I agree with you on that, but the Blues are built to win now. They are built to win next season too. With Pietrangelo, maybe he doesn't get another deal here past 2020. Maybe he does get traded over the summer -- but the return would have to be massive and offer immediate help. Elite defenseman are the second scarcest commodity in the sport, behind elite goaltenders who don't lose control of their bodily functions come playoff time. So if the team does move him, it would have to be for an high-impact player with contract term left.
Alex has rebounded nicely from a poor start. So did Jay Bouwmeester. Vince Dunn channeled his inner Scott Stevens to eradicate Nazem Kadri the other night and Colton Parayko actually fought a guy. There is little reason to complain about this D corps right now.
I believe the Chief earned a full next season after rescuing this season. The team is playing hard for him. Joel Quenneville is going to command Mike Babcock Money and I could see him heading to a bigger market to get that.
Fowler was supposed to lead off and play center field. That didn't work out, so, yeah, he became the right fielder instead.
Broadly speaking, the metrics tell teams that many players suffer gruesome statistical deaths during their mid-30s. While weighing to extend Goldschmidt and for how long, the Cardinals will need to decide whether Paul can outperform the norm. Some guys do. Ryan Braun has slipped, but he still helped Milwaukee last season. He tinkered with his swing hoping to play at least semi-regularly this season.
Yeah, that sums it up pretty well. But if this bullpen is just OK, as the commercials goes, I will be among those hammering at them for not adding one more proven guy.
The only positive from Tilmon's inability to settle in as a sophomore is this: He is more likely to stay in program for one or two more seasons before trying pro ball. He needs more work before taking that step. The Ole Miss game was a bigger disappointment than the Kentucky game, IMO, because the team didn't get down to Oxford until just before the game. For whatever reason, getting to a SEC game from Columbia is like getting through Donner Pass. That is not good for a guy with focus issues. As for the Kentucky game, one of his early fouls -- trying to establish the post -- was absurd. He gets shoved multiple times with or without the ball whenever he tries to set up down low. He need to sell that to the officials instead of pushing back. A groan here, a WWE-caliber exaggerated stagger there could buy him some working room. My son-in-law calls this tactic "Geisting." Nobody can sell a foul (or non-foul) like Jordan Geist. .
Good call on the hush puppies. The wife likes tater tots, but I find them overrated. I can only do those loaded with cheese and maybe chili too. Daughter 2 gives a shout-out to brussel sprouts. I'll go creamed spinach, as long as there is a little kick to it.
If somebody wants to pay that same Duchene price -- a first-round pick with two prospects coming back -- then Jarmo Kekalainen and John Davidson should grab that. Duchene could replace Panarin's offense and he might just re-up there. Then maybe the Blue Jackets could make still another add to that take a Cup run. They could sell their bread and eat it too. Or something like that. On the other hand, the Blue Jackets could just play it out with Panarin and go for the parade.
DeWitt has won two World Championships in St. Louis, so he wins. Period. You can claim one guy is trying harder than the other, but only one -- DeWitt -- has the rings. He also has set this franchise up for the long haul while the Blues still have much work to do on the business side.
It's easy to pick on those projections. As Theo Epstein noted, PECOTA punishes older guys because of broader MLB trends. But some guys hold up better than others. Baseball is a very human exercise and the projections often fail to accurate capture that element.
Yeah, I didn't see the Binnington thing coming. But neither did the Blues. He was penciled in to caddie Ville Husso this season in San Antonio. Good for Jordan. Guys who play in the ECHL and languish in the AHL for several years seldom pan out. But sometimes guys beat their projections. I remember a guy bashing MacKenzie MacEachern last year for some reason, wondering why he even got a contract. And look at him now. As for Matheny, he overcame lots of adversity to win a lot of games here. Much of the heat he got from fans was just stupid. As Shildt learned in September when his team died on him, managing at this level is not easy. And I like Shildt, who is just a fabulous story.
Bryce Harper wants the biggest contract because his agent, Scott Boras, wants to set the record. He convinced Bryce it will happen and it probably will. Boras saw this as his chance to make history and cement his legacy as the greatest agent of all time. Which he is.
The NHL set the trend there. The hockey players pushed for public disclosure of salaries because the owners kept gaming them. It worked, so agents in all sports have only been too glad to release terms to the media. So much of the business is done on comparables and agents want those numbers out there for leverage.
His personal situation impacted his performance, so that factored in significantly to the trade. Had Piscotty soldiered through as a high producer, then the Cardinals would have probably kept him. Athletes are people, too, and we all handle family tragedies differently.
Well, Patrick Kane is carrying my fantasy team, so let's not get carried away there. There is room in the playoffs for the Blues and Blackhawks both.
That depends on what kind of on-base plus slugging percentage that outfield produced. Does it hit doubles and draw walks too? Also, what kind of offense are you getting elsewhere? In the case of the Cardinals, they could get pop at shortstop and high corner infield production as well. If Wong hits .285 instead of .245 and Molina holds up at catcher, then than outfielder could work. The Cardinals would have a deep lineup.
My take on that is Ford concedes that "it is what it is" with free throws. The Billikens are just going to put baseline fans at risk when they step to the line this season. He doesn't want to beat on the guys for it because it's not going to change. These guys shoot for hours and hours and they are still not good. There are shooting coaches who have fixed this guy or that guy at the line, but generally speaking players can either shoot free throws or they can't. Progress is usually incremental at best. It's kind of like putting. If Ford goes off on Hasahn French for wedging a free throw between the bracket and backboard, that probably makes things worse.
You would love to have one outfielder go off the way Ozuna did two years ago in Miami or Yelich did last year in Milwaukee. That dominant hitter can unnerve pitchers and make guys next to him in the batter order better. But those numbers across the board are OK if a team is getting some serious run production elsewhere