Carlos Martinez is back for a second inning of work.
I don't see this "hate." But it seems like no player is safe from that these days. Webb has had a strong spring, overall, and he's really nestled into an interesting role for the Cardinals -- his value and his career opening up because of the three-batter minimum and the mix of lefties in the Cardinals' bullpen, specifically. He has a different angle then Miller and a different velocity than Cabrera, and that's an edge the Cardinals like to have, and his curveball means he plays well against righthanders and lefthanders, so that sixth inning or seventh inning turn he can take and then there's Miller with the crossfire or Cabrera with the sink to see the same set of lefthanded batters later in the game. Webb has really made the most of being that option.
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Today he isn't pitching, so any contract doesn't look good when the person isn't doing the thing he or she is paid to do. You've answered your own question by rigging the timing of it. I don't know about the whole of the extension because it hasn't happened yet. If he does not throw another inning for the Cardinals that would not be a good extension, correct. He needs to be a quality start machine for the team when he returns. He's the fulcrum of the rotation -- the pitcher who handles innings, gives the bullpen a break, and sets them up to win consecutive series, not just series that feature the top two starters.
Left field has been his focus. Cardinals have other options ahead of him in right field.
Take out the Milwaukee game last year from Jack Flaherty's season and he's got a top 20 ERA and the questions about his season sure change tone. So, there's that.
They like Rondon's power profile and versatility. That hasn't change. He's still in the conversation to contribute at some point.
He's got no other choice in the outfield. There are only young options out there.
I don't get that sense, at all. They seem to have invested quite a bit in getting Arenado, have spent many months (even years?) trying to get to Arenado, and they would like to make him part of the Cardinals roster for many years to come.
He threw at a distance of 120 feet the other day, is nearing a step up the mound, and they're looking at a May return to the rotation. That would indicate that as the team leaves Florida -- within the week he'll be throwing more aggressively off the mound, facing hitters within two weeks, and building arm strength from there.
Mikolas mentioned in the previous question. Kim will miss two turns of the rotation at this point, maybe three. That's the current schedule for him.
They may not get a player to be named later. They also have the option of just getting cash considerations. Keep that in mind. The way the PTBNL process works is there is usually a list of players that a team can choose from after allowing time to see those players, scout those players, or see what the need is. Many years ago, the Cardinals made a deal with San Diego that included a player to be named later heading for the Padres. Luke Gregerson was one of the names on the list, and the Padres used the time to scout him -- while he did exceptional in the Arizona Fall League, I believe it was. The Cardinals winced at the performance knowing Gregerson had made the decision for the Padres and away he went to be a reliever for San Diego. So a list is negotiated. Time is given to scout. And a decision follows with some kind of deadline on it. Cash is the other option. And it's not like the Cardinals have had any chance to scout the players that would be on that list, and they won't for another month or so, it looks like.
You can ask negative questions. The idea is that Nogowski, Dean, and, yes, Carpenter will handle the pinch-hitting. It's a rare team that has a batting champ on the bench for pinch-hit duty. I don't know of a team that has an All-Star lurking there. It's a part-time job, and a sometime starter, and it's a difficult job to do. If the worst part of a team is its pinch-hitting that's probably a pretty good team. Could it hurt them? Possibly. We'll see. They'll need Nogowski to take solid at-bats, just as the others must ...
He's a righthanded option, and they like the matchup with high-velocity and the late-inning stuff they'll see from closers. Keep in mind that the Cardinals have a guy like him for the Reds series to face a lefty closer, and it won't be long before they face the Hader/Williams tandem from Milwaukee, and they'll like him against those two, too.
It has to do with matchups and Kim's schedule. That's part of it.
That is entirely possible. I think the Reds can have an offense that doesn't look like a top offense -- but becomes one because of the ballpark they have. I've always been intrigued by what playing 81 games there allows them to do with their offense. The defense ... hard to hide that, and it really could be a drag on them. They're going to be aggressive shifts and positioning for sure and try to cover up the defense with data. We'll see how that works.
Shildt says he likes the look of it. Wants to get them both up in the first inning, and this is the order he's settled on. At one point he said he could flip the two, but as far as the hitting profile goes you're talking about a higher OBP from Goldschmidt and that sways the choice.