This team has the talent to win, so it would take a remarkable season to make Shildt a frontrunner for that award. Which manager will lead his team to unexpected success?
It's a fair point about cross-checking. Official call some weak interference penalties and some really, really weak slashing penalties, yet they look the other way on a lot of cross-checks around the net. There is much less of that then there used to be, but there is still too much in the game. Cross-checking requires no toughness, courage or special skill.
Sure. But I spend maybe 10 minutes a year thinking about the NFL, other than time spend with my son-in-law, a HUGE Chiefs fan.
I will go with Andrew Knizner, who would get the call if Yadier Molina suffered a serious injury. Tommy Edman is line if the team keeps suffering infield injuries.
That will be a close call. Busch Stadium is a pitcher's park. I do see 100 RBIs for him, if he stays healthy.
I think the three-hitter minimum is stupid. While I am no fan of the lefty specialists coming in to get one guy, handcuffing a manger is a mistake. Let's not turning managing a game into a color-by-numbers deal. Let the skippers go with their gut. Another thing about this rule: If a relievers get out there and has terrible stuff, he is going to have to fake injury to get off the mound before letting the inning get away. And that WILL happen a lot.
I have no trouble with the clock. There is no reason to ponder life's complexities on the mound. Pitch the ball. It's not like these guys have 57 different pitches to sort through.
And this is where the silliness continues. If a pitcher is banned for a game, then shouldn't teams get to call up a guy for one game to replace him, as they can in hockey?
There is plenty of depth -- so much so that the Blues play two centers on the wing, Schenn and Thomas. Should Sundqvist struggle, the Blues can move either of those players in the middle.
Somewhat, yes. It's such a stupid rule. It only impacts lefty specialists, but still.
There was a lot of discussion about using that concept in September. Rather than having up to 40 guys on the active roster, teams could designate four or five extra guys for a particular game. That would be a nice compromise, allowing teams to put their depth to work and reward prospects with big leave love without allowing managers to use 35 guys in one game.
OK, that's it for today. We'll see you next time!