can come early or late. If Brebbia keeps getting people out, he will get to fill in some of the relief blanks.
Jack Flaherty is a high-upside guy, a staff ace in the making. Michael Wacha has pitched well when healthy. Alex Reyes can still pump gas after two injuries. Dakota Hudson is a top prospect. John Gant pitched well last season as a fill-in. And, of course, Carlos Martinez WILL pitch again. Will all that add up to enough victories to get back into postseason play? We shall see.
We'll see. His 2017 season was an outlier. Expecting power like that seems unrealistic. On the other hand, after repairs his improved shoulder strength makes it reasonable to expect 25 homers and 90 RBIs if he can stay in the lineup.
Well, it's a week into the season. So it's a bit early to give up on Molina and Carpenter in particular. For that same reason we don't throw a balloon party for Kolten Wong and his .476 batting average. (As for Dexter Fowler, he hit .180 last season, so he will be suspect until he isn't.) Early results aside, I do wonder if the Cardinals have No. 6-caliber hitters in the No. 3 and No. 5 slots. That has been a familiar complaint: This team has too many No. 6 hitters. Paul Goldschmidt's addition addressed that to a degree, but hitting him second put a lot of Paul DeJong at No. 3.
Martz is happy living back home in San Diego, which is why he was glad to coach the AAF team there. Would he come back to the STL? I'm not sure about that. The death of the AAF eliminates competition for the XFL. At the same time, though, the death of the AAF reminds us that such leagues always fail.
Today's batting order: 1-Carpenter, 2-Goldschmidt, 3-DeJong, 4-Ozuna, 5-Molina, 6-Fowler, 7-Bader, 8-Wong, 9-Flaherty.
No huge repercussions. Bill DeWitt Jr. isn't going to sell the team. Since he is heavily involved in personnel decisions, I wouldn't expect a big shake-up unless he comes to loggerheads with John Mozeliak as he did with Walt Jocketty. They have been on the same page for some time now, so I wouldn't expect that. Perhaps the club would hire an outsider to two for the front office to get fresh perspectives. And as always, there would be some personnel changes. The Cardinals compete year after year, unlike most franchises, because the franchise has stable leadership.
Credit Chicago for playing out the schedule with some valor. The Blues are going into the postseason with some momentum. And like you say, they play well on the road. It just takes one victory to negate the home-ice advantage. Right now Nashville is playing better -- who woke up Ryan Johansen? -- and the Jets are sputtering. So maybe that first-round matchup with Winnipeg wouldn't be so bad for them.
Right now Fowler is an easy double-switch target for sure. To me, if a guy can hold up in center field for years, he ought to be able to play right field too. The reads are different, but, come on now, this is the big leagues. Make the adjustment.
At the moment, I'd say yes. But would the Blues remember to keep an eye on Patrik Laine?
Of those three, Dallas. That is a good team, but Ben Bishop is gimpy these days and Anton Khudobin isn't quite as good in goal.[
Yes, I would expect the option to be picked up. One more year of Carpenter could then segue nicely to Nolan Gorman or Elehuris Montero. I wouldn't expect either to be ready in 2020.
He came from outside the baseball world with lots of novel ideas, some brilliant and some ridiculous. Back then the old-school baseball guys didn't have much use for the analytics guys. Luhnow had some ideas on how to upgrade drafting and player development, two areas that were lagging under Walt Jocketty's leadership. Bill DeWitt Jr. sided with Luhnow and gave him more and more power. Jocketty objected and moved on. Like always say, DeWitt is a hands-on owner who stays involved on the personnel side. Luhnow and Co. found an uncommon number of keepers in the draft. That led to repeated postseason appearances, Luhnow's opportunity to run the Houston Astros and many, many teams following the Cardinals' lead.
Chat regulars know I have less than no faith in this fledgling sports leagues. I was surprised the AAF died so quickly. After Tom Dundon came on, I figured it would finish out the season. I expect the XFL to suffer the same fate, although the absence of minor league competition gives it a chance to last a while anyway.
Well, we'll see how it plays out. Last year these guys posted elite starting pitching numbers. This spring the Cardinals have more pitching that most teams, with the addition of Andrew Miller and the return of Alex Reyes. They have decent near-term depth at Memphis and they certainly have the resources to add more as needed. And in reality, most pitchers are suspect. They are all injury risks and almost all of them have suffered performance fluctuation.
Nobody in St. Louis covers the NBA, so I don't imagine there is a voter here. I haven't watched but a few minutes of the NBA here and there so I am the wrong guy to ask that. You see gaudy stats from guys like Harden and Westbrook, but you see the Greek Freak racking up victories in Milwaukee.
That was a whole different era. More recently, Bill and Nancy Laurie's purchase of the Blues and their arena lifted hopes that the NBA would return. And he had a chance to bring the Grizzlies here but he blew it.