I guess those 29 bases-loaded walks got your attention, besides the many other walks issued. A lot of those were by younger pitchers like Oviedo, who don't figure to be in next year's plans but a lot of them were issued by Reyes, who does figure in the plans. Rest assured that command will be not ignored in camp preparations. At least it should not be, at the expense of high octane.
"Bang the Drum Slowly" was a long-ago novel written about baseball that didn't get the attention it should have. There, however, was a movie that came out after the book was published. Add to my list "Eight Men Out," the story of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal.
Oh, they're going on. The less we hear about it, the better off we are, probably.
I am mystified by the fact that teams have rotations of five or more starters during the season and during the postseason those rotations shrink to three, or even fewer. I am not a big fan of using starting pitchers to get stressful outs in relief and then be expected to start a couple of days later. We saw what happened to Scherzer. He couldn't do it.
All I can think of that Mo was stung by something Mike Shildt might have said. The whole matter was handled ham-handedly
This was not a good time for the commissioner to sanction the "chop." The Braves can keep their name but it would be better if the "chop" moved on.
Nothing yet. The Cardinals seemed to hit plenty of homers there later in the season. I hope nothing is done with the dimensions of the stadium.
If Shildt gets a similar contract from another team, his Cardinals contract, which had a year to go, goes away.
What the Braves did rarely happens in baseball and it will be interesting to see if any of the four outfielders they acquired in the summer will be with them next year. I do admire the Braves' willingness to jump into the pool and Mo did, too, going into shallower waters for Lester and Happ, both of whom helped the Cardinals get to the playoffs.
It's always about money or how soon you can make it.
Since Verlander hasn't pitched in two years, he will have to show somebody that he can, if he expects any more than a one-year offer.
Mo has made it pretty clear he's happy with Jeff Albert's hitting philosophy which has permeated to the minor leagues, where it has been judged successful. As far as the friction between Shildt and Mo/Albert, I do not think it had anything to do with Matt Carpenter's demise.
I don't think Oli Marmol will strategize a game much differently than Mike Shildt. I do think that Marmol will be receptive to all manner of potential aids, whether analytical or not. I do not foresee the Cardinals abandoning "small ball," which helped a lot in their 17-game run. And, thank you.
I would like to see Yepez play. We haven't seen him at all. I would like to see Nootbaar play more. And I would like to see if Gorman can handle second base. Edman, you know, came up as a shortstop. The expected addition of the DH will change a lot of batting orders but I think Carlson, as a switch hitter, could be a terrific No. 5 hitter. The next four would be some combination of DH, Molina. shortstop and Bader, who I like hitting ninth. The DH isn't likely, however, to be the same player day after day. More often he will be a regular getting a day off from the field.
So, if he wore a regular tie, you would like his moves a lot better?
The Redbirds "soared" for three weeks. They were grounded for much of the season. That momentum carryover likely is negligible inasmuch as nobody plays for real until April, if then. But there was some confidence engendered, I guess.
I don't know if it matters. If a pitcher brought something with him into the game, the umpires likely would find it before that pitcher got to the dugout. Pitches can be checked more than once, too.
And how much is this going to cost to unite the Brothers Seager? I don't see the Cardinals shelling out big money for long-term deals for either.
Well-done indeed, as was Derrick's profile of Marmol the day before.
I hope it is not just one strategy. The way to do this best is to combine the best of the mathematical and the what-you-see worlds. Yes, "analytics," is a broad term and thrown around too loosely. Let's just shorten it to mean that there is much more information available in data bases to teams and how they use it is their business.