After a week off—nonessential blog activities were curtailed while I traveled to see my considerably more successful college roommate get married—our twice-weekly collection of St. Louis Cardinals links continues with the latest on the Joe Kelly-Shelby Miller competition, some mixed notices for Michael Wacha, and a video of Jose Abreu hitting a home run.
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STLToday: Decision soon on fifth starter
After Thursday's Joe Kelly start, he or Shelby Miller will be reduced to sabotaging Jaime Garcia's room service on road trips.
FanGraphs: Ripe Grapefruit League Prospects: Gausman, Yelich and Wacha
Mixed Michael Wacha reviews continue to come in. It's interesting to see the third-starter projections stick in the wake of his huge small-sample-size debut as a pro; scouting reports about his stuff seem more optimistic than on draft day, but most of them seem to stop short of raising his projected ceiling.
Baseball Nation: The Canada, Mexico brawl in the WBC, and the stupidity of unwritten rules
Two things I like reading: Grant Brisbee and screeds against baseball's "unwritten rules," which are basically a weird excuse to act petulant when teams are insufficiently patronizing toward you.
World Baseball Classic Video: Jose Abreu blasts a solo shot for Cuba
Here's a video of Jose Abreu—possible best hitter on earth Jose Abreu, the Cuban first baseman—hitting a long home run, because he's awesome and the World Baseball Classic is awesome.