Saturday, February 13, 2016

2-13-16

One big question that has been roaming the internet over the past month or two is who will replace Yadier Molina in the long run? This question continues to grow more and more popular with his age increasing, him undergoing thumb surgery, and also having a child. All three play a rather large role in his career. If his thumb surgery take a long time to recover from or something goes wrong during it could take a major toll on his career. The Cardinals have not really been on the search to replace him because in reality it will be very hard to find someone who can do what Yadi does behind the plate. In my opinion, Yadi is by far the best choice to be behind the plate. He is very reliable and has a cannon for a arm. Last season Yadi threw out 47.9% of runners or 35 of 73 runners which does not sound good but when it comes to the stat it is a very good one to have. There is not a lot of people who are brave enough to run on him. After Yadi's thumb surgery he should be able to get back at it and become even better than he is. I do not think that the Cardinals need to worry about replacing Yadi any time soon he is a great and will go down as a Hall of Famer.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

2-3-16

While looking over the Cardinals starting pitchers this year it safe to say that we have a very good rotation. The question is will they be able to make use of it against the Cubs? While the Cardinals have Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, Mike Leake, and Jaime Garcia which is a very solid rotation. The Cubs have Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks. Last year though the Cardinals had a better Earned run average with only 2.82 runs per game while the Cubs gave up 3.38. 1.1 run does not sound like a lot but in the long run, one run can make a difference. One thing that both teams are both very close on would be strike outs while the Cards have a percentage of 22.6, the Cubs have slid past with a average of 23.7%. One stat that worries me with the Cardinals is the innings pitched. The Cardinals starters do not seem to make it as far in the games as the Cubs. the cardinals have 485, while the cubs have 514.2 which is quite a bit more.