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Well, right away, I've always been torn by the baseball playoffs in this regard: on one hand, they can tell us who are truly the best teams ... but, because of the small sample size, do the playoffs truly and fairly capture the champion? Like, because Matt Adams has this crazy-good ability to hit Clayton Kershaw, does that make the Cards better than the Dodgers? It did, even though Kershaw was like the best pitcher over the marathon of the regular season. Anyway, as for these playoffs, I think we're seeing the importance of starting pitching depth. I mean, when LA got Yu Darvish, it almost reeked of the Golden State Warriors getting Kevin Durant. Yet, last night's game was an airtight one that, if the Dodgers lost, with another game at AZ on the schedule, could've flipped the series. And Darvish pitched really really well and won the thing. So yeah, we'll talk a lot about an "impact bat" this offseason. And a closer. But who are the RELIABLE starting pitchers on the Cardinals right now? They should probably add at least one vet, just in case.
What's up man -- I didn't see the Cubs fan story, but I don't think the experience of a MLB game would change too much with big, expansive netting. I once went to a game in Tokyo. There was crazy netting. And it wasn't like I was like "I CAN'T SEE THROUGH THIS CRAP!!" It was fine. Also, that was a weird game, because I was with my sister, and she became a big fan of the starting pitcher that day: Koji Uehara. My sister is a huge Cardinals fan, so now twice -- 13 with Sox and now with Cubs - she's had to root vehemently against her beloved Uehara.
hahaha ... yes, I hear ya. That was weird.. watching the Blues, during the day, against the Islanders, in Brooklyn. Some thoughts on the Blues:
1. So far, so fun. This team is missing numerous key cogs, but they're starting off games passionately and passing sharply.
2. Tarasenko is a gift to our city. I hope we all appreciate what we have in front of us. This dude is a star. He finds open areas of the goal as big as one hockey puck, and he ho-hum wrists a hockey puck into that spot. The Cardinals need a Tarasenko.
3. Jake Allen, especially in these close-range situations, has been super-confident and effective. That said, can they try to reduce these close-range scoring chances??
4. The Blues aren't the only STL team that needs a "closer." OK, that's dumb, but I think you see what I mean -- just like the Birds need a closer, the Blues need a mindset and ability to close out games in the third period. Three games, three times the other team has come back to make it close.
Yeah, I keep wondering -- "what did Philadelphia know about Schenn that the Blues didn't?" Because the Flyers surely saw how terrible Lehtera was last season, right? But yeah, so far, Schenn has been ... dare I ... Schenn-sational for St. Louis (I hate myself. I apologize to my wife and family for that pun.) But yeah, Schenn has bolstered that second line, making some brilliant passes. Like, big-time passes. And he's aggressive. A boss out there. And while his puck throw was idiotic, did I see a pretty good throwing form? Is it possible he could be key to both the St. Louis Blues and... the St. Louis bullpen! (again, I apologize)
What's up Henry.. I'm actually looking into going to the Valle Catholic game this Fri! Friday the 13th football next to a cemetary!
Let's talk about Dex. He started off so slow, that it kind of set the mindset for St. Louis that he wasn't a great get. And, of course, he was injured a couple times -- and played hurt, too. And, we don't know howwww much his health affected his play, but his center field defense was slow-footed at times and pretty much not good overall. BUT -- on May 25th, Dexter was hitting .205. For the remainder of the season, 78 games played, Fowler hit .296, with a beautiful .394 OBP and a .529 slugging. That's Tommy Pham-esque!! Anyway, to answer your question, I don't think Dexter is the answer at the 3-5 spot. I don't think Dexter himself thinks that either -- I sensed that while talking to him in the clubhouse in the last week of the season. But I do have faith that Dexter will have a solid year next season as a top of the order guy... and I do think they should move him to left field.
I don't think the Angels will trade Mike Trout. But if they do, I'd trade both Sierra and Bader and basically anyone for him. He's MIKE TROUT.
I think the precedent has been set that teams trading All-Stars will demand a haul, regardless of the All-Star's contract situation. We saw it with Sale and Eaton and I'm sure we'll see it with others moving forward. So I doubt the Cards can give up just Randal and a prospect to get a top-three MVP guy who just hit eleventy billion home runs. That said, I'm totally open to a creative look into acquiring this guy. I know it would be uncharted waters. I know JD Martinez seems like the safer get. But I just look at this offseason as one that'll be FRANCHISE-DEFINING FOR ST. LOUIS. The Cubs could very well win the danged World Series again. The Brewers were in the mix all season. As we're seeing out West, the Dodgers ain't going anywhere, and the young Rockies and Diamondbacks look be a Wild Card threat for years to come. And I haven't even mentioned the NL East yet. The Cardinals will have to reach the "puke point" that Michael Girsch told our Cards beat writer Derrick Goold about. This -- THIS -- is the offseason in which the Cardinals do something that makes them possibily uncomfortable. Because this is the postseason they must upgrade ... or fear to fall behind. And yes, we're all excited about the young pitching. But you know who was else excited about all its young pitching? The Mets. Young pitching is awesome, but Tommy Johns happen, injuries happen, unreachable expectations happen.
I like how you used the phrase "coordinator," because the Cardinals definitely could benefit from that in regards to the pitching. Look, Matheny made some bullpen usage mistakes -- he also made some smart moves too -- and advanced stats show that Matheny could improve in that regard. I think Lilliquist was very key to big wins over the decade, and I also think a fresh voice and approach will benefit the Cards, who have a lot of young pitchers. Matheny is actually open to analytics, and I think it'll benefit the Cards to find the best conduit between the manager and the general manager's office, where the analytics folks find the best stats and best approaches to managing innings and moments.
It's hard to say what the Angels would do, but that contract is a monster. And I struggle with the Cardinal thing ... like "she's a Cardinal fan" or "she's a Cardinals fan" ... I'm sure Derrick has the right answer. And it's never SOCK.
Well, I think his status as a former Cardinal/Cardinals catcher is what gives him any leash to begin with. It's part of why it all worked to begin with -- if the Cards had hired the Padres' Mike Matheny equivalent to manage, I don't think it would've worked. Anyway, as for evaluating Matheny, may I point out that some very smart baseball analysts feel the manager has only a marginal effect on a team's outcome. I do think Matheny is under the microscope too much in this town, compared to the front office and the players themselves. He can improve as a manager -- he said as much at the press conference last week: " All across the board I want to be better. You mentioned communicating – I think that that changes as you bring in new people and personnel. Obviously strategically and using some of the resources we have. Being more forward-thinking. Always trying figure out ways that we can take things to the next level. I think that the day – I haven’t been around doing this very long – I don’t care how long you’re doing something, the day that you figure you have it all figured out you’re done. Every day we show up as a staff trying to figure out something new. What are we missing? How do we become better? We have every much a learning environment inside of our clubhouse, from our players through our staff and upstairs. Always looking to push the needle forward." So anyway, I suppose the leash thing comes down to this coming season. If they don't make the playoffs, if they're good-not-great, then maybe three in a row is when you decide to make a change.
Oh, that was supposed to be a G! (just kidding. Not sure who made the report card, but yes, Waino was probably a little lower that a C)
Boring time? No way man! Blues are fascinating, they have a superstar, they have a budding star defenseman, and they're winning. Mizzou basketball is going to be the biggest story around for stretches. I've said this before -- even if Mizzou had just nabbed Jeremiah Tilmon, it would've been a big deal for Mizzou. Instead, they got Tilmon, Porter, Porter, Harris, Roberts, etc. And a new coach implementing his own system, trying to revitalize a program from a college that is in flux with enrollment dropping and repercussions of the 2015 protests -- this is all rather riveting. Oh, and Illinois has Mark Smith! And maybe there will be a Mizzou football coaching search! And SLU basketball! And even if a team is a "dumpster fire," that still means we'll cover the heck out of it -- if anything, we need to be very critical and analytical, like we were last year with Kim Anderson. And -- the Cards hot stove will be more exciting that the 2017 season was! SPORTSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
Hello Jock Ewing. How's Miss Ellie? Hard for me to see five MORE wins on that schedule, and I've been screaming this for months -- if Mizzou doesn't make a bowl in the second season, because of the extenuating circumstances with the school, you have to consider getting a new coach. Who is that coach? Too early to know. That Troy coach seems pretty good though, huh
Can't have both. Not in the National League. Gosh, man, that's a good Q... because I don't know if I could stomach 150 games with Carp at 3B. Would Hosmer's additional offense make up for Carp errors? So I'll take Hosmer.
I was in college with the comedian Mike Holmes. I wonder if they're related.
Only if Dexter is No. 2 and Carp is on another team.
hahah ... Look, I've been one of the most bullish people in town on Grichuk. I'm enamored by his bat-speed and home run potential. But he's good for a strikeout a game, swinging aimlessly at some outside pitch. I will just say this. The Cardinals NEED some key bat added to the lineup. There is a pretty good change that human will be an outfielder (JD Martinez or one of the Marlins dudes). But if they get Donaldson for 3B, then you could probably still see through either Pisco or Grichuk in right (assuming you trade one to Toronto). But to your point, you cannot plan on having Randal as a No. 2-4 hitter in your lineup and plan to earn a playoff spot.
Great question. Right now, you've got Carlos, Wacha, Weaver. Waino's a maybe, because of his injury and how he'll return from it. And Reyes is ultimately a top starter, but maybe not to start the season, considering that in 16 he would've began the season in the bullpen, and now he's even a year removed from that). So yeah, right now, the old "if the season started today" thing, Flaherty is likely a fifth starter. Though does Tyler Lyons get any more consideration as a starter. But the thing is, I'm a proponent for the Cards to sign a veteran pitcher on a short-term deal. They gotta gobble up innings. And they need reliable depth. So if they can do that, which I'm fine with, I'm also fine with Jack starting in Memphis.
I know that the Pete Davidson lookalike is the "third" option of the Marlins OFs, per most fans. But let's look at this fella. Over last three years, his OBP is .371. He's under an affordable contract (who knows, maybe that means they could also go after a corner infielder). He's 26 this winter. He's got a fluid lefty swing, and the Cards could use some lefties.
Well, I think the best route would be to get a grouping the following actors AS their TV characters, in the stands at a Blues game, talking about STL the hockey town and STL as an All-Star Game venue: Don Draper, Randal Pearson, Pam Halpert, Kimmie Schmidt.
OK I gotta head downtown to film this week's 2 Bens! Thanks as always gang. There will be the "greatest hits" of this chat posted later today in slideshow form. See ya next tues at 11!