They believe he is on the verge, yes. They continue to mention him as a candidate to break camp in the rotation.
I'm not seeing where they have the same OPS, not career, not last year, not against lefties. Dickerson is a career above .800, Moran is below. This past year Dickerson had an OPS of .734 and there was Moran at .724, which is close, but how he got there was with a sub-.400 slugging percentage.
Readership was steady, thanks to the subscribers at the Post-Dispatch and the baseball interest that is deep in the roots of St. Louis. I don't know about Twitter. Driving people to Twitter is not my goal. Using Twitter to highlight and encourage people to read the coverage at the Post-Dispatch and StlToday.com and the forthcoming expansive baseball coverage we have planned -- that's the goal. Twitter is misleading. A tweet can get more likes than it gets readers. I would rather have it the other way around.
Interesting. I'm not so sure, and part of that could be because I'm thinking most of how a roster ended up. The 2013 roster was strong, deep, and the 2015 roster was superb. I look back at the 2012 roster and how it was put together after Pujols' departure and what a group that was. Depth. Versatility. Beltran and Holliday ... There were times when they had Carpenter & Wainwright as the one-two punch coming into spring training. And that was on Mozeliak's watch, even though both pitchers were acquired when he was AGM.
And that's Award-Winning Mr. Optimism, to you.
No. They were already precluded. Have not even heard his name brought up, honestly. Not once.
The answer to both of those questions -- and I mean this sincerely -- is yes.
They should be expected to win the division. Even with the current injuries, they should be expected to win the NL Central. Anything less is a down year for this club based on its talent and roster. Enough to win the World Series? A lot would have to break right, but I think the NL is vulnerable. The Mets have remarkable pitching. The Dodgers have that terrific lineup. But neither is a complete roster, both have flaws. And we could find that with other teams too like the Braves and Padres, Giants and Brewers ... the NL is there for the taking, and the Cardinals could give their roster a booster at the deadline to put them in the conversation. They just haven't shown the recent trend of doing that ...
He declined when asked. There was a large group of reporters, some new, and it was all in the corner of the clubhouse. Not exactly the venue where you expect him to elaborate, honestly.
You should be concerned about innings until the Cardinals prove otherwise. Do they have that ability? VerHagen and Brooks are intriguing. Matz can take one some of that role, yes. And he should. But it has to be proven.
He's talking about the order of the lineup, not the hitters in that lineup. Sometimes the matchup will be for Bader to bat leadoff and sometimes it will be for him to bat ninth, and in both of those cases, he will play center field. There will be times when the pitcher is vulnerable to lefthanded hitting and maybe that's the day that O'Neill gets a break and in comes Corey Dickerson -- who won a Gold Glove. It's that kind of matchup. It's more about the order of the hitters on any given game based on the type and handedness of the pitcher, not about reducing the defense.
No, sir or ma'am. Not at all. Not given the relationship that Shildt and Mozeliak had for almost 18 years.
They are still looking. They are still finding the trade asks high. They are not revved up by the free-agent market. Mozeliak called it "thin." Spring sometimes shales loose other options. The start of the season -- or arbitration salaries! -- can change the ask, too.
No. He has many years remaining before he has to meet that obligation. It's not immediate at 18. It's required by later in his 20s. Son, the forward for the Tottenham HotSpurs, did his service within the past few years, and it was adjusted to fit his professional schedule. Some athletes have that requirement waived if they achieve great success, such as an Olympic champion. Cho has time to see where baseball can take him, and then meet the requirements of his country, according to his representative and example elsewhere in sports.
The CBA does not include a ban on shifts, thank goodness. That was tabled for 2023, at the earliest. And I hope never.