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The West and the Central are wild. The assumption the Cubs have this division locked is silly. Lester’s back is now an issue. The Brewers are on fire. Gonna be some thrilling baseball this month.
Did not sound like a maybe yesterday. Girsch said he is not expected back, in any form.
The Cardinals’ handling of Carson remains one of the more confusing things on this team, and the only conclusion I can draw is that he is not as ready as we were led to believe. If he was, wouldn’t we see him starting almost all of the time Molina was out? If Francisco Pena’s feel for the pitchers is that much more of a benefit, then that’s a bit concerning. We were once told that Kelly is the catcher tomorrow if Molina is out today. Well, that hasn’t always been the case. It’s fair to wonder if the waiting game is grinding Kelly. He is a product of prospect hoarding I think.
He didn’t look good on the Bud Norris wild pitch. Tried to backhand instead of block. Costly.
He has said before that he plans to retire at the end of this latest extension. That could change, of course, if he surprises himself with his performance and durability. I would not expect Molina to spend a significant amount of time at first — unless it’s against his will. It’s no secret part of what bothers him about losing Gold Gloves to Buster Posey is how much time Posey spends at first base.
It was a slider, per Norris. To be fair, Carson did make two strong defensive stops earlier that game.
My sense is he would be interested in pitching next season — if he had to decide today. I would be surprised if that comes with the Cardinals. But, there is time for him to change his mind, and for teams, plural, to change their mind about what he can bring.
I think that was more frustration with himself. Blaming his catcher would be a bad look, conferring he’s got plenty of his own issues pitching-wise. I don’t think that was what happened.
He’s expected back at some point this homestand. Could be activated and pinch-hit at first. Imagine he plays against Dodgers if not before
Do I know?! Of course I do. My first job out of college was covering Wyoming for the Casper-Star Tribune. Saturday was really fun because I got to see some old friends. Yes, the altitude will be a factor. Many teams avoid playing there in basketball especially. Surprised to some degree that former Mizzou AD Mike Alden agreed to that one.
On Wainwright: My sleeper pick has always been a one-year reunion with his home-state Braves.
On Jedd: The doctors have a say in this. He hasn’t been cleared yet.
I’ll go Kolten first. Think he has a real chance at it this season. Baez can’t win the second base one. He doesn’t play there enough.
Bader, if he stays healthy, could win multiple. And he would have a head start in terms of age. That said, Wong is still just 27. We forget that I think.
He sees he’s left-handed.
There aren’t a lot of great options in that department at the moment, you might have noticed.
On Arkansas: Bad loss. Bad team, it appears, and that’s not a surprise. First-year coach. Different styles from the predecessor. It’s going to take some time there, and the Tigers have to take advantage. They should win that game. Same for Tennessee. And Florida.
On the ground game, or lack thereof: It is, in my opinion, the only real red flag through two games. I was disappointed at the lack of push the offensive line got against a good (but still Mountain West) Wyoming defensive line. Crockett and Rountree have looked average at best. I expected more success on the ground against non-conference teams. If you can’t run against UT Martin and Wyoming, you’re not gonna run against Georgia and Alabama.
Pham and Voit have both been tearing it up for their teams. Good for them. Both were among my favorites to cover in recent seasons.
As for the future of Ross and Adams, I would think Adams is more likely to return than Ross, based on the Cardinals moving to bring him back after trading him once before. He very much wants to be here and was interested in the idea of a return since he left.
If he can make a lot more money elsewhere, it would behoove him to chase. If not, why not come back?
My goal is to cover a ton of SLU hoops this season. The excitement is shared here. Collins is another example of Coach Ford doing what he said he was going to do the day his hire was announced. He’s going to make SLU a place where locals don’t overlook, where they want to stay home. He’s doing it — to the point that they are having to tell some guys no. Collins is a three-star recruit, per the recruiting heads. Time will tell how he pans out. But in a short amount of time Ford has changed the brand. That’s important. A big season would only do more to help. This should be an NCAA tournament team.
Alabama and history exist, so I’ll take the Cards.
The Blues will be in the discussion this year. Should be. Best to wait and see, though, because, well, you know.
He bought. His place used to belong to some guy named Matt Holliday.