Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
Yeah, he's been there for a while. But he needs to locate the fastball better to even show it to hitters to set up the curve. Wainwright is working with almost no margin for error right now. There is just not much juice left in that arm.
I used to dog commissioner Gary Bettman big time. He once came behind me in during a game in Toronto and said, "I can see the sarcasm just dripping off the keyboard." Which was true. But the league has come a long, long way. It's had labor peace for a while now. The Vegas expansion was big success and Seattle should be a hit too. The rules changes worked, the officiating is way better than it was the crackdowns on head shots and fighting have made things safer for the players. That said, some of the camera angles in some of the arenas at terrible and the sport is still tough to translate to TV.
I pretty much agree. I might send Hudson back to Memphis for remedial work instead of the bullpen. And I'd pick Gomber over Woodford for the rotation, for now, while waiting for Alex Reyes to finally make it back.
Berube has kept a businesslike approach with this team and there are plenty of veterans to set the tone. I would expect a spirited game with the Blues looking to make lots of hits. I'd be more concerned about silly stick penalties -- the result from players not moving their feet -- then the Blues resorting to cheapjack goon tactics..
Since Dunn is home resting today, obviously he suffered a pretty severe injury. I'd guess a fracture of some kind. That's a shame because he was a real difference maker at the offensive end. He and Thomas -- who is also banged up -- were the two guys who were beating checkers one-on-one and creating some offensive chances on their own.
This team has lots of pitching depth and we're definitely going to see some changes. Given Wacha's loss of velocity, another trip to the injured list would not be shocking. Several pitchers have been throwing well at Memphis and, again, Alex Reyes will factor in at some point too.
I believe we will see some expansion of review. I'm fine with your idea, as long as the league limits the offside challenge so that only violations that lead directly to a goal can result in a reversal. If a team scores right off the rush and it was offside on that rush, fine, take away the goal. But erasing a goal because a guy was offside leaving the ice on a line change or erasing goal 55 seconds after the offside violation occurred, after the defensive team had chances to clear . . . no sir.
Alex is a high-end, two-way defenseman. Such players are scarce. So I do not see the Blues shopping him, since he played a key role in this team reaching the Final Four for just the fourth time since 1970. If the team did shop him, it would have to get much more than New Jersey got for Adam Larsson -- and the Devils got Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall. Hence the Petro would presumably be one of the NHL's truly elite forwards. There are more of them then there are quality two-way defensemen.
More likely they finish first.
At some point very soon, Mike Shildt will have to change the batting order. The Cardinals are in danger of digging a really deep hole here. They are lucky the Cubs lost their last few games. The Cards could be seven games back in the loss column today had the Cubs handled their business against the Reds.
This team lacks depth in net, since Ville Husso lost this season to injury and will head into the next camp as a question mark. So Allen's status depends on two things: Is another team going to make a nice offer for Allen? And what does the market for a quality No. 2 goaltender look like? My guess is the Blues keep both guys for another season and see if Binnington can handle the gig for the long haul. Allen doesn't make THAT much money and I don't believe Binnington will break the bank on his salary for next season.
Diehard fans can live without seeing the puck. And in some of these buildings, the telecasts have that shortcoming. .
The icings were bad for sure. The Blues have had this problem regularly when the other team pulls the goaltender for the extra attacker. Icing the puck shaves just six or seven seconds off the clock and allows the opponent to rest and reset. The Sharks publicly thanked Petro for the icings after the last game. As for being out of position, the 6-on-5 play turns into a bit of a fire drill. The attacking team sells out completely, taking crazy gambles, and the defending team can get caught chasing around trying to get the puck and clinch the game with an empty-netter.
Like Bouwmeester, Petro has been here a while, Like Bouwmeester, he is out there in mostly high-leverage scenarios -- penalty killing, facing scoring lines -- so he is going to be on the ice for some goals against. But both players carried a big load during one of the most successful seasons in team history. You would think that would count for more.
As a purist, I say nyet to the glowing puck or the vapor trail. Train crash sound effects for big hits? That I might go for.
Shildt has been more committed to a set lineup than Matheny was, which the players appreciate. But when guys fail game after game after game and still play . . . well, then that continuity becomes a negative.
Well, Carlos Martinez is back and that has to help the bullpen. Maybe he rebuilds his strength and gets back to the rotation at some point. O'Neill could return from Memphis soon, but then who sits? Right now the outfield production is a plus.
Reminder: The Blues are one of just three teams still playing. So I believe they some pretty capable players on their roster. But San Jose not only has multiple All-Stars, they have multiple Hall of Fame candidates.
If all DeWitt cares about is money, he would not have committed a couple hundred million to add Miller and lock in Mikolas, Goldschmidt and Carpenter. You can argue he should spend money smarter, but clearly he is spending.