Like I said, I see Reyes as a No. 6 starter for that reason. That would likely mean moving in and out of the rotation and pitching some long relief. But I would not put Hudson in the bullpen. He's been an effective full-season starter and his rehab from surgery went very, very well.
Carlson is not a great base stealer. He does a lot well, but that's not one of them. And, yes, I can using Molina more tactically at the end of the year given how beat up he was.
If Liberatore has some staying power in the majors and the Cardinals outfield keeps blossoming, then perhaps fans will finally move on as they did in the Voit circumstance.
We've covered that. There will be potential for internal improvement, with a full year of Hudson and Mikolas. A full year with a deeper bullpen and a full year of a Sosa playing ahead of the .200-hitting DeJong would be further improvement. Nolan Gorman should be able to top Carpenter's production. Adding a proven starter and proven relief help would be vital. Maybe add a proven bat as far as the commitment to fully interchangeable position players, all starter caliber, several guys playing multiple spots.
His shoulder was bad for sure and it looked like he tweaked a knee along the way.
He has considerable talent. His arm is real. He lacks polish and the abuse he took in the big leagues this season seemed to sap his confidence. It appears he needs some rebuilding.
You would hate to see him stay too long. And two years might be too long.
It could play out that way for sure.
Wilks could be the next to go if things keep unravelling. Drinkwitz wants to keep his focus on the offensive side so he needs somebody he can trust deeply to manage the defense.
And raise your hand if you felt that coming. I imagine most of your have a raised hand out there.
I did pump Randy's tires today in Tipsheet, so I brought this on myself.
I thought he was pretty fair to both sides. But, yes, he did give Kelly the outside corner and then some.
There is a LOT of work that goes into the preparation these days, given the mountain of analytical data, all the video -- plus the modern tendency of hitters to tinker, tinker and tinker some more with their swings. I yearn for the good old days when ManRam would just go up there in see-the-pitch, hit-the-pitch mode and smack ropes.
That's it for this time. See you next week?