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Mike Matheny was adamant again today that they weren't just paying lip service when they said they would give Trevor Rosenthal a chance to prove that he can start. I would assume that he's behind Wacha, but he's definitely an option now.
He'll be on the major league disabled list, so he'll accrue service time. I just double checked with Derrick Goold to make sure, and we both think he will get service time.
That is a very good question. Even with the upgrades, you probably shouldn't expect to garner a Men's Final Four bid. More SEC basketball tournaments might be possible, though. A UFC card isn't out of the question.
None of the major sports leagues in America consider MLS competition, so you don't have to worry about the NFL or NBA being scared off by an MLS franchise. With that said, I don't think the NBA is headed to St. Louis anytime soon. The NFL doesn't seem like much of an option at this time either.
I wouldn't rule anything out. As the trite saying goes, you can never have enough pitching. Michael Wacha drew raves today from MIke Matheny. "I thought it was as good as I've seen him in a long time," Matheny said of Wacha today. He added: "He looked to me as right as I've seen him in a long time." Wacha is quite optimistic. If Wacha and Lance Lynn are fine, the Cardinals' rotation should be solid. Remember that Luke Weaver is also waiting in the wings.
That's a good question. Don't give up on Miguel Socolovich just yet.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Cardinals added another arm. Barring a big trade, which I don't expect, you're not going to find better options on the free agent market now than a healthy Wacha and Weaver.
To be clear, I don't work for the Cardinals and never worked for the Astros. I worked for the Houston Chronicle and work for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I have tremendous respect for both public relations departments. I can honestly tell you that I believe readers don't care how we are treated. I will tell you that I have a real strong relationship with the PR staffs of both teams. I would hate to compare both areas because I wouldn't want to offend any staff.
Alex Reyes alerted the Cardinals about his right elbow discomfort on Friday, so they had somewhat of a warning that this was possible. Keep in mind that Reyes didn't exactly enter camp guaranteed to make the 25-man roster.
I just cannot imagine that. He will earn $30 million in 2021. He'll be 41 by then. If the Cardinals played in the American League, you might wonder if he could finish his career here as a designated hitter. That is not an option in the NL, though.
It would be premature to rule out a trade at this point, but they are pleased with their internal options at this point. As long as Wacha is fine, Weaver is a solid backup option if another starter is needed. Trevor Rosenthal is also going to get a serious look in case he's needed down the line. Tyler Lyons is another pitcher Mozeliak mentioned as an option today. “Clearly, he was someone that we had talked about competing for that fifth spot,” Mozeliak said of Reyes. “So now we have one less. I certainly don’t mean it’s a panic mode by any means where we have to go out and try to fill between Michael Wacha, Weaver and possibly even Rosey now getting that opportunity.
“Tyler Lyons is someone that’s progressing well, so maybe he could be someone that fills in innings as we move forward. So overall I feel we still have that depth. That’s why we collect it.”
Unfortunately, the entire industry has had to cope with an increase in ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John surgery) over the years. "It’s certainly a frustrating injury any time you lose this type of talent," John Mozeliak said. "I think if you think about it more from a global outlook when you think of baseball as a whole losing key pitchers throughout the year, I think it’s frustrating for the industry. But when you talk about, 'do you almost assume that all pitchers are going to have it?' Unfortunately I do feel like that is the mindset lately."
The Cardinals are definitely keeping an eye on Wacha. So far, he arrived in camp a bit stronger. He worked hard this offseason to build up his upper body and his shoulder.
If you're trying to make a joke, your joke is in poor taste. This was devastating news for a talented young man. Even if he would have pitched only 20 innings, a decent person would feel sympathy for him.
Here's some good news: The Blues do not stink. The Cardinals still have decent pitching depth. SLU's men's basketball team will be good next season, and SLU's women's basketball team should get serious consideration for an NCAA Tournament bid.
The PECOTA projections haven't been kind to the Cardinals.
To land a pitching stud this winter, the Cardinals would have needed to give up a key prospect like Reyes. I cannot imagine that they would be willing to giving up a significant piece from the farm system to acquire a starting pitcher.
At this point, the last thing the Cardinals need to do is give up Weaver. It's way too early to panic. Let's see how the spring plays out.
If you think the Cardinals are the only team that has been hit with a rash of ulnar collateral ligament ruptures, you would be wrong. It's an industry-wide concern. "It’s certainly a frustrating injury any time you lose this type of talent," John Mozeliak said today. "I think if you think about it more from a global outlook when you think of baseball as a whole losing key pitchers throughout the year, i think it’s frustrating for the industry. But when you talk about do you almost assume that all pitchers are going to have it? Unfortunately I do feel like that is the mindset lately."
I didn't notice a question here. Your opinion has been recorded, though.
Heck, the Blues are mighty hot these days. They might be wise to keep him and see what the team can do.