If anything he is too wound up. By now he knows that SEC officials are gunning for him and opposing players will use shove-and-flop defense against him. He won't have to worry about that stuff in the NBA, but for now he has to realize that is coming into these games with two fouls on him in the eyes of some officials. Cuonzo Martin has given him quick pulls in the past, trying to keep him settled while Nikko takes some early minutes, but Tilmon needs to get through those first 3 or 4 minutes in one piece.
He is a wiry guy, hardly the modern prototype of a big goaltender who can fill the net. But after two good AHL seasons, why not see if he can give the team a bit of confidence midway through the season?
It's true that there are only so much disposable income for sports in the region and there are only so many sponsorship dollars to chase. But I believe there are distinct audiences for soccer, hockey and baseball. There is overlap, yes, but a fair percentage of MLS fans will be folks who seldom if ever go to a hockey game. Obviously baseball's appeal is broadest of the three here, so the Cardinals would barely flinch at a MLS arrival.
There is almost zero chance of that happening. The Cardinals aren't looking to trade Matt Carpenter, who played at a MVP level for about half of last season. And they sure aren't eager to move Paul DeJong. So I suppose the team could trade Kolten Wong -- subtracting speed and a left-side bat, two commodities they need more of, not less -- and play DeJong at second with Machado at shortstop.
I can't imagine that is an issue. Word was the MLS wanted to drag things out to give other markets a chance to respond to this late St. Louis push. The league has been engaged with some of these prospective markets for some time.
I don't notice any big change in how the team plays. Jordan Binnington could give this team more confidence to play aggressively if he keeps it up, but it's tough to make that claim after he beat a terrible Flyers team and a so-so Canadiens squad at home. But it is true that the Blues will sag when Allen lets in a bad goal. That has happened a few times lately after he had a good long stretch of strong play.
They are running out of bodies, aren't they? Playing Maroon would make sense, especially with Armstrong looking to get something for him before the trade deadline. Maroon wants to play here in his hometown, but he needs to get in a place where he can reestablish his value for another contract.
Allen doesn't make THAT much money, by NHL standards. The Blues could pair him with one of their youngsters easily enough and make that work. But if the team somehow signed Bobrvosky at top dollar, then Armstrong would need to deal Allen while perhaps keeping some of the money.
The Blues have exposed several young players to this group, so you may be reaching there. I believe the Blues want Kyrou go become a star. Dominating in the AHL will help him embrace that role. Also, mastering the defensive side would be another good use of his time down there. But as I said earlier, giving him an extended run here this season could advance his development and enable Armstrong to make some changes to shake up the team.
Binnington had a nice run last season filling in for Providence. But at that point he had proved nothing. Then he had a nice start to this season at San Antonio. So that boosted his stock. He earned his shot with that work and he's had a couple of good starts. I'm all for giving him more opportunities not because I believe he is destined for greatness but because this team has nothing to lose by playing him. Right now he is playing with confidence. Like I said earlier, let's see how he responds when a start or two goes bad for him.
Sure, you could trade any number of Cardinals regulars and then try to get someone better. But this team wasn't all that far from the playoffs last season so management didn't feel the need to replace established players with other established players. In Wong's case, trading him would have been selling low after a tough year. Maybe the chance to sell high will never come, but his speed, range and left-side hitting are assets this team can use.
Well, I'm trying reach Kansas City through the snow this weekend to attend my daughter's Chiefs party. So I have to pick them. Other than that, I have nothing for you. As I noted in earlier chats, I have tuned out the NFL entirely.
Hmmm . . . how about a reunion with the Washington Nationals. Earlier this week that seemed to be the national vibe.
Now that he is 26 and not running as well after multiple injuries, I am not sure he could displace any of the outfielders the Cardinals have ticketed for Memphis this season. He is not a power hitter, so if he can't get back his old speed he may be stuck as a Quad-A player.
Nah, that would surprise me. He is fraying a bit, which makes you wonder if he could be a top-of-the-rotation guy still. This team is already overloaded for the rotation. I believe adding another high-leverage reliever would be a smarter buy, but I don't see that either. It will be interesting to see what John Mozeliak says at the Winter Warm-up if nothing else happens next week.
OK, patience please. I need to duck out for a few minutes. Keep the questions coming and I'll be back in a few minutes. See you soon!
Tough one. Ozuna seems to be a good fit for the group. But if he plays to his ability next season I could him testing the market and getting crazy dollars somewhere.. So flip a coin on that one.
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He certainly has risen about that station. Pleasant surprise! Last year he couldn't buy a goal. This year he looks quicker and more confident. That development, plus the subtraction of other placeholders, should have put this team in position to win this season.
I drove through the snow belt on year to see a friend in mid-winter. I had never seen such a thing. Waist-deep snow everywhere. Good luck with that.
No. One, Seattle is waiting for the next team to move -- not that a lot of teams are looking at moving. And where are the corporate dollars to support such a big-ticket winter sport? NBA teams need crazy revenue to make it.
Unlike most teams, the Cardinals are in hunt every year. Fans in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati would love to have suffered through the last two decades if agony here. As the Cardinals proved twice in recent times, any team that makes the bracket can win the World Championship. And any perceived powerhouse can fall short, as the Dodgers can tell us. That said, I do believe in a the sport today the Cardinals should aim for 100 victories instead of 90. With several teams tanking in any given year, the standards have changed.