Another offensive thud negated decent enough pitching.
Yes BWJ's catch was spectacular. But we already knew he could make spectacular plays. Whether he can make routine plays at SS with extreme consistency remains very much an open question.
Here’s the struggle I have with Bubic…not sure which way you fall on it. He’s almost in between in both categories. And this can all change with better coaching….so it’s not a done deal by any means but I’ve seen enough that it seem pretty accurate at this point in time anyway. His stuff is in between…..but his stuff is in between because his command is in between if that makes sense. It’s all command with him that give me pause. If his command is better, the stuff is plenty good. If the command stays the same…he needs better stuff. It’s almost like he’s been all about the better stuff with throwing harder and the new slider which is all great. No issues, but it’s the command that I feel like would make the most improvement. I just hope they don’t focus so much on stuff and not the command part. There is no reason he can’t be a Montgomery type guy the Cards run out regularly….decent lefty that will get you innings because they make you beat them more than anything because Bubic has just as good of stuff he just can’t throw it where he needs too.
David - I'd be very much interested to know your opinion on why BWJ struggled so badly on defense last year. Was he bored? Easily distracted? Poorly coached? Overconfident? Something else?
I was certainly glad to hear that his footwork is improved and we can all hope that fixes everything for him. But something tells me that footwork alone doesn't really get to the heart of whatever his problem was last year. And as we've already seen this year, improved footwork doesn't equal improved decision-making.
I'm not going to get carried away guite yet on lineup construction, but after MJM was one of the stars Monday, I wish they would at least let him DH last night. I didn't like JBJ in there instead of KI. Both are left hand batters. I agree with you, Duffy needs to be playing every day while he is hot. Great read again Mr. Lesky.
Love your Bubic analysis. I watch a lot of baseball but I’m a novice when it comes to sabermetrics and interpreting the statcast data. I feel like I’m learning a ton. Greatly appreciate how you outline everything and all your hard work!
Bubic was ahead of batters all night last night. I’ll let the statistician prove my point, but he was 0-2 a ton more than he was 2-0. Very encouraging. However, we STRUCK OUT AT LEAST 8 TIMES On Tuesday night.
Wednesday night we had TWO HITS! Zero run support for Zach again!
We haven’t won 10 games in April in at least 4 of the past 5 seasons. It isn’t pitching so far.
As much as I would like to swear at Bobby for not turning the double play tonight, you can’t win with 2 hits.
I’m as mad as I always am about how hopeless & how far behind we get early in the season. So terrible.