No, but his first-to-third speed was quite evident as Diaz pushes a single through the infield.
And Fowler's speed pays off when he scores from third on Carpenter's scorching line drive to right.
And Diaz takes the easy stolen base off Lester, making it without a throw. Will we see more of this tonight?
Diaz had third base stolen, too, but Peralta fouls off the pitch. The Cardinals don't believe Lester can throw to second either.
Diaz steals third on Lester after Peralta's ugly whiff. Then Molina walks with Lester throwing pitches all over the place, running up his count. Kind of a scuffle for the Cubs' ace tonight.
Not my department, but I will check with the bosses again on this.
Yeah, born to DH. What a bat. It would take something special to get the Cubs to move this kind of power though. We have only begun to see what he can do.
Yeah, that is the point about seeing where this team is. Can Grichuk take a step? Where is Diaz (good tonight!) and Wong and Piscotty really? What can Carpenter do as a No. 3 hitter. Good questions all. As players define themselves, Mozeliak's potential shopping list will either shrink or grow. If it shrinks, that makes it easier to spend assets and dollars on one big bat.
Well, the Cardinals got good pitching from most of their top prospects, so that helped keep scores down. Lynn and Wacha pitched well coming back from injuries. Spare guys like Martinez and Bader raked, so that helped. And generally the team did a better job in the field.
Yes, this is true. Can Piscotty become that guy, at least in the near term? That would help. His ceiling is higher than Peralta's twilight expectations.
No, the aren't thrilled with Matt's glove over there, either. He came up as a first baseman and played second out of necessity. Not much range.
True enough. Fowler's speed got the Cardinals a run -- getting on first, getting first to third and then scoring on a bullet to media right field.
That is an obvious target for improvement.
Yeah, two at bats and neither of them were competitive. Lester making him look bad on a night where he lacks great command.
I don't believe he is long for the clean-up spot.
Bill DeWitt appreciated that contract dump. I hope he gave Mozeliak some sort of commission for that.
My daughter played fast-pitch softball, so I know ex-players from that sport can talk hitting, fielding and run manufacturing with ex-ballplayers.