The talent is there. If the Blues can win, say, 10 of 12 games sometime soon that would put them within range and give the group renewed purpose.
Quit picking on Jay Bouwmeester. He's actually played well lately.
I believe his chronic eye problems and lengthy history of orthopedic injuries played a bigger role, along with his advancing age and declining '18 production. While this Cardinals ownership group has never been thrilled with players popping off, it can tolerate a durable, consistent, all-star-caliber player making a bit of noise.
Not really. Playing in that hitter's ballpark, the Reds will need outstanding pitching to hold up in a race featuring the Cubs, Brewers and Cardinals. I don't see that yet.
I could see Mizzou playing neutral site football games in St. Louis (Busch Stadium) or Kansas City moving forward, given the school's disappointing attendance in Columbia. The same goes for basketball in the STL, given all the local talent Cuonzo Martin is rounding up. Wouldn't it be fun to see, say, Mizzou-Purdue at Enterprise Center?
I can't imagine how. Munoz and Robinson have awesome flexibility, but Robinson is still an unknown offensive commodity at this level. As for Gyorko, presumably another team will have more work for him.
I'm guessing some Illinois fans will be ready to nominate Lovie Smith for that.
Some fans have been complaining about it, but this is 2018. There is no turning back to 1965. We don't have flying cars yet, but otherwise we're pretty close to a the Jetsons these days.
It was hilarious to read all the preseason fan complaints about Pickett, predicting he would never amount to anything. Fans tend to forget that players are not finished products at 18, 19 or 20 years old. Pickett was an excellent high school player who did get some finishing work in at prep school before getting hurt. And, as it turned out, he is an incredibly hard worker. He developed a decent three-point to set up his drive, which was already advanced. His willingness to defend and tend to all the details of the game make him a perfect Cuonzo Martin player. If Mario McKinney takes the same approach -- working on his perimeter shot to set up his drive, committing to defense and team play -- he could be a similar success.
I do not see 450 at bats for an extra player on this team. At this time, the Cardinals appear to have a set starting lineup. Players in the marketplace look at that and don't see opportunity. The same issue for the Cardinals limited the team's choices for a back-up catcher, which is why Pena is back.
I can't disagree with that. Martinez is an excellent part-time hitter and those are hard to find. Unless the team gets value for him in a trade, what's the point of moving him?
With Yadier Molina wanting to play as much as humanly possible, the Cardinals cannot attract higher-end No. 2 catchers in free agency.
I agree. That annual game would be a win-win. Both schools are recruiting St. Louis hard, but both should be secure in their ability to attract talent. An annual game at Enterprise Center could make some nice coin and reward players on both teams from this area.
It's too early to say this is a push. What we are seeing is what we already knew: This team has enough talent to lean on a lot of NHL teams when it gets locked in.
The Cardinals have joined the Launch Angle Club and the True Outcome Society. We should see lots of homers this season and lots of strikeouts as well.
I believe in any given year there should be at least six or seven legitimate contenders. Georgia and Ohio State would be worthy playoff teams this season. Had Central Florida not lost its quarterback, it would have deserved a spot. So an eight-team bracket is the way to go.
As noted earlier, the Rays are still looking for a bat and that team may look for a lesser piece after missing on Cruz. Jose could be one of several fits there.
Right now? I'd say Gunnarsson and Butler. Chris has played very well filling in, but he carried the lightest load against Buffalo and his leadership is valued at the AHL level for San Antonio.
Yes it is. That's why the poor start from the Blues this season was so disappointing.
The Cardinals have shopped the Cuban market more aggressively in recent years and they will continue to do so.