Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
He won't win the award, but man what an accomplishment. Winning four times in four days at the A-10 Tournament with a depleted roster -- wow. That season was a long slog as he got by with six or seven guys many games. No wonder he threw himself into the team's dog pile after beating St. Bonaventure. Ford has led three different programs to the NCAA Tournament and his coaching stock in trading high in the business these days.
Dicey bet! SLU will defend like crazy, as always, but man that team can struggle to score. Tramaine Isabell caught fire late in the season, but he cooled down against the St Bonaventure. Javon Bess is streaky from 3-point range and he was hesitant from beyond the arc in the A-10 title game. This team is terrible from the free-throw line, too. SLU will almost certainly go cold for a several minutes against Virginia Tech because that's just what it does. And if the Hokies shoot well, this game could get ugly. The Billikens need a low-scoring game to have any chance.
Yairo Munoz hit .276 last season for the Cardinals in 293 at bats, which is a sizable work sample. His .350 on-base percentage, .413 slugging percentage, an OPS of .763 . . . those are good numbers for a utility guy. Now that he is working on his catching, Munoz can play eight spots. So he has to be on the team ahead of Edman. Robinson, like Munoz, offers maximum fielding versatility without the same offensive credentials as Yairo. A left-side hitter would be nice, but is there more upside there than Greg Garcia? I've never been as high on his potential for this team as others. He could make the roster due to the injuries to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter. As for Edman, he followed a great 2018 minor league campaign with a strong spring. He figures to make his big league debut at some point this season, but let's see him play a full Triple-A season before putting him ahead of proven big league hitters.
He wouldn't play much if he made the Cardinals as the last guy on the bench. Let's not forget that he spent most of last season at Double-A Springfield. Playing every day at the Triple-A level will do him much good. And like I said, he will make his big league debut at some point this season. He is trending up.
Goldschmidt will be overpaid at the back on that contract, but he is a perfect fit for this team the next three or four years. I never, ever, EVER got on that Bryce Harper bandwagon because this team is awash in outfielders. That was never going to make sense here. As for Machado, you can make the case for his likely productivity through his prime years. But as far as fitting the franchise culture and what the franchise is trying to reestablish . . . again, I don't think that was ever going to be a consideration.
His throwing was much improved during the spring, until the back injury hit. So he will get every chance to bridge the Cardinals to Gorman, Montero -- or whoever else comes next, if those guys don't fulfill their huge potential.
He is one of the best hitters in the game today, period. It's hard to believe the Diamondbacks couldn't secure him with the same sort of extension he got from the Cardinals.
There is no reason why the Blues can't win the Western Conference if healthy. They have played Nashville well and I believe they can hang with the San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets as well.
No, because there is DeJong, Bader, Ozuna (or O'Neill) and then guys like Gorman, Montero, Edman, Andrew Knizner and Dylan Carlson. Also, Mozeliak has traded for younger offensive guys like Randal Grichuk and Munoz. He can always do it again.
As I note in almost every chat, Bill DeWitt Jr. is heavily involved in all baseball decisions. He is philosophically aligned with John Mozeliak and Michael Girsch is a bright guy with a big future. Unless a rift develops at the top of the organizational chart -- as happened when Walt Jocketty begged to differ with DeWitt -- don't hold your breath for front office firings regardless of the season outcome.
Well, you can get a magic marker and make the edit later if need be . . .
That's not a bad idea. That could add to Molina's legacy. What a great role model for young players.
Voit has worked out great for the Yankees, but he had no long-term role here. Shreve helped make the Cardinals more viable last summer when their bullpen imploded. So this doesn't quite rise to the Keith Hernandez-for-Neil Allen level of shame.
It was interesting to see the Brewers engage Craig Kimbrel. How quickly could he get ready if he signed with Milwaukee? The Cubs should also bark up that tree, too, despite ownership's claim that it simply can't afford to make another big signing. Chicago will also be short of proven late-inning guys to start the season too.
This was an easy call: Wieters has been a high-level performer at the big league level and Pena has not. Once Matt proved he wasn't washed up, the job was his if he stayed healthy. Perhaps Pena could land at Memphis, but the Cardinals won't have a lot of at bats for him there either. Such is life on baseball's fringe. The Cardinals love Pena's work ethic and fit with the group, but keeping another proven bat for the bench was a no-brainer.
This is a problem to have, right? It's easy to imagine the Blues moving a young veteran or two for draft picks to reduce clutter this summer. Kyrou needs to play next season and there is currently no room in the mix. Right now reinvesting in Schenn and Pietrangelo -- potential unrestricted free agents after next season -- would make more sense than adding another big-salary player.
Some people will hold a grudge, others will go to games because they like football and it's something to do. As chat regulars know, I am not convinced that the XFL will be a big hit here or a long-term business success.
Why would that matter? Goldschmidt is an elite first baseman. That is where he will play for the next several years. Perhaps the DH could add years to Matt Carpenter's career here, but one way or another the Cardinals wanted to upgrade their fielding at first base.