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It's important to realize that Jack Flaherty is still very young. He's only 22 and still developing as a pitcher. He's still refining his entire pitching repertoire, as should be expected for a young starter. He needs more innings to continue to improve his control.
I'm sure the Cardinals' organization has a good pulse of the fan base. There's no doubt that the Winter Warm-Up wasn't buzzing as much with excitement as previous years, but I also know that John Mozeliak and Michael Girsch are optimistic about the team's playoff chances this year.
As Michael Girsch told me last week over breakfast here in St. Louis, a pessimist can find reasons for concern with the rotation if inclined to do so and optimism if inclined that way. Girsch and the Cardinals are optimistic. If you concede that the offense is better now that Marcell Ozuna is part of the team, you might have reason for optimism if you accept that the Cardinals likely would have been a playoff team last year if they had a healthy Alex Reyes. If you add a healthy Reyes and Miles Mikolas to the equation, I would argue that the starting rotation will be better this year than it was last year. I realize many folks have doubt about Adam Wainwright, but I believe the veteran righthander will not be worse than he was last year. I expect Jack Flaherty to be ready to contribute and make a positive impact in the rotation when he's finally called upon because of injury or ineffectiveness.
I'm assuming you are asking who will be the next man up when the there's a need for another starting pitcher. I would assume that John Gant has the inside track to be the first man up if a starter is needed in April. If a starter isn't needed until after May 1, my money is on Alex Reyes with Jack Flaherty close behind.
I have faith in Gregerson, and I think he'll have at least 20 saves to lead the team. Bud Norris gives the Cardinals another guy who can handle the closer's role and buy the some development time for Jordan Hicks, Ryan Helsley and Dakota Hudson. Moreover, I wouldn't bet against Tuivailala. To answer your question, I would bet at this point that Gregerson will finish with the most saves among the men you mentioned with Norris and then Tuivailala. That's my guess.
You make a very good point. The great majority of fan bases think their team's ownership doesn't spend enough. Fans and media - myself included - enjoy spending owners' money. Call me a homer, but I do believe that Bill DeWitt Jr. has done enough over the last two decades to show that he deserves the benefit of the doubt from Cardinals' fans.
If the Cardinals win 94 games and finish out of the playoffs Matheny will not be fired. The only one who knows if Matheny is on the hot seat is Bill DeWitt Jr., and anybody who tells you otherwise is only guessing.
False. They are both teams trying to win another championship. To assume otherwise is to not appreciate the run the Cardinals made at acquiring Giancarlo Stanton before jumping first in line to get Marcell Ozuna.
I have no idea why some stories become national stories and some don't, but it's also important to realize that SLU isn't actually a Top 10 program at this time.
Bud Norris told me earlier this week that he has been told he will be stretched out at the start of camp in case he's needed as a fifth starter. He has a major league contract, so he's expected to be on the 25-man roster. Therefore, I would bet he'll be in the bullpen as a late-inning reliever unless he pitches very well in spring and one of the top five starters is injured an unable to start the season.
That question is impossible to grasp because I don't know what you deem underrated. As it turns out Paul DeJong was the most underrated rookie last spring if you consider that nobody could have predicted the impact he would have. Let's say Dakota Hudson because I think he could play a crucial role in the bullpen later in the season.
Bruce Peal is doing a hell of a job at Auburn. Check out the preseason SEC standing predictions, and you'll notice that Auburn was picked to finish ninth. I'd go with Pearl, who is on pace to win the SEC regular season title.
There are no plans to retract my column. I stand by my opinion.
You are making too many assumptions in your question. Pitchers and catchers barely started working out today in Jupiter, Fla. I wouldn't be shocked if the Cardinals added another pitcher.
For the record, I will not allow anybody to make unverified claims against the women who accused the SLU players of sexual assault. If your question makes claims against the women, you can assume that I'm going to delete your question.
That is a difficult hypothetical question to answer. He didn't put up his usual numbers in 2013, so there's no way to know if he would have helped push that team over the top. He was an All-Star in 2015, so he might have helped that team theoretically, but it's not as though that team wasn't very good anyway. The only thing we know is that he chose to take more money from the Angels, and now they hold that contract.
I'm going to say that judging by all the criticism he gets Matt Carpenter is the most underrated player on the team. I don't think he gets the credit he deserves.
That's a good question. Perhaps at the trade deadline or earlier they'll acquire a front-line starter. I'm only guessing, though.