August 30, 2017 at 4:13 pm #32025
The team has announced that right-handed pitcher Jack Flaherty will start on Friday at San Francisco.August 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm #32027Bw52ParticipantPaid - Annual
Interesting.Like the move.Looks like FO thinking ahead and waving the white flag on this season.Now let’s see some more player moves that are looking forward.August 30, 2017 at 4:19 pm #32028
I dunno about them waving the white flag. Would you rather see Flaherty, Gant or Leake start on Friday? In that simplest of contexts, it should be an easy decision.August 30, 2017 at 5:18 pm #32035Bw52ParticipantPaid - Annual
Since it’s Flaherty instead of Gant(already on 40 man roster) that makes me think it is as close to throwing in the towel as you can get without saying so.By bringing up Flaherty is so unlike Mo and FO
.Certainly a surprise.August 30, 2017 at 5:53 pm #32040
You believe it is throwing in the towel because they picked the best pitcher, even though it was tougher on the roster? I don’t get your logic, but we agree it is an uncharacteristic move.August 30, 2017 at 6:11 pm #32041SoonerinNCParticipantPaid - Annual
I don’t think they are throwing in the towel but I do think they are starting to look hard to the future. Flaherty should do OK. Actually what more does he need to prove at Memphis. He needs to avoid what Weaver did last year and try to be too fine. This year Weaver is trusting his stuff more and going after the hitters and getting ahead in the count.
I do think the Leach move is an early step in adding by subtraction. Should also be a strong message to others.August 30, 2017 at 6:54 pm #32042RatsbuddyParticipantFree
I wonder if getting Flaherty his first start on the road, in a pitchers ballpark, away from the scrutiny he might receive at Busch, and against a team that isn’t very good, is all part of the plan? If so I would assume PuggsleyAdams would concur.
r/RatAugust 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm #32045CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
If I was throwing in the towel, I would not start Flaherty’s clock. I would not use a 40 man roster spot that I could use elsewhere this Winter.August 30, 2017 at 8:18 pm #32046wagee12Participant
U tell ’em Brian. Can this kid be any worse than Leake has been since the all star break. I’m riding with U on this one. So happy Leake is gone!!August 30, 2017 at 10:11 pm #32053mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
I’m happy Leake is gone, too. I hope he does better in Seattle than he did here, not because I give a rats ass about Leake, but because I am grateful to the Mariners, and I don’t want to see them suffer the way we did.August 31, 2017 at 8:34 am #32073thejagerParticipantPaid - Annual
Are we maybe showcasing Flaherty for a big trade involving him in the offseason? If he does well enough, his value would skyrocket for the trade market we will probably be heavily involved in.August 31, 2017 at 8:48 am #32074mspaidParticipantFree
In a very real sense they put up the white flag in April. The FO thought the Cubs would win 95 games, I think most people did. To match that the Cardinals would have had to go all in and that was never going to happen. So they looked at what they had:
1. Could Grichuk and Piscotty blossom into productive players? Bust
2. Would Diaz repeat on offense and get better at fielding? Bust
3. Would Wong finally reach his potential? He did.
4. Would Carpenter be a productive 3rd place hitter? Stupidest idea ever.
5. Could Gyorko play every day and produce? He’s been helpful but not spectacular.
6. Is Weaver ready to be a major league starter? Sure looks like it.
Now they know more about what they have on the 40 man roster.
If they decide to do anything, and there is no guarantee that they will, they have a better understanding of what needs fixing and if they can fix it internally.September 1, 2017 at 9:02 am #3214014NyquisTParticipant
I would hope that Flaherty pitches somewhat like his Memphis starts. Anything too good or too bad presents problems. Something like… 6.0-IP 2-R 5-H 6-Ks 1-BB. That would be just about right. A no-no/1-hitter would put too many high expectations on the rook.
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