Colorado. Keep them off that lethal power play, and you have a chance. Some good momentum there after beating them the final two regular season meetings too, maybe. Vegas is 4-1-1 against the Blues with a +12 goal differential. It hasn't been a good matchup.
Sure. I was not convinced he had starts like this left in him. He's been very impressive, and the Cardinals are being rewarded for their patience in him. He's now had as many strong starts as he did just OK or subpar ones to start the season. If he keeps it up I'm going to look very wrong by the season's end. Good for him for proving it so.
In terms of X factors, Carlos Martinez is probably the biggest in the rotation. When he's locked in, like he has been lately, he can be as good as any starter in the majors. When he's being plagued by towering pitch counts in a single inning or gets knocked off track by a defensive error or something out of control, he can get hit early, leave early and put the bullpen in a bind. He's got one of the bigger gaps between his ceiling and his floor than most. For the bullpen, I'd go Alex Reyes, because he's been excellent in save situations (eight for eight) and now Jordan Hicks is a question mark after his latest arm examination. If Hicks has to hit the injured list or can't pitch for a period of time, the Cardinals will need to lean on Reyes even more moving forward
Somewhat, yes. The outfield has a big say in the offense's direction as well. DeJong's riding a roller coaster. I'm starting to wonder if that's just the hitter he is. Four of his six homers came in two games. Eight of his 18 hits came in four games. If he's hitting sixth or seventh, he is the surprise power hitter who can ambush a game after a pitcher sneaks past Goldschmidt and Arenado. If he's hitting fifth, it is a lot to ask of him when he's hitting like this. That's why it's a bummer Yadier Molina is out right now. I know people don't like Molina hitting fifth, but the way he was hitting before his injury, he was the perfect bat for that job in this lineup.
Over. He's had 14 or 15 in three of his five starts. The Cardinals are a middle-of-the-pack strikeout team. I'll say 13.
I wasn't using five games as the verdict on this outfield. I was using to show that, right now, each member of the Cardinals starting outfield has a better OPS than Arozarena. Small sample size, no doubt. But so is Arozarena's success. He's played 69 games in the majors, for his career. The Cardinals clearly should have given him more than 19 of those. Zero debate there. And they have admitted as much, everyone but Mike Shildt, at least. I do think the idea of "not needing" Liberatore might he humorous in the near future, if he's as good as signs point to him being for the Cardinals. You can't grade a trade until it has run its course. At least not if you want the grade to matter. I am interested to see what Arozarena does over a full 162.
Fallout from Cabrera's wild night the night before. The Cardinals didn't love it but understood it. Arenado took his bruise and moved on. If you're going to adhere to the old-school way, you can't whine when it comes your way.
PRP. Platelet rich plasma. Two to six weeks is the general and vague timeline. Combining the problem for Ponce is that there's no clear role for him on the team anymore.
Is a little pushing and shoving the worst thing in the world? Baseball needs more excitement, not less.
I don't see numbers that scream that. I think he's pulling the ball more often than usual and driving it to the opposite field a lot less often. His groundball percentage is up about 10 percent more than usual but he's still hitting the ball hard. It seems to be more of a timing thing than anything else. And there's of course the question of the lingering back issue that we talked about last week. The team and Goldschmidt insist there's nothing there, but he's a tough guy who plays through stuff, so I'm not going to completely rule that out.
I think those ones are national ESPN games so they won't be blacked out.
Seems like another wait-it-out situation. They'll try to play it, and that worked for them last time they had a day like this.
Intentionally walking two batters to load the base after the HBP, then make a pitching change so a new reliever comes in with bases loaded and he must face a minimum of three hitters? In a close game? I don't think that would have been a celebrated or effective move. But, yes, intentional walks do count toward the three-batter minimum.
And he's been making the jaw-dropping defensive plays, too. Remember when the chat was worried about his errors? I told you he'd come around :)
Ballgame sees stuff others don't. He was like that as a player and he is like that in the booth. There's a difference between seeing those things and teaching others how to see them, too. A coach can't say, hey, be like me. Easier said than done. I do think Edmonds could be valuable in more of a coaching role, but I'm not convinced he wants that lifestyle or workload. He's got it good in the booth, and Danny Mac does a good job of getting great stuff out of Edmonds in the booth. There are players who tap into his advice, some more than others. He's happy to help and likes being involved.
Incredible comments last night that everyone hopefully got the chance to read, hear and watch. A good testament to keeping the main things the main things, whether you play baseball or dig ditches for a living. Family first. What really struck me was Wainwright saying he is glad he got vaccinated because if he wasn't it would have forced him to leave the team for weeks to go help his family. And it would not have been a question for him. For those wondering about the details of his family's vaccination situation, I'm not going to be the one asking. If you see that as a journalism fail on my part, so be it. As far as I see it, I cover the Cardinals .Wainwright is a Cardinal. His wife and kids are not.
Thanks for clarifying. I was at the game and was not listening to the call last night.