Geez, I really hope he doesn't read these chats. No offense to our readers or are moderators, but he needs to be pouring over scouting reports while avoiding this lower level of discourse.
Several young pitchers could factor into that, including some that didn't pitch in the pen last year (Alex Reyes, Genesis Cabrera, Ryan Helsley) and some that didn't pitch a full season (Dakota Hudson, Daniel Poncedeleon). And there is still hope that, say, Dominic Leone could get healthy and do what he did for Toronto in 2017. That said, as I've noted several times, adding one more proven reliever would have been prudent.
Thomas has been practicing as a winger on the fourth line while trying to work his way back. But, again, I'd expect to see him up in the Top 9 somewhere soon -- especially with Perron sidelined and Fabbri still trying to turn back the clock to 2016. Craig Berube loves Sundqvist, though, so this will be interesting. IF this team gets healthy and IF this team doesn't make a trade or two to reduce clutter, Berube will have an interesting job.
The Astros made that sort of progress last season when Albert was there. We'll see. Adding Paul Goldschmidt will certainly add more tougher at-bats to the lineup. Let's see if that is contagious.
The hog was dead. The hog's head was detached. Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson complained that the detached hog's head dripped blood on his suit.
The Cardinals want to make sure he is aging well, just as Goldschmidt wants to make sure that he likes playing for the Cardinals. But if I'm him and I am seeing how tough the market is for free agents, I might be more inclined to sign an extension that also addresses the potential of a work stoppage.
For the reasons I just described, Goldschmidt should think long and hard about taking the money instead of risking it in the marketplace. As for the Cardinals, a five-year extension should yield three good years anyway. DeWitt and Co. must take the best guess as to how well Goldschmidt will age.
There is a lot of that sentiment out there. I will be interesting to see where Super Bowl ratings land in the STL.
There were a couple of times in Algebra where I sure could have used a stand-in. As I recall, on a 200-point final exam I got less than 100 points and I somehow still passed the class. That was the 70s and I still have nightmares.
That is the rational view of things. And history tells us that the Cardinals use their "payroll flexibility" to make changes during the spring or in-season, as need be.
European guys (like Klim Kostin) can play professionally in Europe as a teenager, then come over here and play pro. U.S.-born Auston Matthews did that too, playing in the Swiss pro league in 2015-16 before going first overall to the Maple Leafs in the 2016 draft and jumping right into the NHL. The age limit to play in the AHL is 18. However, 18- and 19-year-olds with major junior hockey eligibility must return to junior hockey rather than play in the minors, per the current agreement.
You can look at the spare infielders (Sosa, Urias), spare outfielders (Thomas, Williams, Garcia) and left-handed relievers (Shreve, Webb) as some of the more vulnerable. Luke Gregerson was last seen with a fork in his arm, so there is another possibility.
I have no beef with Columbus. That message sent by Panarin was sent by his agent. Both Columbus and St. Louis are in the Midwest. Neither is on the coast. Neither offers the cultural diversity of New York, Boston, LA or the Bay Area. Neither has beaches or palm trees. That is the extent of it. Don't bring the hate this way, go cry your river on Panarin the next time you see him. His assessment is the one Columbus must deal with.
Most pitchers in every rotation is a question mark. Injuries are common and performance fluctuates. However, the Cardinals rotation outperformed most rotations last season despite suffering massive injury hits. Given the upside of about a half-dozen candidates, expecting good starting pitching this season is reasonable. For the life of me I cannot understand why so many people whine about the Cardinals starting pitching.
My concern with the Cardinals has been setting a goal of 90 victories. The new goal should be 100 victories, since several teams tank in a given year and skew the competitiveness. Given that new goal, I would add still another proven reliever before spring training and stand ready to make more changes after giving Fowler and Ozuna a chance to channel their 2017 versions.
If you are talking about the Cardinals, they have enjoyed 11 consecutive winning seasons. They have rejected the tank-and-rebuild model that is rampant in the industry. Their stated public goal is to be in the hunt every season. And they have been in the hunt every season.
So what. If a player collects a huge signing bonus before an aborted baseball season, that's good for him. Maybe he'll take a ribbing at the country club or down at the marina during the work stoppage, but I doubt he would live a haunted, guilt-wracked existence until the day he dies.
It would give us all another entertainment option for one year, but it would do nothing to help the city get another team. The shipped has sailed -- and the only way it comes back is if another billionaire buys another team and insists on sticking it here.