While I do believe the team will upgrade the offense, that win-with-pitching pitch is the one I've been making since season's end.
I keep hearing the STL will get some money out of this. But don't expect to get a team, too.
All along I have advocated for adding a middle-of-the-order bat, not necessarily a No. 3 hitter.
There is no place for realism in a sports chat. You should know that.
Shreveport on a cold December night. Nothing better!
Good one! It's the least we can do for the franchise that brought us Khalil Greene.
I dunno . . . .These Tigers can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory than any team I remember. Even a great performance could lead to heartache.
Pass interference is one of those judgment calls you can't fix with review.
Are you sure the Cardinals made no offer for Yelich? Remember, at the time Miami was going to keep him because he was under contract. Christian protested an eventually got moved. I'll grant you the Fowler point, given the outfield supply at hand. Stealing bases? Once every 10 years or so a really good stolen base prospect comes along. The Cardinals out an emphasis on adding more speed, like Bader, but for a host reasons that skill is hard to find. Pham stole some bases and ran into outs. Pham has been Ozuna-like in stretches, but also injury-prone with chronic vision problems. Your offer for Turner would not work because Ozuna is coming off shoulder surgery with an expiring contract, Weaver imploded last season and DeJong is just OK at shortstop. So you're not quite assistant GM material.
How would you know you were going to sign Arenado? There could be 15 bidders for him if he hits the market?
The draft lottery has worked in both the NHL and NBA. The tanking in those sports used to be spectacular. Nothing said "tank" quite like the Houston Rockets letting Elvin Hayes hike up fadeaways at age 38 at the end of his career. He played 88 minutes in his final two games and missed 18 of 29 shots in Rockets losses.
Well, the Cardinals traded for a prime-age hitter who smacked 37 homers and drove in 124 runs. So that is not doing the same thing over and over. That is doing something that didn't work out, at least on Year 1.
The Blues can assemble four dangerous lines. That is unique and that should get them in the playoffs if they clean up their defensive zone coverage and get steadier goaltending.
That was just one of several things that could have been done differently. Like Dave Matter says, any one of them end that game.
Ultimately Sanford will be hard-pressed to stay in the Top 9. I'd keep giving Maroon minutes because the team needs him winning those wall battles to set a tone.
This team should be more fun, if it can get it together in the defensive zone and settle down in goal. Yeo notes that the fourth Vegas line can check as well as score, but, as we saw, Thomas and Fabbri could do the same and keep this team rolling four lines.
The team should contend. He had to make early changes, like conceding the need to play Jose Martinez, and he adapted well. But he needs Ozuna to be Ozuna, key guys to avoid weeks-long injuries and key hitters to avoid weeks-long slumps.