Good afternoon on a beautiful Oct. 31 day in the 314. I'm enthralled by this World Series, concerned about the Cards' offseason, confounded by the Blues lack of scoring, excited by Travis Ford's recruiting prowess and don't know where to begin when it comes to Mizzou (take your pick -- football or hoops.) All that said, I'm ready to rumble. Let's do it.
Maddon knows his team better than me, but after sitting Heyward for the first three games of the Series one has to wonder how much pressure the Cubs felt to get their $184-million man into the lineup.
We like to keep our chat schedule pretty consistent. But we can't control the world's sports schedule and that means occasionally we have to switch things around in order to, you know, actually cover sports. No coverage, no info for chats. Currently Derrick is either in transit to Cleveland or already at the ballpark gathering material to deliver to our readers. And while I may not be the No. 1 sports beat writer in the country like Derrick, I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night. So I'm ready. Derrick will be back for a chat tomorrow.
Ozuna has been a pretty good, not great, player so far early in his career. At 25 years of age there obviously could still be a lot of upside there. I think the Cards will at least put out feelers. The cost? Pure speculation that depends on what the Marlins want and what the Cardinals (or 28 other MLB teams) may be willing to give up.
We're always looking for unique angles at national events that bring the story closer to home ... like the Holliday/Montgamery piece you mentioned. I trust that my guys will get you more extra-base hits covering the World Series than what you can get from the wire services. We'll keep swinging for the fences.
Why, yes. Yes I do. I don't think Maddon has made any huge blunders, but I feel Francona has dictated both lineups at times by his bullpen decisions. I'm a Tito fan.
Agreed. But does he matter as much as Dave Matter matters?
This is going to sound extremely harsh, but I don't think either will be around long enough to turn around their program. This being Odom's first year, he likely will be given a little more time. But you're watching the same games I'm watching. And Travis Ford already is two (or three or four) steps ahead of Kim Anderson on the recruiting front. The winds of change are blowing ...
"If ifs and buts were candies and nuts we'd all have a merry Christmas." In other words, chances don't equal goals. The puck has to hit the back of the net to count. I think things will get better, but I'd like to see it start happening. At this point I see no reason to raise your concern level.
Believe me, it all gets read. But the reality is that once upon a time each story may have gotten three or four sets of eyes put on it before it was published. In today's tightened workforce, you may only get one or two sets of eyes put on it ... and right on deadline. We're imperfect. We're trying. And we'll continue to give you the best we possibly can.
"Are you trying to tell me Jesus Christ can't hit a curveball?"
- One of my favorite movie lines of all time from "Major League"
9 out of 10 doctors say a little whine is good for you. The 10th doctor likely goes a bottle at a time. I'm flexible.
I think the Cubs will continue to look to get better each and every year regardless of WS outcome. That's the name of the game. The Cardinals better tap into all of that dry powder they've been saving. I know they've tried to spend on the likes of Heyward and Price, but sooner or later you're gonna have to win a bidding war. This is baseball heaven, right? Everyone wants to play here, right? The Hometown Nine better get creative fast or they are going to get buried in the NLC for years to come.
Hells yeah! I want Colt 55 to show the moves like Jagger (actually I'd prefer like MacInnis.) Parayko has a cannon ... bombs away!
He spent a lot of time with Mr. Plager for that piece and I think it showed with the end result. Excellent work done on a STL institution. #No5
I hope his fingers are fine since he's been road-tripping from STL to Cleveland to Chicago to Cleveland. No flights for DG this time as he's tried to maximize coverage and travel time. More coffee, Derrick!
It's a bit of a work in progress but we've had plenty to keep us busy. It was made even more difficult this first year without the Rams not having the Cards in the postseason. But we've still got Jim Thomas taking on more of a national NFL role, which has kept the football coverage coming. And an MLS franchise might be nice, too.
I don't know that they're pressing as much as they just need the lines to gel, particularly as they work a new system. They need to get comfortable enough that they can move in unison and just play without having to think it through. I believe they'll be fine. But is fine good enough? It's early.
To the chatters: Goold will host his Cards chat at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Carry on.
Tomlin has pitched very well over the last couple of months ... though he will be going on short rest he could get it done. What say you, Mr. Arrieta? You haven't been the same. Game 6 is a really tough one for me. If Cleveland doesn't close it out tomorrow and it goes to Game 7, I'll make my call right now: Kluber is World Series MVP.
I think the impact of the protests on the athletic programs is overrated. The teams weren't exactly lighting things up before that.
Those who have read my chats in the past, or those who know me well, know that I think Berglund has been one of the more overrated Blues in the 16 years I've lived in St. Louis. They call him the Big Swede because he's physically big ... certainly not because he plays that way. Last year in the playoffs he played the best, most physical, most active role I've ever seen from him. I had hoped it would carry over into this season. Still could happen. But I wouldn't bet $4M per year on it.
Nope. Did you miss his performance in the NLCS? The regular season? Arrieta clearly is not the same pitcher he was last year (but how could he be, right? That was historic) But all of those innings in 2015, I believe, has led to a lesser performance in 2016. He's no longer an automatic W just by stepping on the mound.