That always depends on how long the weather is supposed to last. The Cardinals are off Monday, so the umps might be more inclined to wait out a delay.
When he played left field in games, opposing hitters sprayed the ball everywhere BUT left field.
Solid spring. He a made 11 spring appearances, a team high, and allowed two runs on 10 hits in his 11 innings of work. I wonder if this team has enough in middle relief, though, and the Cubs could offer a rather stern test of that.
As he has noted, he isn't hitting behind pitchers any more. Odds are he will face more situations with men on base and pitchers trying to throw strikes to get ahead. He drove in 10 runs in just 26 spring at bats. He will still be a generally patient hitter, but some situational aggression will be order.
I like Luke Weaver's upside a bit more. Look at his strikeout rate in the majors last season -- 45 in 36 1/3 innings. He has some bite on that fastball to set up the change-up. He needs a better breaking pitch to complete his package. Gonzales is coming back from multiple injuries, so let's see if he can generate another velocity to set up his off-speed stuff.
FSM does not have the game, but it does have the pregame gun.
Mike Leake insists he has more to offer as a hitter AND a pitcher after his disappointing '16 season.
This one. He fell out of the Padres lineup and that team is awful. He is a surprisingly versatile fielder and that power is real, but he is a career .238 hitter and he hit just nine doubles last year with those 30 homers. One dimensional hitter.
Fowler is locked in for five years and both Piscotty and Grichuk are still young, so Bader seems likely to outgrow the fourth outfielder role pretty quickly. If all four guys hit, then Mozeliak will look to move an outfielder -- especially with more promising ones in the lower minors.
Jhonny in the No. 4 spot jumps out at you. Obviously the Cardinals would like Piscotty to get back into a groove and move in there. That said, I believe there was some sense in getting into this season before pondering a blockbuster move to address third base. The Cardinals need to see what they really have in Wong, Grichuk and Diaz in particular before spending some key assets for a bat. Do they have one hole to fill or several? Waiting until this summer or the offseason would also allow Mozeliak (and his peers) to get a better handle on all of his future assets. The variables could be different four months or seven months from now.
I believe it is a three-year extension, resulting in a four-year commitment overall. Mozeliak indicated there is no post-playing employment guaranteed in this deal, although the club is obviously open to that.
I could see him filling in for sure. If he kept hitting, he could stay in the lineup. If he tailed off, ala Hazelbaker, then Bader could be the next man up after very strong spring. At worst Bader is a September call-up.
Hazelbaker and Descalso -- that is lots of scrappy right there.
Contender, yes. Favorite to win it all, no. Pragmatic is the name of the Cardinals game. That is how they avoid the whole tank-and-rebuild thing the Cubs did and the Brewers and Reds are doing now.
They would really love his 2013 season: 14-7, 1.25 WHIP, 3.37 ERA in 31 starts. Solid 3.0 WAR. In this ballpark with better fielding, that should be doable.
If Rosenthal is healthy and Lyons is healthy, then Matt Bowman could be in some peril despite his very impressive spring. He has minor league options remaining and Miguel Socolovich (like Lyons) does not.
That is where the next wave of starters comes in -- Luke Weaver, Marco Gonzales, possibly Tyler Lyons, possibly Trevor Rosenthal, Dakota Hudson, Austin Gomber, Jack Flaherty, Sandy Alcantara . . . there will be internal options beyond Alex Reyes
Odd choice, even by Maddon's standards I don't want that guy hitting behind the pitcher two or three times in a game. He is a beast! But I don't mind putting a guy with no speed in that spot because there seems to be more value in having a guy work the count there, vs. stealing some bases.
I believe a 16-10 season with a 3.75 ERA and that same 1.25 WHIP I had to Leake would be just fine for Adam at this point in his career. Maybe 23 or 24 quality starts.