Hicks, Flaherty, Hudson and Poncedeleon are all MLB-ready, as they demonstrated with their performance last season. They would benefit from better command, but none of those guys ever looked out of place.
OK, so fans should quit arguing that the only chance the Cardinals have to return to postseason play is to add a superstar. As I argued earlier, top-to-bottom offensive improvement, a bulletproof bullpen and elite starting pitching would get this team where it needs to go.
The upside is Fowler plays well enough for another team to take him and at least some of his dollars off the Cardinals' hands. If he didn't have a contract, I doubt the Cardinals would even invite him to spring training.
I'd agree with that argument, but only if Arizona ate some of those Greinke dollars. What happens if he loses even more steam off that fastball?
Somewhere between 99 percent and 100 percent. The off-field stuff extends to his general conditioning and preparedness, which have been insufficient to say the least.
Patrick has a good glove and some power. He did well as a part-time guy. But if this team gets an everyday third baseman, then the part-time job would go to a more versatile fielder. Wisdom is 27 years old and he has 50 big league at bats. He didn't hit for a high average in college and that trend carried through most of his big league career.
I thought the Blues got the old road team treatment in that game -- those were definitely glaring missed calls -- but I don't see any particular bias. When a team sustains pressure, it will get some calls. The Blues didn't sustain pressure in that game.
No. America's Team? Please.
Every week I point out the team needs multiple upgrades. Every week I point out that this team should raise its target to 100 victories. But I also point out that severity of the Cardinals injuries -- who missed time and for how long --played a huge factor in the finish. Fans can pretend otherwise.
Quenneville has made it clear that he is ready to work. But he wants a long-term deal for lots and lots of money to return. Otherwise he sits back and collects his $6 million this season and next.
Yeo's dismissal is more likely than a trade for a defenseman at this point. As for JayBo, the challenge for the Blues is replacing his minutes. That was evident when he was benched. Bouwmeester has played a lot and in a lot of tough scenarios, like the PK and defensive zone starts against scoring lines.
Again, Arizona would have eat some money.
Is there an audience for that? My daughter played the sport so I like it, but from a spectator standpoint I dunno.
I mean, they get to pick the size. And sometimes they get to pick their number. But colors? Logo?
I would think Seattle would want players who can actually play in return for Seager. That organization has a good read on the young Cardinals pitchers. Seager's contract might be bad, but at least he plays a premium position. Who wants to take on an outfielder who can't hit or field particularly well?
Kelly, He is the superior defensive catcher of the two.
Tennessee hasn't played its peak game this season and that could come Saturday at Mizzou's expense. But it should be a heck of a battle, worthy of the time slot.