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Nice to see Gant pitching well.
He could be helpful.
Has Hicks been converted to closer?
We’re stumbling along with 2 effective starters right now. Gotta hope that Weaver gives us 3.
Grichuk has a gun for an arm and was a gold glove right fielder in the minors. Why play him in left and Martinez in right?
I’d pass along condolences to Matheny because of the choices he’s faced with.
Good call, Brian. He must be super excited – this is his 7th season in the minors and finally he’s going to wear a major league uniform. Hittable, but good Ks and most importantly, low walks. The recent walks by our relievers have been really frustrating. As one of the announcers said, “it’s tough to defense walks”.
Tuivailala and Brebbia are reasonably effective. They might have to take on more higher leverage situations.
Might be something to it. I’ve asked people I know in the organization and they haven’t responded.
The lack of response is unusual.
Shoot, maybe instead of using career WHIP, we should bring it more current to only 2017 WHIP –
Flaherty – 1.017
Weaver – 1.056
Helsley – 1.117
Gallen – 1.134
Gomber – 1.208
Hudson – 1.286
Fernandez – 1.339
Hicks – 1.350
Alcantara – 1.442
Woodford – 1.455
Jones – 1.528
Oviedo – 1.530
Seijas – 1.638
Maybe a bunch of those guys below Helsley have been spending some time working on their secondary pitches.
Brian – you’re a good guy and do an extremely professional job on here. You just come down a little hard sometimes. That’s all. Now, let’s take a look at career WHIPs. Not the end all, but a measure.
Weaver – 1.07
Helsley – 1.10
Gallen – 1.10
Gomber – 1.13
Flaherty – 1.18
Hudson – 1.28
Alcantera – 1.35
Woodford – 1.36
Hicks – 1.38
Fernandez – 1.39
Seijas – 1.42
Jones – 1.52
Just seems to me that we should be giving Gallen and Helsley a little deserved amor.
Quick way to fall out of favor with your organization.
They don’t seem to learn that it’s not worth it.
Can they find impingements with Leake and Cecil?
Hope they play tight defense behind him, and the bullpen is solid.
The fuss is that you come off in a condescending way at times. Put others down. Like you know more than everyone else. I know you’re not that way, but sometimes it seems so. Apologies for the frankness.
Okay, Brian, let’s bring this forward one more (and hopefully last) time.
On September 12, 2016, Baseball America published its Minor League Classification All-Star teams.
One player per position, 5 starting pitchers, and one relief pitcher for each level of the minors.
At AAA, we had no one named.
Trea Turner was the SS.
At AA Tyler O’Neill was named one of the 3 outfielders. Cody Bellinger was one of the other 2 outfielders. Ozzie Ablies was the second baseman. That shows the quality.
At High A, again, we had no players named. To show the quality again, Devers was the second baseman.
At A, we had 2 players named –
Alverez at 2B and Helsley at starting pitcher. Of the 5 All-Star starting pitchers at this level, Helsley was the only one of the 5 with a sub 2.00 ERA. He was at 1.61. There are 30 teams at this level. 150 starters. On paper, he was the best.
At the short season level, Jeremy Martinez made it at catcher. Cordova made it at SS (ouch).
Now, with supposedly some of the best “those in the know” at BA, we see the only pitcher in the whole Cardinals system honored in this way was Helsley.
And yet “those in the know”
at TCN have a number of starters with much higher ERAs rated above him. Questionable.
I believe Fernandez, Hicks, Woodford, Seijas, Jones, and Oviedo should be rated below him.
For example. Career ERAs –
Weaver – 2.00
Helsley – 2.11
Hudson – 2.68
Flaherty – 2.78
Hicks – 2.85
Gomber – 2.90
Woodford – 3.20
Alcantera – 3.98
Fernandez – 4.02
Seijas – 4.11
Okay. I would start by saying that good closers don’t get behind on batters and walk themselves into trouble.
As a major leaguer, Rosenthal has walked 143 batters in 325 innings pitched. Take a look at his WHIPs over the past 4 years.
2014 – 1.41
2015 – 1.27
2016 – 1.91
2017 – 1.20
Those aren’t the numbers of a great closer.
People shouldn’t be too overly enamored with their own analyses, Forsch. It leads to an unnecessary defensive attitude, and resultant confrontation when questioned.
Wainwright was taken out for a physical reason.
Wonder which Waino will show up tonight.
The Cards will probably get creative. Wacha to closer?
Weaver to set up Oh? Bring Mayers up? Bring Gant up?