The former. I bet it's Philly, but the Nats would be a force if he returns. The scribes there think that window has closed though, it seems.
Probably too early to say with much confidence, though I'll defer to the opinions of my colleagues who have boots on the ground at the moment. I did see the video of his throwing motion on social media, and it looked a little off, kinda like last year, but that was a something-second clip that I'm not going to overreact to. The main thing is this: Can he hit for power? If he can do that, I imagine he will be the regular starter. The Cardinals were willing to sacrifice a bad arm for his bat last season, so if that bat does more damage this season, I imagine they would sacrifice a non-stellar arm once more. And the arm should be better, right? It's very, very early. Ozuna arrived early, in part to work on the arm. Concerns are fair, especially when he was mostly off the Cardinals' grid this offseason, but give him some time. At the moment, his physique might be as much of a concern. He's listed at 225 on the Cardinals' roster. Chatter from camp said he showed up at 250. Once again, it's nice to have Jose Martinez around, no?
Typical. Expected. It's the playbook when a player ticks off Yadier Molina. It's also the playbook of politicians and celebrities alike these days. If something blows up in your face, blame bad context. I saw Dempster has taken the same approach. No surprise there. I wonder if it will bubble up once these two teams meet, but I kind of doubt it. We'll see.
In terms of arms that could jump in and potentially thrive instead of just survive? No. It's hard to find a team in baseball that is more prepared for pitching-related turbulence than the Cardinals entering this spring training.
After seeing how long it took the Blues to develop the chemistry that their new-look team entered the season with, I'm not sure Doug Armstrong should change a single thing at the moment. It sounds like that's the plan, too, reading Jim Thomas' story in today's Post-Dispatch. Don't mess with what works seems like a decent strategy when you are going for the best winning streak the franchise has ever witnessed. The Blues never needed more talent. They just need it to work together, and now it finally is.
Great question, and one that is not being talked a bout nearly enough, in my opinion. There's a reason I continue to write about this topic. Baseball is a massive part of life in St. Louis. It's not just entertainment. It's big business. It affects hotels, restaurants, tourism, everything. Imagine if those Ballpark Village apartments open up at a time when baseball is not being played. Would you want one then? This is a massive story, especially in our town. It's why I get annoyed when Manfred -- instead of trying to facilitate peace -- pours gas on the flames with his sneering remarks.
I'm not sure how to answer that, really. It's being described as a weakness in the supporting muscles that help him pitch. He can feel it, but the scans might not show something is wrong -- at least not compared to what was wrong last season. When Martinez feels right, he does let it rip. We saw that late last season, when we was working out of the pen. He was asked by the team to be more forthcoming about what he feels, and he did that now. That's a good thing, because a small delay now could, in theory, save a big delay during the season. The biggest concern, to me, is that the throwing program Martinez was on either did not work or was not executed properly. Both are concerning.
And I cannot disagree more. I think the league that works, as a group, to treat your city like trash when it was ready to pony up for a new stadium, should be told to move on and not look back.
I'll let the editors know.
Seems like a good bet. He did skate today.
Yes, yes we were. Because while we don't know where the Blues will go from here, they're a good bet to make the postseason, and if they can do that, who knows. I found this stat yesterday, and it stunned me. Stick with me. The Blues just became the first team in NHL history to go on a winning streak of 10-plus games after reaching rock bottom of the NHL in terms of points at any point more than 10-plus games into the season. It's a mouthful, but let it digest. The Blues are in the midst of what could be a truly historic comeback. I'm not sure where it ends. But they're back on the road, and I had convinced myself they were stuck in the ditch. I was wrong. But hey, I was right about the team's big whiff on Jake Allen. I did not see Jordan Binnington coming. Who did?