Yeah, if the Cardinals can't get on the field soon they might blow up the entire MLB season. I wonder if Manfred is ready to go forward with fewer teams and simply adjust the schedule on the fly.
No, the Cardinals have remained in contention year after year after year on Mozeliak's watch. That is DeWitt's stated goal and the team has met that goal. If you owned the team, you could set a World Championship-or-bust goal.
To appreciate how great the average fan is evaluating talent, go back over some of these live chats and read some of the ridiculous assessents that have been offered up. As for Mozeliak, if he was that bad, the Cardinals would not be in contention season after season after season while their peer franchises suffer more dramatic ups and downs.
Not any time soon. COVID-19 will cost this franchise a few hundred million dollars during the next few years. I do not see this team being a big player in free agency.
Yeah, fans just want him to eat more than $60 million in salary when the franchise is already taking a $140 million hit in lost gate. Like it or not, DeWitt will always run this team like a business. Winning is good for business, so he will try to win. Wil he throw crazy dollars around trying to win? No.
Totally agree. As the players always say, you can't just flip on a switch. The team needs to get the feeling back. They have one game to do that.
Many experts believe that is the case. Look at the Blackhawks. They are playing great. If they finish off the Oilers, would you want to face that team? As we always say, teams must get better and better and better as the playoffs progress to make a deep run. They must keep finding new levels through momentum and increased confidence. Teams that win a series will have a head start on round-robin teams.
We are getting there. At this point, I would favor shutting down COVID-19 teams and adjusting the schedule so the surviving teams stay busy. If teams drop out one by one, so bit it. Staying healthy will be part of the competition.
I like the leadership on this team. I am sure they have the right mindset when the playoffs start next week. But . . . these guys still have to do it on the ice. Maybe Binnington could steal a game or two for them while they try try to "find their game" in the Round of 16. This team has precious litte time to get it together. The same goes for the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars. I haven't liked their games at all.
These games have served a purpose. The loss to Vegas wasn't just a slap in the face, it was also a knee to the groin followed by a head butt. I imagine it got everybody's attention.
Also, the wardrobe can drive the everyman nuts.
That is exactly why MLB wanted the expanded playoff bracket and why the players finally agreed to it. But man, the season is looking more bleak by the day.
Great question. I'd say a Montreal or a Chicago run to glory would be the craziest thing, since that would require extended success from a team that had played its way out of contention during the regular season. Even the greatest teams can lose a first-round series -- and in this weird case of the draft lottery going rogue, a talented team could fall into Alexis Lafreniere -- a can't miss scorer. So that would be a close second among oddities.
Those guys get heavy volume for Cardinals talk, as I did back in the days of the glorious Rams Game Day Chats. So it makes sense to put a premium on the baseball stuff. Rick has his place in Cooperstown and I expect Derrick will have his place some day as well.
As I noted in earlier chats, how much Corn Hole can we watch on TV? Playing Corn Hole with a cooler of beer nearby, great. Watch it on TV? No thanks. We were all starved for baseball. How much more will we get to see?
MacEachern is a trusted piece. He could get some postseason work, so he needed to see the ice. Berube gave Kyrou a spin just to keep him fresh. It would take a couple of injuries to get him in the mid, so The Chief didn't feel great urgency to give him heavy minutes. Also, the game turned into a mess and Berube leaned on his trusted soldiers while trying to keep it from getting worse.
He got banged up. Obviously the team will never disclose any more detail. The indication was that it's not serious, but we shall see.
That was a mess. It was pretty much across the board, everybody missing assignents or failing to make plays.
Using a lot of guys from Springfield would not be the problem. Keeping those newbies from getting infected, obviously that is the problem. Just when the Cardinals believe they have this outbreak defined, something else happens. Whack-a-mole.
OK, that's it for this week. I got an early 11 a.m. start because I needed to end early. See you next week at the normal time. Stay safe.