Not much going on besides hockey, and that's A-OK with the folks there. The party outside of the stadium before the game reminded me of Cardinals opening day, and they do it before every home postseason game. It was nuts to see a sellout of 15,000 rocking inside, and then the camera shows packed streets outside. It's like the entire area stopped and came downtown whether they had tickets or not. That made it that much more impressive that the Blues won there twice. It's common to have a dud in a series. How the Blues respond tonight is huge. If they get another win, there is breathing room. What you have to fight like crazy to avoid is neutralizing that great start and heading back to incredibly hostile territory with a tie on your hands.
Well said. I have stopped trying to tell folks how to feel about Tiger. Everyone has their own opinions, and I cycle through my own on the same topic. On Sunday, I was just struck by what a true comeback looks like. We want to declare comebacks after the smallest signs of adversity these days. We also are so quick to write people off. This guy was truly written off. And this was a true comeback. I appreciated the heck out of that.
Fascinating question, and I would just be guessing, so I won't, but we agree that I don't expect the Cardinals to have interest in an extension. I thought Ozuna's comments about playing in Mexico were interesting, especially the part about how the fans there want players to do well. Dude, if you keep hitting like this, Busch Stadium will feel pretty welcoming as well! If his power persists, he will get his money. But between his shoulder question mark, and his peaks and valleys, I wouldn't have much interest in signing him to a long-term deal. Big money, short years, seems to be the best approach to take with Ozuna, though I don't think the Cardinals will be major players in that market. Could be wrong. And things could certainly change between now and then.
There are some numbers that explain what you are seeing. So far this season, opposing hitters are slashing .400/.455/.900 AFTER falling behind against Wacha 0-2. Just 10 at-bats, but that's crazy. Hitters are slashing .333/.455/.667 after falling behind 1-2. That's an 18 at-bat sample size. Getting ahead is supposed to help a starter. It seems to be hurting Wacha. The same approach that gets him ahead should be used to finish guys off. Nibbling isn't working for him.
It depends on the "he" in this scenario.
I would not assume that. If you are referencing the port authority topic, that was never presented as a make-or-break for the stadium, and that's mentioned in the article. The MLS board of governors meets in Los Angeles tomorrow. My understanding is that representatives from the Sacramento group will be going to that. Representatives from the St. Louis group, at last check, were not. This might cause some unrest, and maybe it should. But I do not think the Sacramento group is going with the purpose to speak to the expansion committee. It's my understanding that neither group has presented to the expansion committee. But Sacramento wanted to go and be present. Remember that Sacramento did not have a face-to-face with Garber like St. Louis did, so perhaps this is Sacramento's attempt to get some of that interaction. It's a competition. Sacramento has gained ground. And the MLS continues to hold its cards close. Some still wonder if MLS might announce the next two expansion teams at the same time. There will be news soon on the STL renderings everyone is dying to see. STL is not behind when it comes to that topic.
Descalso, who is about the only thing going right with the Cubs since the start of the season, signed a two-year deal with an option for a third, I think. A utility type is not going to be on a deal long enough to block an emerging prospect for long. If Edman was the reason Descalso was not pursued, then Edman should be playing in St. Louis. The Robinson addition always felt forced. The Cardinals said they wanted a left-handed bat for the bench. They also needed to trade Wisdom because he was blocked. Robinson was the result, but then he felt sort of forced into that previously mentioned role. Maybe he proves me wrong. I just thought the Cardinals could have done more there.
I'm sorry to sound crass, but I think DG has a better feel for how it went down than just about anyone else. So, agree to disagree on you having a tighter read than him. As for how it played out, yes, the Cardinals could have potentially pulled off a trade for Yelich despite the Marlins' wishes to move Ozuna first. The deconstruction of the Marlins' outfield was poker. They were bluffing when they said Yelich was not for sale. You can make the case the Cardinals should have called it. That's a fair argument. They didn't, and went with Ozuna. What you can't make a case is that if they had called that bluff, that they automatically would have gotten Yelich. They might have missed on both. That should be acknowledged because it was certainly factored into the decision to get Ozuna. That's my read on it. The Cardinals didn't call the bluff, and they and their fans will likely spend a long time wondering what might have happened if they did.
Well, I don't think he should keep pitching to Yelich, and I said that after the first series. I would go an entire series without throwing to him, and if he keeps hitting like he has been hitting, I might not give him another pitch to hit all season. Put yourself in the Brewers shoes. You face a series against the Cardinals knowing you will get nothing but walks from Yelich. That changes the tone of the game, no? Try it, at least. It's not like this way is working.
Sacramento is finalizing the same things St. Louis has finalized, for the most part. I don't get the impression Sacramento is ahead of St. Louis. Garber has told Sacramento nice things. Garber has told St. Louis nice things. I know the STL group is very close to making renderings public and does not feel that Sacramento going to the MLS board of governors meeting tomorrow in Los Angeles is a big threat. Now, that could be proven wrong, I suppose. We'll see.
Fowler's contract has some say in that, as you know. And which version of Ozuna? The one last season could be replaced by O'Neill. The one blasting home runs this season? He might be a little harder to replace. O'Neill's mission this season is to make himself a viable candidate to start moving forward. If he had proven that, he would be starting now.
Cardinals news: Munoz is back. RHP Giovanny Gallegos and RHP Ryan Helsley are up from Memphis. Mayers (shoulder strain) and O'Neill (right elbow nerve subluxation) move to 10-day DL. Drew Robinson to Memphis.
Not this time around, as evidenced by the happenings updated below. But I bet he gets a shot at some point this season. His strong spring turned into a hot start at Memphis. He's slashing .356/.388/.556 with one home run and three steals. He's bouncing between second, third and short. They're getting him ready, and his hitting is suggesting he's ready.
I'm no doctor, but as I understand it it's the funny bone nerve. Guitar players can be bothered by it, along with baseball players. It's usually more problematic for pitchers than position players. There are various non-surgical treatments.
Goldschmidt homered last game. He just didn't homer three times. What a slacker.
I don't think he would be drafted -- if he went through with it. And I don't think he is going to go through with it. I think this is him taking the opportunity get feedback and interaction with teams, and that's really smart to take advantage of, because he does eventually want to play in the league. What I think he's going to find out is that he is nowhere close to being ready fro that realm of basketball. I think he's going to get a good sense of what he needs to improve on, and hopefully (for him) that leads to a motivated junior season that might turn him into a draft pick. But right now, Jeremiah Tilmon has no business leaving for the NBA. Good to get the feedback though ,and it's good that the NCAA allows players to experience that now.