A fair question. Right away, 12-year-old Benjamin is blown away by the fact that Trumbo is still out there. On the back of his baseball card, he has 47 homers and 108 RBIs and he's still out there? A team didn't give them every penny inside their bank account? But that's the reality of modern baseball -- you don't sign someone on what someone has done -- you predict their future. And a lot of that is by looking at trends. For instance, HE NEVER WALKS. It's bad, man. .316, .316, .299 -- those were his past three OBPs! And that Cards have talked often about upgrading their defense -- this guy doesn't bring too much to the table in that regard.
So it seems, right? It's funny -- today on The Writers' Block radio show, we were listening to a Jerry Jones quote from literally one year ago today. The Cowboys' owner, whose face just became legal drinking age, talked so highly about the greatness of what Stan Kroenke was doing in LA . But of course, he was referring to the stadium -- and the area surrounding it -- not the football product itself. That dang stadium is supposed to cure everything, revolutionize everything and obviously smart or, at least, rich men believe it will. But yep, we saw that NFL ratings went down in LA this year. And now the fans that are already lukewarm about one franchise could split allegiances.
Anything is possible (well, nearly anything is possible), but let's not forget -- Brian is playing even worse than Jake this season. So perhaps the Blues went 1-for-2 with their goalie decision ha. With Allen, the optimist says he's just going through a really weird time becoming a father, and his routine has been shaken. But the realist/pessimist says that "Jake St. Louis" hasn't been stellar or steady all season, notably on the road.
I think Amy Adams is splendid. One of my favorite celebs. Haven't seen that movie though -- though some people say I look a lot like Tom Ford (I'm sorry I mean Gerald Ford).
Fans of this chat (or is that an oxy moron?) know that I'm not too excited about Jhonny Peralta. Yes, if he plays 155 games, he'll probably get his share of homers. But I'm not optimistic about his overall production. I was hoping the Cards could upgrade at third base, but the way postseason trades were going, the guy I wanted (Longoria) probably would've cost the Cardinals the entire Double A team (and the mascot and radar gun guy). I like Jedd the dude and his 30 homers last season were astounding, considering he did so in just 400 at-bats. I just don't think he's ready to be a full-time guy at third. And the fact that they both hit right-handed means you can do a true platoon.
nonono I don't think that's accurate, but he's in the conversation. Let's do this. Cardinals Power Rankings for the 2017 season. Man, it's tricky already because you don't truly know how many innings Alex Reyes will get. And who will get injured. And such. But, with 137 seconds of analysis, here we go: 1. Carlos 2. Carp 3. Dex 4. Aledmys 5. Piscotty 6. Yadier 7. Alex Reyes 8. Waino 9. Lynn 10. Oh 11. Koo
A great question. We wrote a lot about theories last season and asked the players and skipper. I suppose the best theory was that the Cards of 16 proved to be a slugging team -- and new Busch isn't a homer-hitter's ballpark. The Cards were first in the National League with 225 homers -- 121 on the road, 104 at Busch. So perhaps that played into it -- homers turning into deep flies. In regards to rectifying it, the team looks to be more athletic and not as homer-y -- Brandon Moss and Holliday are gone.
Oh my word, that would be the awesomest thing ever (except for, of course, an NBA team actually moving here). I know STL could put on a big party and a great showcase, but I just do not see the NBA saying they would spend one of their precious events in a town that doesn't have a team. Yes, I know, they once had an All-Star Game in Vegas (I'm still not fully recovered from that weekend), but that was a special circumstance because Vegas is Vegas (and because there was some talk that the league could indeed move a team there). It would be a disservice to NBA fans in a city that would have the All-Star Game to have it in, what would appear to them, some random city of STL.
I tend to look at the mosaic of a sports season. I say this because, clearly, there are moments during many Matheny seasons that were maddening. Wearing down a reliever. Using a guy too often. Not benching Brandon Moss. Taking out Matt Holliday in a double-switch. But the reality is this -- 1. For as much consternation there is toward the manager, the mosaic of the season says that, overall, he's got the team in a good situation. There might be some bad songs -- but the album is good. This past season was his worst season -- and in that season, the only one he missed the playoffs, his club was at least in the hunt until the final day.
you bring up a good point Evil Calvin (or were you trying to write Ebby Calvin?) -- a lot of fans think that when the Cards don't signed a guy, the Cards failed ... but the reality is, passing on a guy might be a stronger decision that signing him for potentially an albatross contract. Remember -- the San Diego Padres signed a bunch of dudes for a lot of money before the 2015 season. And they're still the San Diego Padres.
I don't have a crystal ball, but I will say this -- he's gotta do SOMETHIIIIIIIING by the trade deadline. Either trade for a player (possibly a center or, dare I, even a goalie) to improve the current team.... or trade Shatty to get value for the free-agent-to-be ... or somehow, creatively, figure out how to move Shatty for what you actually need. But if the Blues don't make any moves, I'll be very curious to hear Army's explanation.
I'll be signing autographs for my two actual fans from 1:00-1:01 pm on Sunday.
I don't think the Chargers move affects STL's prospects of getting a franchise because, sadly, I don't see either city ever getting a team unless a new stadium somehow magically appears. And obviously, they tried that in San Diego and couldn't get one -- and here, man, if it actually went to a vote, it would be hard to see if the city would vote in favor of paying for an NFL stadium, due to all the jilting of the past.
I dunno, I think the MLS is a pretty strong league, and the fact that they'll get 150 million from an expansion fee shows as much. Look, I know we can/have/will continue to argue about if public money should/shouldn't go into a soccer stadium. But I'll simply say this -- if we don't get a team now, we're going to be kicking ourselves 20 years from now. The league is growing, the sport is growing (I know, every generation says that about soccer, but last generation, there wasn't a 20-plus team pro league, so it's definitely growing some). And we see the popularity in soccer among the kids of the young generation. I just think it is an investment in our city, in rejuvenation and in getting ahead of the curve -- otherwise, we'll forever be stuck an 1904 will forever be our greatest year.
I'm not sure!! But I've said this before and will say it again -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the greatest female comedy actress ever.
She made it on the SNL cast. And on the sitcom she's known THIRD-best for, she won two Emmys (for best actress as christine on the New Adventures of Old Christine). She created an iconic character as Elaine on Seinfeld and won I think FOUR Emmys as Selina on Veep.
Atlanta will dominate Seattle. New England will beat the Texans, but it won't be as crazy a point differential as people are anticipating. Pittsburgh will win AT Kansas City (yup, you heard it here first)... and GB vs. Dallas... I think my head is going to explode, I can't decide .... um ..... I'll go with Dallas #zeke
Hey Mark -- See, I think Luke has kind of been the forgotten starter. Maybe it's because he lost some luster toward the end of September. Or because the top five jobs in the rotation are essentially spoken for. But indeed, Weaver is still a talented pitcher who will make some starts for STL in 2017. But yes, he will benefit from pitching in Memphis this season, getting more starts and seasoning.
An interesting argument. And yes, here's thinking that another contract-year guy, Lance Lynn, will definitely use that to his advantage.
A great question. There are a lot of reasons why, I think (and others think), the NFL slipped a little this year. There was the backlash to Kaepernick. There were the terrible early season "marquee" matchups on the SNF and MNF games. There were those disgusting Thursday games, with zapped players trying to perform at a high level. And just the saturation in general of "too much" football, because of Thursdays. And the concussion fallout. And I'm with you -- I think LA will be nightmarish next season, with both teams struggling. But the NFL is still the most popular thing going.
I wish man. BenFred won't let me. He's worried we'll get pulled over and my outstanding parking tickets in Clayton will get us locked up. Then again, I bet you'd watch "2 Bens In A Jail Cell."
HAHAHA will do. OK, the Hochman autograph signing at Winter Warmup, for my one fan, will be 1:00-1:00 on Sunday.
The thing is, he's had a looooot of time off (they could've brought him back in Sept, but decided against it). Lance seems to be confident in his stuff (his fastball and also his fastball) and will try to reach that 200-inning mark.
Is that that show with Lucy Lawless?
Also, was she a cousin of Tom "Bat Flippin' " Lawless?
Never say never, but I think one of the reasons they didn't sign Brouwer or Backes to longterm deals was knowing they'd have to spend big bucks on the two fellas you mentioned.
OK Chatters, I've got to run, but thank you, as always, for your questions and comments and jokes and fun!