Hello! I don't think the Cards have won a game since my last online chat! Let's break down some Cardinals and Mizzou and Blues and other sports topics.....
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OK, let's break this down. The reality is, most everyone is, categorically, trade-able. No you don't trade Carlos or Reyes or Yadi or Waino, but other than that, sure, the conversation is "allowed." However, if you're to trade Lynn right now, what are you saying? Yes, Lance might not re-sign with STL and you'll get some prospects for him. But a trade of Lynn right now is giving up one of your few actual productive players. Look, the Cardinals are seldom sellers. Like, maybe in 1992 or something, but it's not their MO. And even though the team is playing poorly right now, the reality is -- they're still in the playoff mix. If they make a move, it should be to quick IMPROVE the current team. In other words, don't trade Lynn until you're totally giving up on the season. That could be come trade deadline, but not now. As for Carp, sure he's trade-able. Hate to suggest it, and wouldn't have even a month ago, but at this point, why not? Allen Craig 2.0?
In retrospect, I wonder why everyone made fun of that "I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial? An old lady was in pain, and America's schoolchildren just laughed and laughed. Anyway, the Cardinals right now are terrible. But one thing I've contended for the past couple weeks is -- if Fowler and Carpenter just played as their intended selves, the team wouldn't be THIIIIIS bad. So I'm glad that Matheny moved Carp/Marp/Mendoza into the No. 1 spot and moved Dexter down. They need to try something. But yes, the lineup is infuriating. Maybe Kolten will be a boost? You know who else would be a boost? ANY MARLIN OUTIFELDER.
As for these Stanley Cup Finals (or The Stanley Cup Final), I'm happy with either team winning. Pittsburgh and Sidney would cement a legacy with a win. I think that's cool, especially in the modern era of sports and all that. And Nashville makes for an amazing story because they were the last team in, and Subban is a star and the fans are fervent. Look, it's easy for us to point fingers at their fanbase being "new," but lets not forget that St. Louis got to cheer on it's team to a SUPER BOWL just four years after the team came to town. And I was in Nashville for one of those Blues-Preds playoff games. Even if they were pumping in music (which I cannot prove), the fans were SO into it. You could tell there was passion, you could tell they care. So yeah, I know Nashville and hockey goes together like St. Louis and untoasted ravioli, but they've had that team for nearly two decades and a lot of those folks truly care.
I really enjoyed a piece by my namesake Ben Godar from Viva El Birdos. He broke down teams in regards to amount of Blue Chip players (6+ WAR), Red Chip (4-6 WAR) and Yellow Chip (2-4 WAR). Wrote Ben (not me or Frederickson): "By this measure, the 2017 Cardinals project to have 11 “Chip Players,” ten Yellow and one Red. Of the 150 team/seasons in the study, only 25 have managed that many total Chip Players, and all but six of those made the playoffs." ... In other words, it's hard to overcompensate for a lack of blue chip players. Now look, there's always that feeling a "NEW" guy on another team is surely better than what you've already got. Call up the AAA pitcher! Play the backup quarterback or other goalie! So we have to be cautious before we just scream about change. But, yes, the current St. Louis Cardinals are slumping and relying on slugging from a guy whose never had 500 at-bats in a season (and entered the spring in competition to even start at third base). The Grichuk thing hurts STL too -- I thought the dude would be on the All-Star team, and now he's not even on the regular team. But yes, the pitching is still good enough to get these guys to the playoffs IF the offense is better. So I'm all for the "NEW" player, be it Yelich or Ozuna or Longoria (I know, big contract) or Donaldson, as long as Alex Reyes isn't in the deal.
Other tidbits -- Zach Duke should return at some point (right?) ... and Chris Maloney must be held accountable for his third-base coaching. ... and often times, you can make an excuse/explanation for Matheny decisions. But pulling Lance that day? Even with the Fowler hit, I think it was the wrong move, since the bullpen is bull.
That's what makes this Warriors super-team that good -- there iiiiiiiis competition. That other team over there is tremendous, featuring the greatest athlete to ever play basketball, teamed with an all-star point guard and a big-time rebounder. And the Warriors are clobbering them. And I'm proud of Durant and Curry and all them, but I just am not as astonished by the team, because OF COURSE they should be doing this well. Like, my mind is blown: You're tellin me that the team that won NBA title in 2015, won most games EVER in 2016, has best shooter ever & then got another MVP might win 2017 title???? The bigger story would be if they didn't win it all. Also, all of this harkens back to that Dallas Mavericks team that won the title against the first James-Wade-Bosh team. That really was an incredible display and performance by a team with one superstar.
An interesting question. But something must be done in the next few weeks, or the team will be so bad at the trade deadline that the season won't need "re-tooling."
Fair, and that's why Yelich is even more enticing. Last season he slashed .298/.376/.483 with 21 homers and 38 doubles.
Fair, however, you can't deny that the Cardinals starting pitching is so strong that you don't want to just waste the season. If STL thinks Fowler will improve, Grichuk could be a boost, Wong returns... then maybe it is just a big slugger/WRC+ guy who can alter the direction of the current team.
Some good points. And yes, there's no question that Oscar's death looms over the Cardinals in numerous ways. He'd still be under Cards control today, and they'd still probably have Shelby Miller. But life can throw some nasty curveballs. As for Allen Craig, he was no longer Allen Craig by the time they traded him for John "Country Stuff" Lackey, who ended up being a stud in 2015 (and helped out in 2014 too)
Definitely NCAA. Here's the thing -- it's easy to point at LSU and Washington and say "they had the No. 1 player and didn't make any postseason hay!" ... But here's the thing -- even though Mizzou stunk last season, three veteran players are returning -- Puryear, Barnett and Phillips. Each play a different position, each play hard out there. If those fellas can provide veteran leadership and stability on the court -- but not be expected to score more that their ceilings -- then I think Mizzou will be a tourney team with MPJ, Tilmon and the other newcomers. Also, Cuonzo's teams always play defense well.
Wong could very well be part of a larger trade. But right now I'm not sure what they could get for the often-demoted Grichuk.
Perhaps, but goodness gracious, isn't this a good problem to have (assuming Duke is actually consistent and effective)/
So last night, Symphony Girl and I went to Louie's Wine Dive, but I didn't get wine. I tried this beer and it blew my mind. Perennial Hop N Tea. It's a sour beer, and it's like candy. Yes, it's an acquired taste, but once acquired, it's glorioussssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
I suppose I'd ask back the question to you just a week ago, after Waino beat the Dodgers. At that point, did you think they were in contention? I think there was a little more optimism. But yes, the past seven games have been debacle on debacle. No quality starts. Nine runs if four games at Cincinnati. So the optimist's side of this says -- surely Fowler will start playing better, right? But the realist says -- even so, will others?
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I wish/hope! But the Blue Jays, once 17-24, are now 29-31 and Josh Donaldson has been a beast. He has seven homers in his 20 total games this season, and he's slashing .300/.410/.671. In other words, he and his team are playing TOO well for them to trade him right now.
Small world! That makes me smile. Yep, on July 1st, I will be Mr. Benjamin Hochman!! Wait
Yea, he seemed a little upset hagahah. He grabbed the wooden bench and shook up like he was a WWE wrestler (I wonder what Lance Lynn's nickname would be if he actually was a WWE wrestler). Lance is a prideful guy and no one is more confident in Lance's abilities than Lance. And he was under 100 pitches. He felt he could go more innings, and he's proven to at times be better as he gets later in the games. And, he wouldn't admit it, but I'd guess he felt like all of us did -- there's no way this current bullpen could go four scoreless innings.
That's fair, and of course players can go whether they want. It just put a bad taste in my mouth when THE best team got one of the best players.
An interesting question. Clearly Matheny takes heat from us reporters and fans on a nightly basis via Twitter and in columns/blogs/analysis pieces. Should he actually be fired? I say no as of now, it just seems too extreme. But Matheny is clearly failing this year in numerous regards -- his team is horrendous at baserunning and makes mental mistakes defensively.
Honestly, I never played it. I loved Bases Loaded, playing that Jersey team with Bay and Paste (greatest slugger of his generation).
I like your energy -- I just wonder if a 29 year old JD is the way to go with a long-term contract (and of course, STL has had problems with previous JD outfielders ha). But I love Donaldson and am totally cool with making a Corleone offer for him.
I'm personally pretty excited about the Rockies. We talked earlier in this chat about the Blues' playoff rivals this season in Nashville. The Rockies do indeed have many caring fans, so I feel bad that they've had crappy baseball for basically all but four seasons since the team's inception. And lately, the offense has always been there. But this season, the starting pitching has been wonderful, and it's cool to see.
I like the Yomiuri Giants. I went to one of their games in 2008, and the star pitcher that day was Uehara. Little did I know he'd be back in my life five Octobers later.
To the user Jeff, can you email me about your media Q?
OK, I've gotta run and work on my weekly notes column before Cardinals clubhouse opens at 3. Thank you all! Enjoy JR's chat too today.