Bobo's here. Looks like we have some ballplayers.
All five Cardinals starting pitchers have ERAs over 4.00, which is certainly unexpected. And, yes, Austin Gomber is coming along nicely at Memphis and Daniel Ponce de Leon did a nice job during his one fill-in start. They could factor in at some point if the Cardinals don't improve, as could Carlos Martinez -- whose initial role will be a multi-inning reliever. But this group seemed to be heading in the right direction before some truly awful fielding caused havoc in the last week. Obviously Dakota Hudson was a victim of that (seven unearned runs in his last two starts) and Flaherty was impacted his last time out. Given the state of pitching across baseball, with lots of injuries and many high ERAs, expect the Cardinals to ride this out with internal solutions.
The Blues' competitive window should stay open for a while, since they seem to have their goaltender for the long haul in Binnington and they should have the cap space to keep the bulk of their key players going forward. Robert Thomas will only keep getting better. I'd bet on Vince Dunn to do the same and Jordan Kyrou could add speed and skill starting next season.
I loved the Tim Brown's column on Keuchel for Yahoo! Sports as well. He's just sitting there, costing only money and (for a few more weeks) a compensatory pick. I do think the fact the Cardinals got burned on Holland last season, signing a guy with no spring training preparation, made them wary. Then there are the usual concerns: advancing age, slip in efficiency last season, past disasters with long-term pitching contracts . . . I can almost see Bill DeWitt Jr. grimacing at the mention of this guy.
The Cardinals are very happy to get production from Fowler, but in a spot awash in outfielders I'm not sure he's ever going to have much trade value even if he keeps hitting. He is essentially a right fielder and that is a power position in a sport increasingly smitten by power hitting. I don't know how long Fowler can hold up in center field and who knows what will become of Ozuna after this season, so Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill are still important pieces for this team.
That has always been a need -- middle relievers who can step in early and eat multiple innings -- but now we're seeing more need for high-leverage guys who can go more than one inning. Andrew Miller is supposed to be such a pitcher for the Cardinals and it sounds like that is what Carlos Martinez will be, initially, when he returns. Obviously Hicks has done some of that too after training as a starter.
Great point. The whole offside review deal was supposed to fix egregious errors. It turned into a fiasco for the league, with a sport starved for offense and excitement erasing goal after goal to nit-picking reviews. Fans don't pay giant dollars to watch such crap. Adding the penalty for a failed challenge was a step in the right direction, but here is an obvious fix: Goals should only be overturned if the missed call directly impacted the play. If the team was offside on the rush and they scored on that rush seconds later, then, sure, take away the goal. But a guy late getting off the ice way behind the play or a player two inches offside 58 seconds before a goal is eventually scored after the defensive team failed three times to clear the zone . . . no sir.
Well, he would be free to leave I suppose. But he wants to stay and I'm sure Armstrong wants him to stay. Right now he is focusing on the task at hand. That's how he answers the question when it comes up.
Blues management liked Binnington. That's why the organization stuck with him for all of those years in the minors. But it liked Ville Husso a bit more coming into the season, at least until Husso got hurt.
Perron has had a lot of concussions. I don't think he will go hunting for Jumbo Joe in this series. Sure, Thornton could have avoided that unfortunate play back in the day, but he is about far from being Tom Wilson as you can be for a man that size.
I'd say so. Obviously Binnington will get a nice bump. Sundqvist and Barbashev earned regular roles. The team can't keep everybody, so we could see some movement to make sure guys like Blais and Kyrou get opportunities to play.
i haven't see any pace-of-game statistics this season, but I imagine any improvement -- if there has been any improvement -- is by a few minutes. There is a lot of bad pitching in baseball this season. There is not much you can do about that, other than expanding the strike zone by a lot.
That is basically a naming rights deal and a technology partnership. The track will continue under the same ownership. NASCAR truck series, Indy Car and NHRA drag racing events will continue coming here.
The Tigers are adding a high-impact transfer in Dru Smith, a four-star power forward in Tray Jackson and three-star recruits in guard Mario McKinney and redshirt forward Parker Braun. Kobe Brown, a former four-star recruit who got his release from Texas A&M, is deciding between Mizzou and Penn State. So he could be the fifth new player in a mix that should return Mark Smith, Jeremiah Tilmon, Javon Pickett, Torrence Watson, Xaiver Pinson, Reed Nikko. Mitchell Smith and Ronnie Suggs. Assuming they can avoid catastrophic injury for a change, that group ought to compete for a NCAA Tournament berth.
Yes, he does recruit. He is not the point man on the top targets, but he does work the summer circuit. For now it appears the coaching staff is in status quo.
I could see eight victories again this season. Many fans are hoping for much more, with the home games against SEMO and Troy in the first half helping the team gain traction. But as much as I love Barry Odom's diligent work rebuilding that program, he's suffered more than his share of goofy losses. So I will believe double-digit win totals from him when I see them.
And why would fans in either city get all that emotional about the XFL?
Since Martin Jones struggled most of the season and the Blues seem to have the "it" factor, I will pick them to reverse the tables on the Sharks and win in 6.
One easy fix would be a weighted draft lottery, giving every team that misses postseason play at shot at the very top picks. Also, change the "competitive balance pick" concept and give the extra picks to teams that, say, post consecutive winning records and meet other criteria for success. That would allow good teams to stock up on prospects without dumping veteran players to do so.
Ever? Who knows what happens in another year. As somebody noted in an early chat, the NBA may look for cities on high ground to take teams once the rising oceans wipe out coastal cities.