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With an extreme right side shift, you can put an infielder in shallow right field and another one behind second base and they both can make the throw to first base to get the out. Teams can use the shift against righthanded hitters -- sliding the second baseman way to his left, sliding the shortstop somewhat to the left -- but an extreme shift (an infielder playing in shallow left field) won't work because of the throw distance
I agree. BenFred and I hit this top on our Inside Pitch video. The top of the order is fine, but it appears Cardinals are counting on Paul DeJong, Dylan Carlson and Tyler O'Neill to become consistent run producers. And that is asking a lot. Once again this team appears to have a bunch of No. 6 hitters but underwhelming options at No. 4 and No. 5.
Parayko's return to full form would help, of course, but the Blues also need sturdier play from the others. Niko Mikkola must continue his development because he has the physical attitributes the team needs on the blue line.The Blues are asking Torey Krug and Justin Faulk to assume more defensive zone responsibility and they need to play better there. The goes for Robert Bortuzzo.
Hoffman will be a person to watch as the deadline nears. If he is getting light usage -- third line, second PP unit -- and the team still has needs on the blue line, then reallocating the cap space could make sense. But making trades in the pandemic environment is tricky.
Giovanny Gallegos and Andrew Miller both had four saves last season, so it makes sense that could both finish games this season -- depending on the matchup.
Given Mizzou's mostly unhappy NCAA Tournament history, they could identify a lot of revenge games in this bracket. But the Norfolk State loss will be hard to top.
The Cardinals are moving Reyes toward a starting role by rebuilding his endurance during the course of this season. So they want him to get some longer relief stints this season with the goal of working about 100 innings. As for Gant and Ponce de Leon, I can see both getting several starts this season.
There are stlll bills to play during the pandemic. The Cardinals lost well over $100 million on game revenues last season and they need to restore as much of that as possible. It's that or slash some more payroll. Like or not, the team is run as a business.
Sure, how the team and individuals perform will guild the protection decisions for the expansion draft. However the season ends, I can see the Blues switching out an offensive defenseman (Vince Dunn?) for a defensive-minded defenseman with size.
I'd say September. He has zero at bats above the Class A level in his young career and needs to make more consistent contact. Also, his best shot to play at this level appears to be in the outfield. (I'm not sold on him at second base.) So he will need to work on fielding too. Getting more than a introductory look this season will require one of the regulars getting hurt or failing badly.
I have not been down to spring training, so you can ask BenFred or the ball writers that. So far this has not been an encouraging spring for Bader. He struck out in his first at bat today as well.
I'm not concerned that this rotation will be bad. There are too many good young arms to plug in as needed. And as always, the Cardinals will be positioned to add help on the fly as needed.
That's asking a lot of Tyler O'Neill, but at least he's been hot this spring. As I noted earlier, this team has a lot of No. 6 hitters but no obvious No. 4s or No. 5s. I would favor Carlson in the protected No. 2 spot to put a proven weapon at cleanup.
Those are valid points. Some of these umpires are so inconsistent with their balls and strikes that even fans in the stands can spot it, They cab take corrective action with their noisy unrest. Also, elite pitchers would not get get an enlarged zone for called strikes just as the top hitters would not get a smaller zone.
This team needs three impact transfers. The five freshmen coming in are fine but, like you say, there is a LOT of talent in the portal and the Tigers need to find talents like Kassius Robertson, Mark Smith and Dru Smith.
Those odds seem to decrease daily. If he's not hitting with fairly regular work in the spring, how will he fare as a part-time hitter with sporadic usage in the real games? It's fair to wonder how long he will last once the season starts.
I believe a really good centerfield hitting eighth with a light batting average can help a team win games. With today's emphasis on launch angle, that means a LOT balls are getting lifted into the gaps. Bader can take away those gaps. Of course, he could be taking those gaps away as a defensive substitution this season if he can't hit.
That just applies to pitchers. This experiment is designed to keep games moving along and encourage a bit more running. This makes sense, since a catcher throwing to first is far more likely to be a legitimate pickoff attempt than a pitcher going over there.
I suppose that's one of the options if Mozeliak decides he must add somebody on the fly. But Hamels is trying to come back from shoulder trouble at the age of 37, so realistically how much is left?