I don't think that would be the main reason, but I must admit that I don't like seeing starting pitchers as pinch runners. Regardless of Weaver's athleticism, he is just too valuable to risk an injury on the bases.
The Cardinals are listening closely to what Holland tells them. He knows himself better than Mike Matheny or Mike Maddux know him, so they'll lean on him to be candid with him. If he tells you he's ready, especially after two consecutive scoreless relief appearances, you'd probably trust him in that situation. He's your closer. Once he's ready to go, you throw him into the deep end because that's why you gave him a $14 million contract.
You make a valid point, especially with the Reds coming into town for a three-game series.
I wouldn't expect many major changes to the Blues' core, but they realize they must make some changes. They need to add another center, at least.
I love covering teams with retractable roof stadiums, but those retractable roofs or domes aren't cheep.
I don't worry too much about young players struggling in the majors during their first stint. He'll return to Memphis and regain his stroke after getting some consistent playing time. He should be better the next time he's promoted to the majors.
I don't buy into that theory. Those players are in Class AAA for a reason. I would assume Memphis would finish last in a division with those big league clubs.
Brebbia has options, and the Cardinals deem others as better options at this point. He'll be a productive reliever in a very good bullpen, though.
Patience is considered a virtue for a reason.
I haven't heard any whispers about that, but they'll at least make a run at John Tavares if he hits free agency. I have no idea how serious the courtship will be, though.
So far nobody has whined about Wainwright on this week's chat. That's good to see.
You can never have enough pitching. And by never, I mean NEVER. Why would you want to trade a young pitcher under the team's control? If Wacha pitches well enough to garner a good piece back in return, why would you want to trade him? If he struggles, you're not going to get much in return. So it's best for Cardinals fans to hope that Wacha pitches well and contributes to this team.
I don't know. I do, however, want to point out that Carpenter had a hell of a game last night to lead the Cardinals over the Cubs. He also hit a walk-off blast last week. Wong has really surprised me this year. I cannot explain why, but I thought he was primed for a big season this year. Even though he didn't hit the cover off the ball in spring, I just saw something in him that made me think he would have a special season. That shows how little I know. Fowler is off to a slow start for the second consecutive season. I wonder if the Cardinals would be wise to just flip Fowler and Carpenter in the batting order. Fowler hit well in the No. 3 spot in the lineup last year, and everybody knows Carpenter prefers to hit in the leadoff spot.
I couldn't possibly answer this question. To even try to answer it is to pretend that I watch these men closely on a daily basis.
The Brewers are currently ahead of the Cubs in the standing, by the way.
All I can tell you is that I respect managers who are consistent. If I'm the manager, I want my best defense late in games. Did anybody bitch and moan when Carpenter committed an error when Mike decided to leave him in late in Cincinnati? I cannot remember who said this, but there's a reason somebody said that if you listen to the fans and media too much you're bound to join them. Mike Matheny is a much better manager than his critics are willing to concede. Fortunately for Matheny, he understands that his job is open to second guessing. Heck, even I initially second guessed his decision to pull Jordan Hicks last night. I was wrong, obviously.
I don't know what to think. I remember that the pitchers complained about the baseballs used in the World Series last year. I haven't studied the issue enough to have an opinion either way, though.
I haven't spoken with him since the team left on the trip. He's a pro's pro. He'll be fine in terms of fitting in. I don't know if he'd be willing to accept a stint back in the minors.
Reyes is still on the 60-day disabled list. Flaherty is still getting more seasoning at Memphis. As long as the five starters are healthy and producing, they're all safe.
At this point, not good. He'll have to get going before another team will want to take him. But if he gets going, the Cardinals will want to keep him.