Not much. They have a one-year deal on Dickerson. The more production will get more playing time, not the higher salary. If anything, Dickerson will get plenty of at-bats here early, but if Nootbaar out hits outslugs him and so on, then he'll soon outplay him, too.
The Pirates are not good and they played poorly in this series. The Cardinals should be disappointed they didn't sweep.
That could be part of it. Didn't seem to be an issue for Wainwright. So, it's really up to you how much concern you want to have. It's unlikely that Mikolas is going to have another 40-pitch first inning in his next start. It is entirely possible that Matz faces some aggressive lineups and deals with a blister in later starters. Hard to package them under the same description.
If they're insistent on replaying out last year, it will ring in June. Now, if they want to get ahead of the concern and learn from last year ...
Yes, they're looking at between 40-45 pitches from Hicks in relief tomorrow, at most, if needed. They are going to grow his pitch count from there, but do so at a lower rate than usual for a spring training program. Usually, starters will go from 40-45 to 60-65 and then 80-85 so that they are set for 100 in that next start. That won't be the schedule for Hicks. He'll go from 40-45 to maybe that 50-55 range and the goal will be to get him toward that 80-85. As mentioned earlier, they need him to be around four innings by May 1 when rosters shrink.
Former Cardinal Oscar Mercado homered vs. KC moments ago. He had a grand slam for seven RBIs in the past two days, so far.
Time to switch over the Brewers' game.
Innings matter. If there's anything I leave behind from my time on the beat it's that. Innings matter. Certainty costs money. And every rotation needs a Jeff Suppan to bring some stability to it (and occasionally go nose to nose with Clemens) and make sure there isn't an innings crisis.
No more so than it was in June 2021. As I wrote recently, there's deja vu in the air.
I would not presume the latter. But that's just me. They have insisted it's the former. The front office is quite confident in the pitching staff it has assembled.
I don't really think that's necessary. And I doubt it would stop benches from clearing. I don't have an issue with benches clearing. But then I covered hockey for three seasons.
In addition to being vaccinated and boosted and being able to prove it, the media are required to wear a mask when in the clubhouse and interviewing players. So, yes, we're following the protocols as requested, as required, and we clearly see the importance of them. All of the beat writers and Post-Dispatch baseball writers are following the protocols/rules, period.
I would bet that there aren't many believers in a lineup that has been subpar the last two seasons and well below average when it comes to scoring at home. That plays into any prediction. Also, age. I've heard the age mentioned by other writers as a reason why they're not buying into the Cardinals as the favorite for the division.
On what scale? A 10 he bolts the second he can and 1 he puts a down payment on an apartment in the St. Louis area to live when he retires? About a 3. It's a) way too early in the season to fret for six months about the opt out when b) he has been very candid about wanting to finish his career with the Cardinals. Despite what fans want to project on him, he loves playing for the Cardinals. Not sure how many ways he has to say or how many of his friends have to broadcast it.
Thanks. We'll see how it plays out. Some tough conversations if there isn't production to go along with name recognition.
Not always, no. Mozeliak speaks for the front office, so I think it's fair to point out that he has a team of people who come to those decisions. But you ask a fair question, because as a reporter I am definitely in the camp of using the White House style when talking about a spokesman for the team. For example, you'll read/hear reports from Washington where the reporter uses the phrase "The White House says" and it's not the president, but it is a spokesperson for the executive branch. I use front office in the same way. Good question.