That there can be a debate about this points to the case for D, right?
He has 14 saves in 16 chances dating back to last season. I'm sorry, but I'm not in a rush to get rid of him. Not now.
That's a pretty heavy conclusion to draw after 12 games without Molina. The Cardinals are 8-4 since he last played. Good record. But it's because Molina has been out? Have a hard time buying that. We can agree the Cardinals are a better team without a physically compromised Molina. If he's healthy, he will hit better, and come up big in big moments. We've seen enough to know that.
Seven appearances since 7/13. Most in baseball during that span. Six for six in those save opportunities. And this chat wants him traded. Crazy.
That was one impressive pivot, from questioning Jeff Albert's approach to turning the pointing finger toward the newspaper. Nice plot twist. Marcell Ozuna isn't hitting worse. He's been better. Dexter Fowler has been better than last season, by a lot. Avoid the broad brush, and it gets more complicated. Albert is not off limits for criticism or questioning. Not at all. We've discussed that here, a lot. And the offensive frustrations of this lineup have been dissected and discussed at length in the coverage. Albert's voice is often absent in those pieces. You can't force someone to talk. Would love it if he did. I think it would be helpful for the fans if he did. The comments about the offense and the approach that was captured early, then lost, have come from Shildt and Mozeliak more than Albert. It's fair to want to see more from him. I'll also add that each player says remarkably different things about their changes, if they made any, etc. A broad brush is easy. It's not always best. Getting to the bottom of what, exactly, should be attributed to Albert and his changes is a good challenge, especially if those changes have been scrapped or altered by some on the fly.
I'll wait and see here. The longer Maroon waits, the less leverage he has. The Blues have not slammed the door on the idea. There is gamesmanship in play. Would love it if he's back, especially on a one-year deal. But Armstrong refuses to let emotions get involved, and he has a long list of forwards who are hunting for playing time. I said before I think the longer Maroon waits, the more likely it is that he's back. We'll see.
Some Cardinals news. Mike Mayers back. Chasen Shreve DFA.
I think the XFL's fate in St. Louis has more to do with the players it signs and the community support it stirs up than the venue. If there are players people want to see, they will go. If there is a sense that this is STL's team, people will go. And if the team is good, people will go. I don't see how the Dome would be the deciding factor on going or not.
Mizzou AD Jim Sterk told me Mizzou should know by the end of September, at the latest. He hopes it could arrive as soon as the end of August.
Shreve was a bust. No debate there. But that deal also landed the Cardinals Giovanny Gallegos, the overlooked part in the Luke Voit deal. Gallegos has a 2.31 ERA and a .177 opponent average. He's allowed just 10.3 percent of inherited runs to score. He has 67 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. The Cardinals whiffed big on Shreve but hit a home run, it seems, with Gallegos.
Geography has nothing to do with it. Rutgers is in the Big Ten. West Virginia is in the Big 12.
I'm on the record as a Reaves homer, but Maroon -- even during his up and down season -- offered more ice time and more offensive upside than Reaves. The Reaves trade, while I did not like it at the time, turned out to be a good one for the Blues. That Sundqvist fella turned out to be pretty good.
If they are not going to extend him, the Blue Jays should trade Stroman now. His value will never be higher. The chance to have him for two postseasons is way better than a one-year rental. The Chris Archer deal could be reference point. The Rays moved Archer to the Pirates for three players: Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow and a player to be named later -- that was Shane Baz, who is now a top-10 prospect for the Rays. That hurts. The Cardinals can make a deal like that. Can they do it without trading a Nolan Gorman and Dylan Carlson? Perhaps not. How untouchable those guys are could be tested at the deadline -- if the Cardinals are determined to get better.
Mozeliak has said LH relief is being looked into. I'd expect an addition of some sort to happen. Shreve is also out of options, which made him even less valuable.
No one who wants to see Mizzou win more football games does!
It's always been good, and it's been even better lately. That's why it was critical that Mizzou did a better job here under Barry Odom. Things started out rough, in part due to the protests, but he has rebounded nicely. And now, he's rolling along. When the Alabamas and the Michigans are showing up for your area's kids, the home-state school has to get in on that action. Can't get them all. But you have to be in the discussion. Odom has always said he feels good about his chances if he can get the kid to campus. Those kids tend to really consider Mizzou, and often they commit. He's had a lot more success getting STL area players in for unofficial and official visits as of late. Winning helps, of course.