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  • in reply to: Spring training game #9 – at Atlanta – Sat 3/3 #44954
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    A question I meant to ask after signing Mikolas is about precedence. There have been plenty of Japanese hurlers who have made it in MLB, Darvish. Nomo. etc. But I cannot recall any pitcher who went to Japan from MLB, came back to MLB and had success. If that has happened. it has been many years. Particularly a starter.

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    in reply to: Spring training game #8 – vs. Red Sox – Fri 3/2 #44900
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    What a strange play in the 9th. Red Sox shortstop boots the ball towards their 2nd baseman, who is standing on the base and gets the force out. Very lucky.

    in reply to: Spring training game #6 – at Orioles – Wed 2/28 #44887
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    I am more down on Carpenter than I used to be. Granted, maybe he can redeem some value this year. The problems are:

    1) He plays average defense at first, below average at 3rd, and worse at 2nd.
    2) He is a below average base runner
    3) His career average versus our main rival, the Cubs is horrible, sub .220. Even his great eye at the plate doesn’t get him on base enough.

    in reply to: Spring training game #8 – vs. Red Sox – Fri 3/2 #44886
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    I really don’t understand giving Norris starters innings. His history does not give great confidence. I guess he can just hold down a spot until one of our kids is ready, particularly Reyes. And what about Gomber? I’d rather see him given a real chance, with no other lefties in the rotation.

    in reply to: Spring training game #4 – at Twins – Mon 2/26 #44707
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    Who is on the list to pitch today? All I heard was Wacha and Hudson.

    in reply to: Spring training game #3 – vs. Astros – Sun 2/25 #44704
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    Having Reyes and Flaherty, who aren’t even pegged for the rotation yet, is nice insurance.

    in reply to: Spring training game #3 – vs. Astros – Sun 2/25 #44689
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    I did not see yesterdays game. Was Mikolasas bad as his stats indicate? Granted it was just one game. Mayers seems to have improved in the last year. He always seemed like he needed a better breaking ball, or changeup.

    in reply to: Name 4 sleeper propects #44610
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    Brian mentioned pitcher Wilberto Rivera. Interesting article from Baseball America on him. 18 years old, 93-96 mph fastball, breaking ball potential, 6’3″, room for projection. GCL last year.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #44605
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    Assuming a replacement seems ready, and Fowler has a good year, is there any chance DF could be traded after 2018 or 2019, a la Mike Leake? I believe he has a full or partial no trade clause.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #44604
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    My comment yesterday was more of a lament in what value a player has to another team. A case could have been made to trade Rosenthal before last years trade deadline. He always had maddening potential, blowing people away one minute, then can’t find the strike zone. Especially given the fact he was a free agent after 2018 injury or no injury, and his agents name is Boras. It would have been interesting to see if the Cards would have given Rosey a qualifying offer had he not been hurt. Last thing is did Rosenthal sign with anyone yet?

    in reply to: Albert Pujols #44547
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    Any chance the Cardinals could trade for Albert, if the Angels ate a good chunk of salary? Just not sure if he can play defense any more. The only reason I ask, is that Ohtani is now the Angels new toy. Perhaps trade Carpenter for him.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #44546
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    I just wonder if it is normal for teams to lose players such as Adams, Rosenthal, Siegrist, Diaz for nothing or next to nothing. Our minor league systems lower levels might be in better shape prospect wise if we had managed to sell high on most any of them. Certainly if Adams had a monster year during his tenure things might have been different as well as overuse of Rosenthal and Siegrist which led to injury and/or periods of ineffectiveness. In fact, I was hoping they would trade Rosenthal at the trade deadline prior to his injury. A team could have self sustaining success if their timing is right. We pretty much sold low on the above players.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #44509
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    I thought the Mccutcheon trade was to open a spot for Meadows? Oh well, not my team, not my problem.

    in reply to: Spring training team news #44427
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    Who is scheduled to pitch Friday? All I heard was Flaherty is starting.

    in reply to: Spring training team news #44426
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    One great thing about baseball is how pitchers change the way they pitch hitters, and then hitters adjust, or at least the good ones do. Then the pitcher changes things again, and so forth…

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #44423
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    I wonder why the Cards brass never looked seriously at getting Odorizzi? Was all the conversation about Archer? The Twins got him for virtually a bag of beans. Was all of the focus on Archer? It sure seems if we traded for JO, you don’t need Mikoulas, and Jake is younger than Lynn. But not sure if he is better. Perhaps Goimber for him? I guess we will never know.

    in reply to: Bullpen #44409
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    I sure hope Maddux makes all of the pitching decisions. I have also stated previously the last 2 years we needed more bullpen help. The front office largely ignored this. That didn’t help Matheny either, which I have depended on MM to bring in the wrong pitcher at the wrong time.

    in reply to: Bullpen #44179
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    A bullpen with 29 losses last year is unacceptable. And who knows how many losses the relievers handed our starters, after they left the game. I like Leone, but the rest of our bullpen additions are questionable. But with these additions, at least the young kids can start in minors and not be rushed.

    in reply to: Left handed starters #43970
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    True, Kershaw is fantastic and a future hall of famer. And Bumgarner isn’t too shabby either, and if he stays healthy, he could be Cooperstown bound also. How could I forget them? Still seems like there aren’t many like those 2. As far as the Cardinals go, there is Gomber, and I like the lefty reliever Evans at AA. Pretty slim pickings for our organization.

    in reply to: Bud Norris to Cardinals #43964
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    Kind of a strange coincidence that the Padres have acquired 3 of our players recently for nothing, including a Luis Perdomo twice, once back in the day. You can’t keep everyone. And until the Ozuna trade, to a fault, the Cards were hanging on to all prospects. HOnestly don’t think Wick will make it to the majors, but who knows.

    in reply to: Bud Norris to Cardinals #43962
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    Kind of a strange coincidence that the Padres have acquired 3 of our players recently for nothing, including a Luis Perdomo twice, once back in the day. You can’t keep everyone. And until the Ozuna trade, to a fault, the Cards were hanging on to all prospects. HOnestly don’t think Wick will make it to the majors, but who knows.

    in reply to: Bud Norris to Cardinals #43963
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    Kind of a strange coincidence that the Padres have acquired 3 of our players recently for nothing, including a Luis Perdomo twice, once back in the day. You can’t keep everyone. And until the Ozuna trade, to a fault, the Cards were hanging on to all prospects. HOnestly don’t think Wick will make it to the majors, but who knows.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #43900
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    Is there a date when a team no longer has to give up a draft pick for a free agent signing? I was thinking sometime in May? Maybe that is no longer the case?

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #43797
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    Okay, first of all, I wasn’t dinging Lyons at all. I was saying a slight ERA rise of 2.8 to 3.10/3.20. ANd as far as his career relief ERA that doesn’t have much bearing on things, as he had NEVER been a closer before. There is one thing to be facing a second string left handed catcher in the 6th down 6-0, and then having to face Joey Votto with the bases loaded and the game on the line. I like Lyons very much, and hope Brians stats on his improvement continue.

    Yes, the bullpen was terrible, 29 bullpen losses, almost 1/5 of the games played, is terrible. When Bowmann is near leading the league in appearances there is something wrong. He shouldn’t have been overworked and put in many of those situations, but with Matheny afraid to use Oh, Rosenthal, Cecil, Broxton, Siegrist, etc. because they blew so many games he was the only choice. The Cubs relievers had 22 losses, and outside of wade Davis I wouldn’t consider last years Cubs bullpen very good either. But I would rather have had 22 losses, obviously.

    Lastly, the career ERA of the new bullpen additions compared to ones departed via free agency is New = 10.99 and old = 10.14. Gregerson has 66 saves in 112 opportunites. Not an encouraging percentage. Comparing the end of 2017 to now is the only fair way assess things, as I could care less about what Broxton/Siegrist/Socolovich did during the season. They are gone, thankfully. How are these changes upgrades? Basically the Cards are too cheap to go out and get anyone after being burned by Cecil, Leake, Fowler etc. That said, I am still rooting for the new guys because I have to, and honestly I wouldn’t mind being wrong.

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