I think it will be better, in the end, than it has been through the first 4-5 starts. Right now, the Cardinals' rotation ranks 12th in the NL in innings (111), 13th in ERA (5.11) and dead last in opponent OPS (.887). The only NL rotation that has allowed more HR than the Cardinals' 27 is the Brewers' (29). It's not a scorching take to say that's not good enough. It's remarkable the Cardinals are tied for the division lead in wins with these numbers. That's a credit to the offense, which will not always put up runs like it did last night. The starters need to be better, or it will be time soon to start seeing if more reliable options can be found in the depth the organization feels so good about.
That's what I would bet on, yes.
30 minute warning, and a 30-second break. I've gotta find some allergy meds. My head is about to explode.
I think the last thing the world needs is white guys deciding what is objectionable in a me-too environment. As Westbrook likes to say: Next question!
Hard to imagine at this point, but if Miller's struggles continue and Cecil rebounds . . . I think it's a stretch, at best.
Hard to know what will happen in the future, but compared to the past, yes. This NHL postseason is unlike any other before it, in that the heavyweights were knocked out in the first round. This postseason, perhaps more than any previous postseason, rewards the team that is hot right now, and there is no team that is hotter right now than the Blues. It's been that way since January. The carpet has been rolled out. It's blue. Take it.
I don't think there is a rush, but I think it's a possibility that could happen down the line, sure. His defense is behind his offense, but his offense is so far ahead, maybe we are a little too hard on his defense. He has the arm. He looked bad at times at third, but then made some plays that made you think he could do it long-term. He's 18. Way, way too early to decide what he can't do.
Fair points. And both are playing well now.
It belongs up there with the biggest of all-time. It won't get the attention it deserves, because hockey, but man, what a collapse.
I don't have the specifics on this, so I don't know what I don't know. In general, I think Odom has been more open to media requests as he's become more comfortable in his role. He and I had a back-and-forth about declining an interview request during a trip to STL more than a year ago, and it led to a productive conversation I'm glad we had. He's been active in STL in terms of media and recruiting, but also creating relationships with high school coaches here. There were a bunch at the high school coaches clinic of his I attended to write a recent column. I think he's getting better, not worse, in general.