Yes. That has been my consistent complaint -- and something Berube has tried to address with the team. Different alignments that put guys in position to shoot one-timers would help, but apparently this team just isn't into one-timers.
Dallas has done a great job on him. So now it's on O'Reilly to have a big response. He is well aware of the fact his play is becoming a major discussion topic. Let's see what he does about it. I expect we'll notice him more in this game.
More weak contact would get him even deeper into games, which is the next step for him. Hitters are getting much better at fighting off power pitching, so a little more craftiness could go a long way.
Since he has been using Gunnarsson in a Top 4 role for the chunk of the postseason, obviously he still likes his overall play. Carl's strength is puck movement. He tends to settle things down on the ice, and that makes him a fit with the sometimes unpredictable Dunn.
Rizzo has three homers and six RBIs in his last four games. So he is coming into this series feeling very good at the plate. And I don't see him moving off the plate even if the Cardinals hit him a couple of times.
I am not a polling service. Trout had a national Subway sandwich commercial, so I'll go with him. Also, he stars in SoCal so that's a big chunk of society right there.
Neither guy will be much of a trade chip without playing regularly this season. And the Cardinals will have a wealth of pitching as guys get healthier (C. Martinez, Mayers) and develop further in the minors (Helsley, Gomber, Ponce de Leon). Maybe the Cardinals will seek a quality lefty reliever, but the trade chip for that might have to come from the pitching pile.
Maybe I need to talk to my executive producer our music bed. I haven't given it that much thought.
Berube likes Sundqvist logging minutes against top Dallas guys, which is how he likes to play the matchup game. And right now there is no motivation to break up the Thomas/Bozak/Maroon line. I'd play that line more and try to fully exploit this team's talent depth up front. Maybe fresher legs could pay off. After all, the Blues did seem to have more in the tank than the Jets late in the Winnipeg series.
I agree that automatically moving on from Ozuna because the team has the cost-controlled, inexpensive O'Neill behind him would be silly. With the free agent market crashing and burning, Marcell could be more affordable than I ever imagined he could be, even if he repeats his '17 success this season. Like you say, he adds quite a presence to the lineup.
St. Louis is not Baltimore when it comes to football. I was working there when the Colts left, so I know. Those fans loved that team the way St. Louis loves the baseball Cardinals. While anger against the NFL might rally some support here for the XFL, ultimately that league will have to become really interesting really quickly to have any staying power at all.
Playing at maximum capacity for 60 minutes is very hard, especially when the other guys are going as hard as they possibly go as well. Sometimes the game flow goes against you -- successive penalties, bad bounces, exceptional plays by the other guys -- and suddenly you are skating uphill. Let's face, seldom does a team ever hit the gas on the first shift keep the accelerator pressed to the floorboard for every shift after that. At this level, the last eight teams standing, momentum tends to shift back and forth.
Yes, he and Bernie and Sudsie had a falling out for the reasons your described. But Sutter is a rancher up in Alberta. That's his life now. He has moved on from the NHL. Bob Plager went up there and did a nice interview for a Blues video.
No, I don't see the need to expensive retractable roofs in St. Louis. Seldom are Cardinals games washed out. You can play soccer in the rain and the proposed MLS stadium for here seems to offer some cover for fans.
Sure, if a team has a really terrible defensive runs saved metric, that could skew the batting average on balls in play. Then again, there are so many other metrics know to measure pitchers -- including fielding independent pitching, which, as the name implies, factors out defense -- that help us evaluate just how good a pitcher really is or isn't.
Everybody is dying. Heck, the whole planet is dying. But in terms of baseball, especially in St. Louis, the rate of decline is pretty small. The sport will outlast its critics, at least the ones still alive today. Our National Pastime faces some big challenges and it must evolve, but the NBA went through this, NASCAR went through this and the NFL faces big challenges ahead as well.
McDavid might be the most talented player, but he is not the MVP. It's hard to look past Kucherov. He had the best regular season, as did his Lightning. People might downplay him because he had talent around him, but MacKinnon and Johnny Hockey had great linemates as well.
Turek was a system goaltender. He never had a great save percentage, but he played on great defensive teams. Sound positioning and size were usually good enough to get the win here. Then when he had to answer the challenge in the playoffs he failed. He moved on to Calgary for three so-so seasons and then retreated to Europe to finish out a relatively undistinguished career.