Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
Worst of, some of the sponsors run the same ads over and over and over and over and over and over again. Watching a game on TV without a handy mute button is hard. How many people "watch" a baseball game on TV while doing other stuff around the house? You know, do a bunch of chores and only focus on the screen when there is a rally of some kind.
Albert let hubris, his angry wife and his pushy agent get the best of him on that decision. He admitted what I have argued all along -- that he would better offer financially by staying in St. Louis. His deal in Anaheim was back-loaded and the taxes/cost of living out there are much, much higher. As I recall, the negotiations when haywire when the Cardinals tried an offer with fewer years but higher annual value as an option to the longer-term contract. Mozeliak and Co. share some blame, for sure, for underestimating Albert's willingness to walk. In the years since, I'm guessing Albert realized the magnitude of the mistake shifted blame for it onto the Cardinals.
We're seeing Mike Shildt spread the at bats around, with Dexter Fowler serving as an easy target for the double shift and some days off. My guess is we'll see even more of that if Jose Martinez and Tyler O'Neill hit like they did on Thursday. We're two weeks into the season and Fowler is hitting .176. He hit .200 in the spring and .180 last season. He will get his chance to break the trend, but I imagine he will need a bunch of multi-hit games ASAP to keep a regular role.
There is lots of consultation, of course. You will see Shildt check with Mike Maddux before yanking a starter, for instance. The topic of which reliever is available in what order is a daily staff discussion. The staff goes into each game with a bullpen plan. But ultimately it is Shildt's decision.to use a guy or not.
I did see a GIF on that. Classic! A quick check of You Tube did not turn it up, but a Berube search does turn up hours and hours of fight videos. It's easy to see how he commands respect as coach. You really don't want to upset the Chief.
Careful now, getting ahead of ourselves is bad karma . . .
Again, people, it was one game. Berube has done great work and deserves a new contract. As for the Mount Rushmore of modern coaches here, Dick Vermeil, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa are there for sure.
But . . . as I wrote this week, this team DOES have a chance. Like Berube said in Winnipeg, the Blues must find new levels -- starting Game 2, when the Jets will come at them hard.
This is a good group. Wieters has been a high-level hitter. He adds an element the team has lacked. Munoz is a good offensive player and I do expect him to spend most of the season with the team. At some point, another team may come for Gyorko to fill an injury need. Jedd is really stuck in a tough spot here, barring a Cardinals injury.
The Chief was not joking. Jets players can chirp at him if they please. That's playoff hockey. But those guys know he could beat most of them into a bloody pulp if push came to shove out on the street. Again, check out the hours of his fight footage on You Tube.
If the Blues do look to make a swap of some kind, given the surplus of utility guys who can hit, the left side of the bullpen remains a big need. Tyler Webb was fine his last time out, but the Cardinals could be strong there.
Wieters is a high-end MLB player. He got four All-Star Game invites and a couple of Gold Gloves in his career. He could start for some teams, but for the industry-wide love for young guys. And his willingness to accept a part-time role has made him a nice fit.
We're talking $16.5 million this season, next season and 2021 as well. That is a big meal, bigger than eating half of Greg Holland's $14 million. My guess is no, DeWitt will not eat the deal -- and the Cardinals will spread the outfield ABs this season. If the situation becomes a disruptive negative, then something will have to be done. Otherwise, it's on Shilft to finesse the scenario as best he can.
Come on, this is a live chat. There is no time for breath catching. It's crisis mode!
The weak, partisan bit of "gotcha" journalism didn't rattle him. Mark Scheifele running him immediately didn't rattle him. The boos on every puck touch did not bother him. If anything, all that hostility seemed to lock him in even more.
I'll defer to Derrick or the Commish on that. I have paid no attention to the process this season. Sooner or later, all the top Cardinal retirees will be in there.
I'd go with Carpenter, Wong, Goldschmidt, Ozuna, DeJong, Molina, Fowler and Bader. I don't like having lefty hitters back-to-back, since that can make the match-ups easier for the other bullpen later in the game. But I like Wong's speed ahead of Goldschmidt. Also, dropping DeJong down makes the middle of the order stronger.
Shildt is not a maniac, that's for sure. He defers the fiery leadership to Molina and others. But his even keel is what baseball teams are valuing more for the 162-game grind. Let's put it this way: John Tortorella could not manage a baseball team. The team would revolt by May.