Problem is, most guys can pitch like Hendricks, or Wainwright. Pitching, not throwing, is an art form of its own. Being able to find the corners and stay there. Repeating motions to hit spots the umpire gives that day. Alternating speeds and changing stuff throughout a start. We have watched Kim do it. He's not an overpowering velocity type either. Velo is sexy and mph gets the attention from fans and media, but smart teams also value the other stuff. The Cardinals do.
Sheesh. Harsh. Easy to love the coach who has not yet coached a game.
He had COVID. He could have been back earlier but wanted to return as a starter, so it took him more time to build up. Team made it sound like he wasn't interested in returning sooner as a reliever, and team ended up needing a starter anyway.
I would respectfully suggest finding a healthier hobby than rooting for a team to lose.
We will have to agree to disagree. Playing baseball at the highest level is physically and mentally taxing. Cramming this many games into a short amount of time adds on. So, no, I'm not shocked that there have been times the Cardinals have looked zapped. If it was as easy as some make it seem, we would all be doing it. It's fair to analyze points of the season -- like the troubled outfield or Carpenter's woes -- while still acknowledging this is a grueling stretch of baseball for the team.
I think it does increase the chance that he sticks with his current contract and declines to opt-out. Problem is, the number of teams willing to take on that contract has probably decreased.
I'm not sure. I'll find out. Ask me again next week?
It's a tough time to measure it. Urgency is down across baseball this season, due to the pandemic and the fallout from it, whether that's measured in players opting out or the wonky schedule. A ton of teams are going to get into the postseason. I imagine we will see an uptick then and there.