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Would they really let Taveras sit on the bench? That seems odd.
What do you think of Joe Kelly? The velocity is awesome, but he's not generating the K-rate you'd expect.
Isn't Ryan Jackson pretty close to ready at shortstop? From what I understand he's terrific with the glove, so anything he can do with the bat would be icing it seems. Knowing Cardinals magic, he'll probably end up being a 100 OPS+ hitter anyway, which would make him quite valuable.
With both Holliday and Beltran likely missing 30 or so games a year,
and two more than likely rookies or very inexperienced pitchers leaves a lot to be desired, heck even Wainwright isn't a sure thing at this point in time. The pen could be better than it has in years, but it also looks like it's going to be taxed heavily.
Holliday played 156 games last year, and has played 155+ games six of the last eight years.
Anything particularly worrying to you about Lance Lynn and his 176 innings 3.49 FIP, 3.78 ERA last year? I wonder what universe Waino isn't a sure thing, unless you think he's at risk for injury again. He had a 3.10 FIP last year in 198 innings. Westbrook's a solid bet to be 170 innings of 4.00 ERA. Garcia's probably the biggest wild card because his arm looks like it's close to falling off (although he's been consistently excellent while healthy for his entire career). Shelby's a risk, but also has tremendous upside and there's Rosenthal and Kelly to back him and Garcia up. I'm not particularly worried about the rotation at all, this is the most depth we've had since I can remember.
Fip assumes the players are major league quality talent, and there is no sure bet, that that is the case with young pitchers or pitchers returning from injury.
I have a pet theory, in that I don't consider a young pitchers first 8-12 starts in the majors in evaluating their future success
Otherwise Shane Robinson will be the 4th outfielder
I think that once up though, he's not going back down, even if that was the front office intention at the time of the call up.
This doesn't make sense to me at all, sorry
Waino also had a 3.94 ERA last year. There's nothing in his performance that makes me think he's not major league quality, so I reject your skepticism of FIP in this case.
I think the Nats are probably clearly the best team, and the Cardinals and the Dogdgers and Reds and Braves and Giants are in that second tier. I'm guessing/hoping the Giants will be the team left out of the playoffs. I'm not that optomistic about the Cardinals, I think they are about an 87 win team that's consistently good across the board with a lot of cushion in their depth.
I think they are about an 87 win team that's consistently good across the board with a lot of cushion in their depth.
I don't see anything really different than last year, except maybe an even better offense.
They lost their most valuable starting pitcher.
Waino also had a 3.94 ERA last year.
Joe Strauss wrote today that the reports on Ronny Cedeno are not great, and since his contract is not guaranteed, he could get cut. Sounds like Kozma is probably the opening day starter at short.
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