With Jordan Hicks going for 2020 and Carlos Martinez more valuable in rotation, maybe it’s time to start the Helsley Plan
ST. LOUIS – Who will close the game for St. Louis Cardinals in 2020?
The question must be inscribed on the concrete outside Busch Stadium so that all fans send their answers with chalk. A closer debate makes some of the hottest moments on Twitter during the city’s hotter summers. With Cardinals baseball showing some familiar colors on Tuesday night with the team showing an intrasquad game for fans to enjoy, the questions and needs / desires on time for this team will now begin online.
And you LOVED IT! Come on, how many more classic baseball games can you watch? How many more general food fights do you need to survive the resemblance of baseball to feel like cold water in the desert? Baseball is almost back, so let’s talk about who will finish the match for the Cardinals in 2020.
Let’s get rid of some people first before I choose myself. Jordan Hicks is type 1 diabetes, so he and his team made the right call this year in a high-risk environment. It wasn’t worth it and that was Hicks’ call, which was all that needed to be said about this issue.
Carlos Martinez can do it. He did it last year after Hicks came down and performed awesome. But reducing Martinez’s role to 15-20 pitch 2-3 times a week when you might be able to get two starts and 200 pitch is a kind of anti-winning baseball mind game, if you ask me. He needs to start for the rest of his career. Please see his work from 2015-18 in rotation.
Giovanny Gallegos is having a hard time going to St. Louis is from his home country, but once he arrives, I won’t see him too closely. The reason is simple: delegating Gallegos to a single role will leave value and performance on the table. He can go several innings twice apart in a week and become a lamp. The field and the ability to close are there, but he would rather be a bridge of versatility for the Cardinals.
There are other candidates. Daniel Ponce de Leon will be in every discussion that has to do with the role of pitching. But the only man who stood out to me was Ryan Helsley.
First, he has a deadly tone there. A fast ball that reaches 98 miles per hour and a removable slider with a speed of 89 mph. To keep the hitter honest that there is cold in the air, he can work in a curved ball of about 80 mph. With Helsley, the hitter must level up to get a punch.
So, imagine getting ready for it on a plate? Will he release a big dog in high octane, or is it time he catches me with a dent? Helsley is not a strike machine. He averaged anywhere between 8-10 strikeouts per nine innings during his last three seasons. The contact he left was soft, which helped keep his WHIP low enough.
This is the problem. Helsley is 26 years old in a few days. He is three years away from arbitration. Let’s find out what the future holds for this sample type season. There is no space in rotation. With Hicks opting out and John Brebbia already lost due to Tommy John’s operation, this is the main opportunity to see what Helsley can do. Put him in a moment of high leverage and see how he spins. Leverage cannot be higher in the ninth inning.
2020 can serve the team well forecasting their future attractions as much as that will be the basis of running into the World Series. A 60-piece game allows a team like the Cardinals, who are filled with good young pitching talent, to find answers and win.
Instead of playing with Helsley’s grades and innings for another year, give him a lifetime role in this stressful season everywhere.
Managers need to be creative with their talents and the time they use them in 2020. Mike Shildt can solve major leaks in his system by giving up the control of a closer role to Ryan Helsley.
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