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The growth of includes a full-scale fantasy sports presence, which can be accessed at Another element of the initiative is a nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, Sirius channel 210 and XM channel 87.

Late Tuesday/early Wednesday, I joined co-hosts Dr. Roto and TommyG, Scout Senior Fantasy Sports Experts, to preview the St. Louis Cardinals for the 2015 season from a fantasy perspective.

Among the players discussed were Kolten Wong, Carlos Martinez, Jason Heyward, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, Matt Adams, Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal, Jordan Walden and Stephen Piscotty.

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13 Responses to “ Cardinals Fantasy Preview on SiriusXM”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    It would be an interesting plot twist in the soap opera if it were to turn out that Jaime Garcia did the right thing for reviving his career by getting an operation last year. With Jaime, everything hinges on health. No one doubts he is a fine pitcher when pain free.

    • blingboy says:

      If we count Garcia as healthy, then we have 80 % of a rotation at this moment. Garcia, Wacha, Martinez, Gonzales.

      Maybe that will be added incentive for minor league guy to do well today starting in place of Lynn.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        The team is not going to “count” on Garcia as healthy. Rather if he is still pitching well in a starter capacity at the end of spring training, then it would be hard to count on him as unhealthy. He is getting paid circa $10MM, so if he pitches well thru spring training, it would be hard not to have him open the year in rotation.

        Then Jaime might start about 10 games and we will assess where he is at. The past few years, he has had about 10 regular season starts in his arm. If his 2014 operation has helped him, then he may be able to make more starts. But if it did not really help him, he will conk out by June.

        If Garcia were on the DL by June, the Cards would still have gotten about 60 innings out of him, sparing innings for Wainwright, Lackey, Wacha, and others. This would still be a good thing for the team. Thus if Garcia pitches continues pitching well during spring training, we will hope to count on him for 10 starts into the season. Any more will be gravy.

        • Brian Walton says:

          I was with you until the third and final paragraph. Garcia’s innings as a starter would have zero connection to extra rest for regular rotation members Wainwright, Lackey, Lynn and Wacha. The team has said they do not plan to go with anything but a five-man rotation. Could they change their mind later? Possibly, but it should not be assumed by any stretch.

          If Garcia is ready to start, the guys directly affected would be Martinez and Gonzales (and Lyons and Cooney and…).

          • JumboShrimp says:

            The Cards have said they want to reduce load on Wainwright and Lackey and maybe they said Wacha too, I forget. One way to reduce load on pitchers within the 5 man rotation is to have Garcia make 10 starts and allow the next guy to make only 20. Use the DL to form a piggy back, with two guys splitting one rotation slot.
            Martinez has never thrown a large number of innings, even in the minors. So we could keep him on an easy workload at Memphis and bring him up if Jaime or another starter goes down to injury.

            • Brian Walton says:

              Well sure, they could try anything your fertile imagination might conjure up. They probably won’t, though. The most logical and likely, is to simply not let the starters pitch as deeply into games and maintain a standard rotation.

              Martinez is a different case and was not part of the original discussion. He is not as established, so they can more easily make adjustments to his routine that veterans would simply not accept. Limiting innings is one example.

              However, I strongly doubt that he will spend any time in Memphis (unless he is hurt and has to rehab). If he is not among the starting five, he will go back into the pen. Martinez is too valuable to return to the minors. Count on that.

              • blingboy says:

                I do think that strong and reliable performances from the rest of the rotation can take the pressure off a guy like Wainwright, whose makeup will compel him to try to take up any slack. If we are getting strong starts from the others, he will feel less need to go the additional inning, etc., and Mike/Derek less prone to count on him for it.

                As to Jaime, if he turns in 10 mostly quality starts, I’ll take it. Hopefully he can be used gently and last out the season. He has massive talent.

                • JumboShrimp says:

                  BB we agree it would be helpful if we can squeeze 10 starts out of Garcia. We are paying him 10 million, so it would be great to get a payoff from this expenditure.
                  It would be fantastic if his operation last year were to give him much more stamina and enable 30 starts. Its hard imagine this, but unexpected things sometimes come to pass.

                  • JumboShrimp says:

                    Two pitchers who benefited from Thoriac Outlet Syndrome operations have been Chris Young, who rebounded to turn in a good season in 2014, and Josh Beckett, who threw a no hitter after his operation. Beckett later experienced hip problems, but the TOS operation seems to have helped his shoulder after he could had a bum shoulder in 2013.
                    Other pitchers have not experienced improvements. Its going to depend on whether the diagnosis is correct and the surgery well performed and other health issues a pitcher may suffer.
                    But the remarkable examples of Beckett and Young may lead a lot more pitchers to do what Jaime has done, give ToS a roll of the dice.

                    • blingboy says:

                      It surely helps if you aren’t 37 like Carp was.

                      The thing with Jaime is, even if this surgery was 100% successful, it doesn’ mean he will not experience some different injury. And if/when he does, it seems like we already know how that will go.

                      My hope is he is healthy and productive. The Cards get good work from him. He gets to show off his value. Then he and the Cards shake hands and go their separate ways, basking in the glory of another world championship..

                    • JumboShrimp says:

                      Carpenter tried to rush back after the operation to help the Cards in the 2012 playoffs. He actually won a game versus the Nats, before dropping two to the Giants. He might have been better served to just rehab in 2012, to help himself get ready for 2013. But Carp was such a great warrior, it was hard for him to pass up the 2012 playoffs. If the playoffs were there, he had to go for it.

                      Garcia seems in a more favorable position to rebound, having rehabbed for more than 6 months. Plus he does not have a great number of innings thrown. He arguably was helped to give up a year to Tommy John surgery, since that saved 200 innings.

                      Garcia probably talked with Carpenter and realized this surgery was a chance to really revive his career, after chronic shoulder pain. He could end up helping the Cards greatly in 2015 and himself thereafter, if he really was suffering ToS. If so, he will have been right and Mo would have been wrong in objecting to the operation.

  2. blingboy says:

    crdswmn, I sent you a PM on the main site board.

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