I think you are overlooking the damage DeJong is doing in the three spot. And perhaps overlooking how the damage he is doing there is in part because of who he is hitting between. DeJong's 39 hits lead the team, by nine. His 13 doubles lead the team, by five. He ranks third in home runs (five). He's got the best average (.342) of any Cardinal with 100-plus at-bats. Same for OBP (.400). His .605 SLG trails only Ozuna's .635. He leads the team in extra-base hits (19) and runs created (21). I can go on and on. He's having an amazing start. A crazy start. It's not getting enough attention. No way, no how, do you move him.
That was odd. Sounded like they had the note of where he went, but lost it or something, and scrambled. Nice of Zeke to wear a Blues sweater. Oh, wait. Well, at least he didn't wear a Stars shirt. He's Switzerland, with a nose ring.
Ticking up by the RBI. But remember the name of his agent: Scott "Big Money" Boras. Said last week that the only thing that might reunite Ozuna and the Cardinals beyond this season is a World Series that calls for the band being brought back together. He's certainly reminding the Cardinals that he can still be the hitter they traded for but did not see last season. Can he sustain it?
New rule. We are going to press pause on the NFL and NBA expansion topic until/unless there is actually news to discuss on these topics. Neither the NFL nor the NBA have shown interest in St. Louis regarding expansion. And I can't imagine the region having any good will toward the NFL. If the NBA wants in, it doesn't show it, and there are no known investors with deep enough pockets who have presented themselves as eager to change that stance. So, unless that changes, let's find something else to talk about.
I highly doubt he has forgotten that time he was suspended for smoking weed. So, yes, I think he realizes it. You mention "getting close." To what? To getting dropped? Hardly. A not exactly fair but totally true aspect of life tells us those with more to give get more chances. Reyes has a rare arm. Him getting overheated because of poor performance and punching a wall is not going to be the reason the Cardinals cut ties with it.
He would be an internal candidate, sure. Lane Thomas. Dylan Carlson. Randy Arozarena. Someone from outside. Could go many different directions.
Dallas WAS flopping everywhere. Like fish at a market with dull blades. The refs? Everyone always complains about them. But the flopping was noteworthy.
They're leading the National League in average and have the fewest strikeouts in the NL. That's pretty much exactly what Jeff Albert came here to do -- cut down on strikeouts and increased hard contact and balls in play. The numbers likely won't always present themselves in such a crystal clear fashion as mentioned above, but it's fair to connect the dots to him, sure. The team seems to be buying what he is selling, and putting it to good use.
A bit too early to say. His last start was encouraging. Kept the ball in the yard. Walked just one. Came the closest to six innings (5.2) that we have seen from him this season. He's getting his strikeouts, and is not struggling with walks, but he needs to get his groundball rate up again. That's when he's most effective. Right now, opponents are slashing .327/.400/.594 against him. The second time through the lineup has been especially hard on him. If he takes another step back instead of forward in his next couple of starts, I would not hate seeing Ponce or Gomber get a shot at a start.
I'm not a Daniel Jones expert, but I think Lock is going to be a good NFL QB. He's got the arm. Heck, he's had the arm. His release is NFL ready. He has damn near perfect fundamentals, and ratcheted up his understanding of the game last season under Dooley, who helped prepare him for the NFL game. He's big enough to take a beating. He's mobile enough to move the pocket. He's going to benefit from some structure after cycling through offensive coordinators three times in college. And now he has the pressure of being a first-round pick lifted. He can push without pressure. It really could be an ideal situation for him in Denver.
Not sure why it says that, but you are coming through loud and clear. Ask away. And, thanks.
The idea of offering Ozuna a long-term, big-money contract is not appetizing to me, no. If he was interested in big money, short-term, I might change my tune. But consider his agent when playing that out in your head.
Great point. Many Cardinals candidates at this point. First base. Second. Shortstop. Left field. Catcher. Need some starters to pitch their way into the mix.
If you're going to exercise demons, exercise the heck out of them. The Blues went 1-1 against Boston this season. I say wish away.
That will require a definition of "playing hard." And would that observation be made if they weren't hitting well? Fowler's style has not changed. He's just having better results. And he's finally healthy. So the same things that were criticized in the past are now not. He's running the bases better because he feels better. It's not a coincidence. I think some of that is the same for Ozuna, but he is very clearly running the bases harder. That, Ill give you. I think he was challenged by his coaches and inspired by his teammates. He wants to prove he can do the things he didn't do last year. I think that says more about Ozuna -- and the difference between this season and last -- than it does about Goldschmidt.
I'm not asking you to get excited about it. Just telling you what the realistic internal options could look like in a post-Ozuna world. You might feel different about Carlson and perhaps Thomas by the end of this season, too. I think the biggest thing that would make Ozuna want to return to St. Louis would be money. Because that's the biggest carrot for any player. Beyond that, if he did not receive the offers he liked, perhaps he would be more likely to return on whatever St. Louis wanted to offer -- if St. Louis wants to offer. That's the beauty of a season. Opinions can change. On both sides. Ozuna likely feels a lot better as a Cardinal today than he did this spring. And the Cardinals likely like having him more now than ever before. Winning baseball can fix a lot of things, and there's a lot of season left.
If anything, I think the Cardinals could wind up regretting what they got for Voit, more than anything. Chasen Shreve has been a disappointment. Gallegos remains a wild-card for the most part. Voit, it appears, was worth more.