Greetings chatters. Start pumping in your questions. I’m knocking out a quick interview or two at Blues practice and will be in the saddle shortly.
Player interviews done. Some good stuff in the room today. Berube up next, and then we will dive in for real. Thanks for patience. I’ll knock out a few as we wait on coach.
There is a lot of truth here. Petro said today they view Winnipeg as the team that led the division most of the season, not the .500ish team of late. But the Blues have been playing postseason worthy hockey under postseason-like pressure, thanks to the hole that was their season start, dating back to the start of the calendar year. The ringer is health. Winnipeg is back to it and some of its slide can be traced to the lack of it. Petro said it’s a clean slate. I think the Blues have the edge.
Nuance exists for a reason. Try it sometime!
It should just be a matter of time now until the Blues extend Berube. Q was the only wild-card and now he’s gone.
Guessing. Same as every sports prediction since the start of time. And yet, we all play the game. I’m done with interviews now. Headed to post up for full-blown chatting.
He made the right call and was wise to use the UCLA offer as a wake-up moment to his football-obsessed AD. The SEC does basketball now. Someone forgot to tell Fulmer. UCLA took care of that. It shocked me to learn Fulmer was not a regular presence at men’s basketball games this year despite the team’s run. Barnes has pretty much the money he wants. He wanted better funds for staff and program building. He got it.
Reyes is no longer a prospect. That expired with his first appearance this season. I’m not ready to walk back any of my expectations for him. If he’s healthy, he’s gonna be a star. Not at all surprising there might be some bumps in the road considering how his past two seasons ended. Remember his age. Patience
I’d guess Flaherty, and I realize he has been quite outspoken about his views on the labor front in addition to his distaste of impressive young players accepting deals they might wind up outperforming. So, he would be a hard one to nail down. But he also would be the one to nail down, and he is not opposed to the idea of pre-free-agent extensions if the money is right. How big the gap is between him and the Cards on that front would be fascinating to find out, but opinions can change when the money is on the table — even if it’s not as much as the number that was in a young player’s head. Bader is a strong pick because I think he would want nothing more to sign an extension. He is smart, and realizes he can be a star here. He knows what a brand can do. I don’t think there is another team, now that he has played for the Cardinals, that he would rather play for.
Nothing at Mizzou.
Football and wrestling in high school.
Baseball half of that time — I was a poor defensive catcher who sucked at hitting.
Some guys get more time than others, in terms of chances and patience. Talent matters. Reyes has a bunch of it.
Counting on him for anything this season was always going to be a risk, simply because of the health unknowns. I’m not worried about him having to work out some kinks as long as he feels good physically. Sending him into the bullpen from the jump looked like counting on him. It also looked wise, based on how he had pitched this spring. Now what? Now we find out if they’re willing to be a worse team because an early bet didn’t work. If Reyes doesn’t get sharp soon, and the Cards elect to move forward with a weaker than expected bullpen, then that’s a concerning sign. If someone emerges, great. If Reyes reclaims and dominates, even better. But waiting on Reyes, for an extended period of time, is not a competitive strategy. Reyes is in Fabbri zone. You don’t question his skills. You do question his health.
The Cardinals are already manipulating the experiment. Watch the at-bats. Fowler has 26. Martinez has 20. O’Neill has 16. Fowler has always said he needs regular starts to play his best. It’s clear already that this will not happen without alterations — increasingly so — if his play doesn’t justify it. The chats often seem to root for some big sign, often missing the signs that add up to it. If Fowler isn’t getting on base, and can’t get hits to fall in, the Cardinals are going to play the other guys. It’s a sliding scale until it isn’t.
I do not. But if you would like some help on asking better questions, we could find someone for you to run them by?
For me, it’s all about how they are presented. I don’t give a damn than Ozuna’s exit velocity on that homer ranked first so far this season. Great. But within the right context, it’s valuable. Like if his exit velo is up or down compared to a different time, then it could tell us something. Ozuna often hammers balls he squares up. What I care a lot more about is which angle he hits then. Mashed grounders become outs. When he lifts off, balls leave. Another thing to remember is some of these stats — like “catch probability” — are pumped up by Statcast partners because they promote the company that produces the stat.
It could I suppose, though remember that Cards have an option for Carp after this season. I’ve always imagined the club picking that up unless something surprising happens. Then see where you are as that rounds the bend.
Let’s not do the revisionist history thing. I have said that SOME people who want Fowler to sit seem determined to see him fail. If you felt that applied to you ... perhaps it does. I was the first person to write that Fowler was not cutting it in center field. I also wrote the Cardinals should cut ties if they were not going to play him, because he seems adamant about only being able to play his best if he starts regularly. This spring I wrote about the signs he might be able to bounce back, and said in that column that it came down to his ability to get on base. Through 10 games he is already losing at bats because he’s not getting on base enough and not hitting well enough. Look at the numbers. The outcome you want is not happening fast enough, but it is in motion. Fowler can alter the course with his play, but if he doesn’t it’s going to keep moving this direction
Too early to say but his defense is clearly behind his offense. He struggled on some routine stuff this spring at 3B. Good arm. Maybe 1B? Corner outfield? He has time to develop, of course.
Because it’s complicated, more than anything. We want to see the best team possible now, right now. What is harder to fold into the discussion is if that decision hurts the team tomorrow, or the rest of the season. A win-now decision can look like a rushed one a day later. And because it’s not our money, right? And because the Cardinals are often the last ones to admit something just isn’t going to work. They often wait too long before admitting a mistake, which is one of the reasons they have not traded at a loss or cut ties with many players who have come back to burn them — although their are a few who are trying to do just that this season, as discussed here last week
You are not crazy for being high on the Blues. They don’t have a real glaring weakness at the moment. They are healthy, finally. They don’t have to worry about ramping this back up. They have been ramped up. Lots to like. And yes, I’m one of the dolts who thought they were out of it before the rise.
Guys don’t volunteer to go to the minors. This does not happen.