Bryce Harper? Not the cure-all for this team. If you are going to spend hundreds of millions, get truly high-end pitching. That has been the problem this season. Jose Martinez slash line: .313/ .367/.431. Harper's slash line: .235/.367/.454. So Harper was never, ever, ever, ever, ever going to a logical fit here.,
Shildt was a hero last year for showing faith in the guys and giving them continuity. That's great when guys perform. But the Cardinals fell off late last season and they are sputtering again, despite adding Goldschmidt to the attack. Mike Matheny took heavy fire for moving guys around . . . and now fans are wishing Shildt would try that lucky lineup shuffle to get guys going.
The Bruins are clear overdogs because they were the better team during the regular season and they dominated teams in the postseason. But you're right, the Blues are very comfortable as underdogs. There is enough pressure trying to win the franchise's first Cup. If they were favorites in the series, that would only increase the burden.
The pieces are there. And remember, the 2006 team did not resemble a championship-level club and it won the whole thing. That would be harder to do this time around because the NL Central is infinitely better and the wild-card game is crap shoot.
The Blues are checking all the boxes. The ability to the fourth line to not only check top lines but to also score makes coach Craig Berbue's job so much easier. He can use the O'Relly line to check as well and seek match-ups where the top line can score and the No. 3 line can get into its grinding game. The one fix the Blues needed on the fly was the power play and it appears they made it.
Given his extensive injury history and recent loss of velocity, it would not be hard to make a case for at least a short-term shutout. Every pitcher with substantial mileage is working with some kind of an ailment. It's the nature of the position. You don't have to pull something out of thin air to stick a guy on the IL.
Keenan will make the column I am writing for Monday's special section. He is one of the many who went "all in" to build a Cup contender here and fell short. Jack Quinn/Mike Shanahan went for before hiring Keenan and Bill/Nancy Laurie went for it after Keenan. Armstrong went for it back in '16. It's not like this franchise hasn't tried to play for the Cup. Much money was spent and lost trying to do what this team finally did.
But these being the Blues, Halak would play out of mind and add to the eternal torment of Blues fans.
You are seeing the team do that with the return of Helsley, the activation of Martinez, the passing over of Wacha, the release of Gregerson and the demotion of Leone. If Alex Reyes hadn't broke his hand, he would be here. too. Gomber might also be here, but he suffered a setback as well -- but not by punching a wall.
Ah, Flock of Seagulls. By old radio partner was a big fan. I loved MTV's Bands Reunited show with them. It's a shame they couldn't keep it together.
He's a role player for then, like Steen for the Blues. Both guys are getting paid more than there spot in the lineup would justify, but both are valued for their heart-and-soul effort and their leadership.
Vince was not on the ice today, which is no surprise. If he played in the Cup finals, that would be a pleasant surprise.
Yeah, the Cardinals have been getting pass the last couple of weeks . . .
He was around the Providence team most of the season and played 28 games. A few of the Bruins played with him, but any insight the Bruins have on Binnington will come from goaltender coach Bob Essensa. He is the guy who has the tendencies and such pegged, at least the 2017-18 version of Binnington.
Tickets will run into the thousands. Not only are Blues fans desperate to get in, there a LOT of rich Bruins fans in the market for tickets. Could we get to five digits for a potential clinching game for one side or the other?
Goldschmidt started slow last season, too, and then got going. The same was true for Carpenter, of course, but fans are tired of hearing that. Carpenter got on base six times in his last three games and scored four times, so it's not like he mired in a horrific slump at the moment.
Both Carpenter and Goldschmidt are swinging and missing too much. Both are failing drive balls into gaps, as you say. Both are drawing some walks, but for those salaries and those corner infield positions the Cardinals need more more. Both players are getting older and that may be part of the problem. Absent the invention of time travel, those guys will just have adjust the way Ozzie Smith and Yadier Molina adjusted as their odometer rolled over.
If the Cardinals never gain traction this season then, yes, you will finally see a lot of talk about bringing fresh eyes and new ideas into the baseball operation. Bill Dewitt Jr. prefers continuity, but he also prefers making the playoffs.
The Senators made a sensible pick for their new head coach. I believe will be there for the long haul. How long? Ottawa better be a whole lot better by the time Brady is sniffing unrestricted free agency.