It's a fair comment that there is reason for concern in the 9th. But I don't necessarily feel for Matheny because he hasn't shown the ability to really work a bullpen regardless of the tools in the box. Let's give new pitching coach Mike Maddux and new bullpen coach Bryan Eversgerd a little time to figure out the bullpen ... and hope Matheny let's them do their jobs.
Wow, asking me to rank the highest upside between Kyrou, Kostin and Thomas is like asking me which of my children is my favorite. I like all three of those youngsters ... a lot! But I also am of the belief that no prospect is untouchable. Sometimes a club has an immediate need that it believes can push them over the top and it sometimes take a top-ranked prospect to be included in a deal to acquire the needed player. But I'd sure hate to see any of those guys go right now.
Flawed premise. Why? Jeremy Rutherford had zero hockey experience before he took on the beat. He was covering the University of Illinois. JR got the beat because he had proven to be a good reporter. Jim Thomas is a veteran reporter, knows how to work athletes, coaches, owners, etc. There was no question he could step into the beat and do a great job. Which he has.
Two-sport Town is my take. Unless Ben Frederickson gets his wish of the XFL coming to St. Louis.
You didn't hear? Mujica's back. Just kidding. I am very concerned with the bullpen today, on Feb. 1. But bullpens can be built ... they don't have to be bought. As stated earlier, the Cards have hired a pretty highly touted pitching coach. To me one of the things I'll be watching most closely this year is how Mike Maddux works in building and utilizing both the bullpen and the starters. Stay tuned.
Bravo. Very rational outlook. I'm with you.
I do not know of any managerial opportunities that have been offered to Oquendo. There is a large contingent of St. Louisans that believes he should have gotten a crack at the job here when it was given to MM.
Derrick Goold will be addressing this exact topic in our Cardinals Preview Section which comes out on March 25. If DG can quantify the numbers, I'm buying.
It's a pretty cool story, eh?
Good question. I'll have to ask our programmers about that.
Fenway was cool because of the history of the place. I've always hated Wrigley simply because I'm a Sox fan. I loved Soldier Field before they remodeled it into a spaceship. My answer may not be popular because it's kind of gimmicky, but I really like Minute Maid Park in Houston.
We must have talked about the Blues a lot at lunch today because this also was one of our topics. Consensus at our table was that we're all in on Tavares.
Hell, I bet Gibson could still get you three outs to end a game.
I think people have a right to complain about anything they'd like to. I'm a chronic complainer. I entertain myself doing so. Complain away. We're doing the best we can to bring OUR readers all the news we can about the teams they care about the most.
We have actually done quite a bit of soccer coverage. And to be honest with you, when we look at our online metrics of what our audience is actually taking the time to read, the soccer coverage doesn't even move the needle. I've been told by sports editors in cities that actually have MLS clubs say they don't do a ton of soccer coverage for the same reason. Considering the highest level of soccer we have is STLFC, and the fact that we cover almost all of their home games, I think we do pretty well in covering the game. Our high school soccer coverage, by the way, gets excellent readership numbers.
Defining those bullpen roles is going to be key for the new Cards pitching and bullpen coaches. It may take a little while for them to nail that down ... if they have the parts with which to nail it down. If not, they may need to acquire other players. I've probably already banged on Matheny too much so I'll leave him out of this response.
We don't ignore SIUC completely, but clearly we are going to use most of our resources on those teams that our audience wants to read about it. And with online metrics we can now measure that down to exactly how many people read every story we write. Sorry, but SIUC doesn't get much interest from majority of our audience.
You, sir, get a five-minute major for that one. Why does the guy have to be fat? What's next? Reds heads taking a punch to the face.
I can tell you it used to gross me out when traveling through airport security with Joe. Especially the first time I saw it. When they asked you to take your shoes off Joe never wore socks and I had to see his hobbit-like little feet. I gave him a lot of business about that.
I'm sorry, but you stumped me on this one. I'm just not sure.
May I recommend BenFred's Tuesday chats. I'm sure he'd have fun hating on the Rams with you. He spent an entire season writing a weekly Rams-hate column for us each Monday during their first year in LA.
Derrick Goold and Jesus Ortiz both vote on baseball Hall of Fame and both share their ballots publicly. The question, I thought, was if any of our writers voted for any OTHER halls of fame. Of that I am unsure.
It's hard to form an opinion on this question until we ultimately SEE the results of the investigation. So far it's been under lock and key. We are anticipating resolution of this matter any day now ... but Title IX timelines really haven't seemed to apply with this case to date. Stay tuned.
I guess that's a wrap for this week, folks. Thanks to all of those who participated. Next week you'll return to your regularly scheduled chatters. I may jump in from time to time when others need a break. See you down the road.