Lot of factors in that, including whether Sprint Center wanted a game and had a schedule fit. I'm sure the Blues don't mind playing there from a marketing standpoint. Surely some transplanted St. Louisans still follow the team.
There is always a chance something could give on the pitching front. Wacha, with his inability to stay healthy, has become an iffy long-term investment. With free agency looming in 2020, he could become a trade chip. The Cardinals love the guy, but business is business.
Their starting pitching has been elite this season, despite all the injuries. So, sure, there is potential for even greater results. Guys like Gomber and Poncedelon could start the year in Memphis in reserve. And they have held up nicely in small samples at the MLB level.
Haven't seen a schedule. I don't believe the team released the '17 camp schedule until right before it started.
Tougher SEC slate this season. The league is so deep. But there are victories to be hand in a so-so non-conference schedule while the team figures out its backcourt. I see gigantic steps from Tilmon and Porter and let's say 22 victories.
The Cards are well ahead of both teams on that front. Pitching depth made the Cards baseball's hottest team in August and proven guys are rejoining the fray. The Cubs will get healthier, Yu Darvish aside, but they don't have nearly as much margin for error. And the Brewers lack both rotation and bullpen depth.
I know the math looks promising, but I still think the Cubs can go on one big streak. That team has underperformed at the plate. If it starts raking again, it could be hard to catch. Let's see what they do with the Reds and Mets on this homestand before embarking on a significant road trip.
I assume the team chartered out right after the game to have a full recovery day in the next city. Players may travel separately if they have to tend to a family issue or get a medical exam, but otherwise the group travels as a group. Charter travel is such a breeze.
I believe this team has ample internal solutions. Adams was a nice get, but the Cardinals have a crowded 40-man roster as is. They will have to a player or two to bring guys back from the 60-man disabled list.
Sure, IF guys like Bader, DeJong and O'Neill are legit and the team handles its pitching assets with care. It all starts with pitching and no team appears as well-situated as this one.
I am an old-timer. I, too, was fond of the old simple scheme. But Missouri is not an iconic program with a massive and loyal following. It needs to attract younger fans and better athletes. It also needs to make money off of merchandising and its equipment deal.
If had a chance to rise to a GM post somewhere, I'm guessing the Blues wouldn't hold him back. Otherwise Doug Armstrong will want to maintain continuity in what has been a very effective player development program. If somebody is going to get plucked, I'm guessing it would be Martin Brodeur to run his own team.
The Cards are rolling, but so are the Rockies. Flip a coin on this one.
As the Cardinals see what a difference Wong makes with great range at second, it must make the front office at least consider the shortstop scenario. DeJong is fine there, but at second we're seeing what more than fine looks like. As for targets, yes, the Cardinals could monitor teams that need pitching and need to rebuild.
Fans seem to think eight victories is a fair mark. To me, it will take a notable upset to get to eight. And it will take a good road victory just to get to seven. I want to see if the Tigers can get outside pressure at defensive end and if the secondary can hold up. The offensive line and ground game should set up lock nicely and he has a mix of speed and size for his targets.
Fowler has all that contract left, so moving him will not be easy. Barring a miracle -- another team willing to eat some of that salary -- the team will need to play Fowler some next year in hopes of getting mileage from him or moving him.
Sure, winning only once in Colorado and then cleaning up at home would be OK. If the Cardinals can keep winning at a two-of-three pace, they will apply pressure on the Cubs and the teams chasing. Doing that won't be easy, but then again they will have freakish pitching depth.
I suppose anything is possible, but, again, this team has great chemistry right now and a crowded 40-man roster. It is holding good players in the minors until Sept. 1 as it is. Creating even more lineup clutter might have a negative impact.
That is a LOT of contract to eat. Not sure DeWitt has the appetite to consume even most of that. We shall see.
Most GMs see a prime age, full-tilt player with crazy power, on-field charisma and lineup presence. He will be entering his age 26 season and he has a career on-base plus plugging percentage at .900. Guys like this just don't hit the market at age 26.