Yes, indeed, let's chat in the chat about Chatwood...
That's a pretty good move for those fellows over in Chicago, because Chatwood has good stuff and has good stuff that did indeed play OK away from Coors. And just two seasons ago, he had a 3.87 ERA overall! I think this is a guy that the Cards could've taken advantage of, but they instead went with The Lizard King Miles...I can't wait to meet the guy and see if he'll eat a lizard on an episode of "2 Bens in a Car." Anyway, we'll be looking at those two hurlers as the season goes on -- especially if they pitch against each other, which is entirely possible.
I'm all for Colome if the price/trade is right. Yes, yes, I get it, many teams don't like to overpay on a closer. Girsch said at a press conference that the Cardinals don't generally "pay retail" on a closer. But this is a hot stove season of over-indulging. If he's a sure bet, then get the sure bet. This is the season the Cards MUST return to where they have been, they must get 90 wins and compete for a playoff spot. The dude had 47 and 37 saves the past two years. As for other arms -- and they need other arms -- players such as Addison Reed and Pat Neshek grab my attention. I just want guys that do not walk batters.
That's a good point, I haven't heard too much about Carson Kelly this offseason, other than he did a charity event this week with Luke Voit. It is definitely possible that the Cards are getting calls about Carson, but news of it isn't leaking out. I personally find the Carson thing interesting -- if he's as good as projected, you don't put him in a trade unless he's the difference between getting you a desired stud and not getting a desired stud. But yes, it is rather peculiar that, on paper, the highest-rated catching prospect in baseball won't get a starting spot for a few years. Like, is this how it plays out? Is Carson simply the backup for all those years, into his mid-20s. One has to wonder if he gets more starts in the coming season -- more days off for No. 4, which isn't his thing.
I know down there in Florida, The Boca Breeze has respected reporters, though some consider it a commie, pinko rag.
Biggest regret of my life -- not eating the fried scorpion at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Second biggest regret of my life -- not screaming "Yo homes, smell ya lata!" when Will Smith came to visit the Denver Post newsroom in 2007.
I mean, what can we do, right? Chatwood was there, the Cards could've made a move for him, but they went with The Lizard King Miles Mikolas instead. Honestly, I'm like you are or were when the news broke. Oh? Who? Miles What? Played in Japan? Wait, he was in the majors but was bad? OK, either the Cards' scouting is ahead of the curve on this guy or behind it. (Talking to John Mozeliak last night, one thing that stood out was that they were willing to sign him to a longer contract, but Mikolas wanted to be a free agent as soon as possible, so they agreed on 2 years. In other words, the Cards were so enticed by the guy's stuff, they wanted to lock him in. He doesn't walk too many batters -- in fact, oddly, he struck out 23 batters exactly in each of the past THREE years. That's 69. Nice.
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Stay away! They don't need to invest that many years in Yu. He might be great next year, sure. But he turns 32 during next season. You want him eating up a precious rotation spot for the next half-decade!?
What makes him special is that he's the perfect character for 2017 -- a loud, over-the-top, unwavering screamer with disproportionate confidence and skewed thoughts.
very good point! Can we talk about how excited I am for Mike Maddux this coming season? Here's thinking that he'll be the "second-best offseason acquisition" by St. Louis (bat man, whomever he is, gets No. 1). I wasn't anti-Lilli or anything like that, but I'm just fascinated by Maddux, who seems to have the ability to use his brain and personality to maximize Max and other hurlers over the years. I look forward to picking said brain during Winter Warm Up or free agency.
spring training, not free agency
It's a food debate -- what to do after Stanton, if they don't get him. I like Ozuna in the sense of -- he's somebody, and somebody is better than nobody. Derrick Goold knows baseball well and he's been extremely high on Christian Yelich, who gets on base, has a pretty swing, can run and play CF at a super-high level. If I'm the Cards, I invest in Yelich over Ozuna. I might not have always said that, but I've changed my tune after talking to more people and reading more stuff on the world wide web. But here's a question I asked Derrick last night at that Mozeliak KMOX thing -- would you rather have Yelich for the next five years or Donaldson for one year and then the unknown of who they then get to fill the Donaldson role for the next four years...? He took Yelich. I said I didn't have to answer since I came up with the question.
This is interesting.. because where is the line where "stupid" begins. Like, for instance, I'm not enamored by Hosmer. I'd rather play Carp. But if you can get Hosmer and Yelich and play Carp at third, that sounds enticing. JD Martinez, who you mentioned, probably would be stupid the way the Yu Darvish signing would be -- he'll have a sturdy 2018 most likely, but at what point does his contract end up messing with your flexibility in coming seasons? So I guess what I'm getting at is, I'd be cool with Yelich over Pisco or Randal. But here's thinking that Piscotty is not on the Cardinals this coming season.
Probably, yeah. I mean, if they win the World Series in the next three years with Stanton, then, boom, you did it. I think what would be frustrating is if the Stanton-led Cards are really good in those three season, make the playoffs but don't win it all, and then he leaves for another team. But like you said, being stuck with Stanton in later years, like the Angels are with Albert (I know it's not apples-to-apples though) is something that's not enticing.
Hello Sportz Rod, good to hear from you. Coach Martin talks often about earning the spot, and Blake hasn't necessarily "earned" the spot (or, more specifically, earned the major minutes). Kash Rules Everything Around Missouri shouldn't be the PG. Sometimes, when Geist is out there, I wonder if he's a regular student who won a contest (though I love his hustle). And I've been vociferous about Terrence Phillips, who made me look good in the UCF game but not in the Miami game. I still think Terrence will have more sturdy games than non-sturdy games. Keep him in the mix, please. But give Harris a longer leach. Or-- bring back my guy
To be honest, Jack -- I've been thinking the same thing you've been, Except for your last sentence. No way he stays THREE YEARS holy moly. At worst, he stays one and gets a different choice of teams at the trade deadline or the winter of 2018.
Gracias! I'll have to check it out. Right now, Angela and I only have two shows we watch -- This Is Us and Curb Your Enthusiasm (though Angela fell asleep during, of all episodes, the episode when Larry falls asleep at Hamilton). Most of our nights are filled with watching Blues/Mizzou/SLU/Jayson Tatum.
I don't like it. I don't want a previous head coach in that spot. And not that guy.