Great question! The Tigers had extra practice time ahead of Vanderbilt and then suffered a complete breakdown on the line. At this late stage of the season I doubt that individual can make much progress. The coaches have been teaching technique day after day -- but like Kirby Smart would say, this comes down to whupping the guy (or getting whupped by the guy) across from you.
Not very good, IMO. The Cardinals value defense and pitch-calling at that position and Contreras is going to get paid (well, I imagine) for his offense. If Willson does land here, that means the Cardinals like his play behind the plate more than others in the industry do.
Teams often decide to "non-tender" a pitcher who faces an uncertain future after major surgery. The Cardinals have lots of pitchers, so Alex seems likely to launch his next comeback elsewhere.
This is true. Combine the exit of Perron and the injuries to Saad and Buchnevich with an especially slow start for Jordan Kyrou and here you are. This team is still generating a lot of chances, but there is not much finishing skill on the third and fourth line right now.
The Cardinals have produced multiple all-stars over the years and they have been pretty smart about leaving the path clear for them. They will continue focusing their spending to fill needs that can't be filled by a prospect on the cusp.
They are not, so that third bat is likely to come in the OF/DH realm. And depending on what hits the market, it may be a hitter targeted specifically to hit against right-handed pitching.
No, not coming off a down season that saw him fall apart from the left side of the plate. Right now he is the team's best center fielder, too, so that also makes it harder to trade him,
I've said all along that Walker will get at bats in the big leagues next season. It's just a matter of when.
These hitters get access all sorts of viewpoints: Hitting coaches, other members of the field staff, teammates, personal hitting coaches, independent hitting labs, broadcasters offering constant hitting advice . . . who knows, maybe even Aunt Judy has their ear.
He is an interesting reclamation project for a team that believes it can help him bounce back. Bellinger can play center field, he hits from the left side and he runs pretty well. But he hit just .209 last season against right-handed pitching. Given this team's inability to get their own hitters out of a rut (Matt Carpenter, Paul DeJong, Dylan Carlson) it's hard to have a whole lot of confidence in that.
There will be very little high-end pitching talent in free agency this season. That, plus the injury risk that comes with every pitcher (see Scherzer, Max) makes it unlikely that the Cardinals will spend $40 million per year on a single pitcher any time soon.
Political ads are everywhere. Keep that mute button handy!
So Albert had nothing to do with the success of the veterans, but he IS to blame for the struggles of some younger players. It's to see why he got sick of you people.
Yeah, Tom Brady misplayed that one. This is pretty much the nightmare scenario for every player mulling whether to keep going or shut down. He seems intent on playing football forever now and this can only get worse.
Gorman's best fit is as a DH who could learn to be a fill in at second base and the corner infield slots.
The MLS schedule usually comes out in December.
Danny Jansen certainly hit last season and the Blue Jays are overloaded at catcher. But I haven't seen him play myself. He has earned good reviews for his work behind the plate.
That would be a question for Bill DeWitt Jr. and he wasn't at the news conference.
No, I see the team adding a corner outfielder from the outside. It was notable that Juan Yepez, another corner infielder by trade, took that crash course last season and Gorman did not. Also, Jordan Walker moved from third base to the outfield in the middle of his minor league season.
I would think the Pirates would aim higher on the pitching piece for any trade involving Reynolds.