Bobo's here and it looks like we have some ballplayers.
I am still with Jordan Binnington. While Allen has delivered some solid road efforts, he has been a mess at home. I would play them both, of course, but I would give Allen enough work to prepare him to take over as the started if needed. Allen's strengths are puck-handling, that recent mishap aside, and his big-save athleticism. His downside if giving up a head-scratching goal at the worst possible time. Binnington is a calm, quiet goaltender whose steadiness restored the team's confidence.
I do believe the NHL will be forced to open up as gambling becomes a bigger thing in the sport. Wagering has been the impetus for the NFL to demand more honesty on said reports, although the New England Patriots consider that more of a suggestion than a mandate.
There is no definitive word, but common sense suggests that concluding this matter by September to define the school's postseason eligibility (or ineligibility) would make sense. If the NCAA does not respond in a timely fashion, that will just add to the criticism if is feeling from the school and its boosters.
I am not a big movie guy, so I am a bad person to ask on this one. For sappy, it's hard to top Field of Dreams. I'd put Bull Durham ahead of that, though, because I love comedies. Bang the Drum Slowly left a mark on me when I was a teenager. So I will put that third despite by aversion to sad movies.
No, and for one reason: He lost 40 pounds! That's commitment. I know he is all out of whack with his mechanics now the fat is gone, but I am intrigued. The man gave up sunflower seeds! So I would ask him to pitch in the minors until he got back in sync. If somebody else claimed him, fine, but I would really try to convince him to see this through and delivered a belated benefit for that big contract.
Sure, Tyler O'Neill could land back in Memphis due to the limited at bats he would see in St. Louis if Marcell Ozuna is really healthy, Harrison Bader is holding up offensively in center and Dexter Fowler regains his '17 form in right field. O'Neill has big potential. Limited at bats at this point in his career could prevent him from fully reaching that potential. Don't forget that the veteran Jose Martinez is a very effective hitter in a part-time role, which is unique. He will gobble up some of the fill-in work on the outfield corners. As for Mayers, the Cardinals know that he would not clear waivers, so he will get every chance to stick around and at least drive up his trade value while other pitchers either heal or add some more polish in the minors.
Perhaps Craig Berube will go that route, assuming Berube is the coach. But the letter wouldn't change anything. Clearly Ryan is one of the team leaders. He doesn't need any sweater markings for validation.
The Winter Classic sweater.
That is one of the issues. This rule would eliminate true specialists, lefties who throw one pitch that is hard on lefties. Increasingly we're seeing teams use power pitchers up and down their bullpen roster. We're seeing greater overall depth in the bullpen. And teams are using shutdown relievers earlier in the game rather than saving for the eighth or ninth inning. There is an ongoing tactical evolution with reliever deployment, so perhaps this is why the players association seems OK with it.
I do think he will see limited duty for the reasons you note. But given his age and untapped potential, I would give him one more spin here. It's not like he is going to cost a bunch of money.
Gant was the guy I pegged for the Next Man Up, due to his experience and success last season. So I imagine he will be the guy filling in for Carlos Martinez. Dakota Hudson is very early in his development. His spring suggests that more time at Triple-A is in order.
I wouldn't know about any of this. The last time I tried to really get in shape was 1981.
At the deadline he must have believed Perron was closer to returning than he turned out to be. And don't forget, Armstrong was not looking for a rental because he sees the competitive window for this team remaining open through next season when some tougher contract calls will come. He did not want to spend prospects for mere temporary help.
I believe that issue was resolved to the satisfaction of the MLS. The money people behind this bid have the city wired. Lining up sponsors and other forms of corporate support was never going to be a problem.
It's hard to keep winning at the pace the Blues were winning at. I believe injuries were more of an issue than the schedule. Clearly this team has been more focused on the road overall. And in the last two games, they have earned all sorts of offensive zone time and while piling up shot attempts. The last few weeks of the season are unpredictable with also-rans (like Ottawa) playing eager kids and fringe players (like Anders Nilsson) playing out of their mind.
Big difference there. Hiring a dad or a kid's AAU coach to secure an elite player helps a program. It is standard operating practice in college basketball, where one kid can put a team in the NCAA Tournament. Taking a bribe to pretend some rich guy's kid can play helps the coach's bank account, but not the program.
That was an issue for the Blues earlier this season too. Chat regulars know the power play mantra here: Quick puck movement, quick player movement and SHOOT THE PUCK! Pondering life's mysteries while holding the puck on a power play doesn't do anybody any good. There is plenty of time for reflection between games. Take a walk to the park. Go stare at a river for an hour. But when you are on the power play, play. Don't think.