Some of is, I would hope.
I really, really like the Mikolas extension. He was a horse last season. He's got a nice pitch diversity that should age well. He's built for the long haul, physically. And the younger guys both look up to him and love him. He's a quiet leader. He won the award voted upon by players for that role. He's been somehow overlooked after his awesome 2018. I realize the what-if is there when he came from Japan, but at some point you admit the guy is the real deal.
There's something more interesting that happens between the two. It's called the season!
I think it will boil down to the hires that are made on the sideline and on the field. If you miss on an interest-creating coach and don't move the needle with your QB, I could see it being a flop. The best thing would be inserting coaches and players who have are interesting to St. Louis football fans. Give them names they can root for, some names they know. I'm not sure the average sports fan is going to come down to see mystery players and coaches. That's why I think Bruce is such a no-brainer. Fans would come. And I think he would be good.
Yes! That's a good call. I like it. An era where every front office falls victim to group think and "value" slowly erodes the competitive spirit. An era where fantasy sports impacts fans' outlook and opinions. An era where every player, even one as great as Mike Trout, can be made to sound like a risk to great to be taken. Fun!
It's getting a bit awkward, no? I like what Buster Olney wrote. Set a hard deadline, and mean it. At some point you are jeopardizing losing the fans you might spend a decade playing in front of. Good will fades fast in Philly. Maybe he's better off with the Dodgers?
He can throw now. It's just not pretty. It wasn't pretty much of last season. If he can hit and hit for power, I would guess he will be starting games when it counts. The Cardinals want to see more from the arm, of course. There's time to show that.
Slim at this point I would imagine.
I agree with you. The biggest moves for this team will be getting Perron and Schenn back, and walking the fine line of getting the best out of them without a) over-exposing them after concussions and b) messing up what is a rocking chemistry without them. That's a challenge. Finding some sort of boost for the power play would be another winning move that has nothing to do with the trade deadline.
I have not heard of anything wrong with Hicks, but again, I'm not in Jupiter yet.
If anything, I think it should help the Cardinals sign Paul. If Arenado, at age 27, does not want to test free agency, then why should Goldschmidt at 32? The Cardinals are not going to get him for cheap, but they are determined to extend him, and the current climate suggests he should be more open to that notion than he might have been in past seasons.
It would depend on how well the rotation pitches without him, and how well he pitches out of the bullpen. I'm not trying to give vague answers, but the factors that will answer them have not yet been determined.
If many fans have more insight than I do when it comes to what responsibility falls on Carlos, and what responsibility falls on the Cardinals, when it comes to his latest setback, then I'm not very good at my job.