Gregerson has a 1.08 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings in 10 postseason games, nine of them with Houston.
Sharks score on a 7-on-3 power play?
I didn't see the Orioles play in question. As for Ozuna, at least he gave max effort that. And given my history of misjudging fly balls as a kid, I am not one to take potshots there.
I can't argue with that. Carpenter's cool-down contributed to this team's fade last year.
If only Kolten could learn to handle that breaking pitch down and in to him . . .
Well, we know how the club would have handled this in the 60s. If you read "Ball Four" you learned a lot about clubhouse pharmaceuticals. Nowadays teams must find a cute animal to rally around. Rally Ferret?
My guess is the Cardinals will stabilize and win some games. But it has certainly quit giving off vibes that this season could be special.
There is a lot to fix here, more than I certainly expected after the team seemed to find its groove, As I noted earlier, Mikolas and Flaherty are a good start to the rotation. Wacha has won some games without looking great. Wainwright has ranged from pretty good to terrible. Hudson has shown potential, but he's no there yet. So now let's see what the internal options year.
If this season goes south and stays south, then Bill DeWitt Jr. might finally have to look outside the organization to bring in some new insights and make some tough decisions. That is not his preference, but the expectations are what they are.
Luck is a needed ingredient in postseason success. The Sharks have caught some breaks for sure, but Vegas did allow four goals on one power play after the bad call and Blues did blow a last-minute lead before the fateful non-call. Overcoming bad calls is like overcoming a bad bounce of the puck. That's hockey and you must find a way to deal with it.
Yeah, but the war room is not empowered to fix everything. Its powers are limited. As we mentioned earlier, a expanded coaches challenge might be the best solution here. Let coaches ask the war room to correct an egregious error.
See what I mean? The only way to keep game officials beyond reproach is to give them maximum back-up.
Yes, we can say that at this point. The Carpenter contract was the more puzzling of the two because he was NOT going to trigger a massive bidding war when he original deal ended.
Can't argue with that. Since when did pitching six innings become a marathon performance? Also, excessive pitching changes in the later innings can also kill a bullpen. The Parade of Nine Thousand Relievers takes it toll.
Gambling may do more to minimize officiating blunders than we could imagine. The league will want to protect these guys and the integrity of their work.
Yeah, but isn't it funny how the NHL downplayed it as much as possible on its own site? Stuff happens. The league only looks worse when it fails to offer a clearer explanation of what went wrong and own the mistake. The league goes into great detail on its player suspensions. Doing the same with officials would be another good way to improve official performance.
The DH rule, while not beloved by DeWitt, could certainly ease that outfield logjam and allow the Cardinals to keep Bader and O'Neill in the mix while also re-upping Ozuna.
I'm with you. During an earlier chat we discussed possible incentives (like extra draft picks, perhaps bigger international signing budgets) to reward teams that keep trying. Teams lose on purpose to gather future assets. Why not reward teams that contend year after year?
Well, the Cubs had a lot of things go wrong last year and they still won a ton of games. This year a lot of those same things are going right. Just wait until that team gets healthier in the bullpen and/or adds reinforcements to the relief corps.
OK, that's it for this week. We'll see you next time. Let's see if the Blues can stay alive and the Cardinals can regain their traction in the meantime. Have a great weekend!