No idea. But what's Kevin going to do about it?
His pitch mix is better suited for starting pitching, IMO, and that role should help him settle into games and develop better command.
Yes, the Cardinals have some pull.
Kroenke can put billion-dollar bills in the shredder and laugh -- not that he would, since he has anguished over small change in the past. But he has the financial clout to see this through to the other side. As long as LA doesn't fall into the ocean after an earthquake or burn to the ground in a fire, I bet that stadium pays off for him and the league for the long haul.
Fans yelp about the Cardinals relying on pitchers making comebacks from injuries, which is pretty much what pitchers do for a living. And I'd have to side with the skeptics on Verlander. If this team is going to spend anything on pitching, spend on somebody with more tread left.
That does seem to be the prevailing opinion. But let's not downplay the bad injury luck that set up this mess.
I believe a lot of folks are having selective memory on this case. Also, there s a difference between sensing something weird happened on the team and knowing the full details of something awful.
The Padres needed a strong leader to handle a roster with some strong personalities. Job one will be managing those personalities, not following a substitution script.
Manaea is arbitration-eligible for another year, a year removed from free agency -- yeah, that is the sort of mid-level starter who could add insurance. He is a Boras guy, so I'd expect he'd be a rental.
Given a do-over, I bet he'd handle this comments on Bowman differently.
Some day a Perunovich-Mikkola pairing could make sense. But that would take a reset of the defensive corps.
He did own up to underestimating Randy Arozarena's potential, so there's that.
At some point this gets settled. There could be a lot of money in place and this region invested a lot in the NFL over the years.
Not sure you will build a groundswell of support for the Kroenke pity angle.
Also, the smell of rotting dead horse flesh and all those flies get annoying too. We'll move on soon enough.
Story is an oft-mentioned potential target of this team.
If Vladdy is really happy, fine, re-sign him. But there won't be money for everybody going forward, so Armstrong will have to pick his spots.
I am not saying this is the approach they have used. I am saying it's the approach they should use now. Not only does this team have interesting prospects with starter-caliber potential for the near term, we have seen the trade market and free-agent market produce plenty of starter-caliber guys at moderate prices. Look at how the Milwaukee Brewers reloaded on the fly.
Drinkwitz has made sustained inroads on recruiting and he is Year 2 in the process, so I'll pick him.
The Astros can just roll out their lineup because it's a really, really good lineup. If the Cardinals had that lineup, they could do the same.