February 24, 2019 at 11:50 am #82677
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The big bats were ready right out of the gate. 20 hits…. 18 by our prospects. Maybe our Memphis team is better that MIA, especially with so many Redbirds at the top of the top-50 rankings.February 24, 2019 at 12:07 pm #82678
My first look at Kninzer yesterday. Came away impressed.February 24, 2019 at 12:08 pm #82679
Will watch a couple innings before running an errand.
Goldschmidt in the lineup today. Wacha on the mound.February 24, 2019 at 12:19 pm #82683
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After the first week of ST games the fans seem to be disinterested with the Grapefruit League and are ready for the real games.February 24, 2019 at 12:26 pm #82687
Nyquist do you need blue font? Lol
Dan telling for whatever reason Fowler and MAtheny didn’t work but he had a solid season in 2017?
The after a K at he makes a fielding gaffe in RF. Hey but it’s early….February 24, 2019 at 12:31 pm #82691
One of those plays in the modern game that is not scored an error. Seems a player has to get close enough to touch and miss it. Most of us would probably agree Fowler should have been charged with an error – especially Wacha, who took an earned run. Nats up 1-0 mid second inning.February 24, 2019 at 12:53 pm #82694
Ponce de Leon having a lot of trouble throwing strikes. Also, several balls hit to the warning track. Pulled with two outs in the second with Nats up 4-0. Likely reached his pitch count.February 24, 2019 at 1:34 pm #82700
Line drive opposite field HR by O’Neill puts first StL run on the board. 4-1 Nats heading into the fifth.February 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm #82701
No body upset with Mo’s statement that the team will essentially head north with the easy decisions and not necessary the best guys in the bullpen?February 24, 2019 at 1:58 pm #82702
BHC, though he did not say “easy decision”, the concept is reality and is hardly new news. As he did say, they have to look at guys with options to help them clear up roster decisions. Otherwise, as soon as injuries hit, they are in trouble. As it was, last season Memphis set a new record for number of transactions just to keep St. Louis fed with players. It has little or nothing to do with money and the perception of being cheap. They need to maintain flexibility. Letting guys go too soon is not consistent with that.
For example, Knizner may already be better than Pena, but for now, Pena will make the team unless he gets hurt. It doesn’t matter what he hits this spring.
Whoever the no. 6 starter is (sent to Memphis – Hudson or Reyes, for example) might be as good or likely even better than the last guy in the pen, but it is more important for the big picture to have another starter ready and stretched out than to have a small incremental benefit in the pen to start the year. (Once they turn a starter into a reliever in a given year, they don’t want to try to change them back.)
However, this doesn’t mean guys won’t be released if they can’t cut it.February 24, 2019 at 2:03 pm #82703
Cards add a run in the fifth on an RBI single by… Knizner… Nats up 4-2.February 24, 2019 at 2:03 pm #82704
Well when they start losing games in April/May because of the bullpen pitchers suck don’t say I didn’t warn you. Losing games in April/May is just as detrimental as losing in August/September.February 24, 2019 at 2:05 pm #82705
I agree that every loss is equal in the standings. The roster situation is not as black and white as you would like to represent it, however. Patience…February 24, 2019 at 2:06 pm #82706
Cabrera gives up a homer to the first batter he faced, former Cards minor league second baseman Jacob Wilson. Nats up 5-2.February 24, 2019 at 2:11 pm #82707
Fowler still blowsFebruary 24, 2019 at 2:21 pm #82708
Cabrera was not sharp at all. He gives up three RBI singles and a walk (after the HR) and the Nats open up an 8-2 lead. Pulled after getting just two outs in the sixth.February 24, 2019 at 2:25 pm #82709
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Velocity was there for Cabrera, but he had trouble throwing strikes too. Hit 97 mph, according to Kyle Glaser of BA. A combined eight walks for Poncedeleon, Gant and Cabrera over 3 1/3 innings today.February 24, 2019 at 3:20 pm #82711
BHC, back to your earlier point for a minute. I suspect the biggest concern is that some may interpret Mo’s comment to be that “Brett Cecil will be on the opening day roster no matter what.” If he had actually said that, I might join those who are upset. But he didn’t.February 24, 2019 at 3:41 pm #82713
Cards fall to 1-1 on the spring with the 11-2 Sunday loss at home to Washington.February 24, 2019 at 4:44 pm #82714
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Fire Mo and Shildt. Can’t even win ST games against scrub pitchers. 😂🤣😂February 24, 2019 at 7:14 pm #82716
well had to record game so took me some time til I could watch it. have some points. its early but fowler still looks horrible either at the plate or in the field. wacha looked fine but ponce sure didn’t. Cabrera has good stuff but needs more work. I thought gant looked fine. him and mayers are gonna get hard looks cause they are either gonna make the team or be let go, no options left. munoz still looks just as iffy at defense as always. im not a fan, I think we have better options this year. that lane kid looks pretty good in the outfield and im still really impressed by robinson. we need a good left handed option off the bench.February 24, 2019 at 7:43 pm #82717
“…it’s early but Fowler still looks horrible either at the plate or in the field.”
Well you must be mistaken, willie. Didn’t you read the postgame from Jen Langosch? Jen had nothing remotely negative at all to say about today’s Dexter debacle.
Here are the quotes from and referring to Fowler:
“Fowler saw six pitches in one at-bat, five in another, reflecting the sort of patience he can show when things are going well.”
“Though Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler and Goldschmidt (in that order) combined to go 0-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts in Sunday’s 12-2 loss to the Nationals, the trio offered a glimpse of what could be the top of St. Louis’ lineup in the regular season.”
“The three combined to see 11 pitches from Nationals starter Erick Fedde on Sunday.
‘That’s three tough at-bats,‘ Fowler said. ‘Any time you can wear down a pitcher like that whether you’re getting hits or not, it’s going to help.’ ”
So what we have here is: Dexter Fowler thinks he’s a success even when he fails about as badly as a hitter can. Even when he goes 0-2 with a whiff and popup, as he did today, in his mind he’s actually succeeded. Isn’t he amazing?! He “helps” while fanning and popping up, because he made the pitcher throw an extra pitch or two. Yay for you, Dex!
And for those who didn’t see the game (Most fans didn’t. It’s an exhibition game after all.) not only did Jen avoid telling the readers that Fowler had two at-bats with the worst possible results. She also said nothing about Fowler’s costly misplay in the outfield. (Standard Fowler defense. Bad read, bad jump, bad result. Or maybe I’m just not “giving him the benefit of the doubt.”)
This isn’t reporting from Ms. Langosch. It’s a nauseating salespitch for Fowler — and worse than that it’s a salespitch for Fowler batting second in the lineup. The spot where a terrific hitter should be batting. Like Bader or Martinez when a lefty is on the mound, for instance. Since they both destroy southpaws. Shame on Ms. Langosch for misleading her readers and joining the Fowler P.R. campaign. She’s better than that. Or used to be, anyway.
Is it really too much to ask that Dexter Fowler be treated like everyone else? When he’s good, say that he’s good. And when he is terrible, just say nothing. Don’t quote his nonsense or pretend that he was “helpful.”February 24, 2019 at 8:04 pm #82718
Only 29 spring training games to go…February 24, 2019 at 9:50 pm #82721
It’s still early. Dex could still get his timing back on league average fastballs and learn how to play liners in RF.
Don’t worry RR. Jenny from the block is leaving and someone else will be brought in with marching orders. lol I don’t have any personal issues with JL. She seemed professional in her time with us.February 24, 2019 at 10:25 pm #82722
Anyone who expects MLB.com employees to criticize employees of the MLB team they cover has unrealistic expectations. As the old lady in the Geico Facebook commercial said, “That’s not the way it works. That is not how any of this works.”
They are so careful not to offend that they only rank 10 farm systems each year. That way the other 20 can all be tied for 11th!
P.S. This is nothing against Jen, who has always gone about her job in a professional manner. She is a genuine good person in a business where not everyone is nearly as nice as you might think they are – and I have personally complimented her on that. But no one should be surprised that MLB.com wants people who will color inside the lines.
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