There is no media pressure here to speak of. In hockey coaches complain that players sometimes try to put on a show when they are at home. Teams have the last line change, so coaches can put offensive guys on the ice in favorable scenarios and sometimes those guys get carried away. On the road, they play a smarter, safer and tougher game. But there is no such correlation to baseball, so there is no good answer.
How many great left-handed relievers are out there, guys that have done it year after year after year? Cecil had a track record that the Cards invested in, then he slipped. I think back over decades of Cards baseball and think of all the marginal guys that got their shot because they are left-handed. Look at a guy like Sam Freeman, a middling reliever still kicking around. He broke in back in '12 for the Cards.
That seems likely, based on how he feels. Brebbia could also factor in again.
Sure, a team always wants quality lefties, either for the rotation or the bullpen. Austin Gomber got rushed a bit this year as a result, both as a reliever and as a starter. Again, scarcity is a thing with this position.
i beet he plays both games, given the magnitude. But if the game goes big one way or another tonight, resting him would be wise.
He was definitely trying to do too much, first while taking his eye off a hit to see where he should throw, then with that overthrow. He will be fine. Like Jim Edmonds said, that is not a position you can play well with occasional work out there. Lots of little things to learn. And, yes, you have to stay calm as well.
At the risk of being a front-runner, I just love watching Golden State play. Lot of style there, even if getting Durant was overkill. My son-in-law is a LeBron guy and I would agree on that -- he is the NBA player most worthy of admiration. He willed Cleveland to that title. Amazing.
No, but then I couldn't care less. This fringe leagues come and go. Hard to take any of it seriously, even with a money guy behind this particular effort.
Think market after Harper and Machado. Fans keep begging for Donaldson, but under Canadian law I believe the Blue Jays could have declared him legally dead this season. Maybe he could be a reclamation project, but I wouldn't expect a whole late from him at this late stage.
He's been solid this season -- and solid since coming back from his latest injury. He isn't hitting homers in bunches like earlier in his career here, but he is taking good at bats and he does an solid job at third base. The fact he can play the other three infield spots is great too. Underappreciated guy.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale offered up that nugget. Blue Jays fans must love that, eh? As they always said, some of the best trades are those that weren't made.
The Cardinals have had ample success with pitchers coming from other organizations over the years. And, yes, others have failed. But this team won a World Championship with Jeff Weaver and Anthony Reyes in the rotation. If Molina makes the Hall of Fame, that needs to be on his plaque.
Like Garcia, he can play different infield spots. He brings the added versatility of switch-hitting. He moved up to Triple-A to help Memphis make its title push, so he also has the winning pedigree as well.
He has pitched in a LOT of big games for the Cards, both as a starter and as a reliever. But his mechanics do get out of whack when he revs and that is a problem he will need to outgrow to reach his full potential.
He is hitting .230, true, but he adds some power and run production to the lineup at a position when both can be hard to find. I'm not ready to write off DeJong's contract as a mistake. Remember, the Padres wrote off Gyorko's contract as a mistake. And it's not like either got guy Dexter Fowler money.
No, I don't think Mizzou has a chance. And, no, I don't believe this is a prime-time match-up.
Agreed. This is a much, much different world. The game produced some amazing pitchers back in the day, but there was plenty of carnage too.
O'Neill has spent 1 1/2 years at the Triple-A level. I don't believe some work at Triple-A would spell the end of him as a prospect. The last thing you want a strikeout-prone player to do is play part-time at the big league level. That is no way to settle into a better hitting groove with more plate discipline and better pitch recognition.
Gyorko is a handy guy. I don't see him as a super valuable trade chip, but I suppose he could go in a package if they landed an everyday third baseman. With two elite third base prospects at the Class A level, it will be interesting to see if the Cards try to look out side for long-term help at that spot or whether they go short term (what's of Donaldson) and keep piecing it together with Gyorko, Munoz and Co.