Reyes held up fine with stressful back-to-back relief outings this season, so I think he has as good of a chance as most pitchers of lasting as a starter. He is certainly built for that role. Hicks is a bigger concern because of his inability to bounce back from surgical repairs this year. Perhaps the break from max effort pitching will help him hold up better. Throwing every pitch like it's your last pitch can take a toll.
That has been a winning plan since the dawn of extreme sports concession stand pricing.
Fans tend to lose perspective when their teams frustrate them. They forget that other teams are trying to win too -- and few of them are as consistently good as the Cardinals
For this team to get a bowl game, yeah, they need to win the game and start building some belief on the defensive side.
I've been out of the fast food business since 1976, since I clocked out of Burger King #449 for the last time. So I am the wrong guy to comment on that.
We touched on him a bit in the Net Front Presence broadcast. Jim Thomas noted that Kostin has stood out in may one half of one preseason game. Kostin can still go back to the AHL without clearing waivers, so you would think he would be showing more urgency. I have been trying to pump the Kostin tires in this chat and on the podcast, but at the moment he is not trending well.
I can't pick one. I like all three for different reasons. Carlson is smooth and we'll see more power for him. O'Neill has explosive physical ability and he has matured into a multi-dimensional force. Bader is a great center fielder who has progressed as a hitter. The fourth outfielder is still TBD, but there is no reason to spend money or assets to replace one of the starters. That money could be spent on pitching instead.
Yes. There are several low-ERA, high strikeout guys ahead of him in the minds of voters. The won-loss record is not what it once was.
We can share facts. That's what we do. And we'll indulge some conjecture if it's based in reality.
That offense did puff up against some dreadful competition. So I would not expect the Cardinals to get far in the playoffs without great pitching. The odds are stacked against this team taking a long postseason for that reason.
I believe he has done enough to earn that shot. If not now, then when? At worst the team will get fielding, energy and speed from him. This team is livelier when he plays.
I know Scherzer is human, but I just can't share that optimism. Wainwright hasn't been super-sharp lately and facing that lineup will be a chore.
I don't know. His defense, such as it is, may work in court but it's not helping him with MLB.
The Cardinals are going to make changes for next season, putting their newfound payroll flexibility to work. But with so many players finishing on a high note, that does cut down the number of needs. The Cardinals found a better shortstop and better relievers. They are also getting Dakota Hudson ready for a full return. So it looks like there will be less change than would have guessed back in June.
Robbie Ray will be a popular free-agent pitcher, if he hits the market as expected. He might trail only Max Scherzer in that regard. As for the trade market, it's hard to guess which players will be up for grabs.
I imagine he is getting more than the $8 million base he got in his last deal. He may also come in under the $20 million that Charlie Morton signed for.
Nobody would be eager to see Max Scherzer in a one-game playoff.