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I have to think that if Harrison Bader finds his rhythm, that they'll bring up the old Florida Gators outfielder at some point. He is crazy-athletic and plays a hard-nosed brand of baseball. His numbers in Double-A last year were fantastic (Gold Jerry, Gold!), but he struggled some in Memphis. If he plays well early on, I can see him getting a look-see (Do people say look-see? Is that even spelled right? Looksie?)
Hello Daveed, and yep, you sum up the emotions of Bluenote fans from Warrenton to Waterloo. The reality is this: From a business-standpoint, the Blues should get assets for Kevin Shattenkirk. This is a good team currently, but not a great team. But it has the potential to transition into a great one as quickly as next sesaon. But adding a couple players when you're going to lose Shatty is key. Clearly, if they kept him, he would play valiantly and contribute to the power play and give amazing quotes to the media (He's first-team All-interview). But does Shattenkirk make the difference between winning one round and winning three?
First of all, I will personally sell my car and my old baseball cards and help FINANCE the sequel to Dirty Work. I still quote that Norm MacDonald cult classic like every third day. Sure it got a 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but I'd give it at least a 69 percent, maybe even 70. As for your Qs, I think it'll be Mizzou football. I think they'll have a pretty sturdy season next year, possibly 7 or 8 wins. They won't crack the top-25 next year, but here's lookin at you, 2018. As for Mizzou basketball, are they closer to the bottom 25?? Give them credit for playing hard lately and all that stuff, but what a mess that program is.
Well, on paper, sure. If they can keep Gordon from Webster Groves, if Jordan Goodwin proves to be a next-level stud and some of these transfers look good, then, man, I think they'll be in the tourney in 2019!
I'm not familiar with that, so I googled. Apparently, The OA is an American mystery drama web television series with science fiction, supernatural, and fantasy elements.... I don't see that being my bag. I like This Is Us though! And that Mamma's Family
Well, I'd have to say B... they had a need, and they got it -- in a guy who had a .393 on-base percentage for a championship team. The Cecil move was solid, but let's not forget -- that wasn't as much an upgrade as a fill-in for Duke's injury (but in years to come, the Cards could have both guys in the pen). I think it was a good offseason by NOT overspending on a starting pitcher like Jered Weaver, and instead seeing what they can get out of Wachasenthalyons.
Well, let's unpack this. 10 would be Carlos. Reyes would've given you 150ish innings. We saw his stuff, we saw his demeanor, we saw his rankings in prospect lists. All signs point to him being productive when healthy. But he wasn't gonna pitch 200 innings. And maybe Wacha and friends can fill in valiantly. So anyway, I say it's a 7.
Over, but just a little. I think they're still right around 90.
A fair question, but why can't the guys they already have be the equivalent to a Hammel? I remember being on The Writers' Block in previous months, and everyone was gushing about how much starting pitching depth the Cards have. Wacha! Rosenthal in a new role! A healthy Lyons! Weaver! John Costello!! If you've put this much effort into growing and developing these guys, you might as well see it through.
The big question. I think the Cardinals will be better this season, and I think the Cubs won't be as good. Do they meet at, say, 95 wins? Or will the Cubs still end up on top. Look, Chicago is a daunting, daunting club. But can their staff recreate what it did last season? Is this the year Lackey slips some? Is Kyle Hendricks really a top-3 pitcher in the National League?? Meanwhile, the addition of Fowler should change the dynamic of the Cards' offense. You've got three OBP gobblers. I'm high on Randal Grichuk having a big mashing season. And there's the Pisco Kid. To answer your question, I don't think STL will overtake the Cubs, but I think STL will be in the playoffs.
It's an interesting take, and one that isn't talked about as much, but you have to consider the allocation of Blues money. Big bucks into Petro. They're gonna make it rain on Parayko (hopefully not with Canadian dollar coins, because that could hurt). They're paying Bow. And the money that Shatty will demand might be out of STL's range, knowing how much they're going to already allocate to Petro and Parayko to be the top-two defensemen (something Shatty surely believes he is). And yea, the Lehtera and Berglund contracts have been frustrating. Jori is not great.
Here's the thing about Romar -- the only thing enticing about him is his connection to the Porter family. And honestly, like I mentioned in the Saturday Notes Column this past weekend, Mizzou should make a big push to get Michael Porter Sr to be a Mizzou men's assistant next year, regardless. Romar is a close family friend, but he's shown, consistently, that he can't win with top talent (they've got like the best player in the country right now and they still stink!). From chatting with some people, and just thinking it through, I'd have to wonder if bringing in a new head coach and Porter Sr as an assistant could be enough to get MPJ and Jontay to come home to Columbia, while being on campus with their sisters Bri and Cierra, who play for the up-and-coming Mizzou women's bball team (No. 24 in the country!). As for the next coach, I think it's important to get a guy who HAS been a head coach before. That Illinois State coach will be surely looked at by both schools in the Braggin Rights game.
That's a fair way of looking at it. But I think we're in our Cardinals bubble a lot -- other teams go into seasons with question marks too. It's hard to say that an All-Star shortstop is a question mark. Yes, Diaz has only played one full season, but still. As for the others, you're right, there's no way around it. 2B -- who can Wong be and will he even get 500 at bats do prove it? 3B -- who will even be playing there by August? Jhonny? Jhedd? Todd Frazier? Evan Longoria? and LF -- I mentioned I'm pretty high on Grichuk mashing, but there are question marks there. With the rotation, I'm a little more optimistic.
hahaha I'll have to check out that place. In Jupiter, I enjoyed The Outback Steakhouse. Also, Tiger Woods has a restaurant there, and it's like a zoo -- cougars roaming.
(I'll use ellipses to space out my thoughts in here, because if I press return for a new paragraph, it posts what I've typed). The biggest takeaway from people has been that writers have zeroed in on Cardinals fans saying vile things to Fowler, when it's clear that fans of numerous teams have. Even Cubs fans, who praised him for winning the WS, said mean things towards the CF on Cubs Facebook pages. ... What's frustrating is this -- Yes, it is obvious that some STL fans are jerks and will say things very nasty (sometimes without even reading the quote or article they're mad about). But -- what percentage of the fan base is this? It's tough to quantify. It could very well be a loud but small minority of the fan base. .... The thing about focusing on the STL fan base is -- Fowler is THEIR guy! He's on their team. You'd think that fans of his team wouldn't be as fiercely rude to him. Normally, you hate the other team's guy -- here are fans hating their own guy. ... Is this news? That's been a big debate amongst fans and other journalists. Like, Fowler says the travel ban is unfortunate because it affects his family. But the bigger story is the response, and that Fowler himself wrote multiple tweets explaining what he's going through. When that happens, like it did on Sunday at 1 pm, then I believe that's a news story.
Good points, but here are some counter-arguments. One, Grichuk is pretty dang athletic and should upgrade LF. Two, Wong should (they say) play every day, so that'll sturdy up things at second. Three, yes, Diaz has some range issues, but in regards to the actual errors, most of those came early last season. So he should be better.
If Ford was to leave SLU for Mizzou, my guess is it would be because he can get his local recruits to transfer to Mizzou (or switch their commitment to Mizzou). And, cash money. He'd get a lot more money to coach in a bigger conference with bigger facilities.
Ha! Love your optimism. Hard to think Carp will be MVP, but I see him returning to the midsummer classic. As for Carlos, some people have been steadfast to me that he can't win the Cy this year, because he never threw a 200-inning season. I did this research last month, and will share it here (which should help your argument): Well, it’s quite possible for a guy to both reach 200 for the first time and finish high in the Cy voting that same season. Tim Lincecum had thrown 146 1/3 innings as a rookie when, in his second season, he eclipsed 200 and won the Cy Young (and then, he won the Cy Young again in his third season).
In Corey Kluber’s first full year of starting, he threw 147 1/3 innings – the following year, he threw 235 2/3 … and won the 2014 Cy Young. Jake Arrieta had never pitched more than 159 innings entering 2015. That year, he pitched 229 and won the Cy.
At age 24 and in his second season of starting, David Price went from 128 1/3 to 208 2/3 and Price finished second in the Cy.
Heck, last season, Kyle Hendricks didn’t even reach 200 (he had 190 and has never reached 200), but the Cub finished third in the voting, in part due to his league-best 2.13 ERA and 188 ERA-plus.
And as a rookie in 2013, the late Jose Fernandez pitched 172 2.3 innings and came in third.
No, I’m not saying Carlos will definitely win the Cy Young in 2017. I’m just saying – his previous credentials and current competition shouldn’t keep him from the discussion.
Oh yeah, that's definitely fair, especially considering that Maddon won't win it, so he's out of the running
I'd hope that my city affiliation wouldn't affect who I vote into the HOF or not (I don't get a vote for another 7 years though anyway, but maybe that'll coincide with Yadi). But I will say -- Yadier Molina is probably the greatest defensive catcher ever, and if not, he's in the photo. In addition, he's been a part of two World champs, he's hit a solid .285 for his career (not HOF-y on its own, but complements the defense) and he's a perennial All-Star. We look back at the greats of this generation, and he's one of them. Hard to see him missing the HOF just because he didn't hit a buncha homers or something.
A great question. He's gotta still be your starter by May, at least.
It's fantastic. I adore it. Not ironically.
Thanks, I think it's important to cover womens sports. There are SO many female athletes out there, and in this STL community, so it's cool to share their stories. I'll be heading to Columbia on Wed to do another piece about the women's team. They're super-awesome.
OK, I gotta run to a lunch! Let's do this again next week!!!