That's absurd. Pietrangelo had a tough night Thursday, but he has been front and center in team's turnaround. Parayko is getting tons of ice time. His work as a shutdown defender is drawing lots of notice around the league.
Kyrou actually has a higher offensive upside. His work in the AHL has reaffirmed that. But Thomas could get be a Top 6 forward here for a long time. Like O'Reilly, he does a lot of things well and he can play with some pace.
O'Neill needs to get regular at bats. And Munoz is actually a nice outfielder.. Like O'Neill, he is capable of spelling Bader in center. Even if the Cardinals go with a five-man bench, O'Neill could see more Triple-A duty if he can't get at bats at this level. His opportunity this season will depend on the health and productivity of Ozuna, Bader and Fowler.
Not sure the Redbirds will have quite enough pitching for that. That will depend how many of the younger guys with minor-league options left will spend time in St. Louis filling roles. If the Cardinals suffer the sort of carnage that hit their big league staff last season, the Redbirds could pay the price for that.
That's a slap at Matheny. The Cardinals can only hope that Shildt says the right stuff to Fowler because the team can't fire Matheny again.
I saw a study that proved that a lot of these guys with forever contracts do end up contributing to winning seasons. Part of that, of course, that usually the better teams are the ones giving out those contracts. Also, remember that teams are OK eating the last year or two of a contract if a player helped them win along the way. That is just considered one of the built-in costs of winning.
Sure, if the Cardinals attendance plunged to 2.5 million or 2 million, that would get the ownership's attention. But since the current philosophy is to contend every season, I don't know if the slippage would trigger a huge change. Signing guys for PR purposes is stupid. The point is to win games. If anything, declining revenue might make the Cardinals even more inclined to build from within, if that is possible.
Agree. The Blues don't have a first-round pick to trade. Columbus spent a No. 1 and two good prospects to rent Duchene. If the team re-signs him, then Ottawa gets another No. 1 pick. That is a fair price to pay for a guy of that caliber. He is two levels up from, say, Paul Stastny or Kevin Shattenkirk.
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Maybe Carlos threw too much. Who knows. But the team did monitor his offseason and felt better about it.
No. The Blues needed two injuries to get Robby Fabbri back in the lineup Thursday. They don't have work for Jordan Kyrou. If this team needs more firepower, there are internal solutions. This team has great chemistry. It is buzzing.
I'd have to say that looks doubtful, given all the highly productive wide receivers who will be lining up for Canton. Bruce had longevity on his side, in addition to huge individual seasons and his Super Bowl Moment. Holt's span of greatness was not as long.
I don't see any big changes. If Binnington holds up and Allen does well enough down the stretch, then you're looking at cycling out one or two of the veteran defensemen and clearing some roster clutter so Thomas can assume a bigger role and Kyrou can stick in the NHL.
I, too, think of Mike Leake in this situation. Then I look at the solid numbers John Gant put up last year as a fill-in. That is pretty good insurance. Dallas knows how to pitch and he would bring some balance to the rotation, but I could see the Phillies giving him the multiple years he wants to win the bidding. Maybe he settles for three years like Lance Lynn. Taking a one-year deal to bet on himself would be dangerous in this market.
As I noted all year, a team can play slower than it actually is. That was the case with this team. While the Blues aren't a speed team, they can get up and down and create odd-man rushes when they are clicking. If you make three or four accurate passes on time to players in full stride, then you can get numbers on the attack.
Ah, we all miss the Hazard Zone. And remember this: While Joe loved to agitate, he could be a really, really good guy. He didn't want to advertise that, but the great stuff he did without fanfare -- like spending countless hours supporting co-working Bryan Burwell while he battled his deadly illness -- allowed us to see who he really was.
The Cardinals loved Piscotty. That is why he got the long-term deal. But for the situation with his mom, Stephen plays in St. Louis for a long time. And had he stayed, that changes a lot of things for this franchise.
Well, trading a guy while he is injured is dumb. But if Martinez gets healthy and pitches well this season and somebody wants to offer up an impact hitter for him . . . well, let's just say that John Mozeliak would at least take that call. The Cardinals can't keep all of these pitchers forever, so something will give at some point.
As for the NFL, the biggest difference is guaranteed money. Most of the NFL's rank and file do not have guaranteed salary, so teams can dump guys, quit paying them and gain some relief against the cap. In the NHL, contracts are guaranteed. Teams can buy guys out, at considerable cost, while trying to gain cap relief. But NHL teams can't just dump and guy and quit paying them.