The best way to have a job is to make the most of it when you have it.
There will be chances for him right away in the coming series. With starters going shorter, and if there are NL rules in play, you're going to have more PH at-bats come up, and they'll be ready with him for them given the flexibility elsewhere in the bench for double switches, etc.
I don't recall that story, per se. I know that Wainwright's index flinger flies up, and off the ball as he presses that finger against his middle finger to increase the pressure he gets on that finger along the seam of the ball. So, you'll see times where that figure comes off and times when it stays on, but it has to do with the pressure he's trying to apply with the middle finger and the index finger on its neighbor. The pitch that Wainwright did borrow from Pineiro is the one-seam sinker. Wainwright has thrown that often and continues to use that grip, and he got it from Pineiro.
Eventually, if they don't need him in the majors, Lane Thomas will be the starting center field in Memphis, getting regular at-bats and playing and trying to regain some lost ground so that he's ready when the opportunity next presents itself for him.
Thanks for the kind words. I would like to echo the sentiment that Gallen does not get talked about enough in these conversations. And neither does Alcantara. Gallen has really done well to make himself into a standout starter, and he comes from the prototype line of college pitchers that the Cardinals identify and shepherd to the majors. He's right there in line with some of the other ones out there -- Wacha, Hudson, Weaver, Gonzales, going back to Lance Lynn, and so on. Thompson is next in that group. Gallen has earned the right to be discussed as a talent the Cardinals lost -- and it wouldn't be a surprise if he ends up with one of the best seasons of the group.
They are on the IL. Their spots have already been taken on the active roster. The taxi squad will be used to supplement as needed for the players on the active roster.
Players can be on the taxi squad while the team is on the road. When the team is at home that taxi squad must report to the alternate-site camp, or back to the minors when those seasons get going.
We have not had access to the back fields since the start of spring, and then we had limited chances to see them and only from a watchtower distance. The workouts I saw personally on the back fields were very early in spring as hitters were not yet up to speed with their timing. I have asked people who have seen him, reported to get information from where I cannot see (a lot of that this spring training), and passed along that as context for stories I've written. He has been working on going the other way -- and not just in spring, but going back to work he did with Lance Berkman and work he also did this past winter at the same place Trevor Story workouts, I believe, and this is been a focus of his yes. He, however, cannot request that the pitcher actually throw him pitches for him to do that with. He doesn't really have that inside out swing, as you know, and some of the issues Carpenter has had at the plate are a direct reflection on how opponents pitch him over and over and over and over and over again.
He did when he had a chance. He does take that pitch off the plate for a ball -- or a few times, with a few umpires, for a called strike 3. That is something he continues to do. Of note in this circumstance was how he the pitches when he did got to left field. A few years ago, he had mostly fly balls and not many line drives to left, not like he did in his salad days. The authority with which he's hitting to left field when he has the chance is better. That is what we see/hear from those workouts mentioned in the previous question. A few times when he did offer at that pitch in spring, we saw that, too, in games. Did it get results? It did not. There was a fly out, and there was a foul ball that leap to mind. Did it show progress toward what he's been talking about doing? It did. We'll see if that's enough.
Not with this much money at stake, no. The tail is wagging the dog.
Yes, there are vastly different games played each spring between Arizona and Florida. The Dean is notoriously rough on offense, and is a story that I probably should do every spring, but I fear people would get bored of reading it over and over -- maybe it's new to some. Arizona tends to be much much much much more offensive-oriented in spring. So take offense numbers from Florida with that in mind, and pitching numbers from Arizona with that in mind.
Because the tech for the box scores have not caught up with the curious rules this spring. They were forced upon the box scores, and box scores are used to baseball as the rules dictated before this past February. You'll also notice that pitchers are getting credit for outs they did not get. It will show a pitcher finished the inning that he did not finish. That's why whenever possible and whenever necessary this spring I have not used the box score to describe a pitcher's outing, talking instead of the outs that pitcher got, not the innings that pitcher threw. Sometimes a pitcher is credit with three innings, but he only got one out in the first inning -- so that's really five outs. I tried to capture that in printing because the box scores were not yet geared to reflect that. And may never be.
Three, for April. More later during the season.
It is not possible to drive to games this season and also cover them. There is a road trip that goes Milwaukee, Arizona, and Los Angeles. That would be tricky to pull off driving.
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Not sure. Average one a game, perhaps?