Great to be back in the chat room. Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
I know my guy BenFred is pushing for Bryce Harper, but I might faint if DeWitt spent that kind of money. I could see Donaldson, though, and another run at the (gulp) veteran reliever market.
That's the skill level we've been talking about. Both of those set-ups were big-boy moves. Kyrou can really dangle and we saw Thomas find his next gear. We got a glimpse of what a loaded offense could look like. The Blues should be dangerous every shift, as long as they aren't letting teams pin them in their own zone.
As I've noted before, the new goal should be 100 victories because 1) the NL Central is ultra-competitive, so 90 doesn't cut it any more and 2) in any given year several teams will be in tank-and-rebuild mode. Teams that are committed to winning should feast on those teams.
Dexter Fowler likely gets first crack at that, given the nearly $50 million left on his contract. And while I wouldn't trade Jose Martinez to a team seeking a DH, the Cards might make that move. Then there is O'Neill, who has certainly moved himself to the on-deck circle. Can he cut down on his strikeouts? Can he hit more singles and doubles to go with those bombs? He still has to prove he can another step or two forward.
Baseball is facing a mild business challenge for reasons explored often in these chats, but the revenue streams are still massive and even mid-level free agents rake in major coin. Get back to us in 10 years with this whole baseball-is-dead thing.
Ideally, sure. But there are plenty of right-handed batters who don't melt into a puddle when forced to bat against a right-handed pitcher. And, again, Fowler will get his crack to do what he did in 2017 getting most of his ABs from the left side. And keeping Wong on the field would help balance up things as well.
There is some wisdom there. Fans equate big, flashy signings with trying to win. And sometimes they help. But I believe the easiest Cards path to 100 victories is adding offensive upgrade plus building a bullet-proof bullpen to back what should be an elite starting rotation. The Cards are in a unique position with all of their quality low-cost pitching and that is something they can build on.
No, I don't think St. Louis can support two teams at these MLB prices. I amazed the Cards top 3 million fans for one team. And as always note, it takes big corporate dollars to make franchises prosper and there just isn't enough of that here.
Frankly, every MLB rakes in enough shared revenue to afford a Harper, Machado or Arenado long-term. Now, doing that and building the rest of the roster can be tricky, but I'd say at least 20 games could comfortably spend top dollar on a superstar and still afford to field a solid team.
The Cardinals can afford to spend another $30 million in total payroll, so signing a Harper and keeping a lot of the young pitchers aren't mutually exclusive. It would create a budgeting challenge, true, but the key would be avoiding spending more than $16 million per year on a .180 hitter or $14 million on a reliever who loses late leads.
It will be interesting to see what they do at shortstop did Didi off for elbow repairs. That team already has lots of power, so it will be fun to see how it tries to counter the juggernaut up in Boston.
Yeah, I do expect Carpenter to play out his contract here while the Cardinals develop a couple of corner infield prospects. And, yes, Carpenter does need to start and finish better. That power surge was great, but a real MVP candidate does limits slumps to a week here or there.
Again, I'm cool on Harper because the Cards currently have a $50 million issue in right field, with a .300 hitter (Martinez) and a power guy (O'Neill) as Plans B and C. I see third base as a place to invest for next season while seeing what become of Fowler or if Ozuna can become a long-term offensive asset.
No, the Blues are who we thought they are. Their depth of talent was on display against Calgary. This will be a highly entertaining team. Will it come together and become a serious playoff threat? We'll see, but do know this team will be about twice as much fun to watch as last year's team.
Our answer is always the same on that. One, the Blues need to be in pretty good shape heading into the playoffs (health, goaltending, good team vibe) and then it has to get better and better as the postseason progresses. Sometimes teams don't improve at all, sometimes they improve to a degree and then stall . . . and once in a great while they transform themselves into a serious Cup threat, as teams like Vegas and Nashville did while almost winning it all. Mike Yeo talks about the Blues "finding their game," but in the playoffs it's about finding new levels of game again and again and again.
Fans are more supportive of teams that contend yearly versus sporadically, so the DeWitt Model has worked in that sense. But I think we all agree that setting higher goals will be the first step toward getting back into the pennant chase for real.
The Cards had enough talent to bid for the title this season if they had stayed healthy, so they are not far off. The quantity and quality of their young (and inexpensive) pitching is a strong foundation for success.
Come, this is just sports. And do many people really really have strong feelings about the DH?.I believe most fans just shrug at this issue.
A left-handed hitter for third base isn't critical. A true impact hitter hitting either way would be nice. Even the 30-homer version of Gyorko would be a difference-maker.