Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
Wieters checks a lot of boxes: Switch-hitter, hit for power last season in a part-time role, vast experience with framing pitches, working umpires and managing games behind the plate . . . plus he sucked it up and played on a bad toe this season. Knizner will get regular at bats the rest of then month at Springfield while Wieters might play two or three more games.
I honestly don't know enought about where we are with the virus to have a strong opinion on that. Some officials are more cautious than others. Some college football leagues went ahead and played this season, others delayed their start and altered schedules and others sat out. Absent a coherent national strategy to fight the pandemic, we're all over the place. Restaurants in one county operate with different rules than ones right downt the road in another county. Maybe at some point in our lives we'll have consistency on how to deal with stuff.
You'll be hard-pressed to find many examples of the Cardinals knowingly sending an injured player into the game. Shildt said this after the game: “I don’t know if it was bothering him or not. There was no mention to it, ‘til that last hitter. There was nothing going into the game that said he had any issues.”
Carlson was flailing at the plate. It's never a good idea to subject such a critical prospect to repeated failure. That's how guys get into bad habits that can be hard to shake. Marking the jump to the big leagues is hard enough. You can't let a prospect of his caliber become demoralized.
Knizner won't develop sitting on the bench for the last two weeks while Molina plays every inning. And while Knizner has come a long way with his work behind the plate, he is a converted infielder with almost no experience handling pitchers at this level. As for Carlson, pitchers were carving him up with ease. He was 1-for-18 in his last six games with six strikeouts and zero walks. His frustration had become palpable.
Gallegos gave no indication of being injured before he went out there. As for injuries or struggles related to heavy usage, well, yes, that's going to happen with all of these doubleheaders piling up and few days off. It won't be easy to get through the last of the doubleheaders in one piece.
That was impressive, the little bit I saw of the game. You know the drill -- if they stay healthy they sure have a chance. Mahomes is a rare talent.
It's hard not to like a guy who can attack from either side of the plate, play all over the field and run well. Unless you're Yairo Munoz and Edman is blocking your chance to play, you have to like Edman.
As I have said in earlier chats, I don't see the Cardinals making a huge move this winter. The franchise suffered a massive economic hit and it still has a year to go on the Carpenter and Fowler contracts. And it has to try to re-sign Yadier Molina, who will certainly request big money again. I keep telling people seeking bigger changes that they will likely have to wait until 2022.
Lou was exceptional that way. I marveled at his grace in public when I worked a charity event with him a few years ago. The man never stopped smiling and he was patient will everybody he came across. It's not easy to maintain that demeanor in public day after day after day, but he did.
Some aspects are worrisome, like the launch angle fascination and the ease with which teams can shut down some hitters with an aggressive fielding shifts. Baseball at its best is played and managed intuitively. Today's baseball is like the new generation of poker players raised on the computer game clashing with the old-school gamblers who could read the table and unnerve rival players. Some of the modern players are like a human computers running calculations.
I would expect Carlson and Fowler to be two of the regular outfielder regulars next season. Perhaps Edman will be the third. I can see roles for Bader and O'Neill because of their athletic ability.
That was a matchup call. And Carpenter went 2-for-2 and drove in two runs before leaving the game, so that was brilliant decision to play him
Carpenter had a good game in Game 2. But he has been in and out of the lineup lately -- and if other guys hit better than him, they will play. Shildt has made that pretty clear.
I'm guessing Jake Woodford would be an option, depending on what happens the rest of this weekend. With Gallegos down, Reyes may be forced into a bigger bullpen role -- which is a bit scary, since he is still working on his command.