That team is already a strong regional draw. It ranked seventh in the NFL last season, behind only Dallas, the New York teams, Green Bay, Denver and Washington. Not sure there is a huge need to run a shuttle down I-70.
Expectations for the Blues: Get back into the playoffs, advance past the first round. Expecting more than that for this season without seeing better goaltending from Jake Allen is unrealistic And if Allen does falter, the Blues would likely something else while trying to take advantage of all the talent they have in other spots.
A lot of the movement has already happened. And a lot of the successful fill-ins have options left, so there will be no rush to make changes. Fowler is the guy the team would love to move, but there is that contract in the way. So while the team could shop for an impact bat or impact fielder at shortstop, the success of the current mix allows management to be picky. As currently constructed this team is playing better than almost anybody this side of the Boston Red Sox.
Gorman is the more exciting prospect, based on his sheer power at age 18. We'll see how it plays out. If they both pan out, one could play third and one can play first in a couple of years -- assuming Carpenter can't play forever.
I pick them to win seven, losing at Purdue and South Carolina, among other places, and scraping out a victory at Tennessee. Maybe they can win at Florida, but then maybe they can lose at Tennessee. Now, if they could beat Purdue early that would be the pivotal game that gives the group more belief.
Maybe we can get Alex Pietrangelo and Adam Wainwright to work on that.
It's not the most compelling comeback, compared to guys with ugly injuries. And I'm not sure of that criteria.
Playing at this pace through the last five weeks is almost impossible, but then again their pitching edge ought to prevent any really long slumps.
The Blues missed the playoffs last year, so the hope is the chemistry changes for the better. Bozak has a great rep and O'Reilly is known for his competitiveness. Perron knows the group, obviously. Maroon is known to play well with good players, doing their dirty work. IMO the chemistry can only improve.
Fun weekend ahead for sure -- especially in that neighborhood. Ideal setting for a ballpark.
No, the .500 record got him. If there was a big problem with Norris and Hicks, Norris would have left during the bullpen purge.
It was Patrick's turn, finally. He earned it all year, but a confluence of events created his shot. Had Munoz stayed healthy and Adams arrived on waivers before Wisdom got the call, he might never have gotten the call here.
The playoff roster would be a stretch. I'm guessing he will work in long relief. Experience aside, he will have lots of guys ahead of him. He will have to turn back the clock a few years to get a spot IMO. Could happen, but it will take some work.
Of course he will get his big ovation. And I would recommend a big video board tribute before the first game in the least.
He'll make the occasional error, but his defensive runs saved statistic is huge. Wong hit .309 with an .841 OPS in July and .333 with an .888 OPS so far in August while playing mostly everyday. He hit .285 last season, so this is not a fluke.
Yeah, but post-Ozzie the Cards have rolled out a number of limited fielder over there . . .
Yeah, the Randal Grichuk trade obviously helped Toronto more than the Cardinals, but it's not like Grichuk is securing a long-term future there either.
Yes, he has another year plus a team option year. So he figures to get another chance next spring to prove what he can do if healthy. If he can come back, he will be an asset at that price ($5 million).
I could see Cecil back as a lefty specialist if he keeps this up. Why not? It's not like teams are dying to take that contract. Weaver is a big-time asset. Lot of value there, both for the Cardinals or another team. I would leave him in the bullpen and challenge him to go after hitters. Gant is a handy depth guy who stepped up big-time, but can he survive the numbers crunch?