As we note every week, the Cardinals have impressive depth with unrealized potential in their starting pitching. And this team ranked among the top teams in starting pitching last season, despite myriad injuries. So the team is far less interested in paying a high price for one "ace" pitcher than fans are.
That's baseball. Perhaps the Cardinals did have some surprising turnover, such as Allen Craig's collapse or the Stephen Piscotty scenario or David Freese's flameout. Second base was a revolving door for years and third base has remained unsettled as well.
It's in the league's hand. The prevailing thought was the MLS would drag things out a bit to see what other markets mustered. With so many cities in the mix, it's easy to play hard to get.
So where does Jose Martinez play for them?
I imagine Odom will step in from time to time on the play call, especially since he is seeing the game from the defensive perspective. I didn't mind the team sticking to the ground there to work the clock, but it didn't execute. With Oklahoma State stuffing the run, the idea was to give Lock the option of selling still another inside run and then scooting outside. That has worked again and again for the Tigers but give Oklahoma State credit for reading and executing.
Let's see what happens with Goldschmidt and Ozuna. If they stay, the transition forward is pretty smooth. If the Cardinals lose both, then the front office could find itself working far more aggressively to fill holes than it has had in the past. Management can look to the near future and see trouble maintaining a self-renewing talent base.
No idea. Shildt has thoughts on that, but let's see which Fowler shows up, which Wong shows up and what kind of hitter Bader really is. Lots of questions. Obviously the team wants to spread the left-handed hitters out a bit to work opposing bullpens. And Fowler is a liability from the right side of the plate, so hitting Fowler behind Carpenter against right-handed starters might not be ideal.
The Cardinals were never a great fit for Harper, due to the Fowler situation and the nature of this bidding. As I note every week, Harper gives Boras a chance to make some history with this contract. Scott is playing it for all it is worth.
It won't be Molina if Pena is the back-up catcher. Given the team's current multitude of utility player options, I don't see much to worry about. One way or another this team will end up some a couple of guys able to play first base.
How do you break into baseball management? Get a MBA and a high-paying corporate job heavy on analytics. Then take up baseball as your hobby, do a few groundbreaking studies and mail them around baseball. Who knows, maybe somebody will bite.
That is a good word to describe the Blues. Armstrong's significant challenge is to shake things up without lessening the talent level. Easier said than done!
St. Louis was a victim of circumstances when it came to football. It caught lightning in a bottle there for a brief stretch, but getting stuck with Bidwill and then Frontiere was truly unfortunately. There was hope for Stan, but he ultimately revealed himself as a mercenary.
Trading Reyes now, at low value, would be stupid. Let's see if he can pitch. Let's see if he can stay healthy. Bailing on him now for a discounted return would be dumb.
I liked Steen a lot against the Capitals. He still gives up his body and he can still kill penalties. Fourth line with PK and some second unit PP duty? Maybe that is the ticket for him. I'd like to see both Fabbri and Kyrou in Top 9 roles during the second half to further their development. So something would have to give.
The Cardinals have proven players at every position. Some of them got hurt last season and few played below their established level. If players get hurt next season or if guys fail to play to their established level, then the Cardinals will make more changes. But it's not feasible to add another starting second baseman, another starting right fielder, another starting center fielder, another starting left fielder, another starting shortstop and so forth when there are already players in that spot. Like every team, the Cardinals will give established players a chance to do their thing and then adjust from there.
In today's NHL, team's "activate" their defensemen. They rush the puck or they join the rush. They days of chipping it out and then staying home are over. Once in the offensive zone, the defensemen will pinch in all the way to the corner if need to be to sustain pressure. That is the game today. Trapping is out, full-rink pressuring is in. That requires great coordination with players rotating back to limit odd-man rushes on the counterattack. Obviously the Blues lack that defensive cohesion.
Jared signed an AHL contract coming out of college and actually spent most of this season in the ECHL.
Yeah, what's with the Luke Voit love? Great, great kid, but at least one chat regular sees him as the Next Jack Clark.