Flaherty could be an opener and Hudson might also appear in the same game but I don't see them getting six or seven innings out of that. Others might have to be involved. I get the impression they won't be pushing Hudson at all. I'd like to see St. Louis get another football team as a settlement but that probably won't happen.
Not hearing a lot of negative chatter today. Wonder why?
I don't know, other than the Phillies' analytics staff must not have been as good because Kapler is said to rely heavily on the Giants' numbers crunchers.
It was the bottom of the fourth with two outs and nobody on. That hardly is a prime spot. And Carpenter also had a pinch double in the sixth the night before against Darvish when nobody was doing anything with the Padres' righthander.
The last part of that is hard to answer because for the past two seasons we haven't been allowed in the clubhouse due to concerns about COVID-19. I'm not a big believer in the effects of chemistry. In mid-2011, John Mozeliak made several trades which improved the pitching staff. But the Cardinals really didn't begin to win until late August and then had the fortune of the Braves utterly collapsing down the stretch. They got to the postseason--and then really turned it on. I don't think chemistry had a lot to do with it.
Both got off to unimpressive starts. Liberatore has been consistently good lately and Thompson better. But I don't think anybody is talking about Thompson competing for a job next year yet.
That would have been a groundout here against Juan Marichal in April, 1967.
The front office getting some love. . . what's happened here? Apparently all the FO moves haven't been unmitigated disasters.
Luken Baker is a righthanded hitter. I'm guessing they don't figure Gorman is going to be playing anyway so why deny him two more weeks of OJT at second base for Memphis, which also plays until Oct. 3?
Gorman could be at several positions as a backup--second base, third base--and there is likely to be a designated hitter next year.
The only postseason roster the Cardinals have to worry about so far is the one-game wild-card round where they could leave some starting pitchers off and add extra hitters or bullpenners or both to get to 26. Both are likely to be on that one.
That particular player probably would have to have some first-base experience because without Carpenter on the club, there would be no veteran backup first baseman to Goldschmidt. Also that player would have to have some outfield experience because the Cardinals are thin beyond the three who play every day.
Probably too nostalgic. Albert likes it a lot in Los Angeles and the Dodgers like him, too. Also, he is hitting mostly against lefthanders and, as the NL Central currently is constructed, thee are few lefthanded starters.
The late George Kissell, who was the minor league field coordinator for years and who also served as a big-league coach, would get most of the credit for that, if you asked current and past managers, coaches and players.
You're welcome. All you have to do is get into the tournament. What happens after that is up to you--and a little luck.
I assume five or so days after the World Series, but this won't be an issue this year. There is, however, another opt-out next year.
Lester, Mikolas, Wainwright, Happ (Flaherty could piggy-back one of the above). This also depends on whether they're playing the Giants or Dodgers.
And the Rangers. And the Mariners. And even the Cubs before Wisdom worked his way back. Can't worry about that one. Enjoy his success, even if it is with the Cubs.