May 6, 2018 at 9:57 am #51123
My guess was wrong. It is Mayers who received the call for Leone.May 6, 2018 at 9:28 pm #51258
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Brebbia had an excellent spring. He proved that he could get outs at the major league level last year, and IMO, was one of the bright spots of the entire season. Because of a roster crunch Brebbia, was sent to Memphis even though he had already done enough to earn a spot in the St. Louis bullpen. So who does Matheny call up at the first opening? Mike Mayers, not Brebbia. I have high hopes for Mayers. He might turn out to be a reliable reliever yet. But this is insane bullpen management. Brebbie deserved the call because he is the reliever who could help the most. Matheny just doesn’t get it.May 7, 2018 at 9:05 am #51331
They should both be in St. Louis. Bowman should be in Memphis.May 8, 2018 at 12:38 pm #51449May 11, 2018 at 5:01 pm #51762
Lyons to DL (sore back), Cecil activated.May 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm #51771May 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm #51772
We’re starting to look like the Dodgers of last year in terms of 10 day DL usage…May 11, 2018 at 6:23 pm #51775
C2016, I considered that a challenge to look it up! So, I did.
The Dodgers took a lot of heat for their aggressive use of the 10-day DL last season. Through May 11, 2017, they made 18 moves with 17 different players. 2018 to date, #StlCards have made 12 moves with 11 players. (Wainwright twice)
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) May 11, 2018May 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm #51777
I appreciate the research Brian!!!
Always better to have the facts.May 11, 2018 at 6:35 pm #51778
I guess I am in a fact-checking mood tonight. Here is another that has nothing to do with relievers. Almost always, I let bad hot takes on Twitter pass by, but I could not help myself with this one.
Another view. Bader has a .439 OBP and 1.010 OPS vs. LHP in his (short) MLB career.
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) May 11, 2018May 12, 2018 at 12:36 pm #51876
One difference in the Dodgers scenario is they primarily used the shuttle for starters while the Cardinals are using it for the bullpen. At least that is my recollection.May 12, 2018 at 2:21 pm #51900
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After that fact, I would have Bader hit 2nd always.May 12, 2018 at 3:14 pm #51907
After last night, Bader’s career OPS against LHP went up to 1.091. However, his mark against RHP is under half that – .540. Unless he fixes that, he will never become a regular.May 13, 2018 at 10:21 am #52042
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You wouldn’t want him playing ahead of Fowler (some stats below)
Avr. vs. LHP = .034 vs. RHP = .180
OBP vs. LHP = .194 vs. RHP = .278
OPS vs. LHP = .229 vs. RHP = .638
On 4-13 BA was his highest at .214. On 5-1 at .165. On 5-12 .147
BA for April = .188 AND FOR MAY = .086
That .034 vs. LHP is correct, not a mistake.
I assume that this is the better option in RF. AND Bader is a big upgrade defensively.
Did I miss the class that pointed out that DF should be a regular.May 13, 2018 at 11:35 am #52058
You have to be careful with small stat samples, especially with so few ABs vs. LHP.
FWIW, I did not say that Fowler should be a regular. I said that Bader should not play against RHP. I suggested a platoon until we see if Fowler’s problems persist.May 13, 2018 at 11:39 am #52060
Fowler has an -0.8 WAR.
That’s a good start to indicate he shouldn’t be a regular.May 13, 2018 at 11:43 am #52063
Tough starts to the season are magnified because there is no base. A six-week slump in the middle of the season can be obscured.May 13, 2018 at 12:04 pm #52073
Six weeks is a helluva slump.May 13, 2018 at 12:58 pm #52086
Back the focus of this thread, it should be to no one’s surprise that Brebbia has been sent down to make room for Wainwright on the 25-man roster.May 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm #52087
I’m not surprised but I maintain it should have been Bowman sent down.May 13, 2018 at 1:06 pm #52090
I don’t care enough to look up the last time Brebbia threw 43 pitches, but I imagine he will be out for a few days.May 13, 2018 at 1:12 pm #52092
One of the things that is exacerbating this Memphis shuttle is the plethora of extra inning games we have had. I think last night was our eighth extra inning game during the first six weeks of the season. I guess that is a byproduct of so many low scoring games.May 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm #52104May 17, 2018 at 4:33 pm #52794
Tyler Lyons (back) could begin a rehab stint as early as this weekend, John Mozeliak said.
— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) May 17, 2018May 17, 2018 at 4:47 pm #52800
Bowman has to go when Lyons returns.
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